The Collect

Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son
into our hearts whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

Music at 8am and 10am Masses
Before / Procession: Introduction, Vesper Voluntaries (Op.14) – Elgar
During 8am Communion: Andante (No.1), Vesper Voluntaries – Elgar
During 10am Communion: God be in my head – Walford Davies
At the end: Allegro (No.2), Vesper Voluntaries – Elgar

Cashless Donations

You can make a donation to the life and work of St John’s Church using our card reader machine; available after the 8am and 10am services (outside after 10am) we can accept both contactless and pin number donations.

 A reading from the Book of Job 38: 1-11

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements – surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb? – when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its
swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


Thursday 12 Noon Mass:
Don’t forget we now have a service of Holy Communion every Thursday at 12 noon. Lasting approximately half an hour, this simple service is an opportunity to pause and pray during the busyness of the week. If you are working from home, why not incorporate this into your working week? All are welcome.

Goose Green Coffee Morning will meet via Zoom on Wednesday 30 June as we welcome John Birkett of the RSPB Croydon Local Group who will be giving a talk titled ‘What is Happening to Our Birds’. This promises to be a very interesting talk based around the Croydon Group’s local bird surveys over 25 years.

St John’s 2021 Organ Recital Series

Admission free; retiring collection. Recitals begin at 11am and last forty minutes.

10 July                 Bridget West (South London)

18 September      Michael Overbury (Newark, Nottinghamshire)

9 October           Michel Szostak (Poland)

6 November        Paul Gobey (Rotherhithe)

Organ Recital: As well as our own programme of organ music here at St. John’s, John Webber will be giving a recital on Friday, July 23rd. at 12.30p.m. at St. Stephen Walbrook, near Cannon Street Station. There will be music by J S Bach, Florence Price, Stanford, Rheinberger, Alfred Hollins and others. One hour of music. Admission free; retiring collection. All welcome.

Choir: We are all hoping that, before long, the Choir will be permitted to sing in larger numbers. New members to the Adult Choir are welcome; it is necessary to be able to read music. We are looking for more tenors and sopranos. Please speak to John Webber if you are interested and for more information.

Photographs needed: We are putting together an album containing photographs of people who come to St John’s which we will give to Gemma Birt, our new Assistant Curate. It is a nice way of helping her to get to know everyone here. If you come to church, you may have already been asked for a photograph. If you have not been snapped or have not yet returned to church, please could you send me a photo of yourself?

Tea and cakes to welcome Gemma. On Sunday 27 June, we will have tea and cake outdoors to welcome Gemma Birt who will be serving her curacy here at St John’s. Please put this date in your diary. We will need help to set up tables and chairs before the 10am Mass and to tidy up afterwards. Please could you let Julie or Jim know if you are able to help? We’ll need a few donations of cakes – if you can help, please let us know. Thank you!

Gemma’s Ordination will be live-streamed from Southwark Cathedral at 11am on the 26 June: do join in online if you can.

Psalms, Singing and Sandwiches: St John’s will be hosting a workshop day on the singing of psalms on 2 October. This will be a really interesting day studying psalms and the variety of ways they can be sung. We hope members of the congregation may like to come to this event and it would also be helpful to have some volunteers to help with welcoming participants, serving refreshments, etc. Please contact John Webber or Sue O’Neill if you would like to know more.


We will be saying goodbye to Bradley Collins in the Autumn, who will be leaving us after three years service as he is moving away.

Therefore we are seeking a new Parish Administrator to work alongside Revd Gill and the rest of the Staff team to ensure the smooth running of St John’s Church and the Goose Green Centre. We are looking for a friendly, courteous and well-organised person who can get along well with a variety of people. Please contact Revd Gill O’Neill for an informal chat about the role, contact details overleaf, or for information and an application pack, please email Joy Taylor

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