£5k For St John’s


The COVID-19 lockdown had a significant impact on the church’s income. We originally set a target of raising £5,000 to help us cover the cost of re-opening the church, including additional hygiene measures and taking staff off furlough.  Thanks to the generosity of church members, including some significant individual donations, we have now received more than double this target, which is a fantastic response.

As at 17 September we have raised £10,415 (at least £11,225 with Gift Aid/charges), which is 208% (225%) of our target. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed.

As we have more than exceeded our target, the Parish Church Council has authorised purchasing the installation of wifi throughout the church.  This will enable us to stream services to enable those who cannot attend church in person to feel more part of the St John’s worshipping community.  We will also be obtaining quotes for undertaking the second phase of improving our sound system.  Both of these items will require us to obtain permission from the Diocese for the works to the church, which may take a little while.

Whilst we have reached our target, any additional funds we raise will be used to help ensure that we do not have to dig too deeply into our reserves as our overall income is still lower than pre-covid levels.  It will also help to fund the works to replace the toilets and improve access to the Goose Green Centre, which we now expect to take place next year. Thank you for your continued support.

As well as raising money we hope to have a little fun while fundraising, so please keep an eye on this page to see if we have any new events coming up!

How can I help?
Join our FUNdraising events

Will you join our sponsored bike ride on 10 October?

We will be holding a sponsored bike ride at 10.00am on Saturday 10th October 2020 in aid of the £5k for St John’s appeal. The bike ride will be around 10 miles, be non-competitive and suitable for families and children.  Starting and finishing at St John’s with 3 breaks walking with bikes in parks and woods, passing through Peckham Rye Common, Mayow Park, Sydenham Wells Park and Dulwich Woods.  The ride should take a maximum of 3hrs including breaks.

Please bring your own refreshments. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  You will be responsible for your own safety, including the need to follow coronavirus guidance.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Chris Eldridge at eldridge92@virginmedia.com by Sunday 4th October at the latest. 

Other events:

Our Family Fun Quiz held on 23 July raised £400 (plus Gift Aid).  A big thank you to our Quiz Masters Gareth and Rachel Mills and to everyone who took part.  We hope to hold a second quiz later in the year.

We will also be holding a “Beer and Hymns” evening later in the autumn/winter, where you can request and sing along to hymns played on our organ.”