Music has been the handmaid of the liturgy at St.John’s for several generations. It draws on a wide range of traditional and contemporary sources and is led by our choir, which sings at every Parish Mass, monthly Evensong and at seasonal festivals. The choir also makes annual cathedral visits and presents a concert in church from time to time.
Although we are proud to be a robed choir, we see ourselves as members of the congregation with a specific role, just like ministers and servers. Although there are nearly thirty of us, all told, we are keen to hear from new members in all sections following a simple test of pitch and rhythm. Loyalty in attendance is much appreciated, and whilst miracles are not expected, we take pride in offering the best that we can do in a musically productive and congenial setting.
Come along to a Friday rehearsal or sit in with us during our Sunday family Eucharist to see what we’re all about. We look forward to welcoming you.
Rehearsals are on Fridays during term time, from 6pm to 7pm for the Junior choir, and 7.30pm to 9pm for the adults.
Director of Music & Organist: Richard Pilliner
The Fellowship Committee is in charge of organising the social events and fund-raisers which do just that. Regular events include Quiz Nights, Auctions and Musical concerts, both classical and rock, usually with food, and always with liquid refreshments.
The Friday Knights is the St John’s men’s group who meet on the second Friday of every month, bar August. Our events are split between nights in the Church Hall, The Tamberlin Room and evenings out. Subs are £12 p.a. with a voluntary “top up” of £8 which we pay over to our chosen charity. We have a widespread age group, so no one is too old or too young.
The Mothers Union meets twice a month – afternoon and evening – and has about 20 members.
Volunteering within the church
There are many opportunities to help out in church, with varying levels of commitment. Have a look at this leaflet for more details, and please ask if you would like any more details.