Recalling the gift of the Holy Spirit is as a friend of mine put it,
perhaps the most exciting feast for the Church. It reminds us to be
together, full of expectation and hope. It reminds us that God is
with us at all times and in all places. It reminds us that we are
one in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
At Pentecost, individual members of the church didnít worry about
their differences, they were blessed in understanding each other, no
matter their language or ability to understand, they shared a deeper
understanding of Ďbelongingí in the context of a faith shared in our
Lord Jesus. This Pentecost, I am asking that we at St. Johnís come
together in offering our talents and gifts for the good of the
church and the mission of the church.. I pray that in
the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, all of us
belonging to the community of faith here at St. Johnís will continue
to give glory to God, and reflect His will for all of us. Rejoice in
the Lord, and receive Godís Holy Spirit.
See you Sunday or Soon.
High Mass takes place at 10am each Sunday at the Nave Altar accompanied
by music from the choir. The day ends with a sung Evensong at 6pm. Details of
the music to be sung can be found by clicking on "Music at St John's" above.
There will also be Morning Prayer at 9:15am on a Sunday.
Morning Prayer will be said daily at
9am. Evening Prayer will be said daily at 5pm
Wednesday 9.30am Low Mass ; Saturday 10am Low
There will normally be a sung evening mass on all of the major
Festivals such as Ash Wednesday, Ascension, Corpus Christi, and All Souls Day.
Easter and Christmas are similarly observed in keeping with our tradition.
For details of all the weekly services, download the
clicking on the green button at the top of the
page. For Weddings, Christenings or Funerals click on the links above. For
Confirmation follow the Weddings and Baptism link.
Father John Pritchard
020 8771 6686
Or for Hall or Church bookings please contact:
St Johnís is a large building with room for everyone. We
especially welcome children of all ages. Sunday School takes place during
the 10am Mass in the Children's Room at the back of the Church. For those
too young for this, a CrŤche area with toys is
provided allowing parents to attend to their needs and participate in the
service free from the concern that they may be disturbing others.
St John's is committed to keep safe and protect
from harm any child or adult who may be vulnerable. If you need to discuss any
concerns in confidence, please approach Rachel Rae or Rebecca Hall (our
Safeguarding Officers) or Fr. John or Fr. Andrew. Alternatively you can email
email@example.com. All conversations will be treated
seriously and sensitively.
For the less mobile, there are a few steps up to the main entrance but there is wheelchair access
round the side through the North Door. Once inside, the main areas are fully
accessible. The sound system has a hearing aid loop
and large print hymn books and service sheets are available. Coffee, tea and other refreshments are
available after the Sunday Mass and we hope that people will stay to meet other
members of the congregation and explore the building at their leisure.
The Church and Parish Hall are both available for hire for
concerts, recordings, etc by email:
The church of St John the
Evangelist in Auckland Road, Upper Norwood is a Grade 2* listed
building and is one of the most important Victorian buildings in
Under the guidance of the first vicar,
William La Trobe Bateman, it was designed by John Loughborough
Pearson, possibly the greatest ecclesiastical architect of the
Nineteenth century gothic revival. For old photos, the
plans and much more click on "History" above.
Upper Norwood lies a few miles to the north of Croydon. It
remains a leafy suburb despite the replacement of some of the large Victorian
houses with flats and smaller dwellings.
Throughout the century and a quarter of its
existence, St Johnís has stood firmly in the catholic ďhigh churchĒ tradition
within the Church of England.
Music has always been a
feature of the regular worship from the time of the first organist
Eyre, who was also official organist to the
newly completed Crystal Palace on the top of the nearby Sydenham Hill. In
recent years this fine building, with its cathedral-like acoustic and superb
organ has become a popular venue for concerts, recordings, television and radio
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