Christmas is Coming....

Published by Giles Goddard on Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:10
Vicar's Blog

Dear All 

It’s that time of year again – a time when many of us will be travelling, meeting with family, or staying at home and putting our feet up. It’s a time of anticipation, and that very holy sense of being ‘there, but not yet’. And it’s a time when the Christian message of God coming into the world can be celebrated in a rich variety of carol concerts and services. 

As one would expect from London’s Festival Church, St John’s has a fine selection of Christmas event throughout the Festive period. I do hope to see you at them.

Personally, I’m especially excited about our Carols by Candlelight on Sunday December 16that 5pm. Euchar Gravina, St John’s artistic director, has put together something really special, with two choirs, accompanied by brass and organ. Come prepared to sing along to all your favourite carols! Followed, of course, by mulled wine and mince pies. 

Music takes centre stage again at our 10.30am service on Sunday December 23rd, when there will be a performance of highlights from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. On Christmas Eve at 4pm the Crib Service welcomes families and children for our ever-popular nativity event. Then at 11.30pm, we will gather for the solemn and moving Midnight Mass. And last but not least, our Christmas Day service at 10.30am is always a wonderful celebration. 

Christmas is always a time for reflection on the year that is now slipping away. 2018 was a landmark year for St John’s Waterloo.  In November we launched ReIGNITE 2021, our campaign ( to raise funds to renovate our much-loved church building by 2021. 

One way to get involved in ReIGNITE right from the start of the New Year is to buy tickets for our Ceilidh fund-raiser, St John’s first-ever Scottish ‘barn dance’, on Friday January 4that 6pm. We will have a terrific band playing rousing Scottish dance tunes (catch some their music here:, a ‘caller’ explaining the dance steps to everyone, all in a fabulous atmosphere that celebrates the Twelfth Night of Christmas, raises money for the renovation and ushers in what I hope will be a prosperous and peaceful year for us all.

It's only £15/person, £25 for a two adults, and £5 for children over 8. Children under 8 are free. Supper is included and there will be a pay bar. Please buy tickets, and bring friends and family. Can you bring 4 others?  Every penny of surplus will go towards the renovation of St John’s Waterloo, reigniting London’s Festival Church to make it fit for the 21stcentury. 


Have a wonderful rest of Advent ... 

With love and prayers



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