Welcome to the first edition of our Reignite newsletter. The purpose is simple: to keep you informed about the imminent renovation of St John’s Waterloo. We’re reigniting this much-loved London landmark, the base of Waterloo Festival, Southbank Sinfonia and The Bridge at Waterloo. And we hope to do it by 2021.
Our Bridge to Employment course has already changed the lives of many. We support homeless people, provide a welcoming base for many arts organisations and charities, and have a vision for a better future for all. But our building is not fit for purpose and we need to bring it into the 21st century.
As we enter the final phase of a campaign our mission is clear. We’ve raised £3 million so far. The total cost is £5 million. We need the final £2 million by summer 2020 to invest in arts, community and environment for all.
The renovation will provide a pioneering, environmentally sustainable crypt and performance space and church where all can flourish. The upgraded St John’s will offer more support for people in need, well-being programmes, employment training, art exhibitions and an exciting calendar of concerts and events. All in the setting of our wrap-around community garden, a leafy green sanctuary in the heart of central London.
I invite you to take part in the Reignite story. This newsletter will unwrap the project, edition by edition. We are about to take flight—will you join us, by giving towards our final round of funding? Every donation is carefully recorded and brings you into this story of transformation. Join our campaign.
With blessings at Christmas,
Canon Giles Goddard
Carols by Candlelight: Windows of Light
Sunday 15th December, 5pm
St John’s invites you to a heart-warming, neighbourhood carol service on Sunday 15th December at 5pm. Featuring London Metropolitan Brass and Take-Note Chamber Choir, we will be singing favourite hymns in candlelight. Followed by mulled wine and mince pies, the service will offer the opportunity to become part of the Reignite story, by naming a window pane at St John’s for just £12.
If you are unable to attend but wish to make a donation please donate here.
Reignite Ceilidh 2020
Friday 3rd January, 6.30pm
Celebrate the twelfth night of Christmas with a rip-roaring ceilidh at St John’s on Friday 3rd January at 6.30pm. Acclaimed band Ceilidh Tree will guide everyone through the dances. A buffet is included in tickets. Book tickets.
Family Fest 2020
Saturday 11th January 2020
Join us as we open the church for our annual Family Fest! Take a guided tour of the church, see our regeneration plans and meet out dedicated staff team. Free popcorn, candy floss, face-painting, bouncy castle and arts & crafts. Admission is free and there’s no need to register, just come along!
Reignite Table Top Sale
Friday 17th January time 2020
Time: 11am to 2.30pm
Pay £10 to sell your unwanted Christmas presents, do a bake sale, bric-a-brac, or if you wish to promote services to people in Lambeth. Rummage to your heart’s content for bargains. St John’s will provide a table. All welcome! Book tickets.