St. John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15

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A service at St John's in the 1940s
A service at St John's in the 1940's,
showing the windows boarded up because of bomb damage.
During the Blitz West Ham was raided 194 times, many hundreds of people took shelter night after night in the crypt of St John's. The building was badly damaged by bombing: in particular all the windows were blown out. The churchyard railings were also removed for the war effort. Many of the faithful members were bombed out or evacuated during the war and others moved out as a result of demolition and new developments.

The Friends of St John's was formed in 1944 to keep members in touch with each other. The Friends contributed towards the cost of repairs to the building and St John's was finally restored from war damage in 1951, the new East Window being dedicated in 1955. Each year at St. John's we hold a 'Friends Service and Lunch' when all our past members are invited to join us in a special celebration and the vicar sends a special greeting and report to all of those absent friends.

The flags above represent the countries from which members of St. John's Friends come.

2014 Newsletter

From the Vicar:

Greetings to all friends of St. John's, wherever you are!

We do hope that you will be able to join us for the Annual Friends' Service on Sunday 6th July 2014, 11am, to be followed by a buffet lunch in the Christchurch Room. Our guest preacher is Nick Munn, formerly guitarist in our band, now a Licensed Lay Minister in the Diocese of London. He has promised to play guitar as well as preach!

We thought things would get quieter after 2012, but Stratford is never quiet, and always changing.....

ALL CHANGE at ST JAMES: St James is on the move! The BUILDING has to close - a combination of very old wiring and asbestos in the structure, which prevents the wiring from being renewed. The PEOPLE are alive and well and moving to join St Paul's Church, which faces the huge challenge of outreach to the new East Village (formerly the 2012 Athletes' Village).
The last service at St James' building will be on 7th September, and the first service of the new St Paul's with St James' will be on 14th September, followed by a meeting and picnic for all the parishes surrounding the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from both London and Chelmsford Dioceses, together with the Bishops of Stepney and Barking.

THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY visited our parish in May; he didn't get to St John's, but he did pray with us in the inSpiration Prayer Room at Westfield, and was most impressed by the great work being done by Christy and the inSpire team; many people from St John's are involved, and Dave chairs the inSpire trustees.


BUILDING WORK...... continues as ever.

We appreciate all the help and prayer given by Friends in maintaining our building.



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