MISSION – defined in the dictionary as
the vocation or work of a church or of individuals in communicating their faith in a variety of ways to the wider community
St. John’s takes mission very seriously and as well as expressing our faith and working with the wider community, the PCC has also made a commitment to give away the equivalent of 10% of the money given to the Parish in voluntary giving. This is money raised from the congregation to support the work of the Diocese and in particular our Parish. Although we are lucky enough to have some clergy working in the Parish who support themselves we have to raise the money to support the Diocese in paying and supporting the clergy in our Deanery.
The PCC has also made the decision that 75% of this giving should be made overseas, and 25% within the UK.
The overseas partners we support are:
Mathieson Music School, based in Kolkata, India
The Mathieson Music School is a Christian organisation, although children of all religious backgrounds are accepted and their various faiths respected. Subjects taught include English, Hindi and Bengali languages, Science, Chemistry and Biology, Information Technology, Maths, Singing, Dancing, Drama, Art, History, Tabla and Western Instrumental Music, Moral studies and Civics, General Knowledge, Religious Studies and Geography. The school is funded by the Mathieson Music Trust, a registered charity in the UK and in India. Click on the link on the menu to the left for more information.
The Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Chambone, Mozambique through ALMA, the Angola London Mozambique Association, working with the Diocese of London.
Both the Parish priest in Chambone, and Archdeacon in the Lebombo Diocese, the Ven Agostinho Buque and his wife Ofelia have separately visited London. We therefore have a very personal relationship with them and help their Parish with both our prayers and financial contribution. Click on the link on the menu to the left for more information.
In the UK, we support:
Notting Hill Parishes Charities Committee (NHPCC), is funded by a group of nine local churches, of which St. John’s is one. Small annual grants, normally up to £500, are made to organisations working in North Kensington (north of Holland Park Avenue). Grants of around £50 for items of equipment or minor emergency repairs can also be made. Click on the link on the menu to the left for more information.
Project 240, Lancaster Road, London W11 4AH. 240 Project is a community and activity centre in West London which works with vulnerable and excluded people. Our members may have issues around mental health, behavioural problems, addiction and other challenges which can cause social isolation. Almost all will have a history of homelessness. For further information visit http://www.240project.org.uk/contact.html. Click on the link on the menu to the left for more information.
As a Church we receive many requests for support, more than we can actually help, so we have used the following guidelines to help us decide what/who we support. So far they have been that the projects/work are: • Small. The limited amounts we can offer (relatively speaking) make a bigger difference to smaller organisations than larger. We don't for example support UN projects or large scale medical ones. • Personal Connection. The link is much more "live" when there is at least one personal connection, which is true for all 3 we are supporting. • Christian. This is not to be dogmatic, but Christian run work (such as all three are here) often has restrictions on where funding can be obtained, especially in aggressively secular environments like ours.
Another important part of our mission is the Filipino Chaplaincy which is based at St. John’s. Click on the link on the menu to the left for more information.
Other giving includes:
Lent appeal – Alma’s Children
Traidcraft and Palestinian produced goods – we run a monthly stall in Church on the first Sunday in the month after the 10.30 Eucharist service. Click on the link on the main menu to the left for more information.
8.00 Holy Communion
10.30 Sung Eucharist
12.30 Tagalog Mass
17.30 Evensong (Last Sunday includes Healing)
Monday - Friday
8.45 Morning Prayer
17.00 Evening Prayer
12.30 Holy Communion
17.30 Tagalog Mass