Archive for February, 2011

The St John’s extension

st johns extension

Anyone who has passed down Forest Glade since last summer will have noticed continual progress on the extension at St. John’s. The new building is due to be completed during March 2011, and details of events to mark the opening will be announced shortly.

The project as a whole will provide:

  • two additional secure and purpose-built childcare spaces for Pre-school and Out-of-School Clubs with kitchen, laundry and toilet facilities.
  • a chapel in the existing building offering spiritual space throughout the week (completed during summer 2011).
  • additional offices and meeting room.
  • more space in the existing building for other church and community activities.

The project has been supported by a substantial Sure Start Grant through Essex County Council, together with grants from Veolia and the All Churches Trust.


[Click here for a larger version of these drawings which will open in a new window]

St John’s and St Mary’s this Lent

Do you wish…

  • You could discover your gifts;
  • You could live a more joyful and fruitful Christian life;
  • You could serve God more fully;
  • You could become the person God has designed you to be?

Take part in exploring “Your SHAPE for God’s Service”!

What will it involve?
“Your SHAPE for God’s Service” involves six meetings in a small informal group. It will be enjoyable and interesting!
We will help each other to explore our unique God-given “SHAPE,” and how we can use it in his service.
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February sermons

06 / 02 / 11 Morning Communion – Steven Poss (9.3mb)

20 / 02 / 11 Morning Communion – Steve Spencer (11.8mb)

27 / 02 /11 Morning Communion – Kennedy Rath (11.5mb)

Potential chapel designs

Our glass artist Sarah Galloway has prepared possible designs for the new chapel at St John’s. These designs will be on display at St Johns on Sundays 6th and 13th February and are shown below (click ‘read the rest of this entry‘ if you can only see one). Colin will do an informal explanatory presentation using the projector for those who wish it on 6th Feb after church. You are invited to make any comments you wish either verbally or in writing or by e mail ( ) or comment on the website or on the comments sheet on the display board. On 13th February we will hold a consultative meeting open to all after the 11am service at St Johns to discuss the proposals and to test opinion as to the preferred designs. On Sundays 20th and 27th our 11am service will be at St Mary’s (see other notice) and the designs will be available there. A task group will meet on 21st February and we will need to feedback to Sarah by the end of February.

You can contact Colin via the contact page.

Altar table (alternative designs)
St John's chapel
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January sermons

Here is Colin’s sermon from Sunday’s service:

30 / 01 / 11 Morning Prayer – Colin Hopkinson (14mb)

Also some sermons from earlier in the month:

23 / 01 / 11 Morning Communion – Steve Spencer (14mb)

02 / 01 / 11 Morning Communion – Ron Gough (18mb)

I’d advise not listening to all three at the same time…