St John’s

History page now online

A page outlining the history of our two churches has now been added to the website – see History.

Thanks to Tony Dunhill for this contribution.

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]

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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St John’s Building Project grant granted

From Colin:

I am delighted to report that (as many of you will already know) we have been voted a grant of over £900,000 from Essex Early Years towards the building of an extension to St John’s. I wish to record our enormous gratitude to all those who worked so hard to make our bid successful, especially to John Purbrick; Gaynor Carter; Tony Dunhill, Claire Bland and our architect John Inkpen. Please continue to pray that we will be guided to use this grant aright in the service of God’s kingdom and our local community, especially as detailed preparation is now undertaken.

Prayer Ministry at St John’s and St Mary’s

Members of the Prayer team have been available to pray with people at St John’s every Sunday and at the healing service at St Mary’s.

The team will now also be available after communion, during coffee, at St Mary’s every week. Prayer will take place in the Choir stalls. Should you like prayer for yourself or others please make yourself known to a member of the team at either church. In St John’s prayer is at the back of the church behind the screens. Members of the Team can be spotted wearing Prayer Ministry team badges.

Proposed building project

St John’s has applied for funding to build an extension to our premises to provide additional capacity for our preschool and after schools clubs. The proposed extension will provide two additional rooms for these groups.

If the funding application is sucessful the building work will start during the 2010 Summer holidays. While construction work continues on the new building during term time we will continue to provide a full service in the existing building. This will be achieved by securely and safely closing off the area where the building work is taking place and by providing a safe and secure temporary external play area in the car park.

Plans of the proposed extension can be downloaded below. They are pdf documents.

1. Site plan (1.75mb)

2. Elevations (196kb)

3. Roof plans (656kb)

St John’s Children’s Music Group

This group is for any children under 16 years who enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument.
Once a month we will be leading 1 or 2 songs during the service.

The first dates for practice will be: Sunday 26th April and Sunday 3rd May. The children will need to arrive at 10.40 am and we will meet in the small room at the front of the church where Stars Sunday School group meets.

We will then be singing and playing during the service on Sunday 10th May (All age and parade service).

Please see Jane Curno or Jill Hurley if your children are interested. Any CRB checked adults who would like to help are very welcome.

Churches Together in Basildon celebration at St John’s

Dave Marshall, the new CTB chair, will be speaking at the Churches Together in Basildon celebration to be held at St Johns on Sunday 25th January at 6.30pm.

Join us to celebrate Christian Unity week and to renew our vision for 2009.

Live and Acoustic Evening with Dave Bilbrough

dave bilborough

Live and Acoustic Evening with Dave Bilbrough

St. John’s Church Forest Glade Langdon Hills SS16 6RX

Sunday 8th February at 7.30pm

Tickets £5

Available by either telephoning the Parish office on 01268 490400 or via e-mail: ipierson(at)

St John’s open meeting

Sunday, 18th January after the 11 am service.

Among items to be discussed are the Belfry project and the Altar Cross.  The theme of the meeting will be “Encouraging Congregational Engagement with Worship”.
If you have any suggestions, issues or comments there will be a Suggestion Box in the foyer of St. John’s for the next few weeks, please submit your views with your name,  and post them in our box for inclusion on the Agenda.  The box will remain in place until the 11th January. This is a good opportunity for your voice to be heard.

Alpha Course

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought provoking weekly sessions. Our Alpha Courses begin on the following dates:

  • Evening course: Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
  • Daytime course: Friday 3 October 1.15pm. This is an ‘Express’ course with slightly shorter sessions and free childcare for age 2 years +.

For more information on either of these courses speak to Colin, Donna Martin at St John’s or Eddy Lee at St Mary’s. You can also find out more on the Alpha website.

Registration forms are available at St Mary’s and St John’s – simply return to the Parish Office by 7th September.

The cross on St John’s tower


You may have noticed a cross on the tower outside St John’s. Why is it there? Well, we are considering putting some form of cross on the tower and this is a temporary version so that we can see what it looks like. Any opinions? Let us know!