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Welcome to St John the Divine Kennington

We are an Anglican (Church of England) parish in the catholic tradition. Our community is rich in its diversity and open to all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or background.

Our main Parish Mass is at 10am on Sunday, and we hold services and events throughout the week.

We run several groups, for all ages, which help us to deepen our faith, support each other and build friendships within our community. 

Fr MarkMusic has been at the heart of worship for many years.  We have several choirs, involving over sixty children and thirty adults, who sing for our Masses and Evensongs.  Our music programme has been building links with St John's College Cambridge - our children's choirs attend a residential summer school there every July, and they help to fund organ scholarships at St John the Divine for our young people.

Our outreach programme helps us to reach out to our neighbours with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We host a winter homeles shelter as part of the Robes Project, and we are actively engaged in London Citizens, working with other community organisations to build the Kingdom in our local area.

We have two church schools, Saint John the Divine Primary School and Saint Gabriel's College, who are an extremely important part of our community.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful church!

Fr Mark Williams, Vicar

Webcasts and arrangements due to COVID-19

 

CHURCH TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP

Dear brothers and sisters,

It is with huge regret that, after consultation with the Standing Committee and the PCC, we have decided to close the church for public worship and private prayer for the time being. We will continue with our online provision.

As you know, infection rates are going up very quickly with the new strain of the virus and the position is particularly bad in Lambeth, where the Office for National Statistics has said that infections are twice the national average (one person in 25 as against one in 50). They are also very bad in Southwark. 

To close the church goes very much against the grain for me, and I was vexed to say the least about us not even being allowed to stream services from the church in the first lockdown. However, whilst in normal times we have a congregation of very mixed ages at St John the Divine, since we have returned to church after the first lockdown, our more senior members of the congregation have returned in greater numbers than the young. Age it seems is a disadvantage in fighting Covid-19, and I am not prepared to put our cherished older brothers and sisters at risk when the situation is as serious as it is in Lambeth at the moment.

There are many other parishes who are taking the same course of action as us. We will remain open for funerals.

In his latest letter to parishes Bp Christopher has said -
“We have a duty to consider the needs of the whole community, particularly the most vulnerable and those who are isolated - the most vulnerable in our communities must shield and we must all stay at home wherever possible. Our churches can remain open for public worship and private prayer but there may be very good reasons in particular local and personal contexts to move solely to online worship until the numbers of infections reduce significantly - in the Borough of Lambeth today, for instance, the number of COVID cases is twice the national average. We need to be cautious and careful in the decisions we are making."

I would hope that in a matter of weeks we can review this decision, looking at the data around the infection rate and the take up of the vaccine. If you are offered the vaccine I would strongly encourage you to take it, both for your health and well-being, and also as part of our journey towards returning to the community life that is so important to us.

We are planning to increase what we offer online, and also keep in regular telephone contact with those who do not have access to email or internet. 

If you are able to share this information with others you think might not see this email, I would be immensely grateful. There is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine, and I hope very much we can return to life as we know it before too long. We have so many parties to catch up on!

In the meantime, with love and prayers.

Fr Mark

WEBCAST SERVICES

Please join us for online Mass, at 10am on Sundays, on youtube and facebook.  It is also available by phone, on 020 7175 5303.  This is also available at any time afterwards.

PASTORAL CARE

For pastoral care or assistance, please contact one of the clergy: Fr Mark (vicar@sjdk.org, 020 7735 9340) and Fr Nick (njquanrud@gmail.com, 07792 518280).

EMAIL LIST

If you would like to sign up to our parish email list, please click here or  email jez.martin@gmail.com

Welcome

We are an Anglican (Church of England) parish in the catholic tradition. Our community is rich in its diversity and open to all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or background.

Our main Parish Mass is at 10am on Sunday, and we hold services and events throughout the week.

We run several groups, for all ages, which help us to deepen our faith, support each other and build friendships within our community. 

Music has been at the heart of worship for many years.  We have several choirs, involving over sixty children and thirty adults, who sing for our Masses and Evensongs.  Our music programme has been building links with St John's College Cambridge - our children's choirs attend a residential summer school there every July, and they help to fund organ scholarships at St John the Divine for our young people.

Our outreach programme helps us to reach out to our neighbours with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We host a winter homeles shelter as part of the Robes Project, and we are actively engaged in London Citizens, working with other community organisations to build the Kingdom in our local area.

We have two church schools, Saint John the Divine Primary School and Saint Gabriel's College, who are an extremely important part of our community.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful church!

Fr Mark Williams, Vicar

Safeguarding

This parish takes safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults extremely seriously.  Further information on our safeguarding can be found here.