Thank You for Your Continued Support and Prayers to St. John’s Leytonstone.
·As Church Wardens we are humbled by the willingness of many members and friends who have volunteered their services, above and beyond the call of duty to ensure business as usual at St. John’s Leytonstone as a place of worship.
Thank you to the business community of Leytonstone, for their continued support for St John’s and commitment in using the Church Hall for different social events and meetings.
Attendance at the Carol Service on the 22nd December 2013 exceeded previous years. The recorded figures for this service were Adults: 370 and Children: 48
Mid Night Mass was equally well attended even though numbers had fallen in comparison to previous years. It was felt that adverse weather conditions may have affected attendance.··Christmas Day Services was fairly well attended. The 10.30am service was led by Barbara and I with the support of the Choir, Percussion Group and Young People reading the lessons from the Bible.
Comments from Visitors
It was encouraging to receive comments from many visitors, attending the different services for the first time.· I had a brief conversation with a family of four, who explained that they had enjoyed the experience of attending the Carol Service so much that they decided that St John’s Church is the place they will be worshiping in the future?· Praise is to God for his grace and mercies.
There were a number of visitors from various parts of London, and as far away as the USA. They said they were visiting London and have never been to a Carol Service before and felt they needed to have this experience. They described the experience as simply amazing. It was wonderful to see former members who had relocated to other areas, returning for the Christmas Service and supporting St John’s during the vacancy.
A special thank you to the Archdeacon of West Ham, visiting Readers, Vicars, Curates and Area Dean of Waltham Forest for their support during the vacancy.
Carol Hartley, Church Warden