Redecoration & Restoration Report
What a year this has been! A gold medal awarded to the whole church for ‘Twelve years of perseverance and determination by all in creating a much improved church’, all the costs of the Redecoration of the church met (£96,392. 12p), and the Bell Chamber repairs debt reduced from £65,000 to £7,556.09p.
On 13th September we received a faculty from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Chelmsford, giving us permission to hang the second Thanksgiving Scroll on the West Wall of St John’s Church, to match the first Thanksgiving Scroll hung there in 2011. This new scroll will be dedicated by the Rev Kathryn Robinson on the 180th Anniversary of the Consecration of St John’s Church on Sunday 27th October at 10.30am.
On 16th,17th & 18th September a new footpath was laid between the church and the hall. This work was done well by E.J Taylor and Sons Ltd, from Mill Works, Hazeleigh, nr Purleigh, Chelmsford, Essex CM 3
6QT ( Tel No 01621 828661). It cost £2,500 and all these costs have now been met by generous gifts from members of St John’s Church and members of this community. A Health and Safety hazard has been removed, and we give thanks to God for all those who made this possible.
A severe leak developed in the Hall roof in August. This will be repaired in October by A.J Restoration in a refurbishment of two valleys. This work will cost £3818. So far we have received gifts of £1000 towards this cost. If you would like to help meet this cost please give or send to me a cheque made out to ‘The PCC St John’s
Leytonstone’ and write on the back of the cheque’ Hall Roof Repairs’.
All gifts will be acknowledged. I hope these roof repairs will ensure a trouble free winter for all who use or hire the Hall.
We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of members of this church and this community. The Friday Coffee Morning Team, and those who run the mini markets have continued to raise large sums every week. The Lunchtime Concert audience gave £103 ( plus three gift aid envelopes) at the September concert. Alasdair Preston completed a sponsored cycle ride around the churches of the Barking Deanery in September. £1000 was given to St John’s by the family and friends of the Rev Barry Arscott, at his funeral at St Martin-in-the –Fields. Many individual members of the church and community have made gifts of time and/or money for St John’s restoration and redecoration work. Maureen Dennis has continued to claim Gift Aid on all who Gift Aid their offerings for ST John’s and we have had a steady stream of cheques from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
The new team of Church Hosts led by Maureen Dennis and Leslie Blake has opened the church to visitors for one hour every Wednesday and every Sunday, or one hour after concerts and weddings, on open afternoons, and for two full days every month. This is a remarkable commitment and a remarkable achievement. If you would be willing to help with this important task, please speak to Maureen Tel No. 0208 555 9373.
On September 22nd we were glad to dedicate kneelers made by Betty Mitchell, and some of these were completed by Joy Le Gallez.
The Votive Candle Stand, only dedicated in April 2013, has proved very popular and meets a deep need. As an aide to intercessory prayer and as a comfort to those in distress, it is very much appreciated.
Looking back on 12 years of restoration work at St John’s. I give thanks to God for his mercy, and the generosity of so many who have enabled the church, the hall and the churchyard to be restored.
Thank you all