St John’s Patronal Festival

At St John’s we will be celebrating our Patronal Festival with an All-Age service at 9:30am on 6th September followed by a BBQ in the Rectory Garden (25 Upper Hale Road, GU9 0NX) at 12:00, bring your own meat and alcohol (if desired), we will provide the buns, salad and soft drinks.

Our Saint’s Day is 27th December but as few people are around at that time and the clergy are on holiday, we have translated the festival to Sunday. This is a bit of information about our patron saint:

Whether or not John the Apostle and John the Evangelist are one and the same, the Church honours on this day the one who proclaims Jesus as the Word made flesh and who is ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’. John was one of the sons of Zebedee, along with James and Peter, who followed Jesus. John was there at the Transfiguration of Jesus on the holy mountain; he was there with Jesus at the last supper; he was there with Jesus in his agony in the garden; he was there with Jesus and his mother, standing at the foot of the cross; he was there with Jesus as a witness of his resurrection and ‘he saw and believed’. John was a witness to the Word, he proclaimed the Word and he lived and died witnessing to the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, who loved him and whom he loved.

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