Future events in the life of the church

McLennan Scottish Group

On Sunday 27th May it will be our great pleasure to welcome to our Family Service once again our good friends from the McLennan Scottish Group and their overseas guests whom, I understand, are from The Netherlands and Estonia this year. The groups will take part in our service and also treat us to a short dancing display in the Richmond Hall afterwards.

This year the Group are based in Knole Academy, Sevenoaks, where their main Sunday afternoon concert will be held.

The Big Swing Dance

The exceptional 30 piece South London Jazz Orchestra (SLJO) is playing, accompanied with the renowned Lindy Hop Caller, Simon Selmon, with dancers to talk you through the steps.

Saturday 9th June
at Emmanuel Church, The Grove, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 9JS
in the Richmond and Griffiths Jones halls

Doors open, with feet a-tapping, from 7pm till 10.30pm

Tickets at the Door £15—Buffet, refreshments and drinks on sale

 It is recommended to book on-line in advance if possible on the Turn Around Charity website ( Just scroll down the Home page and click on ‘Buy Tickets’

Oberammergau 2020

As you will have seen from recent church magazine articles Marion and I are planning to lead a party to see the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau in the summer of 2020. This is organised by McCabe’s Pilgrimages with whom we have travelled many times in the past. The dates of our visit are 31st July—7th August 2020. The play has been performed every 10 years by the people of this small German town since 1634 in gratitude for their deliverance from the plague which devastated Europe at the time.

Our trip will include 5 days in the Austrian Tyrol prior to the climax of our journey – the Passion Play.  We will spend the final two nights in Oberammergau itself. We shall be visiting among other places, the beautiful city of Salzburg made famous by its associations with Mozart and “The Sound of Music.” We shall also be visiting Berchtesgaden set in one of the most scenic parts of the Bavarian Alps where Hitler had his mountain retreat – the Berghof (Eagle’s nest). The brochures and booking forms giving full details are now available from Marion or myself. It is expected this trip will fill-up quickly so please return your booking forms to us a soon as you can.

If you have any questions please do speak to Marion or myself.

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Estimated Passion Play 2020 Timeline:

Beginning of 2018: Start sales of packages *

Ash Wednesday 2019: The “Hair Decree” – from this date on all the men in Oberammergau taking part in the play are requested to let the hair on their heads and faces grow *

April 2019: Leading actors are chosen for the play

* May – September 2020: The 42nd Passion Play takes place

Big Brew Coffee Morning

Friday April 6th in the James Todd Room 10.00 am – 12.00 pm The government has been persuaded to pledge that after Brexit, goods from the least developed countries will get duty free and quota free access to the UK market. They won’t face new tariffs which would have made their goods dearer and so … Continue reading Big Brew Coffee Morning

February 2018 Lent Course

We are holding a Lent Course again this year. This time it will be held jointly with West Wickham Methodist Church and also St Francis and St Mary’s. The subject will be “Receiving Christ in Five Different Ways.” The sessions will be all on Tuesday evenings beginning with refreshments at 7.30pm and finishing by 9.00pm … Continue reading February 2018 Lent Course

Half Term Special

Children’s Link Half Term Special Tuesday 13th February 12-2.30pm for children up to 7 years with their parents and carers Lunch will be served from 12.45 (Donations towards costs would be appreciated) Puppet show and activities and we hope everyone will join in Venue: St John’s Church, Layhams Road All children must be accompanied Further … Continue reading Half Term Special