St John's Church

Jesus, to know Him and to make Him known



Alpha 2002The Alpha course is an evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. It is described by its organisers as "an opportunity to explore the meaning of life". Alpha courses are being run in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. The course began in Britain and is being run around the world by various Christian denominations.

Blood Donors

Blood Transfusion Service 
between 11.30 am and 9.00 pm in Church. 

6th December 2017
24th January 2018
7th February 2018
11th April 2018
30th May 2018
6th June 2018
15th August 2018
3rd October 2018
7th November 2018

Church Office

Church Office Opening Hours
Monday 8am - 3pm
Tuesday to Thursday 8.00am - 1.00pm
Tel: 01708 475559

Churches Together

Churches Together in “Elm Park and South Hornchurch” meet approximately 3 times a year and are made up of different Christian denominations who wish to proclaim the Gospel together by common witness and service. Its strength comes from people from different traditions finding new ways to work and worship together.

 Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop In Church
Thursday at 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Come sit, chat and make new friends.
Our ages range from 0 to 95 years young and we have an attendance of between 30 -50 people.


is an international Christian child 
  development and child advocacy ministry. 
  Partnering with local churches, they are 
  committed  to the spiritual, economic, social and  
physical development of children living in extreme poverty in 26 countries, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. St John's congregation individually supports 42 children in various countries (19 in Haiti). In addition a donation is made annually from church central funds for work in Haiti.


 Life Support Ministry
 Healing Service 

 We believe that God wishes people to be whole.
 This service aims to support the individual’s wellbeing 
 offering emotional support through pastoral counseling and prayer for inner and physical healing. All are welcome.

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Hope4Havering (H4H)
was created in Romford in October 2011 to serve homeless and vulnerable people by providing accommodation and support. They house 15 people in their night shelter every night and have helped over 120 homeless people this year. Founded upon Christian values, they support people regardless of faith.
We here at St John's provide volunteers, donations of items and monies. 

To get involved please contact Sumaiea Charalambous via the Church Office Tel: 01708 555260 

Friends of Ingrebourne Valley
Friends of Ingrebourne Valley and Hornchurch 
Country Park 
The valley, park and river are fantastic places to spend your leisure time, whether you are walking your dog, riding your bike, having a picnic or just taking a leisurely walk in the park. These are great places to do a spot of bird watching and to listen to their wonderful songs, look at the wild flowers and historic artefacts, use the outdoor gym equipment and try to get fit or just relax in the peaceful atmosphere.

We have to protect and look after these areas to ensure that they will be there for future generations to enjoy.

If you would like to know more or to volunteer please click the following link:

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KFA Keep fit classes 
Wednesday 8.00pm - 9.00pm

Work body and mind with creative dance routines based on the movement principles of Rudolph Laban.  KFA classes are non competitive and for anyone 16 years - 100+
Class comprises of warm up, stamina, stretches and creative movement, all with options so you can work within your own ability and fitness level.
For more information contact Pauline 07957669230
The Keep Fit Association (KFA) run rallies, training and demonstrations
Also, there are other KFA teachers and classes in the area.
Click for more details

Lark Rise Ballroom and Dance Group
Monday 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Ballroom, Sequence and Latin American Dancing.
Private Lessons/Dance Classes/Wedding Dance

Telephone Laurie and Iris Felton on 07711 324789 for more details.

Lighthouse Ministries

Junior church under our umbrella name of "Lighthouse Ministries" meets every Sunday during school term time. 

At the commencement of the 10.30am service all adults and children are together for worship. The youth and children receive a blessing at the alter part way through the worship before they leave for their lessons at approximately 10.45am. 

Lunchclub 3

Meets every week on Wednesday
12.00pm to 2.00pm In small hall
Entrance via St Matthew Close.
Light Lunches (last food order 1.30pm).


PCC (Parochial Church Council) - the elected decision making body of the Church which meets 11 times a year.

Perky PensionersPerky Pensioners (Aged 60 and above) formerly Tapestry/Age UK Havering
Thursday between 9.30am and 1.00 pm
Held in Hall 2, entrance via St Matthews Close.
They have many activities on hand and enjoy a light lunch, (a small fee is charged to cover costs).

Prayer Pour out your heart to God
Prayer meeting every Saturday Morning
 9.30 am - 10.30 am in Church

Playgroup LogoPre-School (Val Robinson Child Care)
Every day term time morning and afternoon for children aged 2-5 years. The children enjoy excellent facilities in the purpose built space within a large hall, which includes children's toilets and outside play garden. 
Contact Lisa on 01708 559099

Click here for further information.

Samaritans Purse

   Shoe Box Appeal

"The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ".

We promote and encourage Church members and the community to fill a shoe box (or two) and give a gift to someone who would otherwise have nothing.

The boxes will be blessed at a Sunday service before being despatched.

For further information regarding the appeal contact the parish office. 

Samaritan's Purse Website


Sky Sports"Reaching on Up" dance group - Part of "Sky Sports Team".
Wednesdays between 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Fridays between 4.00pm - 5.30 pm.
Fun and dance routines taught. Great for Young boys and girls.
Contact Samantha Edwards on 07731 434981

Small GroupsAlso known as House Groups, these an are evening or an afternoon group meeting fortnightly which you can join for Christian teaching, discussion, prayer, support and fellowship.
They are comfortable places to grow in knowledge and friendship with one another.

EventsSocial Events
The Church Fellowship Team arrange and organise numerous social events during the year, including coach trips, theatre visits, lunches, brunches, tea parties and special celebrations and parties.
Contact Roger Fall for information and tickets.


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St John Ambulance Brigade
Train here every week on Tuesday from 7.00pm - 9.00pm.
Contact Steve Gibson 07956 869116


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Every Tuesday in termtime
Age 0 - 4 Years

Fun for Toddlers and a time for Mum's to chat.

Our friendly thriving parent/carer and baby group. Come and make friends, have a cuppa and let your child enjoy games, toys, activities and fun of joining with other little ones. We have an extensive range of toys suitable for all ages as well as a large slide and playhouse. We also offer a craft table for the older children as well as messy play once a month. A microwave and baby change facilities are provided, plus internal pram parking from ramped access. Car parking available on site. No booking required, just turn up. Entrance fee is £2.00 per adult (as many children as you like within reason) and includes drinks and biscuits. We meet every week during term time. 
Contact Parish Office on 01708 555260.

Fantastic News!! Tiddlers are Growing!!!

.... and we need more help! We urgently need more volunteers to help out with setting up and clearing away all the equipment and facilities.
Help is needed at either/both ends of the sessions which are on Tuesday's each week. Set up is from 10.30-11.30am and Storing away is at the end of each session 2.30-3.15pm.

So, if you can help with either or both of these sessions please contact:
Brian Breeze - 01708 522899

Wild GoosePrayer, Praise, Study Meeting.
Sunday 6.30pm

Zumba 2
Zumba dance fitness.
Thursday at 8pm - 9.00pm
Contact Sonia on 07854771413.

  • St John & St Matthew
  • Parish Church of South Hornchurch
  • South End Road, Rainham
  • Essex
  • RM13 7XT

01708 555260
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