Community

Listening service

The church is open every day, and visitors are very welcome. On Monday to Saturday mornings, coffee is available in the church, and from 11-12am a group of trained listeners is available if there is something you want to talk about in confidence.

There is no need to book, you are just welcome to turn up and someone will be on hand to talk to. Ask at the Cafe counter for details.

If you would be interested in training as a Listener, please contact the office on 020 8546 5964.

Knitting group

On Tuesday mornings a group of 20 or so local people meet to knit in the East End of the church. Their knitting contributes to blankets for people in need in other parts of the world but the group get as much as they give from the experience because of the friendship and conversation that they build up and develop.

If knitting is your thing – or even if you’d like to learn – please do come. You are very welcome.

Embroidery group

We have a dedicated group of people who enjoy embroidery and are undertaking a range of different projects around the church to add colour and texture to the decoration the church enjoys. Recently the group completed two 20 foot long banners to hang at Remembrance tide and are now working on more to display at Advent. A bigger more substantial project also involves embroidering the designs for the seven Saxon King niches at the East End of the church.

Toddlers and small children

During the week there is a Drop In for toddlers and their carers in the East End of the church. Anyone is welcome to come and it provides a good opportunity for young ones to play and their carers to meet others. The times are:

  • Tuesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 9.30am -11.30am

We ask a suggested donation of £1 per family.

Book group

The Book Group meets in the Church: 12 noon-1.30pm, usually 4th Sunday of the month, or 2pm-4pm, 3rd Friday of the month.

Further details of books on the Church Times website – go to Books/Reading Groups. Books are available from Church Times bookshop (tel: 020 7799 4064; email: bookshop@chbookshop.co.uk).

If you are interested please come along with a copy of the book (and a sandwich if you want). We welcome people who cannot come each month or who haven’t finished the book!

February 26thWeatherland, by Alexandra Harris. Dr Harris’s work investigates the relationships between art, literature and landscape, and seeks to illuminate the lives of writers and artists who shaped, and were shaped by, Britain’s physical and cultural climates. In Weatherland she explores in art and literature the differing feelings that the elements have inspired over the centuries.

MarchGolden Hill, by Francis Spufford.

April – Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann.

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Topical lunches

On the third Thursday of every month there is a talk of topical interest about life in general or life in Kingston.

The event starts with a shared lunch in the East End cafe for those who can make it and then a speak shares thoughts on matters as diverse in recent months from pensions, to Kingston developments, to the vision for the Rose theatre for about hour, including time for discussion and comment.

Everyone is very welcome. No need to book, just turn up. Contact the office on 020 8549 5964 if you have any questions.

Coffee mornings

Every Thursday from 11am to 12.30pm people gather to catch up with friends and make new ones in our East End cafe. There is always someone from the church there to “host” the event and everyone is welcome. Contact the office on 020 8549 5964 if you have any questions otherwise just turn up.

Giving to good causes

As a church we believe giving to good causes is an important part of our ministry. In recent years we have supported the following organisations:

  • USPG
  • Church Army
  • The Children’s Society
  • Christian Aid
  • Practical Action
  • Water Aid
  • Kingston Matabeleland Project
  • Rethink
  • Amnesty International
  • Kingston and District Welcare Association
  • Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness
  • Oxygen Project
  • Church Urban Fund
  • Street Pastors
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • British Legion
  • The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice
  • Samaritans
  • St Christopher’s Fellowship (a children’s charity)
  • Kids Company

We raised this money through a variety of events, regular monthly coffee mornings, our May Day Mission event and November Bazaar, and a contribution from the Church.

We also sell paperback books throughout the year, and share the proceeds between Missions and the Church Appeal fund.

In addition to the monthly mission coffee mornings many people have held Saturday Coffee mornings for specific Charities.

The knitting circle also contribute to our mission work, providing blankets where they are needed.

Saints Alive

Saints Alive is the magazine for All Saints and St John the Evangelist, Kingston Upon Thames.

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