St John the Apostle Church, Whetstone

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Although we are currently without an incumbent we see this as a challenge to which we are responding positively so as to maintain St John’s as a centre for Christian worship for the people of our parish and to continue:

  • to build a vibrant forward looking church in the catholic Anglican tradition,
  • to be a welcoming church which nurtures the faith and spiritual growth of its members and
  • to find new ways of connecting with God’s people in the community.

Our Electoral Roll has increased dramatically in 2013 with the complete renewal of the roll.

Future plans include the ‘dream’ of constructing a new hall in the Vicarage grounds to be shared by both church and school. Ultimately we also intend to replace the bell tower which was dismantled following a storm in 1995.

Outreach into the community is very much part of our mission at St John’s.  We are keen fundraisers for the North London Hospice which is situated in the parish.  The church also has historical links to Baxendale Woodside Home a retirement home located on the site of Woodside House - originally the home of Joseph Baxendale one of the founders of St. John’s.  Activities run by church members - the Chat Club, a luncheon club, and JAM (Jesus & Me) Session, a parent and toddler group - meet weekly in our Church Hall and are open to all. The church hall is also well used by local groups including Brownie and Rainbow Guides, keep-fit clubs and a local history society.

Particularly noteworthy has been our support for the night shelter initiative, originated by  Churches Together in Finchley, of providing accommodation for the homeless in church halls throughout the winter months. We have hosted Thursday nights for the last 3 years in our church hall (this year from October to December with Finchley Reform Synagogue taking over for January to March) which involved volunteers from our congregation, together with other volunteers, mainly from other churches, providing an evening meal, friendship and social interaction, a bed for the night and breakfast in the morning.


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Brian Wakeham, Robert Wright - Wardens
St John's Vicarage
1163 High Road
N20 0PG
(020) 8445 3682

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9am Communion
Welcome to our 9am communion service. This is a short, said service with sermon.
There will be no service on 6th March (Mothering Sunday), 20th March (Palm Sunday) and 27th March (Easter Day).
Every Sunday at 9:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
10 o'clock club
Our 10 o'clock club meets every 3rd Sunday in the church hall. Children of all ages welcome.
Every third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Sunday School
Family Communion
Family friendly - toddler tolerant! Please join us for refreshments after the service
First Sunday of the month is "All Age Service"
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee


JAM (Jesus and Me)Session
The JAM Session, a parent and toddler group - meets weekly in our Church Hall and is open to the local community.
School term time only
Every Monday at 9:15 AM for 1 hour


Parish Communion
Said service with sermon - no music or incense. Join us for coffee and chat after the service. There will be no 10:30 service on Ash Wednesday.
When Vicar is away other arrangements will be announced on preceding Sunday at the 10:30 am Parish Eucharist.
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM for 40 minutes
Coffee Common Worship


St John's Chat Club
Bring your sandwich and enjoy informal chat in the church hall from 12:45. Tea and coffee provided.
Every Thursday at 12:45 PM for 1 hour


Friday Coffee
Come in out of the cold and enjoy a cup of Coffee or Tea. Catch up with friends and make new friends. There are toys for younger children to play with and parking space for buggies and prams. Term time only.
Term Time Only
Every Friday at 8:45 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
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Palm Sunday
We will meet at the church hall if the weather is fine for the start of our Palm Sunday service. We will process from there to the Church with palms and praise. Bishop Rob will be leading our worship.
Sunday 20th March 2016 at 10:15 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Incense Common Worship
Maundy Thursday Communion
Communion service followed by stripping of the altar and vigil.
Thursday 24th March 2016 at 9:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Incense Common Worship
Solemn Liturgy of the Passion
The Liturgy of the Word - in which we remember the death of Jesus and its meaning The Veneration of the Cross - in which we contemplate the saving and life-giving Cross on which our Saviour died. Here, people are invited to come forward and venerate the Cross if they so wish. Holy Communion - which is taken from the elements of the Blessed Sacrament placed on the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday
Friday 25th March 2016 at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Easter Sunday
Communion service including and Easter Egg hunt for children.
Sunday 27th March 2016 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee Incense Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 15562
Diocesan ID: 1407
Built: 1832
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: Bishop of London
Archdeaconry: HAMPSTEAD (234)
Deanery: CENTRAL BARNET (23401)
Benefice: Whetstone St Jo (23/493 L)
Parish Legal Name: ST. JOHN WHETSTONE (230286 23/286)
CofE Church Info: (623286 23/286)
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The current editor is: Richard Vidler

This page was last updated on Sunday 31st January 2016
St John the Apostle Church : 1163 High Road, Whetstone, London, N20 0PG


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