Following the change to Government advice on gatherings of more than six people, we have concluded, following a risk assessment, that we can no longer offer guided tours as we had originally planned.
The positive news
St John's will be open from 10.00am to 5.00pm on both Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th for free-flow tours. There will be a limit of 20 people in the church at any one time, and no group larger than six people, but we hope that you will still be able to come and see us.
We will ask you and all our visitors to leave contact details for track and trace purposes only, and to use sanitizer hand gel on arrival. If you are showing any symptoms of the virus, please stay away on this occasion. We can always make arrangements for a visit at another time.
Instead of a guided tour, there will be information boards around the church so that you can get the best out of your visit. We will also be shortly making available a video introduction tour, and this is currently in production.
On display for the first time will be the new statue of St John the Baptist, which will eventually be placed in its niche above the West Door.
Guidebooks are available for a donation, and a new publication - a Kalendar of Saints, detailing over 60 saints depicted in the church, will be available for the first time.
You are also invited to join us and experience St John's in worship.
On Saturday 19th at 5.30pm there will be a service of Choral Evensong
On Sunday 20th at 6.30pm there will be a Festal Choral Eucharist, with the President and Preacher the Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington. During this service our new statue will be blessed.