St. John The Divine, Outwood Common, Billericay

A message from our Vicar, Rupert Hankey

Dear friends,

The whole nation is astir as we make final preparations for celebrating our lovely Queen`s Platinum Jubilee this year, and we at St. John`s are no exception.  We have a number of events planned, and you would be more than welcome to join us for any of them.  Here is what we have on:

Thurs 2nd June 12-2 pm -  Special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Lunch

Sun 5th June 10.00 am -  Outdoor Platinum Jubilee Service followed by Lunch

Fri 10th June 5.30 pm  -       Strawberry tea followed by a showing of the film of our Queen`s Coronation

I know I speak for the whole church family in hoping that as many of you as possible will be able to come to as much of the above as possible – we would love to see you!  

If you would like to join the outdoor service and lunch or the Strawberry Tea please contact Amanda on

A final thought: no one would dispute how remarkably well our Queen has dealt with every demand made upon her – including, at times, maintaining poise and dignity in the face of media scrutiny of her family that would cause most of the rest of us to hide away where no one would find us!  She has made no secret of the Christian faith that gives her strength to keep going.  It`s a faith – and St. John`s is a church – where everyone is welcome.

Do come and ask us ‘God questions’ that have puzzled you.  You might be surprised at the answers you get!

With every good wish from your Vicar,

Rupert Hankey

P.S. If you want to speak to me, I`m at St. John`s on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month (I`m at my other church, St. Mary`s, Little Burstead, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays).  At St. John`s it`s always a 10.00 am start on Sundays.