Christmas Tree Festival And Market 2016

This year’s Christmas tree festival and market was held on the 2nd and 3rd of December. It was another great success with over 600 visitors. There was superb entertainment provided by the choirs of Farnborough Road Infant and Junior schools.

Thank you for everyone who helped organize, set up and staff this event, and also for all the people who visited the event.

However this years successful event was tinged with sadness with the death earlier this year of Geoffrey Ellis, who played a key role in organizing previous festivals and church events.

The trees sponsoring a total of 24 charities will be available to view during all church services until Sunday 1st January.





       


       


        

Neighbourhood Party at St John's

18th June Neighbourhood Party at St John's to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

This was a great success and well attended. We all enjoyed our lunch boxes. 

The entertainment provided by the Ukulele band and other supporting acts was first class and stalls and games were excellent.  

Folk Concert

20th May Gareth Davies-Jones gave an excellent folk concert at St John's for Christian Aid Week.

 We raised £370 in total. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event, including our friends from Liverpool Road Methodist Church.











For more information about Gareth's performances and tour location visit his web site:-

http://www.garethdavies-jones.com

Easter Bonnets at St John's


Southport Orchestra Performing at St John's

On Saturday 12th March St. John's Church welcomed the return of the Southport Orchestra who performed a fund raising concert in support of the local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The concert, which was played to a capacity audience of 300, included three works, two British and one Russian.
The Orchestra (leader Melanie Foster) as usual under the baton of its popular musical director, Jeff Rimmer, set the scene with the bright and lively Overture, "The Wasps" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
This was followed by Tchaikovsky’s great B flat minor Piano Concerto in which members of the Orchestra were delighted to welcome once again the local virtuoso Tom Kimmance. Following the mighty opening chords in the first movement, Tom astounded everyone with a bravura performance, combining power with tenderness. The poetry of Tom’s immaculate interpretation was matched by the players under the watchful eye of the conductor Jeff, who guided the performance through the final movement to a monumental ending, at the conclusion of which the audience rose spontaneously to its feet in rapturous applause.
After a short interval, the Southport Orchestra performed the Symphony No.2, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, entitled, "A London Symphony" in which the composer explored in musical form the variety of moods to be experienced in the capital. It is a work which requires absolute concentration from opening to conclusion. The players rose to the challenge and received well deserved audience appreciation. This was a concert which will live long in the memory.
Readers of the Blog may wish to note in their diaries that the Southport Orchestra's next concert will be a light music Extravaganza at The Atkinson on Lord Street on Saturday 25th June 2016, featuring some of the best and most loved light classical music with beautiful melodies and tunes that everyone will remember and enjoy. Tickets are already on sale at The Atkinson box office.
St. John's looks forward to Southport Orchestra performing another concert in our church in 2017.

The Christmas trees and all the decorations in the Church have now been cleared away, hopefully we will have more trees next Christmas.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to erect and decorate the 26 large trees, run all the Christmas stalls and do all the catering, and finally removing the trees and cleaning up the church.

Also a special thanks to all the people and organisations that sponsored the trees

The two day Christmas tree festival was again a huge success with approximately 500 attending the celebration. Many thanks to the pupils of Farnborough Road Infant and Junior Schools for switching on the lights and providing excellent entertainment during the festival. Also thanks for the brilliant performances provided by the Talent Factory’s young singers.

The 25 charities supported were:-
Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Alzheimer's Society
Arthritis Research UK
Bloodwise
British Heart Foundation
Clic Sargent
Derian House
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Home-Start Southport & Formby
Macular Society
Motor Neurone Disease Association
North West Air Ambulance
NSPCC
Queenscourt Hospice
Revive International
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
RSPCA
Salvation Army
Samaritans
Save the Children
Southport Soup Kitchen
Spinal Unit Action Group
Stroke Association
Tear Fund
Zoe's Place Baby Hospice


Little Fishers Christmas Party 2015

The little fisher’s playgroup had a great party.  A total of 21 children enjoyed fun, games and party food.  This was the biggest turn out so far for little fishes which is a credit to Cathy’s leadership.