The Collation and Induction of Revd. Jaimée Summers

Jaimée is led to the church door by Moira.A view of the inside of the church from the ringing chamber during the induction service.
Twenty three years since the last collation and induction service at St John the Evangelist and on 25 September 2023 it was Jaimée's time to take up the benefice.
Bishop Rosemarie led the service in which many assents, oaths and reaffirmations were made. However, while embedded in the past, the service pointed to a joyful future, centered on the Good Shepard, a parish led and served by our new priest.
Welcome Jaimée 🙂

Harvest lunch

A view of the harvest lunch in the church hall.A view of the harvest lunch in the church hall, inclusing Jaimée.
The Harvest Lunch on 24 September was an enjoyable get together to celebrate God's bounty given to us, and by donation pass some of that on to Caterham Foodbank and Welcare.

There were new faces, including the soon to be vicar, and some familiar faces. My face was fairly slack jawed as I'd returned from holiday in the wee small hours of the morning :)

Harvest Festival

Vegtables in a basket.

We will be supporting the Caterham Foodbank and Welcare at our service on 24 September.

If this can be in monetary form, that would be ideal, with cheques or money in a sealed envelope showing which charity it is to go to. Non-
perishable foods will still be accepted as these can be taken to the Foodbank on the Thursday when they are open.

There will be a Harvest Lunch to follow in the Church Hall. No information yet.

Heritage Open Days 2023 at St John's full programme

Heritage Open Days St John's Churcg Caterham 15 to 17 September 2023Herital Open Days St John's Church programme for 15 to 17 September.

Download the Word version of the St John's Heritage Open Days poster.
Download the Word version of the St John's Heritage Open Days programme.


The Church is opening as part of the Heritage Open Days on the above dates.  “Creativity Unwrapped” is the national theme for this year’s HODs, and we are delighted that so many local community groups are coming to either set up a stall to display who they are and what they do; run craft sessions for people to do or do a performance.  There is also a Tower Tour on all 3 days.

The following groups will have a stall set up around the church:

  • St. John’s Guides & Brownies – Stained Glass patterns on glass jars
  • Caterham Trefoil Guild – Pyrographyon wood
  • The Green Club – photos of local flora and fauna
  • C.O.A.T.
  • CHECKKimilili
  • Age UK
  • The Westway
  • Caterham Rotary
  • Caterham & District Horticultural Society
  • East Surrey Museum –artworks – paintings, drawings, embroideries etc of local scenes or people, that we rarely get the opportunity to display
  • The Bourne Society – hopefully with archive photos & history of St. John’s

The Mothers’ Union will be running refreshments throughout the weekend.

Opening Times:

Friday 15th: ​​10am - 5pm
Saturday 16th: ​​10am – 4pm
Sunday 17th: ​​10am –4pm (There is a service for the 1st hour)

Organiser of St. John’s HODs



Friday (15th) 10am - 5pm
  • 1pm: St John's School Choir (years 4, 5 & 6) 25 minutes approx
  • 3.45pm - 4.45pm: Tower Tour
  • Paracise may be able to come today, but no times advised yet.
Saturday (16th) 10am - 4pm
  • 10.05am - 10.40am: Free Spirit Music Group
  • 10:45am: KCA Dance Academy - Dance Showcase - 15 minutes
  • 11.15am - 12.15pm: Tower Tour
  • 12.30pm - 2pm: Caterham School Singing Recital
  • 2pm: The Westway Hand Chimes setting up for short session
  • 2.30pm: The Westway Singing Group
  • - The Westway Hand Chimes to follow
Sunday (17th) 10am - 4pm
  • 10am: Sons of Praise Service - 1 hour approx
  • 11.45am - 12.45pm: Tower Tour
  • 1pm - 2pm: Sketching inside and outside - bring your own materials
  • 2pm - 3pm: Organ recital for 30 minutes, followed by an opportunity to have a go at playing it

Surrey Churches Ride & Stride

Ride and Stride for Churches logo.

The Surrey Churches Preservation Trust runs the Ride & Stride (on bikes or walking) on the second Saturday of September (Saturday 9th September 2023) each year to raise money for both the Trust and for participating churches, with half the money raised going to each.

Raising money is ever more important as repairs to churches rather came to a halt during the pandemic but the need has not gone away.

It is open to everyone to take part, whether church-goers or not, bikers, hikers and other visitors, whether by car, mobility scooter or horse.

Our riders and striders will need sponsorship for their efforts and Julie Woodland is going to take part. If you would like to sponsor her, please complete the Sponsorship Form which Julie has or there’s one at the back of the church.

Would more people like to take part  – a great way to walk the dog ? If so, please use our contact form to get the details.

Do have a great day out!

Julie Woodland, our church organiser

Heritage Open Days 2023

Heritage Open Days image of the east window.

St John's Caterham, Heritage Open Days 15th to 17th September 2023.

St John's Quiz Night 2023

St John's Quiz night, save the date 27 October 2023.

Question 1: when is St John's quiz night?
Answer: Friday 27 October 2023


Question 2: what should I be doing about the quiz night?
Answer: saving the date, thinking about who should be in the team and looking out for further details.

Correct 🙂

Bunting to welcome Revd Jaimee Summers

Examples of bunting.
You may have missed Milica’s call to make bunting to welcome our new Vicar in September. The aim is to complete this so we can decorate the church for Jaimee’s licencing on the 25th Sept.

In the photo you can find some examples of how we might individually be able to contribute.

Milica will provide the white triangle (Made from old sheets) but needs you to take one or more triangles and decorate it. You could decorate it to represent an organisation you are part of, a role you have at church, or just because it is something you feel able to do.

You could use, paints and crayons; you could sew on buttons or ribbons; you could decorate with flowers or emblems, with stencils or fabric, with biblical stories or something that represents you.

If you don’t already have a blank piece of bunting let me or Milica know and or come to church on Sunday when we can hopefully equip you.

We hope that you will feel able to take part.
Susan G & Milica R

Archives Party

A framed seating plan for St John's, probably from before World War I.

Did you join us on Saturday 22nd July and help us unravel the history of our church?

We met in the hall throughout the day to explore papers, pictures and documents which give us an insight into our Church over the last 140 years. We hope to sort the items before collating and displaying important items at the Heritage Open days in September.

CSW (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) screenshot of web site frontpage.
The vision of CSW is a world free from religious persecution, where everyone has the right to practise their religion or belief freely. The specialist team of advocates works in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to protect and promote everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. They work to challenge and change laws, behaviours and policies which lead to abuses of this vital right.

See the  CSW website for more information.
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