Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas @ St Jude's





Mass of the Dawn 8.00am 


followed by seasonal refreshments

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Advent Quiet Afternoon

Advent Quiet Afternoon
in the Lady Chapel
The Blessed Sacrament
Monday 2 December
2.30 - 4.00

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christ the King

On Sunday 24 November, the feast of Christ the King, some members of our Sunday School will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time at the Parish Eucharist.

This is the second time we will be admitting young people to communion ‘before Confirmation’ at St Jude’s in accordance with the permission granted us last year by the Bishop of Edmonton.

Inviting young people to receive communion at this stage in their Christian lives recognizes that they have been ‘full members’ of the church since their baptism, and affirms the commitment they have expressed through (at least one year of) regular attendance at church and in a continuing programme of education at Sunday School.

At a later stage in their journey they will be invited to make a further commitment with a personal declaration of faith before the community and before the bishop who represents the wider church.  They will receive from the bishop the sacrament of Confirmation to strengthen them on their journey.

In principle communicant children will be present in church for the Liturgy of the Sacrament (i.e. from after the Peace).

‘Communion before Confirmation’ (or rather ‘Communion after Baptism’) is a return to the ancient custom of the church and is now the practice in many parishes.  However, because it is not yet universal, it should be made clear that admission to Holy Communion before confirmation is for the time being "for this parish only", but unconfirmed communicants who move to another parish will be commended to their new incumbent as communicant members of the church.

The article Preparing for Communion – the work of a lifetime published in the 2013 edition of the Spire gives a fuller account of the thinking behind our policy.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sketching St Jude's

Architecture students from Syracuse University sketching in the church on Friday 15 November 2013

Remembrance Sunday 2013

Remembrance Sunday 2013
Read more in the Ham and High pp 30 -31
Pictures by Nigel Sutton

Monday, November 04, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Autumn Market Saturday 12 October

This year's Autumn Market will be held on Saturday 12 October from 10.30 am to 2 pm in the church. There will be something for everyone - books, CDs, toys, bric-a-brac, jewellery, home-made jams and cakes, fruit from local gardens - plus a children's activity area and a tombola with tempting prizes. Refreshments will include home-made soup, Welsh cakes and tea and coffee.

Please come and bring your families and friends. 

If you have home-made jams or books or anything else that could be sold at one of the stalls, please bring them to the church on Friday afternoon 11 October.

John Raphael

Journalist Lesley Bellew visited St Jude's today to look at the memorial (in background) to John Raphael for an article she is writing about the First World War.

Lieutenant John Edward Raphael (born 1882) was the only child of Albert and Harriette Raphael, of 5 Wild Hatch. He was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School and St John's College, Oxford, became a member of Lincoln's Inn and was called to the bar in 1908. 

Jack Raphael was a keen sportsman. He won 14 blues at Oxford: four for Rugby, three for cricket, three for swimming, and four for water polo. He won nine Rugby International Caps for England, and captained Surrey at both rugby and cricket. 

At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps raised by his cousin, Sir Herbert Raphael, M.P. for West Derby. He died of wounds – received on June 7th at the battle of Messines – on June 11th, 1917. An officer who was with him when he was wounded writes: " I have seen gallant men in many parts of the world, under all sorts of conditions, but never in my experience have I been so impressed by such a magnificent display of sheer pluck and unselfishness as was shown by Lieut. J. E. Raphael."

A memorial service was held at St Jude's on June 24, 1917.

The monument (on the north wall of the church near the organ) by the sculptor Charles Sykes (the designer of the 'Spirit of Ecstasymascot for Rolls Royce cars), was paid for by Jack's mother in recognition of his close friendship with the vicar, Basil Bourchier, who had been a contemporary at Merchant Taylors'. It was unveiled on 26th October 1919 by Dr Nairn, the Head Master.

Read more about John Raphael here and Lesley's in Daily Express article.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Friday, August 02, 2013

Open House Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2013

St Jude's is open on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sketches of the Proms by Ellen Gilbert

Welcome to my collection of drawings done during rehearsal time at the St Jude's 2013
These are process prints from my tiny and discreet sketchbook, which will be worked up as really nice pictures when time allows.
I hope you enjoy your visit to this intimate collection.
And if you would like to know more, and see the finished products, please come to an event I'm planning for September.

Ellen Gilbert

Friday, July 19, 2013

Welcome to St Jude's

St Jude's is the parish church of Hampstead Garden Suburb
We gather every Sunday at 1030 at the Lord's Table to celebrate the Holy Eucharist

We have a fine choir and strong musical tradition

Our style of worship is both traditional and creative
Our Lady Chapel is used for early Sunday and weekday services

We host the annual Proms at St Jude's music and literary festival

Our church is beautifully decorated with murals by Walter P. Starmer

We hope to see you soon

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yale visit

Students from Yale visiting the church on 18 July 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Geoffrey Britton

 The funeral of Geoffrey Britton will take place at St Jude's Church 
on Monday 29 July at 2pm.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Our organist Nicholas Chalmers

An engagingly enthusiastic and versatile musician, Nicholas Chalmers will be conducting a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, at Nevill Holt, Britain’s newest summer opera festival.

Read more in the Telegraph . . . 

and at

Monday, July 01, 2013

Last Night of the Proms @ St Jude's 2013

Photographs by Michael Eleftheriades