About Us

Welcome to St John the Apostle Parish Church in Whetstone. We offer a traditional but friendly and relaxed approach to worship. We particularly welcome families with young children - our very close ties to St John’s Primary School mean that we are used to the bustle and noise of children.

Praise and thanksgiving are at the heart of everything we do, and we reach out actively to our neighbours and the community to offer support and fellowship to all who want. Feel free to browse our website or come on down to see us. If you have any questions about our activities, or you just want to talk to someone, you can find contact details at the top of the page.

If you are interested in baptism, confirmation, Bible study or have something you want to talk over with someone, please get in touch and we’ll be delighted to help.

We are responding positively so as to maintain St John’s as a centre for Christian worship for the people of our parish and to continue:

  • to build a vibrant forward looking church in the catholic Anglican tradition,
  • to be a welcoming church which nurtures the faith and spiritual growth of its members and
  • to find new ways of connecting with God’s people in the community.

Our Electoral Roll has decreased slightly with the complete renewal of the roll in 2019.

Having sold our old Church Hall in 2016, plans for the constructing a new hall in the Vicarage grounds are at an advanced stage. Ultimately we also intend to replace the bell tower which was dismantled following a storm in 1995.

Outreach into the community is very much part of our mission at St John’s.  We are keen fundraisers for the North London Hospice which is situated in the parish.  The church also has historical links to Baxendale Woodside Home a retirement home located on the site of Woodside House - originally the home of Joseph Baxendale one of the founders of St. John’s.  Activities run by church members - the Chat Club held weekly in a church member's home; Community Coffee Morning weekly on Friday mornings during St John's School term time.

Particularly noteworthy has been our support for the night shelter initiative, originated by Churches Together in Finchley and now run by a local charity Together in Barnet, of providing accommodation for the homeless in church halls throughout the winter months. We have assisted on Thursday nights which involved volunteers from our congregation, together with other volunteers, mainly from other churches, providing an evening meal, friendship and social interaction, a bed for the night and breakfast in the morning.

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