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Vicars and Priests at St John's

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In the century and more since the start of St John's (initially as a temporary church in 1873, and then with the current building in 1893) there have been a relatively small number of priests in charge of the parish. Indeed, just three of them (Fr White, Canon James and Fr Salter) gave over 110 years of combined service to the parish!

It is these men, listed below, who have steered the church and its people through ever changing times, all the while maintaining the dignified anglo-catholic worship for which St John's is justly known.

Vicars and Priests

Rev. J.H. White
Priest-in-Charge of the Tin Church, 1873-1893
Priest-in-Charge, 1893-1898

Rt. Rev. John M. Steward, Bp
Priest-in-Charge, 1898-1904

Rev. Canon R.H.L. James
Vicar, 1904-1954

Rev. S.J. Forrest
Vicar, 1954-1961

Rev. R. Salter
Vicar, 1962-1998

Rev. J. Cope
Vicar, 1999-2007

Rev. E.J. Lewis
Priest-in-Charge, 2010-2011

Rev. D.E. Stevenson
Priest-in-Charge, 2011-2013
Vicar, 2013-2023

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Join Our Services This Week

There are no services at St John's Church this week, whilst we enjoy our Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham.

The next service at St John's is the Collation, Induction and Installation of Fr Corniel on Thursday 20th June at 7.30pm.

A New Vicar

The Collation, Induction and Installation of Fr Corniel as our new incumbent will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 20th June, followed by refreshments. All welcome to this important service which marks a major milestone in the continued ministry of St John's Church to the people of Watford and beyond.

Please remember Corniel and his family in your prayers as he prepares for his new ministry.

Cancelled Services in June

Please note that there will no services at St John's Church on Friday 14th June and Sunday 16th June (due to the Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham), and Friday 21st June (following the Collation, Induction and Installation of Fr Corniel as our new Vicar).

Weekday Services at St John's

From Wednesday 26th June, our weekday parish mass will be held on Wednesdays at 10.00am, rather than on Fridays. Our last Friday morning service is on 7th June. The next weekday service after this will be on Wednesday 26th June.