Past Events


7 December was 100th birthday of Fay Butcher, a member of St John's congregation for many years.  We were delighted that three Hurst Green vicars were there to join the celebrations.  The picture shows (l-r) current vicar, Anna Eltringham, and former vicars John Bickersteth (vicar in the 1960s and later Bishop of Bath and Wells) and David Butlin (vicar from 1992 - 2012).



PARTY ON THE GREEN - 12 June 2016

This was held on Hurst Green to cebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.  It was hosted by St John's church but was a real community event.  people brought picnics and enjoyed live music (including by our own Sarah Newbury, St John's choir, Hurst Green Singers and the Oxted Band), dancing, children's activities and lots of tea and cake!  It was rounded off by a 'Last Night of the Proms' style grand finale.

The picture shows St John's choir in action.  Other images can be seen here.









OXTED TEAM MINISTRY INAUGURATION - 5 November 2014 Oxted Team Minisrty group photo after the service

A Eucharist with the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon was held at St John's at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 November for the inauguration of the Oxted Team.

The new team is made up of St Mary's Oxted, St Peter's Tandridge, St John's Hurst Green and St George's Crowhurst.  Revd Andrew Rumsey, Rector of Oxted and Tandridge, will be the Team Rector and Revd Anna Eltringham, Vicar of Hurst Green and Crowhurst, will be the Team Vicar.

Click here for a transcript of Bishop Jonathan's sermon.

Click here for more photos.






This took  place at 4.30pm on Saturday 25 January here at St John's. The service was led by Jonathan, Bishop of Croydon, and was followed by refreshments in the York Rooms. Some official guests were present as well as members of Anna's family, her friends and members of her former congregation, also members of the congregation at St George's, Crowhurst, for whom Anna will also have responsibility. 

To see more photos of the evening click here


THE BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun came to preside and preach at our Centenary Eucharist on 14 July at 10am.

St John's was dedicated on July 12 1913, so this was the nearest we could get to mark the centenary of this event and it concluded our year of celebrations for our 100 years of existence.

A good number of people were able to attend and stayed on after the service enjoying a lavish finger buffet Luncheon Party held in the York Rooms.

After being thanked by Mary Seller, the Bishop wrote:

'The thanks are mine to you and everyone at St John's Hurst Green for very happy and blessed centenary celebrations, planned and prepared for with a masterly attention to detail which ensured all went so well on Sunday. Please convey my thanks and appreciation to the home team and the assurance of my prayers and blessing'.

+ Christopher


The Church and the Parish of St John's, Hurst Green said goodbye this weekend to David Butlin who has been our vicar for 20 years.

He came with his wife Judith and 2 young children Zachary and Hannah at a time of difficulty for St John's following the departure of the previous vicar George Russell, who himself had done so much for the parish.

David, with his ministry of quiet calm and stability, his love of people and care for the community has given encouragement and hope to many and will be very greatly missed.
This was amply demonstrated by the donations which flooded in amounting to over £3,000 and the good wishes and presence of so many at both his farewell party Saturday evening and his final service the following Sunday morning, 16 September. Tears were shed as people grappled with the reality of his leaving. 

We wish David well in his new post as Chaplain to the Heart of Kent Hospice at Aylesford and in his continuing counselling and therapy work.

David's farewell party
Saturday 15 September