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There is always plenty going on at St John's and this page is a great way to keep up to date with the latest news and notices from Clive and the Church Office.


Funeral for Don Spall

It is with sadness that we announce Don Spall passed away on 20 September 2018.  Lyn said the family were all there and it was very peaceful.   The funeral will take place on Monday 15th October at 10.30am at St John's church.  

Don was a much loved member of our church family - our condolences, love and prayers go to Lyn and all the family at this time.

Cafe Church with Paul and Jane Smith - Sunday 7th October at 7pm 

We look forward to welcoming Paul and Jane Smith, to speak  to us at Cafe Church on Sunday 7th October where they will share something of their exciting journey of faith. 

Paul, Jane, Peter, Andrew and Jenna have been attending St John's church for the last year and hope to move to Mozambigue on 24th November where Paul and Jane will  become Directors of a vocational training centre called “Tariro”, which means hope.  To read Paul and Jane's testimony, please visit our 'Testimony' page under Church Life/Testimony or click here.    

Paul and Jane 

St John's Church Interior - 1900 

You may recall that last Sunday Clive talked about a photo of our church (around 1900) where the words 'BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD AND NOT HEARERS ONLY DECEIVING YOURSELVES'.  are shown above.  Below is a copy of the photograph - if you would like to learn a little more of the history of St John's please click on the photograph. 

To listen to Clive's sermon, please visit our 'Sermons and Media' page which can be found under 'Resources' or alternatively please click here.   

Church interior - 1900

Pumpkin Heroes - Wednesday 31st October, 5pm-7pm

An alternative to Halloween for all ages on Wednesday 31st October 5:00-7:00pm in St John’s Church. 

We will be having fun together with games, songs, prayers, food and an interactive story with Patch the Pumpkin.  A chance to think about how we can share the light of Jesus in our community.   Come and join us, and why not invite a friend to come with you?  Children under 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

For more information or to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Clare Johnston in the Church Office.

Pumpkin Party Poster 

St John's Youth invited to Gather - 29th September  

Saturday 29 September Doors open at 5.30pm, starts at 6.00pm til 9.45pm 

Andy Williams, Youth Leader, has invited our youth to the annual Diocesan Youth event where young people can come together to gather, celebrate and explore their growing faith, their way.  The range of activities include: Inflatable Obstacle Course, Games, Human Hungry Hippos, Worship, Football Cage, Drum Workshop, BBQ, Photobooth and loads more! 

To book a place and for further information please contact Andy Williams - email: 


Alpha - we need your help!

This is one of our main outreach initiatives in the year and for it to be successful we need our whole church family to be involved.  This year a lifegroup have offered to organise and run the course so we have the capacity to take a large group.  So far not many have booked in, so please prayerfully consider who you can invite along.   Also, feel free to come along with someone you have invited to the Introductory Session to encourage them.   For catering purposes, please contact the church office to let us know of anyone who may be interested in attending and in the meantime, please pray for the Alpha Course this year and the lifegroup team that will be running this.  For further information please view our Alpha page, or click here. 


Bring & Share Church Lunches

Our next Bring & Share Church Lunch will be held after our 10am morning service on the 7th October.  All ages are most welcome to join in for sharing of food and fellowship with one another.  Any help in either setting up or clearing away afterwards is always very much appreciated. 

Bring and Share Lunch 

Single Morning Service 


Parenting Teenagers Course

The Youth and Children’s and Families departments are here to help children and young people as they grow up and are here to support parents too.  As part of that there will be a five week Parenting Teenagers Course starting on Tuesday 2 October, 7:00-9:30pm in the Old Vicarage.  For more information see the flyer in the foyer or speak to Andy Williams or Clare Johnston.  To book a place please use the form in the flyer or contact the Church Office or 01394 383162.

Parenting Course 2018

St John's Confirmation Service (with baptism) - Sun 25th November

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in being baptised or confirmed - you are never too old, so if this is something you have always wanted to do, please consider this opportunity.   The service will be held at St John's Church on Sunday 25th November at 5pm (there will be no Cafe Church on this day) and after the service there will be a shared supper for the candidates and church family - everyone welcome! 

If you are an adult please contact the Vicars P.A, Tracey Fearn, via the church office.  If you are in Revival Youth (Cells), please contact Andy Williams.  Preparation sessions will be arranged for both adults and youth in the Autumn - dates to be confirmed nearer the time. 

Baptism and Confirmation Servi