The congregation at St. Johns is a fairly eclectic mix of people.
Our services are inclusive and engaging. We feel that it is important to strike a balance between maintaining the dignity and beauty of the liturgy and making people feel that the worship of the Church is relevant to their lives.
The aim with all services is to take the congregation on a journey where they are brought into the presence of God to worship, to receive forgiveness for their sins, to receive the Grace and love of Christ and you, to learn, and to experience the fellowship of faith.
Types of Services
First Sunday - Holy Communion
Second Sunday of the month – Service of the word; Family Service and Church Parade
Third Sunday – Holy Communion
Fourth Sunday - Service of The Word
Fifth Sunday - Holy Communion
The second Sunday of the month is very much geared to welcoming the uniformed organisations and Young Church members into our service. The teaching at this service is aimed at their level and young people are often involved in the service, reading lessons, performing drama and taking part in activities during the “sermon”. The Revelation Group also sometimes leads these services.
Welcoming children in services
We welcome parent with children of all ages into our services. Babies and toddlers are welcome to sit with their parents during the service and we love to hear the joyful sounds of the life and energy they bring we have recently made an area in the church where parents can sit with there children in the church. Many parents worry that their children may disrupt the service; we do not. We want a church that is full of the life, energy and joy that young children bring.
We provide changing facilities.
For parents wanting to use the young church, the children sit with the adults until the end of the second hymn and then go to their Young Church sessions, either in the Wheatley Chapel, or the Vestry.
Young Church [age 5 – 11] –
During Church services, children between the ages of five and sixteen leave the main congregation to attend “Young Church”. These lessons are taken by a team of leaders. The young people are encouraged to read the Bible, to discuss the meaning of what they are reading and apply what they have learnt to situations they meet in real life. Due to the distance between the Church and the Hall, lessons have to take place in Church and this puts limitations on the kind of activities that the children can take part in. However, they enjoy their lessons and there are good friendships among them.
Revelation Group [age 12 – 16] –
this group is for young adults in secondary school. Revelations take a more proactive part in Church life by planning and leading some of the Church Parade services, help out serving tea and coffee, and in helping set out the Wheatley Chapel for toddler group sessions. During the school summer holidays, a Sunday club is run for children attending Church.
Facilities for the disabled & Elderly – Our church is well equipped for the needs of the elderly and the disabled
a. Step-free access to Disabled toilet with ramp access
c. Public Address System with an induction loop.