(Last updated 28/08/2020)
Like all churches in the UK the Coronavirus has had a huge impact.
There is no stopping our church. Many church activities have moved from the building into the community. Our services are now on-line (see the St John’s Online menu option) and are reaching more people than ever before. Some of them have been viewed more than 3000 times. There is “Zoom Coffee” after the service to allow us to keep in touch.
There are daily prayers on-line along with regular children’s activities and other services.
Most life groups are continuing via Skype or Zoom or similar. Contact your Life Group leader for more information. Many other ministries are continuing on-line.
If you need help of any sort because of the epidemic, or can offer help, please contact the church office.
We will try to keep the web site updated with the current details about all aspects of how the epidemic is affecting the church. Each page of the web site has an update if it is affected in any way.
Services in the Church Building
The church building is currently open for private prayer Monday to Thursday 12.30-2.30pm. There is a small communion service at 12.00 on Wednesdays.
Sunday church services will be restarting on 6th September.
Note that the government only allows churches to operate with certain restrictions in place (for example no singing and face-masks required). When communion is taken it will be bread only.
Seats will have to be booked in advance. To do this we are using EventBrite – follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-person-holy-communion-service-tickets-117994810655 . People who cannot access on-line services will be prioritised, if this applies to you and you cannot book a seat call the church office.
The following services are planned.
- 9am (Hybrid – In Person and Live Streamed) – Traditional (Said) Communion with Organ Music
- 10.30am (Online only) – Contemporary Service with just the Team present (which we are doing now)
- 6.30pm Revive-lite – in church only, not available on-line
The two morning services will have the same Theme and Preachers . At this stage singing is still not permitted. We hope that the Gallery (top floor) can be equipped to increase the seating capacity by the start of September.
The Easter Centre
All events in the Easter Centre are currently cancelled or have been moved on-line. Playbox, the church nursery school, will be running as normal after the summer break.
Helping The Local Community
The church is currently doing what it can to help the community in these challenging times. We offer prayer support, shopping, prescription deliveries etc. Contact the Church Office if you need any help.
If you are suffering from anxiety in these challenging the Hope In Depression charity have produced some useful information, see https://www.hopeindepression.org/post/coronavirus-anxiety-stopping-the-spread-of-fear or see the their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5W5e7cho7y6E8-3WFWzJxQ/featured