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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.


Advent Communion Service - Wednesday 5th December at 10.30am 

Advent Service 2018

 Pumpkin Heroes

Thank you very much to all those who helped at Pumpkin Heroes last Wednesday.  We were joined by over 40 children and their families for games, craft, stories and food.  It was a fantastic evening filled with fun and light!

Children's Work Volunteering Opportunities 

Experience Christmas

This year we are running Experience Christmas again and we already have bookings from three local primary schools.  The children have the opportunity to explore different aspects of the Christmas story in an interactive way and reflect on the meaning of Christmas for Christians and for themselves.  Experience Christmas is on 28 -30 November and 5-7 December, if you can help by telling part of the Christmas story to small groups of around 6 children please sign up on the board in church.

Sparklers Leader 

We are looking for someone to join the Sparklers team working with children aged 2-5 during the 10:00 service from January.  This role is on a month-on, month-off basis and involves planning and leading the sessions using materials provided by Scripture Union.  There is a team of helpers and full training will be given.  Please think and pray about whether you could serve our preschool age children  in this way.

Holiday Club

Next year’s Holiday Club will be on 18-20  February 2019.  John Hardwick will be joining us again, this year’s theme will be Junior Heroes.  Holiday Club is action packed, high energy and full of fun!  It’s a tiring but very rewarding opportunity to get to know the children and share the message of Jesus’ love with them.  If you can offer to help in any way please sign up on the board in church – there is a job for everyone from upfront to behind-the-scenes, during the week or in advance.

For more information on any children’s work opportunities  contact Clare Johnston through the Church Office or

 Friday  Night Youth 

Since September myself and Andy have been meeting with the young people on a Friday night, 6:30 - 8:30pm in a changed format from Rock Solid. After an hour of craft/games we have a short input/testimony/answering questions and end with a game  and chat.  As many of you know, David and I are having a baby at the beginning of January, so I can no longer organise this group. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the young people. This group has been growing in the last few months into an amazing group of about 20, who are really keen to meet up and spend time together.  Organising this group would involve a bit of research on topics the young people  want to explore or hear about and then together with Andy Williams think of ways to incorporate this. There are many willing people who have offered help in different areas, but a person is needed to bring it all together and lead. Please contact Manuela directly or through the church office to find out more.

Sunday 25th Nov at 5pm with Bishop Mike - All Welcome!

We would love our church family to come and support those that are making their public declaration.   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).   Bishop Mike will be coming to conduct the service and provide a talk - following the service at approximately 6pm there will be a shared supper (please bring a savoury or sweet dish along to share, but if you forget on the day please stay, as there will be plenty to go around).    

Baptism and Confirmation Servi

A message from Lyn Spall

 My family and I would like to thank all our St John’s Family for their many cards, prayers and good wishes following Don’s passing. We have been overwhelmed by the love shown by so many. We also thank you for your generosity in supporting Parkinson’s UK. The Wing Walk and other donations have raised over £5,000. A wonderful legacy for my wonderful husband. Thank you all.


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