2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays
10am Parish Communion with Children’s Church
Everyone is very welcome at this special service where we share holy bread and wine.
We use Common Worship Order One in contemporary language and sing a range of traditional and modern hymns.
There is a children’s area that the youngest children can use with their parents if they are feeling restless during the service and there are busy bags by the entrance door with toys and books in them which children can take to their seats and use during the service.
Children aged 3+ are invited to go for Children’s Church, a time of activities, stories and learning during the service. The 3 to 5 year olds meet in the children’s room and the 6+ group have their own space in the crypt. Both groups leave after the first hymn and re-join the congregation for Communion.
There are refreshments and homemade cakes after the Sunday service for the congregation to meet and chat.
1st Sunday of the month
10am Family Communion
This shorter service is for all ages to worship together so children remain with their families rather than going off for activities. Our older children take part in the service, reading and leading the prayers, there is an all age talk rather than a sermon and we share holy bread and wine.
3rd Sunday of the month
9am Holy Communion
This is a quiet communion service held in the high altar chapel with a short reflection and no hymns.
10am Sacred Space with Children’s Church.
This service explores and celebrates a particular theme or aspect of Christian faith. It is prepared by a planning team who use material from a wide range of sources including Iona, Taize and Inclusive Church writers. The structure of the service is variable; there is usually a contemporary reading or poem as well as a Bible reading, sometimes a time of discussion, often a multi-sensory action or reflection. Topics include ethical concerns like a Christian response to environmental issues or Christian doctrines like the Trinity.
There are special services for Christmas, Candlemas, Ash Wednesday, Mothering Sunday, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Harvest, All Souls and Remembrance Sunday.
For more information about this year’s see the Saints Alive link and scroll down to the ‘What’s on’ page.
Evening Prayer – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.45pm
A short, quiet service of psalms, canticles, readings and prayer.
Evening prayer is said in the Lady Chapel. Please use the Bloomfield Road entrance to the church.
Through baptism we welcome people of all ages into the church family.
We baptise children either during our 10am Sunday service, though not during lent, or at a special baptism service at 12 noon on a Sunday. Adults can be baptised at St John’s, though it is normal for adults to be baptised and confirmed at the same time.
If you would like to have a baptism at St John’s please contact the vicar.
We baptise members of the congregation, their immediate families and those who live in the parish.
The Church of England website has more information about baptism – click here.
At confirmation, young people and adults make the promises that were made for them at their baptism, before the Bishop. The Bishop lays hands on the candidates, confirms their faith and invites them to receive the bread and wine of communion.
We run confirmation classes every year jointly with our sister church All Saints and Kingston Reformed Church. For more information please contact the vicar.
The Church of England website has more information about confirmation – click here.
To arrange a wedding at St John’s please contact the vicar.
You can be married at St John’s if you are a member of the congregation, if you live in the parish or if you have a connection to the church.
The Church of England website has more information about organising a church wedding – click here.
To arrange a funeral or memorial service please contact the vicar.