Whats On at St. Johns
St. John’s Church will be open 10 – 2, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 – 4 on Wednesday and Saturday. On Sundays we are open for services only.
For information please ring Loraine Chesters 07811239756
Opening times are subject to staff availability.
8.00am - Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am - Principal Eucharist
Noon - Baptisms
6.30pm - Evensong (Compline last Sunday of the month)
10.00am - Holy Eucharist
12.00 noon - Holy Eucharist
Open For Prayer
Everyone is Welcome
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, filthy rich, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, broken hearted, or in need of a safe place.
We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like the Rector who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’ve never been to church before – you might get a pleasant surprise.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, balmy Rugby League or even Polo playing dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, we’ve been there too. If you blew all your offering money partying or on the gee gees, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, can’t add-up, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you! (With thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes Community USA for the idea)
The Church’s Year
What happens when and why?
There are different seasons and observances which make up the church’s year. They have grown up over time to help Christians remember the foundations and key points of their faith. Within the year there are also fixed dates when saints are remembered.
The Church year begins in Advent (meaning ‘coming’), four Sundays before Christmas Day.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. It is a fixed date which is 25th December, which means Advent varies in length.
(meaning ‘revelation’) follows on the 6th January. It commemorates the visit of the Magi (often called the Wise Men) to the infant Jesus. The season of Epiphany continues to reflect on the way God is revealed to the world.
This celebrates the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, forty days after his birth. It is therefore celebrated on February 2nd.
This is the beginning of Lent. It is derived by counting back 47 days from Easter day (40 days not including Sundays).
Lent is a season of penitence, discipline and preparation, used originally by candidates preparing for baptism at Easter.
Easter is a ‘moveable feast’, which is now calculated by finding the first Sunday after the spring full moon. The Easter season lasts until Pentecost, and celebrates the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
40 days after Easter Day Ascension Day commemorates the ascension of Christ into heaven.
Pentecost means in Greek ‘50 days’ and comes from a Jewish harvest festival. It occurs 50 days after Easter, and commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit onto the disciples.
This is the Sunday after Pentecost. Here the church reflects on God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons yet one God.
The rest of the year is called ordinary time
Throughout the years Saints days are also marked, often on the date of their death.
The significance of colour in the Church Year
Church colours determine the colours worn by the clergy and the altar frontals.
White or Gold
Christmas and Easter, and many saints
Pentecost, Passiontide, Apostles and martyrs
Purple (or Blue)
Times of penitence such as Advent or Lent