Welcome to our family
St John’s is a place to belong – whether you’re from the local area around West Byfleet, or further afield. We’re a friendly and caring place, whatever your age or stage of faith. For those already familiar with church, we’re part of the Church of England, with a liberal catholic ethos – we support the ordination of women, and we hope you’ll enjoy worshipping with us, wherever you’re from, or whatever your status, gender or sexuality.
If you’re new to the Christian faith, we’ll help you find out more; if you have questions, we’ll help you find answers; if your faith is wavering, perhaps we can help you through difficult times? Whoever you are, whatever your situation, you’re welcome here!
St John’s is usually open during the day, providing a space to pray, sit, think or be still. When the building is closed, you are welcome to spend time in the church grounds, including using the picnic tables for lunch when the weather permits.
Covid update (17th September) – We continue with our usual pre-covid pattern of Sunday services, with a quiet service at 8am (Holy Communion) as well as our main Parish Eucharist at 10am (followed by refreshments), and a monthly evening service. For those unable to attend, the 10am service is recorded and posted to YouTube (usually within 24 hours). We also offer Morning Prayer on Mondays at 9.30am, and a mid-week service of Holy Communion (said) at 10am every Wednesday. We continue to follow government guidance for public enclosed spaces, and regularly measure the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air – which indicates the likelihood of airborne Covid virus. Fortunately, we do have very good ventilation, and measurements have consistently been well below the average ‘safe’ levels recommended by the HSE (including at our recent Songs of Praise service, when a congregation of 60 sang a selection of favourite hymns). In addition, we have significantly increased the space between each row of seats (and thus reduced the overall seating capacity). Accordingly, we now do not require you to wear a mask when seated in the building, or when singing. Of course, if you prefer to wear a mask, that’s ok as well! During the week, the church building is now open most days from 10am-3pm for private prayer and reflection. The church grounds are also open to visitors who are welcome to use the seats, picnic tables, or areas of shade under the trees.
Can we pray for you?
There are occasions when each one of us feels a need for the support of prayer – and during difficult and taxing times, there may be any number of additional reasons why any of us might want someone to pray with or for us. There’s no need to explain why you need the prayer (unless you choose) – just ask.
Send an email to email@example.com or phone 01932 851830 (Geoff Jones) who will make sure that your request is made known to the Ministry Team. Be assured that you, or those you are seeking prayer for, will be prayed for. The same goes for other needs you may have – please get in touch if you need help and we will see what can be done.