Services at St John’s
Worship in person and online during Covid-19
With the return to attended services from Palm Sunday (28th March), our online arrangements will be slightly different – with Sunday services recorded ‘as they happen’, and the recording posted online shortly afterwards to our YouTube channel. Previous ‘online’ services are available on YouTube here (note this is not the same channel), or you can listen on Soundcloud.
The church has now re-opened for services on Sunday at 10am (Parish Eucharist with music from the choir), and Wednesdays at 10am (said Holy Communion). In line with national guidance, these services are shorter than usual, and (for the moment) refreshments are not available afterwards. However, a flourishing ‘zoom coffee’ group has been formed – this meets at 11.45am each Sunday to share conversation; joining details available in the weekly notices. On Mondays an online service of Morning Prayer is offered at 9am (joining details in the weekly notice sheet). As soon as restrictions allow, we plan to return to the full pattern of services described below.
8am Communion (said)
A reflective and quiet service of Holy Communion held in the Memorial Chapel. Readings follow the Anglican lectionary, and the service includes a short homily before receiving communion.
10am Parish Communion
The main service of the week; we gather as a church to hear God’s word and celebrate communion, receiving Christ in bread and wine. The choir leads our music with plenty of opportunity for the congregation to join in with hymns to worship God. A sermon is given to help explain the readings and guide what God may be saying to us. Prayers are offered for the community and wider world. After the service, refreshments are available in the Church Hall as we continue our fellowship more informally.
On the second Sunday, the service is shorter and suitable for parents and children to worship together, in church.
Children are welcome at all of our services. For more details, see this page.
6.30pm Evening services
On the first Sunday of every month, we meet for worship from a variety of styles – including Choral Evensong, Sung Evensong, Compline, Taize and Songs of Praise. These services often provide a peaceful way to end the weekend, and prepare for the week ahead.
9am Morning Prayer
A quiet service based around the Church of England’s ‘Daily Prayer’. This takes place in the Prayer Area or Memorial Chapel, and usually lasts around 25 minutes.
10am Communion (said)
A reflective and quiet service of Holy Communion held in the Memorial Chapel. Readings follow the Anglican lectionary, and the service includes a short homily before receiving communion. After the service, refreshments are available in the Dora Honnor Room, with an opportunity for informal fellowship.