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Re-opening of the Church for Private Prayer

 

We will be opening St John’s each day for two hours from 15th June from 10.30-12.30pm for individual prayer only.
 
Several members of our church have volunteered to be on duty whilst the church is open to act as stewards.  This is necessary to ensure the Government guidelines are followed, especially with regarding to maintaining social distancing.  The measures in place are: separate entrance/exit, using hand-sanitiser upon entry/exit, having a one-way system to reduce possible contact with others, use of only three designated pews (which will be cleaned in between each visitor).  To further reduce possible transmission risk, we have removed the pew cushions from the designated pews as well as the Bibles.  Please bring your own Bible and a cushion to sit on if you need to.  The toilet and votive candle stand are unavailable.
 
Many churches won’t be opening but we feel it is important to offer St John’s for prayer and reflection as we have been so used to doing for almost five years.  This would not be possible without the team of stewards and others who have given up their time to be on duty to ensure we do our bit to keep everyone safe.  So, huge thanks to the stewards’ team and to our Churchwardens, Jonny who have spent many hours preparing risk assessments etc this week!

 

Communion Services

We are pleased to announce that from Sunday 5th July our worship of God can now resume for limited Communion Services on Sundays (9.30-10.05am) and on Wednesdays (10.30-11.05am).

We will continue to provide online prayer, worship, study and community life for those people who are shielded or cannot attend in person.  See our Virtual Church Page.

Strict Coronavirus guidelines will apply, therefore, you will need to book prior to attending either service by contacting the Revd Jonny Rapson (click here). 

The Coronavirus regulations require that there will be no hymns, peace, pew sheets, or Bibles.  Communion will be administered in one kind only with no sharing of the common cup.  Communicants will receive the bread only in the hand.  We will of course supply hand gel for use prior to entry, and we would advise you to wear face coverings and gloves if possible.  A full risk assessment has been conducted and Stewards will meet you at the South Door and direct you to the available pews.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either Matthew or Jonny.  Click here

We look forward to welcoming you back to our Church.

 

Safeguarding at St John's

Did you know that we have a team of people at St John's who are involved in keeping the children and vulnerable adults safe?  Whilst the PCC have overall responsibility, they appointed Mark Lynch and Louise Gregory to receive any disclosures (historical or new), Sue Wright to act as Children's Champion and Sheila Oliver to act as our Vulnerable Adults Champion.  Sue and Sheila help to ensure that the children and vulnerable adults have someone who is mindful of their needs.

Contact numbers for Mark and Louise are listed on our weekly pew sheet.  There are also posters in the Church and Church House which provide various telephone numbers of where help can be obtained if required.  For more information on Safeguarding at St John's please Click Here.
 


2020 Diocesan Lent Appeal

We plan to support the 2020 Lent Appeal called "Wheels for Climate Change Emergencies".  The money will be distributed equally between the Dioceses of Angola and Mozambique to help them replace vehicles that were purchased in 2012 as they are no longer fit for purpose.  This practical assistance will enable the Bishops of Angola and Mozambique to continue to provide much-needed pastoral support in a practical way as they travel around their Diocese.