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Online Service!

Our online service is now available: click here. See our blog page for previous weeks services.


We have a number for those without internet access to dial and hear St John's sermon recordings. The number is 01946 550259.
Do you know someone who might appreciate it? If so, please spread the word, we hope that this means more people will be able to listen to God's Word being preached.

The number is charged at normal call charges from your provider. So, to take an example, if a person has free evening and weekend calls from a land line, it will be free to them at that time. Contact your phone provider if you are unsure about charges.

15 October 2020

Christianity Explored

What's the best news you've ever heard?

At this time when COVID-19 has brought the world to its knees Christianity Explored is your chance to find answers.

For more information click here.

Prayer letter from Eloise Marsland

12 September 2020 (Updated 11 October 2020)

A prayer letter from Eloise Marsland. Pray for her as she settles into being a ministry trainee in Sheffield, especially with the added complications of rising infection levels.

Prayer Letter October 2020
Prayer Letter September 2020

Prayer letter from Jonathan Wong

26 September 2020

A prayer letter from Jon Wong, in his ministry trainee year in Sheffield. Read and pray!

Prayer Letter September 2020

Prayer letter from Hazel Naylor

19 September 2020 (Uploaded 26 September)

A prayer letter from Hazel Naylor, after a few weeks of her ministry trainee year in Carlisle. Read and pray!

Prayer Letter September 2020

5 September 2020

Reopening Church

At last! Next Sunday (13th) and the Wednesday following (16th), both at 10.30am, we'll be able to meet as church.

We have a booking system in place and so you will need to book for the service you wish to attend (but only one week at a time). If you have already indicated that you are happy to come to the mid-week service it would be great if you booked in for the Wednesday (rather than Sunday) so we can help as many people attend as possible.

The booking system is useful for two things: it means we can do our best to fit everyone in who wants to be there. And secondly, because we will have everyone's details, we won't need to fill in forms or search through long lists before letting you in when you arrive.

To book a place in church for next Sunday or Wednesday, it would be easiest for us if you send an email to:
But if you'd rather phone, you can use this phone number to book: 07563 473 620.
When you email us (or phone), please tell us:
which service (Sunday or Wednesday) you would like to attend,
how many seats you would like to book, and if you require use of the hearing loop

If you've emailed us, we will send an email back to confirm your place.
Don't forget, when you come to church on Sunday or Wednesday:
Come in good time (be prepared for rain as there might be a short wait outside), Bring a Bible (there won't be any in the pews), Wait until all your party has arrived before you come into the building - then we can quickly check you off, Bring (and wear!) a face covering

Note: all our online services and meetings will continue as usual, even after we are meeting Sundays and Wednesdays.

Hopefully I'll see many of you in person next week!


9 May 2020 (Updated 5 September)

Pre-church live worship 9.30am

Join our zoom session and sing with us in praise to God, with prayer also. Anyone can join; please place your mic on mute though! Because of sound delay you will only hear the leader sing and play but hopefully it will create a sense of singing together. Please feel free to join at 9.20am to say hello to others, hope to see you.

Meeting ID: 758 9806 9928
Password: sing
Click here to join zoom session

6 August 2020

We would like to recruit a female leader for CYFA, our 14-18s work. Could you serve in this way?

We are in great need of a female leader in order to keep running the group in September. We would like someone to join us who is a committed Christian and could help with leading the group, along with Si Walker and the two other team members. Responsibilities include: helping to organise sessions, contributing to some of the teaching (for which we can provide assistance if needed) and helping with pastoral care for the young people.

We meet on Sunday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm (although there may be more online meetings in the future, initially).

We would like to emphasise that there is no age requirement, and we would welcome interest from those who may not have done youth work for some years. Or you may not have done youth work before, but feel up for a new challenge.

For an informal conversation, please get in touch with Si Walker (contact details). The role is voluntary and subject to our safe recruitment policy and DBS, as laid out in our Safeguarding Policy.

24 March 2020. Updated 4 April

Prayer Meeting

In times of uncertainty, especially now that we have been told to stay at home, we have to draw strength from our heavenly Father. The best way to do this is to continue to meet up remotely and pray with one another. To this end, we are going to see if we can hold a prayer meeting via the online platform, Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join in, all you need is access to the zoom app (smartphone, iPad or laptop) and pray with us in the comfort of your own home. We plan to have a a prayer session every Sunday at 8:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Fergus, Si or Nigel.

6 May 2020.

House of Bishops backs phased approach to revising access to church buildings

"The House of Bishops met via Zoom this afternoon, as it has done regularly throughout the current pandemic, and continued to review advice to clergy on the Church’s efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, to protect the vulnerable and health services..."
Click here to read on

17 March 2020. Updated 21 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update: The St John's Continuity Plan is now available.

In the light of the Prime Minister's speech yesterday, and a letter from Bishop James just now, we are cancelling Sunday services and meetings in general. Do pass this word around to make sure everyone hears. Many things in church life can be carried on through phone, social media and the church website and I hope these will develop and be helpful to us all. Pastorally we need to do all we can to care for those who will feel most deeply this general social distancing. Please don't hesitate to email or phone me or Si.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever . . . For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." (Hebrews 13:8, 14-16)

There is a 'St John's continuity plan' which PCC members have received; a briefer version of it will be posted here tomorrow and updated as developments occur.

Rev'd Fergus Pearson

25 May 2018

Data protection privacy notice

The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation, (the “GDPR”). This new data protection regulation is effective from 25th May 2018.

You can access our Privacy Notice from the Contact Us page.