Sunday Service from St John's - 4th October 2020
On Sunday October 4th we will be meeting to worship together, both in St John's church building and broadcast live on YouTube.
New! You don't have to book in advance to come to church, but for COVID-19 restrictions and rules please read carefully the "Restarting Sunday Services" article below. For track and trace, you can either scan our QR code on arrival using the NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace app, or fill in a paper form. If possible, please download and complete the form in advance to save queues - scroll down for the links.
The YouTube livestream will start around 9.55am with some music and the service will start at 10am. The service will be around 45 minutes long. To watch, please click this link to go straight to the service or click on the image below. You can also go to our YouTube channel and set a reminder.
We want everyone to be involved in the service, whether you are in the building or watching online. Please use YouTube chat to say hello or ask questions. There will also be a chance to chat using Zoom after the service at 11.20; the details are in this week's email notices.
Craft for Sunday’s service
This Sunday there will be craft available in church for children to make during the service. To complete the craft, you will need to bring your own:
- colouring pencils
You may also like to bring something to lean on while you are doing the colouring.
For children at home, you can print out this template onto white A4 card (or copy it if you're unable to print) and you will also need the list of items above plus two brass split pins.
In addition to the craft, as it is the end of our series in Ephesians, there is also a colouring sheet and some bookmarks with verses from Ephesians, for adults and children who like to do colouring and who would like a visual reminder of some of the key verses. Please note that the bookmarks are on multiple pages, so you might only want to print page 1. These won't be available in church.
Born in 2020
We are starting a new group for first time parents of babies born during 2020.
The group will initially meet weekly via Zoom starting from Friday 9th October, from 10am until 11am.
Restarting Sunday Services
We have restarted services in St John's church building with limited numbers.
There will be just one service initially - an All Age Service at 10am. The service will be around 45 minutes long. Everyone is welcome but, due to social distancing requirements, space is limited. There is currently no requirement to book in advance, but we will keep this under review. The service will continue to be live-streamed on our YouTube channel, including the chance to chat and say hello.
New! If you have downloaded the NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App, you can scan our QR code (on the track and trace desk). If not, you will have to complete a track and trace form - ideally please download it and complete it in advance. The form is available in Word format or PDF format. Paper copies will be available in church too if needed.
The Welcome Team will meet you with a friendly greeting and help you through the process. Please remember that the COVID-19 restrictions give them little flexibility, for example you will not be able to choose your normal seat!
Everyone must wear a mask throughout the service if they are aged 11 or over.
New! Remember the Rule of 6 before and after the service. You must not gather in groups to chat.
Please watch the video below for details of the measures we have put in place in order to keep everyone safe. You can view the church layout in this document.
Real Issues Service - Christ and the Coronavirus
On Sunday 3rd May, Mike led a special Real Issues service - "What is Christ saying to us in the Coronavirus?"
You can listen again to the recording of the livestream (link to YouTube will open in a new window).
The audio of the talk is also available on our sermon recordings page and as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast channels.
Many people make their gifts to church via standing order, however, those who would normally use envelopes or put their offerings on the plate in church are not able to give in this way at the moment.
If that is how you would normally give, please consider setting up a transfer directly to the church’s bank account instead. The details are:
- Sort code: 05-06-34
- Account number: 52275551
- Account name: The Parochial Church Council of St John the Baptist
If you are able to Gift Aid your offering and haven't already completed a form, you can download one here.