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CHILDREN AT ST. JOHN'S

Families with children of all ages are very welcome at St. John's.Priest, deacon and children in Sunday service

The FROGs are our Sunday School. It stands for FRiends Of God, and each Sunday morning the FROGs leave with adult leaders for their own activities and teaching. They return to their families a bit later. Others prefer to stay with their families throughout the service.

When we send them out we give them a Bible to take with them (for their readings and study), and we light a candle which burns on the altar to remind us that part of the family are worshipping elsewhere for a while. When they come back they return the Bible and we blow out the candle. Sometimes they have a "show and tell" when they return.

Currently, on the second Sunday of the month, the Frogs go off for “Godly Play”… a more involved fun exploration of a Christian or Biblical theme.

We are serious about our responsibilities to children at St. John's.

Read our statement here   Safeguarding at St. John's

TUESDAY GROUP for Parents and Toddlers

Sunlight shines through stained glass onto stone wallThe Tuesday Group is a non-judgemental safe space for parents & toddlers with no agenda, no pressure and an open policy. The Group meets in St. John’s Church Hall, Brittany Road, from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. New members welcome!

Over the years we’ve built up a collection of toys and the drop-in has been used by hundreds of parents and their offspring; we’ve made thousands of cups of tea and snack lunches of cheese on toast.

Mollie Green and her gallant helpers are greatly appreciated by the parents who use the Group. We need a few more volunteers to help out: making tea and toast, setting up and clearing away, being available to chat… It’s a practical example of love in action.

We are serious about our responsibilities to children and vulnerable adults at St. John's

Read our statement here  Safeguarding at St. John's

BIG BREAKFAST

Once a quarter at we have the Big Breakfast event in a local restaurant: 

A Full English Breakfast is followed by a guest speaker, a 20 minute talk with the chance to ask questions.

At the moment a charge of £7.50 covers all costs.

Seating is limited, so please have a word with Mike Cooper or Rev’d Mike Turnbull if you’re interested in coming along, or contact us through the Parish Office 

All are welcome to come and be inspired and challenged.

CRAFTY CLUB

The Crafty Club is a chance to come and share your talents and learn new skills. Easter altar frontal, made by St John's Crafty Club

Those who come have a variety of skills, some are more experienced than others. So far they have made banners to hang in church, altar frontals, vestments, cushion covers, bunting and a variety of other things to sell at the Craft Fair. They also make items for sale to raise money for local groups such as the Hospice. A recent project was making new kneelers for the high altar area.

The group currently meet on Thursday afternoons, so please join them in the All Saints Room from 2:30 – 4:30 pm and spend a peaceful time being creative. They would welcome new members and new ideas. Contact Katy Harper through the Parish Office.

FLOWERS AT ST. JOHN'S

Standalone floral display in churchThe flowers at St. John’s are a visual aid to our worship like the “the bells and smells” which are used during the service, also they reflect the seasons of the year and the main Festivals. Volunteers are always welcome to join the team to do arrangements – it’s a very calming and restful hobby, especially if you enjoy flowers, and it is all part of God’s Creation to enjoy.

GARDENS

Shrubs and flowersThe Church is surrounded by gardens.  The Peace Garden at the eastern end of the grounds was inaugurated as part of St. John's Millennium celebration. It is intended to be a place of tranquility in which local people can meditate, remember close friends and relatives and draw close to God in prayer.

Our gardens are tended by volunteers, so if you feel this is something you would like to help with please contact Veronica Goddard through the Parish Office.  

ST. JOHN'S CHOIR

Choirmaster and choirSt. John’s Choir is one with a tradition that goes back right to the founding of St. John’s. There was once even a choir school attached to the church a long time ago.

Under the able direction of Richard Eldridge, who is both choirmaster and organist, the choir helps us to focus our worship and offer our very best to God.

Choir practice is on Thursday evening. If you have a choir voice, come and see us soon …we are always keen to welcome more members.