As per Government guidance, our Sunday morning gatherings are going ahead as planned.
On Sunday evenings, we have a 6pm gathering, both in the church building and on Zoom. You can join us in person by booking here. However, during August we will not meet in the evenings. Church members can access the Zoom details on the Video Stream page.
Most of our midweek meetings are running back to normal during term time.
Our most important midweek meeting is our monthly Church Prayer Meeting, which happens on the first Wednesday of each month.
Many of our Bible study groups are continuing to meet. If you'd like to join a Bible study group, please
Update from Tom Nash
Thursday 22 July 2021
“Freedom Day” has arrived! Or, as some very quickly began to dub it, “Freedumb Day.” It certainly highlights the polarisation there is in the UK at the moment on how best to respond to the pandemic. Whether we agree or not, most of the restrictions have been fully eased. We’ve moved from COVID-secure to COVID-sensible it seems. And this represents a great opportunity for us here at St John’s to love one another well.
There is always the danger the church mirrors the world and I’m conscious with restrictions loosening there is every potential for disunity and division. It will be easy to be judgemental towards one another for doing too much or too little; for moving too quickly or too slowly. What we need to do, as is always the case for Christians, is not abuse our freedoms or use them selfishly, but use them to serve one another in love. Romans 13:8 says, ‘Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.’ And then a chapter later, ‘let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother… So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.’
This coming Sunday we will be able to sing out loud. What a joy! Let’s pray we would be ‘addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Ephesians 5:19). There is no need to wear masks but we encourage us all to put others’ interests before our own. Even this won’t necessarily be simple. Some may fear getting COVID whilst others may have hearing difficulties and need to lip read and so in different circumstances the loving thing may look different. To help protect the vulnerable and enable them to come to church safely, there will be an area specifically for those who want to remain masked and socially distanced. Please do respect those sitting in this area. Also, the Atrium is often a bottle neck so please can we all try to use it as a thoroughfare and not as a place to mingle.
We have increased capacity for this Sunday and we hope to be able to accommodate all who would like to attend in person. Some may therefore wonder why we have kept the booking system. The answer is it both allows us to make sure there is sufficient seating and also to follow the government guidance that such procedures still remain essential. Also, we have put the pew Bibles back so whilst of course you are still welcome to bring your own Bible, you don’t have to.
Again, just to underline, in all of this I hope and pray we will love and serve one another well. I know the context is a different form of freedom in Galatians 5:13-15 but I think the principle still remains:
‘For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.’
Yours, as ever, in Christ,