(This page last updated 1630 Thursday 2 April 2020)
What is church doing to respond to Coronavirus?
In the current public health emergency and to save lives, all central gatherings and activities of St. John's are currently suspended. It's part of our Coronavirus Continuity Plan which you can see or download in the "Downloads" column to your right (or below on a mobile). The latest guidance from the Church of England is here.
Meanwhile the life and witness of St. John's goes on! We are still here for God, here for you, in a number of ways:
In prayer: we continue to lift to God the health of our commmunity, our nation and the church. You can be part of that every day of the week by going to our Online Worship page.
In service & bringing hope: the work of Christ continues in new ways of worship, prayer, serving our community and sharing the hope Jesus brings. These include
- using our Cell groups as a network of support for each other and our commmunity
- continuing Sunday worship and Bible teaching, youth and children's activities online or via social media.
- developing new 1-2-1 'virtual' partnerships for friendship, Bible reading and prayer, meeting by telephone or social media
- being part of the national call for volunteers, GoodSAM, which you can find out about here.
How to keep in touch with us or seek help
If you have any questions regarding the St John's response to Coronavirus, or have a particular concern or need, please use the contact form below - or call 0114 257 7444. We have a good number of volunteers who'd love to help.
Hope in time of Coronavirus
To equip us in these weeks of the pandemic, our vicar Rick is recording three short video messages exploring the difference a faith in Jesus makes in this time of emergency, and what sort of people we might be. Please scroll down and enjoy them: we hope you will find them encouraging and thought-provoking in this time of anxiety and opportunity.
But first, why not hear this message of hope from our friend, evangelist Roger Carswell?
Here is Rick's first Midweek Message: 'How to flourish in anxious times':
This is our second Midweek Message, 'The most practical thing you can do':