(This page last updated 1430 Saturday 30 January 2021)
Back online... again!
In light of the renewed national lockdown and public health situation, and with a heavy heart, we have had to suspend normal public worship until further notice. We know this will be a disappointment to many, but have decided that with the new strain of the virus and the situation in our hospitals, we have to make an extra effort to reduce any risk of Covid spreading.
That doesn't mean we won't still be meeting. We will carry on gathering online: each week you can join us here. There you'll be able to enjoy a time of listening to God's word, praising him in song, talking to him in prayer and encouraging one another. And each week after the online service has ended, there will be Virtual Tea and Coffee so we can catch up with each other via Zoom. Please contact us if you'd like the Zoom link.
Those wanting to know how we are keeping live-streaming Covid-safe might like to watch the video below - or you can read the full risk-assessment in the downloads to this page.
Though life remains restricted for many of us, the life and witness of St. John's goes on. We are still very much here for God, here for you:
In prayer: we continue to pray to God the health of our commmunity, our nation and the church. 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. For instance
- using our Cell groups as a network of support for each other and our commmunity
- sharing our Sunday worship and Bible teaching, youth and children's activities online or via social media.
- developing 1-2-1 'virtual' partnerships for friendship, Bible reading and prayer, meeting by telephone or social media.
- being part of a local Community Hub offering help from volunteers involving local partners such as SOAR and our local MP, Miriam Cates. If you'd like to be part of that, please let us know using the form below.
How to keep in touch with us, seek or offer help
If you have any questions, have a particular concern or need, or can offer help to others, please use the contact form below - or call 0114 257 0966. We have a good number of volunteers who'd love to help, and you may even want to be one of them!
Hope in time of Coronavirus
To equip us in these weeks of the pandemic, our vicar Rick has recorded some short video messages exploring the difference a faith in Jesus makes, and the sort of people Christ calls us to be. Scroll down and enjoy them: we hope you will find them encouraging and thought-provoking.
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':
Our third Midweek Message is 'What good can a pandemic do?'