(This page last updated 1100 Saturday 19 September 2020)

What is church doing to respond to Coronavirus?

In the current public health emergency and to save lives, central gatherings of St. John's and public worship are suspended.  This will be so until Sunday 11 October, when we aim to re-start.  Until then, we are holding smaller Covid-safe meetings.  For larger gatherings, only weddings, funerals and some Cell group meetings are taking place (with limited numbers and extra precautions).  To explain this, please see a special video message our vicar Rick has recorded here.

Meanwhile 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
  • continuing Sunday worship and Bible teaching, youth and children's activities online or via social media, and sharing that together in households where we can.  
  • 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?' 

Our latest Midweek Message is 'A wonderful thing' and answers the question: what are we doing to re-start worship in September and October?  


Coronavirus Questions