St John's and Halmerend Methodist: The two churches are planning a joint service at 10am on the 11th February at Halmerend Methodist, led by the Revd Helen Hoe. There will be no 9.15am service at St John's that morning.
St John’s 9.15am Family Service:
Is it OK for me to come along?
Yes! It really is! We would love you to join us, whatever you do or don’t believe. There’s no pressure to do or say anything you’d rather not. Children of all ages are really welcome.
How can I find St John’s church building?
St John’s church building is quite well hidden! It’s on a sharp bend half-way up/down Alsagers Bank. If you’re coming by car, try using the postcode ST7 8BQ. If you’re coming up the Bank, you’ll come to Pinewood Nursery, and the entrance to the car park is immediately after it on the left. If you’re coming down the Bank, the turning to the car park is on the right just before the nursery. If you come out of the car park on foot, turn right and follow the path along – it’ll lead you up to the gates of the church building. There’s access for wheelchairs and buggies along the path that runs by the side of the church building.
Where’s a good place to park?
Feel free to park in the church car park (unless it blocks in the private driveway), or park on the road itself.
What should I expect in the service?
The 09.15 service normally has a relatively small and very welcoming congregation. The music is a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs, and there’s a play area at the back for small children. We sing together and someone leads us in prayer. We listen to the Bible read and preached, and, for those who would like to, there’s a chance to join in saying a statement of faith together. The service normally lasts about an hour.
Do I need to wear anything special?
Definitely not. Some people prefer to dress smartly for church, others prefer to be more relaxed, so please wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
Will there be a collection?
No – there’s no charge for coming to church! There’s a collection plate on the way in for regulars who would like to give in that way, but we don’t want visitors or guests to feel under obligation to give.
Will there be Holy Communion?
It depends on who’s leading the service, but we aim to share Holy Communion together regularly. Do check the latest notice sheet for details. If you’re trusting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, please feel free to join us. If you’re not sure what you believe, you’re welcome just to watch from where you’re sitting, or to keep your hands by your side at the communion rail, and someone will pray for you.
What happens after the service?
There’s tea, coffee and biscuits, and a chance to talk and to pray with someone if you would like to. You’re really welcome to stick around if you can!