Church Open For
Sunday Morning Services
We are now singing again in services!
The PCC have met and discussed how we as a church should respond following the government lifting of all of the recent restrictions.
The Church of England have looked in detail at the government decisions and have subsequently produced their own recommendations, but have said that decisions must be taken at a local level, with each church asked to make decisions based on their individual situation. More details about the Church of England recommendations can be found on their website if you are interested.
At St John's, the PCC recognises that some people will be more anxious or cautious than others and that while we each need to take personal responsibility, we also have a responsibility to each other in the way we behave, particularly at the current time. The PCC have therefore decide the following St John's guidelines will be adopted at St John's:
Please continue to respect the wishes of those around you and give people space, when attending services.
We will continue to ask everyone to use hand sanitiser and scan the QR code or sign in as they arrive.
Chairs will still be distanced and we will ask people to sit in family groups.
Masks will be required when entering, leaving and moving around the building, but may be removed when you are seated.
Any time that you are standing (songs, confession, creed etc) please wear a mask. At all other times it is optional.
Singing indoors is now permitted by law, and not being able to sing has been really hard for us as a church, and the PCC has decided that singing can be resumed but ask that you wear your mask.
We will not resume serving tea and coffee yet.
We will still ask you to move outside after the service to chat to others.
We are opening up again for services!
We are very excited to be holding our morning services in the church building again, starting Sunday, 9th May 2021. A year on zoom has been a long time!
Places will be limited, and must be booked in advance, in order to adhere to all distancing guidelines. To book your place, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know how many will be in your household group.
The service will also be broadcast on Zoom at the same time so if you would like to join us on Zoom instead please email email@example.com and we will pass on a Zoom link for the next Sunday's service.
Sadly we have temporarily suspended opening our building for prayer and quiet services as a result of the further tightening of restrictions due to COVID-19.
Our weekly Sunday morning worship services are continuing live online via Zoom. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us on a Sunday morning at 10:30am.
Please see our revised opening times for prayer and services that the St John's building will be open. In addition to opportunities for individual prayer, we will be holding a quiet service on the 1st Sunday evening of every month. This will be a 'said' service - unfortunately we are not able to include any singing. We will be following all guidelines to ensure safety of those who come along, including asking everyone to bring a face covering to wear.
We're really pleased to let everyone know that we are now able to open St John's Church building for Private Prayer on Sundays between 2 & 3pm and on Thursdays between 6 & 7pm, starting on Thursday 6th August. This is for individual prayer only, or for pairs or groups who are part of the same household.
Everyone is welcome to come for just a short time, or for the full hour, to sit quietly, reflect or pray. It doesn't matter whether you have been a church attender in the past or not - if you would find this helpful, you are most welcome.
We have closely followed the guidelines from the Church of England and have done all we can to ensure that these prayer times will be safe for everyone. It is now required that people coming in to a place of worship wear face masks, so please bring one with you. We would also ask you to follow the guidelines on the notices in the building, regarding social distancing and hand sanitising.
There will be someone on the door to welcome you and to help to make this a calm, prayerful and helpful time for everyone.
Sadly, we have now been instructed by Bishop James, along with the bishops of the other dioceses covering Greater London that we are no longer able to open our buildings for personal prayer. We will be putting notices on the outer church door and in the noticeboards to that effect in the morning.
This decision has been taken in the light of the escalating number of cases of Covid-19 in London, and the urgent need to do absolutely everything we can to reduce the potential for spread of this virus.
We had been planning to open the church on Sundays 10.30-11.30am and on Wednesdays 10-11am for personal prayer and reflection. As this is no longer possible, if you are able, it would be good to set aside time during these two hours in the week to pray at home, knowing that others in the church family are praying at the same time.
Even though the building will be closed, the Church continues to be alive and active. We will continue to record readings, prayers and talks and would encourage you to use these at home in addition to your own prayers and bible readings.
It is so important that we continue to support each other and those around us. Please continue to follow government and NHS advice to the letter, and keep in touch.