On The Calendar
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December 2018-January 2019
Our Sunday Service takes place at 10:30am every week, and lasts for about an hour. Our own minister usually leads two services at St. John’s each month, including one celebration of communion. Local preachers, either from our own church or from elsewhere in the Cheshire South Circuit, or sometimes a minister from another of the Churches in the town lead on the other Sundays. The dates of services are on the calendar on this website.
We try to make our worship format varied, and like to include items to interest a broad spectrum of ages and tastes, but usually have a talk/sermon, bible readings, traditional and more modern music, and possibly film clips, drama or solo musical items on offer. Worship leaders take responsibility for part of many services, leading prayers, drama, music etc to assist the overall service leader. We regularly include baptisms in our Sunday morning services. Our main sources of music during services are ‘Singing the Faith’ and ‘Mission Praise’, and we mostly use the ‘Good News’ translation of the bible.
A projector and screen are used for song words/illustrations/film clips etc. and a sound system and hearing loop are in operation. We hvae some large print hymn books available.
We have a children’s corner with toys and books for younger ones and their parents; and those over three years of age usually leave for Junior Church activities during the second part of the Sunday Morning Service.
Night of Worship (NOW), which usually takes place on a Thursday evening on alternate months is a contemporary worship evening through prayer and song in a relaxed and informal setting, lasts about an hour, and finishes with fellowship over cake and biscuits!
Cafe Church is an informal service including food and drinks, and where lively discussion on a challenging topic is encouraged.
Every year in November, in addition to the traditional Remembrance Service on a Sunday morning, St. John’s has an evening Remembering Service based on remembering loved ones who have died.
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals are conducted by our Minister, and these services are based on the format in the 1999 Methodist Service Book.
A Worship Committee meets regularly to review the content of our services and decide how we can try to make them relevant to today.
The Mission Statement of St. John’s is:
“Our church is here to worship God and to: