A very warm welcome to St John’s, Walton!
We’re a lively, friendly church seeking to “Know Jesus and make Him known” through being a “Community for the Community.” It would be great to welcome you in person at one of our Sunday services or Tuesday service and lunch.
Whether you’re looking for information on room bookings (we have a fantastic range of rooms that we love to see used by the community), or what we have going on during the week, our weekly Bulletin, our children and young peoples’ work, etc, you should find it all here!
If you can’t find what you want on this website please let us know by contacting the church office – details are at the bottom of this webpage after our current Bulletin letter.
Our regular Sunday morning services....
9.00 am Holy Communion
10.45 am Family Celebration
A friend of mine who is not far off my age is a member of a roller coaster club that goes on annual trips visiting and riding on famous roller coasters all over the world. Some of these are great feats of engineering, they can be uncomfortable, thrilling, scary. We (or at least those who voluntarily board them), do it for pleasure or the shear thrill.
I used to enjoy roller coaster rides as a teenager, however I found my interest and my capacity to deal with them has waned as I reached my forties. When my children were young teenagers they would insist that I waited in long queues with them then then drag me onto plastic carriages with tight fitting seats into which I was uncomfortably pressed by a cold steel safety bar. The next part of the experience involved a disturbing temporal phenomena where two minutes would stretch into eternity as we were catapulted down vertical falls, through 360O rolls as just about every physical force was applied to my terrified frame.
Palm Sunday makes the start of a roller coaster ride of highs, lows, vertical drops of Passiontide and exhilarating twists and turns that becomes the Easter Story.
The discomfort of it all for Jesus cannot be understated. This was no joy ride. The danger and pain was very real and death inevitable as he hurtled along the track of God’s plan to rescue and redeem you and me.
Thankfully, He does not insist that we join Him on that roller coaster of a week, but that we reflect on it, that we ponder all that He went through and reflect on why, and that we arrive at the final point full of joy and excitement.
This is a ride that has changed the world forever.
Have a wonder Easter and may you arrive safely at the wonderful conclusion that the joy of the resurrection means new life for you.
God bless, Nick