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
As you know, the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. During the service that evening, I invited people to receive the ‘imposition of ashes’ as a sign of their commitment to live for Jesus and repent of the ways we fail and fall short. Here again is the invitation from the Church of England Ash Wednesday service that I read at that service, which is a message to us all…
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: the early Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty–day season of spiritual preparation.
During this season, converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation in the life of the Church.
In this way, the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of Jesus, to observe a holy Lent: by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word.
To make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us kneel before our Creator and Redeemer... Repent and believe.
Lent draws us back again to awareness of our continual need to be honest with ourselves and with the Lord about our own fallenness and brokenness, our failings and our faults. Christians should not be keen to project an image of strength and perfection, but of weakness and vulnerability as we recognised that even the most Christlike among us are still human and in need of a saviour. We have to be real with each other, and with God so that He can fully work his life transforming power in us. Let’s share the journey together.
God bless, Nick