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
On the day I wrote this, the contributor to Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ made the point that an Advent calendar was meant to remind us to prepare for the first coming of our Lord Jesus at Christmas. He remarked that a calendar that offers a different liqueur every day didn’t quite fulfil that aim!
What the season of Advent should provide us with is the opportunity to prepare for both ‘advents’ of our Lord Jesus Christ. It should give us an expectation of celebrating Jesus’ birth and an expectation of his return in glory at the end of this age. Sadly, we are all swept up in doing so much at this time of year, so this element of preparation can be lost under the piles of food and tinsel.
Fortunately, our readings for our services in Advent call us back to this sense of expectation. On Advent Sunday, the gospel looks ahead to that cosmic event when Jesus returns.It reminds us that we ‘know neither the day nor the hour’, so we must always be ready. The Second Sunday readings tell us of the call of John the Baptist to repentance to prepare the way for our Lord in the wilderness of our hearts. The Third Sunday reminds us that the coming Saviour is no ordinary person, but the Word of God made flesh, and the Fourth Sunday gospel focusses on the encounter of Mary with the angel where she humbly accepts God’s will for her life.
One way of preparing for Christmas spiritually might be to think about each of those themes in the week following. That would help us to be ‘ready for Christmas’ in a different way than just ensuring presents are bought and the turkey is ordered. That way will lead us to a very blessed Christmas indeed.