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.
Brian Magorrian (Vicar)
New figures have been released showing that attendance at Church of England services dropped below 1 million for the first time in recent history in 2014. There is nothing sudden about this decline - it is part of a long, complex process in the context of massive changes in British culture. What should we do? Some people say we should follow culture more closely, but might this lead us down paths we don’t want to go? Some people say we should manage ourselves better, which is probably not a bad idea, and is, in part, what our Mission Action Plan is about, yet I think that the answer is more than this. Some people say that we should focus on our message and let God worry about everything else, including not dwelling on numbers attending church. But Jesus said, “I will build my church”, which is not all about numbers. However, if the church is not reaching people with the good news of fullness of life, we must be missing a trick.
Seeking to be relevant, adopting good strategies, being Biblically orientated are all important. However, if the church doesn’t follow key aspects of the early church, it’s unlikely we’ll see the healthy growth that they experienced.
What did they do? They met together and shared their lives together. And gave a good reason for the hope they had within. They were a community for the community. May all God’s churches seek to live this way.