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!
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Our regular Sunday morning services....
9.00 am Holy Communion
10.45 am Family Celebration
The despair of Holy Week became only too real to members of St John’s this week as we lost two of our beloved family members in quick succession. Bishop Richard passed away last Sunday at lunch time in Ashgate Hospice, and Adrian McQuire died on Monday night at home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bishop Richard’s wife Liz, and Adrian’s wife Jean, and their families.
The services on Easter Day are the first occasions that our church family will have gathered en masse since the news of these two losses broke. So we will be gathering with an undertone of grief in our hearts, and that will be especially true for anyone who has lost someone dear recently. And our faith in Jesus doesn’t make us immune to the pain of loss; however strong our faith might be, parting with someone we love hurts deeply. Others among us today, possibly you, might have all kinds of other worries, losses, or pains that they/you have carried here today.
And yet while we are only too aware of our pain and sadness, we will celebrate the message of Easter this morning with great joy and abandon; singing our praises, raising our prayers, and acknowledging God’s victory over death. And that’s the right thing to do, with sensitivity and love, because it’s perfectly appropriate to celebrate something worthy even while we grieve, especially when the cause of celebration has implications for our loss.
We are not denying our pain or dismissing our loss, but the reality is that rejoicing and pain can be part of the same experience -that’s life! They often coexist in our lives, and there will only be pain-free rejoicing when God has made all things new, placed His dwelling among us, and wiped every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4).
Richard and Adrian are both men of great faith; faith in Jesus Christ, who died so that we can be forgiven, and rose from the dead to prove that one day they/we will too. That’s why today we can shout with joy and steadfast hope… He is Risen!
He is risen indeed- Alleluia!
God bless, Nick