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
This service follows the traditional pattern of Holy Communion,with hymns from Songs of Fellowship.The liturgy is easily followed through a printed order of service, and large print copies are also available.
This service is followed by a time of fellowship over morning coffee in the Church Centre afterwards. Join us whether you are a regular communicant or simply enjoy a traditional experience of worship.
10.45 am Family Celebration
The Family Celebration plays host to a varied pattern of worship across the month, all characterised by a relaxed approach to fellowship together, with a mixture of sung worship led by the music group, with liturgy and song words projected at the front of church.
Across three weeks of the month, this service hosts a full range of activities for children and young people, from creche facilities for the very youngest, through to teenage years and beyond. The Family Celebration is also followed by a time of fellowship over refreshments in the church centre afterwards.
Join us every Monday to Thursday for Morning Prayer at 9:00am & Evening Prayer at 4:30pm both in the main worship space.
As part of our World Missions charity tithing review process today we welcome Jeremy Beckett as guest preacher. Jeremy is chairman from the Matlock Area Schools Trust. MAST has a simple aim: to help children explore the Christian Faith. The team currently take Collective Worship in around 60 schools each half term around Derbyshire, from Edale in the north, to Buxton in the west, down to Belper in the south and everywhere in between.
You can find out much more on their website: mastrust.org
Through our tithing programme, St John’s contributes 10% of all your giving and shares that out equally between 5 chosen charities/mission agencies. Each year we review one of our existing charities and consider other alternatives. This time we are to review our local charity, Pathways. We hosted a speaker from Pathways in September, having had no further suggestions from the congregation. However there have now been 2 late suggestions, from which we have been unable to host speakers due to scheduling difficulties. We therefore propose that we offer all 3 alternatives to the congregation in June after having speakers in the Spring.
A representative from MAST was invited to speak today because a member of the congregation heard about MAST and wanted us to consider supporting them. A speaker from Medaille Trust, which provides refuge and freedom from modern slavery, will be with us on Sunday 15th March. Later in the year, there will be an opportunity for you to say whether you want us to continue to support Pathways, or change to MAST, or Medaille Trust.
At Café church tonight we will be reflecting on the question, “ If Jesus is God’s selfie (his image and nature personified – human and divine) and people are made in the image of God too….what sort of God does the human race portray?” It’s all about how we do or don’t faithfully reflect God’s image in the world. Please join us if you can and perhaps bring someone who wouldn’t come to our typical morning services.
Nick Green (Vicar)