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.
Today is the second Sunday of the season of Advent, and the third Sunday before Christmas Day.
Advent is the season four weeks before Christmas in which we prepare for the birth of Jesus. Its name comes from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming". That’s why Advent is much more than just a time to get ready for Christmas. It’s a time to remember that the question is not whether Jesus will come back, but when.
The Church celebrates Advent every year reaffirming the calling to Jesus’ followers (that’s you and me) to renew our desire for His Second Coming and to make way/be ready.
Despite the solemn mood of humbly pondering our state of readiness, and the unwelcome distraction of the inconveniently timed upcoming general election on 12th December, there is much about Advent to enjoy. It’s something to be excited about.
The Advent wreath in our church has four coloured candles to be lit each Sunday, and one for Christmas Day. I love that part of the services as we think about a special aspect of Advent.
The first is called the "Candle of Hope." It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. The second is called the "Candle of Preparation," reminding Christians to "get ready" to receive God. The third candle is the "Candle of Joy." It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ. The fourth candle, the "Candle of Love," reminds Christians that God loves them enough to send his only Son to Earth. The "Christ Candle," the white candle in the centre, stands for Jesus Christ himself. The Advent wreath is made of evergreen boughs, symbolizing everlasting life. The circle represents the continuous love of God, with no beginning and no end, as well as the soul's immortality.
St John’s is a busy church, and you will see from the Christmas publicity cards that there is much going on over the next few weeks as we prepare for Christmas. But as much as that’s important, more important is the need for each and every person to make ready to welcome Jesus in our lives. Are you ready for the coming of Jesus?