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. 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.
This Sunday is our Harvest Festival at both our services.
You may think that Harvest festival is simply a time to remember how God provides for us. It is certainly an occasion when we celebrate and give thanks to God for all that He provides for us in produce of the earth, and to celebrate the many other blessings that He pours into our lives.
It is of course a time to remember those who have cause to worry whether they will eat today, and may well not, and also to recognise and express genuine regret that so often we take God’s goodness for granted and haven’t shared our blessings with others as generously as we could.
But Harvest Festival isn’t simply a time to remember, but a call to do, to put right, to reorient ourselves as people who trust in God, to rediscover what it means to be cheerful, sacrificial givers who are content with as much as God provides, and to be set free from the delusion that acquiring greater wealth and possessions will make us fulfilled.
During the service, as an act of worship, everyone will be invited to bring forward and place under the communion table the gifts that they have brought. After we have thanked God for them, they will be given to the Food Bank to be distributed to people in our town as blessings from God. I hope that brings joy to your heart, because it should.
It’s awesome that you and I can be channels through which God pours out his provision and blessing into the lives of people in need. And sometimes that calling might mean more than giving food or money, it might be a call to act and serve.