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.
I’m aware that this is something of a milestone week; two years ago on Tuesday I was installed as your vicar.
Why is this important? Because I think perhaps for some of you, and even for me there has been an element of anxiety about the two-year mark given the recent history of vicars here. I’ve been very aware too that my having been off ill for the past three weeks won’t have helped those anxieties. But as both LCpl. Jones of Dad’s Army, and Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy DON’T PANIC!... I just had a simple case of the flu, and then a frustrating period of self-quarantine following Andrea‘s return from visiting Emilie in South Korea. We’re both fit and well now; delighted to be here and committed to pursuing the vision that I believe God has given us for St John’s Church. We (you and I) are going to make a big difference in people’s lives in this place over these next few years, and continue to build a stable spiritual home and worshipping community for generations to come.
There’s no doubt that these are exciting, daunting and challenging times, but the God who has called us is great and will equip is in every way to meet and rise to those challenges. The greatest challenge of all though is that of getting enough hands on the plough to make it happen. Will you join me in that? Will you give your time, your money, your energy, your prayers, and do all that you can to build God’s kingdom here? I know that this church has already done much great work, even through some hard times in recent years, and many of you served selflessly through those times. Typically though today we tend to see the same devoted faces working in many different ministries and groups and coming to planning meetings etc. There is yet a significant proportion of St John’s people who either haven’t found their role yet in this unfolding story, who are yet to become enthused and engage. I hope and pray that we can all engage with this and see the wonderful and amazing things that God is going to do in this place,our town and in our land. As I keep saying, we all have a role to play; you are part of the plan! If you’re not sure what your role might be come and talk to me so we can pray about it together.
God bless, Nick