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
10.45 am Family Celebration
These are phenomenally exciting days to be a follower of Jesus. There is a real sense that the Spirit is stirring us in preparation for some wonderful things to happen.
It is important that we are a church that is growing in every sense of what that means and are looking to the future with hope and anticipation of what God is going to do.
Yesterday many members of St John’s joined me for our first major vision day since I arrived. During the day, we shared what we felt God might be revealing to us about the future of St John’s and His plan for us for the next few years, and what kind of things could be happening here and how we can reach for it together. During the day, I shared my own vision and did my best to ensure that everyone who came felt able to share theirs too. That’s because, as I keep on saying, you are all part of God’s plan and all voices matter. But don’t worry if you couldn’t make the Vision Day; here are two things you can do to connect with the vision process:
1) Listen to the recording of my main address (On our website - some printed transcripts are available at the back of the church).
2) Share with me any inspiration or image God might have given you or any mission opportunity He may have placed upon your heart. You can share it with me by email or a written letter.
I will be prayerfully pondering it all over the summer and we will continue the process in September when I will share with you the picture I see of what we have discerned together.
We began yesterday by looking at where we are now as a church and being honest with ourselves about our failings, hang-ups, and shortcomings. That can be uncomfortable but is essential if we are to become a more effective missional Christian community. Today we begin a new sermon series, entitled “Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community”. The big idea of the series is born from the observation that contemporary Western culture is a culture of comfort. That is being sold to us everywhere we look; we’re encouraged to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. If something is uncomfortable, we want to avoid it at all costs, ourselves about our motives and prejudices, and involves swimming against the tide of popular culture, being a Christian can be quite uncomfortable. This four-week series, based on the book, “Uncomfortable”*, will help us embrace, understand, and see the beauty and hope in the challenging realities of being part of God’s people.
I hope it will help us as we prepare to embark on an exciting Spiritual adventure together as we discover God’s plan for us.
God bless, Nick
*Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community, © 2017 by Brett McCracken. Published and used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,