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 a great believer in putting the right people in the right roles because it’s satisfying and fulfilling for the individual, and it’s good for the church as we pursue God’s purposes.
If ever I ask you to do a task or take on a role within the life of St John’s you can be sure of two things:
1) I’ve seen in you the gifts, skills, and attributes for the role
2) I’ve prayed and God has affirmed to me that you fit the role.
But, that doesn’t mean that you should feel under pressure to accept! But you certainly should talk it through with someone else who knows you and your life, and pray about it yourself asking the Lord to lead you. And there might be a number of valid reasons to turn me down. That wouldn’t mean that I got it wrong, just that other factors are in play that I’m not necessarily aware of, or simply the timing isn’t right for you. But I’ll never ask someone to do a role that I don’t believe they are gifted or called to do – it’s not fair on them or the church.
In my last letter I mentioned the Objective team co-ordinators who are working to make our Vision Objectives a reality. These people have been carefully and prayerfully chosen according to the gifts and skills that God has given them to be used in building His kingdom. I know they can do this job and that the Lord placed each of them on my heart. But they/we need more hands on deck to achieve the objectives.
As I said in my first sermon this year, we are going all out to build up St John’s and discover new excitement and enthusiasm about Jesus this year. We all have a part to play – YOU are part of God’s plan and have a part to play.
We need to recognise the gifts, skills, and vocations (callings to ministry) that exist among us, within each of you, and to empower and release you to use your gifts and pursue your calling. Early in spring, we will do a Gifts Audit when we will recognise and name and affirm each other’s gifts. It will be fun and enjoyable, helpful and affirming, and might lead to you discovering that others see in you something that you hadn’t yet seen in yourself. Meanwhile, can I invite you to keep an eye out for gifts and attributes in others, and maybe even to mention it to them and affirm them?
God bless, Nick