St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

What happens at St John's

Church Services

The main Church services are on Sundays at 8am and 10am. On some Sundays there is an evening service. You are welcome to come along to any service. 

The main service is at 10am. This caters for all ages, with a creche, Sunday School and Pathfinder group for the teanagers. The service includes hymns led by our choir, readings from the Bible and prayers. The youngsters have their own activities for the first part of the Service and join the congregation for the Eucharist. People who do not wish to receive the bread and wine may receive a blessing. There are refreshments after the service and an opportunity to get to know others.

There is also a service on Wednesday morning at 10am. This is a traditional spoken service using the Book of Common Prayer. It is followed by coffee in the hall. 

You can find more details of the services under the tab labelled "Christ-centred Worship" at the top of the screen.

The Net - St John's Children's Church

The Net meets during term time at the 10am service in the hall. There are 3 groups:-

  • Pre school / Reception /Year 1
  • Years 2/3
  • Years 4/5/6

We have around 35 children attending each week. The session starts with everyone together for an introduction and prayer and then we may practice the final hymn. This will then be followed by everyone together for an activity based around the theme of the day. We then split into groups for the rest of the time. We do age related activities based around the topic.

We enter Church to receive a blessing or, if we have been confirmed, the Eucharist and then one group each week tells the congregation what they have been doing. After the service, there is squash and biscuits.

All children aged 3 – 11 (Year 6) are welcome. Just come along to the 10am service and introduce your family. If you would like any further information, please contact us – details are on the “How to contact us” page, under “The Net - St John's Children's Church"

Click here to learn more about the programme for The Net

Is there a charge for coming to Church?

Some newcomers have asked us if there is a charge for coming to Church. The answer is no.

The Church is funded entirely by voluntary donations by the congregation, and any money raising that we organise, such as the annual May Fair. Regular Church goers acknowledge that everything comes from God and offer back to God their time, talents and money. Commitment to giving comes as part of the commitment to Christ, as we get to know him.

There will be a collection during the service and an opportunity to give. Many of the regular Churchgoers donate by means of Standing Order, so do not be surprised if few people appear to put money in the plate.

The greatest gift we can give back to Christ is ourselves - everything else follows from that. 

Car Parking at St John's

There is lots of room to park at the Church, either on Waterloo Road, at the front of the Church, or on the unmade roads around the Church.

Children under five

On Wednesday mornings there is a group for children under five and their carers, called Minus Fives. It meets from 9:30 until 11:30 and includes a short period of worship.

There is more information on this under "Building the Church Community" - "Church Activities" - "Minus Fives" in the menu at the top of the screen. 

Mothers' Union

We have a very active Mothers' Union. This meets on the first Tuesday evening and the second Wednesday afternoon of each month. See the MU page under Church Activities (Building the Church Community tab on the top menu)

Courses, house groups and personal study

There are lots of opportunties for people to grow in the Christian faith, whether through personal reading and study, or in groups. There is a bookclub which meets periodically to discuss a chosen book. We also have study groups and there is a housegroup which meets every week. For more information, have a look at the tab called "Nurturing Christian discipleship" under "Building the Church community" in the menu at the top of the screen.  

Other Church Activities

For information on the full list of Church activities, look under the "Church Activities" tab, which is under the "Building the Church Community" tab in the top menu.

Navigation tip: To select a page from the Top Menu, allow the mouse to "hover" over the main tab - any submenus will appear - click on the one you want. 

Something you would like to ask?

If you have any questions about coming to any of the Church Activities, you are welcome to call, or email us. You may use any of the contact points on the "How to contact us" page. If you are not sure who to contact, contact the website editor, Ken Perrett. 

Church Office

The Church Office is open on Wednesday mornings, between 9:30am and 12:00. You are welcome to call in and have a look at the Church, and to ask any questions about Church activities. You may call or leave a message on the answerphone - 01344 761521, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.