St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

Newcomers start here

We have tried to assemble all the information you might need in the menu on the left hand side of this screen. If you need further information, please contact the website editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact details can be found on the "How to Contact Us" page. 

Once you become more familiar with the site, you will find lots more information in the "Top menu" under the main headings of our Vision for further details. These are:- 

  • Christ-centred Worship (Information about the Church services)
  • Building the Church Community (Church activities and nurturing disciples)
  • Our Local Community (both local and the wider Church)
  • Concerned for Creation (Justice, peace and sustainabiity, missions and fairtrade)

There are more details of our Vision in the "Our Vision" page in the menu across the top of the screen.

Meanwhile you are very welcome to join us for any of the Church services and other activities. 

Last updated: 11th May 2016


Coming up at St John's

We are now in Advent, the season of waiting, of expectancy.  

Liturgically, we remain in Advent until Christmas Eve when we hold our Crib service. Unavoidably, though, we slide into Christmas mode with the round of School carol services and our own “Nine Lessons and Carols”, all of which, are undoubtedly, a wonderful opportunity to draw in our wider community.

Christmas is much more then than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth, but it is Christ’s nativity that has provided the occasion for this festival of the incarnation, since the end of the third century.

Christmas carols are a mediaeval tradition, which has been notably developed from the end of the nineteenth century. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is itself an influential English creation of the late nineteenth century, made widespread by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, in the first half of the twentieth.

Traditionally, the Christmas season has been celebrated for twelve days, ending with Epiphany, which in turn ends with the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple on 2nd February. 

In the run up to Christmas, hold onto Advent; to the great themes of darkness before dawn, the hidden germination of the seed in the earth and the hope for things not yet seen. Then, our Christmas celebrations will carry their full force of joy and anticipation fulfilled.

Details of all the other events can be found on the front page of this site.

St John's News is available for downloading from this site (see Documents for downloading, or the front page) and details of all these events are advertised on this site. 

Details of the services for this week can be found in the menu on the left of this page. All of these are open to all and you will be very welcome to join us. If you like to be quiet, we suggest that you come to the 8am service. The 10am service caters for all ages, with music, and Sunday School. Take your pick. If you would like to just come and see the Church, it is open from 9am until 3pm Mondays-Saturdays during term time. 

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Would you like an introduction?

Attending a Church Service for the first time, or at a different Church, can be a daunting prospect. We would like to ensure that newcomers feel welcome and comfortable with the worship. If you would like to talk to someone before coming, or would like someone to greet you on arrival and to support you during and after the service, please contact us.

You will find details of how to contact us on the "How to contact us" page. 

Time and Talents

Are you new to St John's and feeling ready to get more involved or an old hand who wants to try something new? Pick up a time and talents form from the back of the hall or download the attachment. Return the completed form to the Vicar....

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Did you find what you need?

We would be interested to hear from anyone who has used the newly restructured website as a newcomer to our Church. Did you find what you were looking for? Could you navigate around the information. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the website editor if you have any comments.