Worship @ St John’s

We are a modern Anglican parish and at the heart of our church life is the worship of God. Everything else flows out from that worship.

Holy Communion

The celebration of Holy Communion lies at the heart of our worship and community life. At St John’s our main Sunday service is Holy Communion and our sung worship is led by our choir.  

There is a natural flow to our worship beginning when the choir and minister process into church. This procession symbolises that we are on a journey following the cross. We then gather together in the presence of God and listen to what God says to us now. After this we are united around God’s table as we share bread and wine which have been transformed by the Holy Spirit. Finally, after we have been blessed we are sent out into the world to be a blessing to others.

Morning and Evening Prayer

From earliest times, Christians gathered at regular hours during each day and night to respond to God’s word with praise on behalf of all creation and with intercession for the world. At St John’s we say Morning Prayer every day (except Thursday and Saturday) and you would be most welcome to join us.

On a Sunday evening, you will see there is a service called Evensong. This is just a fancy way of saying Evening Prayer. If the choir lead the sung worship, then we call it Choral Evensong. If it is on a Festival – such as Easter – we call it Festal Evensong. Finally, we may also call it Solemn Evensong if it is a special service, especially if it includes incense.

Children and Worship

We love having children with us at St John’s and we make an effort to enable them to worship God in ways that are suitable for them. During our Parish Eucharist, we have a special welcome for children at the beginning after which our infants and children go to the their special groups for around 20-30 minutes before re-joining us during the Peace so that they can either receive Communion or a Blessing as appropriate.

We also encourage our children and young people to participate in worship through singing in the choir or serving as an acolyte. If you would like to join the choir or serve as an acolyte please speak to our vicar!