Welcome and thank you for visiting our website which I hope you will find both welcoming and useful. St. John the Baptist is an Anglican church situated to the south of Rowlands Castle near to its church primary school. With a wealth of history to explore, and many unique and beautiful features we are well worth a visit. Our adjoining church centre has excellent facilities and has full disability access. However, we are more than just a building; we are a community of people who are inspired by our faith in God, to learn from the teachings of Jesus and seek to be led by the Holy Spirit, to love and serve the community around us. We worship together on Sunday mornings, and are involved in many other aspects of church and village life. We would love to welcome you to St. John’s and get to know you, so please click on the links or download the trifold welcome leaflet to find out more.
Revd Vickie Morgan, 07429 187233
Latest News and Upcoming Events
All services in church are cancelled until further notice
It is with a heavy heart that (in consultation with the PCCs) we have made the decision to suspend all in person services until further notice. The decision is not an easy one to make but to protect us all in light of the new coronavirus strain, which is spreading rapidly, I think it is the right decision to make. Details of the services available via YouTube and Zoom can be found on the Services page.
Two Lent Courses
Lent sessions with Wendy, Deb and Coleen
Come and join in our sessions for Lent which will be based on the film Chocolat. The sessions begin on Tuesday 23rd February 7pm – 8pm and continue weekly until 23rd March with a special session after Easter on 6th April. If you would like to join Wendy, Deb and Coleen on this journey please email Coleen so that we can send you some notes and help you source the film so you can watch it beforehand.
Lent Course with Revd Richard Hutchins
Richard is offering a Lent course based on the material from John Mark Comer about practising the ways of Jesus. You are invited to join Richard. The first session begins on 22 Feb 3pm/23 Feb 7.30pm/25 Feb 7.30pm. If you would like to join in please email or phone 07504214344 and Richard can send you the Zoom details.
The key to Lenten disciplines is preparation. We need to start thinking about what we might do to observe Lent. There are resources available from the CofE #LiveLent and an introductory video.
Live Pray Serve
Bishop Christopher and Ven Peter Leonard have broadcast their vision about Live Pray Serve. You may even recognise a familiar face at the end!
February’s Charity of the Month
The Church Homeless Trust raises money to provide grants to the homeless to help them make the next step in their journey towards a home of their own.
To reduce the risk of infection, we will be placing sanitising stations at the entrance to the church, and removing some chairs to allow space and social distancing. It will be necessary to register attendance for track and trace purposes. The wearing of face masks has become compulsory in enclosed public spaces from 24th July. You will need to wear a face mask if you are attending a church service on Sunday. Please bring your own as we don’t have supplies. These guidelines are formalised in our Risk Assessment for attending worship.
Mrs Gill Whatley
Saint John’s Church Centre,
120 Redhill Road,
Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DF
Our Safeguarding Policy.
St John’s is fully committed to the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policies. Our parish safeguarding statement to this effect can be read here. Any safeguarding concerns about either children or vulnerable adults should be brought to the immediate attention of the Vicar, Revd Vickie Morgan, or our Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Gill Whatley. 02392 410111.