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
What’s happening at Saint John’s
You can find out about all the events and services in the church and church centre by checking the calendar. Some upcoming highlights are shown below.
Saint John’s has been awarded the A Rocha Bronze Award as an Eco Church
The Eco Church initiative is an ecumenical scheme helping churches to make the link between environmental issues and the Christian faith, and to respond in practical action. It has three award levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and considers how the environment is addressed within Worship and Teaching, Buildings, Land, Community & Global Engagement and Lifestyle. More than an award scheme, it is also a growing learning community of churches all wanting to play their part in responding to climate change and biodiversity loss.
Saint John’s has been awarded the A Rocha Bronze Award for the work it has completed towards meeting this vision. To achieve this award Saint John’s undertook the A Rocha survey covering the five disciplines outlined above. Some of the questions were easily answered whereas others required research and a change of thinking for the church and the church family. More information on the Eco Church initiative is on the Eco Church page
Good News. Little Fishes is restarting
Little Fishes is at 9:30am to 11:15am every Monday morning during term time in the Church Centre.
Join in the playtime with singing, stories, craftwork and snacks too. Swim on by!
We extend a warm welcome to all the new families, with pre school children, in the village and invite you to come and join us. If you have any queries about Little Fishes Playtime or are interested in coming along, please contact Revd Vickie Morgan.
The Release International is the charity of the month for December
Release International is an inter-denominational Christian ministry working through local church partners in more than 25 countries, helping persecuted Christians prayerfully, pastorally and practically. Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13 v 3: ‘Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.’
We were founded in 1968, inspired by the testimony and ministry of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. Following the demise of Communism in Eastern Europe and the increase in the persecution of Christians elsewhere in the world, the Ministry broadened its activities and changed its name to Release International.
Following the government’s announcement on the 19th July 2021 here are the new guidelines for worship at Saint John’s.
Social Distancing – We no longer need to social distance in church but please be mindful of those who wish to remain distanced, perhaps ask if it is okay to sit next to someone before sitting down. These guidelines are formalised in our Risk Assessment for attending worship.
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 Zoë Skinner, 02392 410111.