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
Here is Vickie’s Parish Letter outlining the services at Saint John’s during the second lockdown
PCC consideration of the Archdeaconry Consultations
Over the next two weeks the PCCs will be discussing ideas for our churches in light of the Archdeaconry Consultations. One of the questions the PCCs will be considering is ‘What makes a thriving church?’
Please spend some time this week reflecting on our church community, is it thriving? What do we need to see happen to make it thrive? How is our church fulfilling the wider Diocese vision to ‘Live, Pray, Serve’?
So that all of our voices are heard in these discussions please let your churchwardens know any thoughts you might have. Our representatives will then be sharing our views with the Deanery Synod. Whilst there may be a reduction in clergy numbers as a result of the financial impact of the pandemic our focus needs to remain on being the church with the resources we currently have. The church as a whole will certainly look quite different as we seek to revive and transform into a post Covid-19 world.
Nativity on the Village Green
Next month, we are aiming to display a life sized Nativity on the Village Green, with the aim to bring a lovely Christmas scene for all to enjoy during what may be quite a restricted Christmas period. Our vision sees:
‘Three Wise men coming from far away under the trees at the Links Lane end of the Green , shepherds and sheep on the “plains” in the middle, suspended Angels from the lamp posts, and the Inn and the Stable nearer the centre of the village by the flagpole.’
We have written to RC Parish Council, and are waiting to hear whether we will be given permission for the display, but in the meantime, we have just over a month to plan and create the Nativity, which will call for great creativity, hard work and resources – especially as we are under lockdown restrictions until 2nd December.
If you would like to help us in any way, whether it is your creative, sewing, woodwork, painting or technical skills, or your knowledge of project management, finance, admin, or if just to inspire and advise, please contact me Lizzy Gradidge so that we can begin to plan what is needed and how to proceed, should permission be granted from the Parish Council.
Please pray for the success of the project and that it will be a blessing to our community.
November’s Charity of the Month
Release International is the St. John’s Charity for the month of November. 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.’
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.