Following the government’s announcement on the 8th December 2021 here are the new guidelines for worship at Saint John’s.
It is a legal requirement that everyone, unless medically exempt, must wear a face mask when attending a service at Saint John’s or a gathering in the Church Centre.
Social Distancing – Please maintain the 2 metre rules for social distancing. These guidelines are formalised in our Risk Assessment for attending worship.
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.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. The story of the Magi visiting the Holy Family in Bethlehem is one very familiar to us. The Magi have sometimes been seen as a symbol of the world’s diversity – different religions and cultures – that comes to pay homage to the Christ-child. The story might therefore represent the unity of all created that God desires.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 has been prepared by the churches of the Middle East, the history of which was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression. The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares many of the travails and much of the difficulties that it experiences, and yearns for a light to lead the way to the Saviour who is the light that overcomes darkness.
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
Little Fishes is delaying their reopening after Christmas
In response to volunteer sicknesses and the current pandemic Little Fishes has postponed their reopening this month. Little Fishes hopes to restart on Monday February 7th.
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.
Barnabas Fund is the charity of the month for January
The main ministry of Barnabas Fund is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.
Barnabas stands alongside our Christian brothers and sisters where they suffer discrimination and persecution by providing aid through our partners on the ground encouraging prayer, telling their untold story and speaking out on their behalf.
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.
Registered Address: Parish Office, Saint John’s Church Centre, 120 Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DF