Saint John’s response to the crisis in Ukraine

Revd Vickie Morgan visited Saint John’s school and showed a BBC report about the Ukraine crisis to the children. The children were encouraged to light a candle and pray for peace between Ukraine and Russia.

At the Sunday services on 6th March Revd Vickie Morgan showed the same BBC report, the intercessions prayed for peace between Ukraine and Russia and the congregation lit candles on the table as a token of peace.

Rowlands Castle Pharmacy has been collecting donations from Rowlands Castle’s villagers for medical aid to be sent to direct to Ukraine. The Pharmacy arranged for deliveries to be sent to Saint John’s Church Centre where a team of volunteers from the village and Saint John’s congregation labelled and packed boxes ready for dispatch. Working with the Ukrainian Embassy, free transportation has been arranged for the medical aid to be delivered to Kyiv.

Rowlands Castle Pharmacy is still collecting donations and arranging for further shipments to Ukraine, alternatively donations can be made through Christian Aid.


Welcome

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 our church services here. Check the availability of the church centre by looking at the calendar and then make contact by completing the booking enquiry form. There are some special events at Saint John’s coming up in the next few weeks. More details about these events can be found by selecting the images below.


Little Fishes

Little Fishes is at 9:00am 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.


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


Hope into Action is the charity of the month for June

Hope into Action is a registered charity whose unique purpose is to enable churches to house the homeless.

Work began in summer 2010 with a handful of people passionate about changing homelessness in the city of Peterborough.  The seeds of the idea were sown in a local park one Sunday morning.  Ed Walker, freshly back home with his family after managing a disaster relief project for TearFund, struck up a conversation with a stranger.  “I met a man who had been released from prison just the day before.  With no where and no one to go to, I found him drinking alone from a bottle on a park bench.” 

So Hope into Action was launched.  Ed and his wife Rachel, poured their savings into a house. Together with friends, people like you, they lovingly decorated and furnished it ready to welcome two young men in a homeless situation.  Crucially, they settled in with the support and friendship of the local church team.  

Today Hope into Action runs homes like this across the country. 

We provide not just shelter and housing know-how but also friendship. Together with over 50 churches we provide direct support to people whom others have often given up on.  The original home had a real heart for men coming out of prison.  Homes are now available for a wide range of “homeless”, people in recovery from addiction, people sleeping rough, women and children fleeing domestic violence, people coming out of rehab, former prostitutes, refugees, those suffering mental health issues and survivors of human trafficking. 

Our vision is for every church to lovingly provide the homeless with a home.  The tragedy of homelessness is in every community. We believe that with our help, you and your church can do something about it.   


Coronavirus precautions

The government relaxed Plan B on 27th January 2022 and it is no longer mandatory to wear a mask at Saint John’s or in the Church Centre, but we ask that you consider the safety of others. These guidelines are formalised in our Risk Assessment for attending worship.


Parish Office
Saint John’s Church Centre,
120 Redhill Road,
Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DF
02392 410111

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 Safeguarding Officer, Chris Hollis or the Vicar, Revd Vickie Morgan.



Registered Address: Parish Office, Saint John’s Church Centre, 120 Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DF

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