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, rev07429 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.
Window candles for Candlemas
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1.5. Jesus says, ‘I am the light of the world’.
Candlemas will be celebrated on Sunday 31st January, but actually falls on Tuesday 2nd February. We would like to shine the light of hope that Jesus brings by placing candles in our windows each evening from Sunday 31st, and to pray for his light to shine in the darkness of the world.
We would love you to take photos of your candles and post them on our Facebook page. You may like to make a sign to go with your candle to show others why we are doing it. Nearer to Candlemas we will promote this via our social media pages.
January’s Charity of the Month
MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) fly medical relief to hard to reach places. At MAF, we believe nothing should stop people from receiving the love of God and the essentials of life – no matter how remote they are. Our vision is to see ‘isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name.’ We use aviation and technology, because in many places those are the only ways to reach isolated people in need.
If a person has a medical emergency and the nearest hospital is a few days walk or an uncomfortable drive on rough roads, their prognosis is poor. When natural disasters, conflict or famine strike hard-to-reach places, an aircraft may be the only safe way to reach the people on the ground.
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.