Holy Communion services will be held at Saint John’s on Sunday 5th at 8.00am and 10:00am.
Services for the 4th Sunday after Trinity will be streamed on Sunday.
All the details can be found on the Services page.
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.
We can offer you practical help during this lockdown period from our RC Corona Help Group.
Revd Vickie Morgan.
Latest News and Upcoming Events
You may have heard the Government’s recent announcement that churches will be permitted to reopen for public worship from this Saturday, 4th July 2020. Although it will be wonderful to attend services together once again, we will need to implement measures to ensure your safety, and things will not return to ‘normal’ for the foreseeable future. Of course, I recognise that there will be some of the more vulnerable amongst us who will be shielding for a little while longer and I will carry on providing online worship resources for those members of the church family.
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. Unfortunately there will be no music or singing during this transitional period, and it will be necessary to register attendance for track and trace purposes.
Hopefully we will be able to reopen in the very near future, but to help us prepare it would be really helpful to have an idea of how many members of the congregation may attend, should we hold an 8am Holy Communion and/or later Morning Worship service this Sunday. Don’t worry, you don’t have to ‘book a place’ but if you are planning to come to services as soon as the church reopens, please could you reply to this email and let me know which service you would aim to attend. This way, we will be able to accommodate everyone in a safe environment.
You may be interested to see the Church of England’s recent press release about the reopening of churches.
I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to St. John’s very soon.
Rowlands Castle Corona Help Group
We have a team of volunteers from the Rowlands Castle community who may be able to help you if you need to stay at home due to the pandemic restrictions. We can help with
- Picking up Shopping
- Collecting prescriptions
- Dog walking
- Posting mail
We are now able to provide low cost, ready-cooked meals for residents who are ‘shielding’, vulnerable or self isolating. Meals will be delivered once or twice per week, and can be kept in the fridge for up to three days before microwaving, and they can be frozen.
Just call or text 07895 368589 and we’ll do our best to help you (for Free), or contact us by email RCcoronahelp@gmail.com. The phone/emails will be checked twice a day so it may take a short while to get back to you.
We can also arrange for a volunteer to phone you to chat, especially if you are feeling lonely and/or anxious.
Volunteers will follow the Government advice to keep themselves and you safe. Coronavirus is contagious. Please take every precaution to ensure you are only spreading kindness. Avoid physical contact (2m distance). Wash your hands regularly. Items should be left on your doorstep.
Founded and led by St John’s church, supported by Good Neighbours, RVS, RCA and RC Parish Council.
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.