Message from Rev Dr Sarah Baker
Interim Minister, St John the Baptist, Rowlands Castle

At this time of new beginnings I would like to take the opportunity to say “Hello” and introduce myself. For those of you who don’t know me I have been a member of St John’s congregation for five years, usually attending the 10.00 service. I am now taking on the role of “Interim Minister” for St John’s with effect from January 1st 2024. minister@saintjohnschurch.org.uk

As we shared last week, as part of developing our Mission Action Plan we are undertaking a review of where we are and how we are in order that we may understand what we need to be and do in the future to continue to be part of God’s Mission here in Rowlands Castle. Several of you have already returned completed Healthy Church Audit forms. If you have not already done so, could I please urge you to consider doing so. The more responses we get, the better understanding we will gain. Thank you in anticipation.
Sarah


News and notices

Here is the weekly news sheet for w/b 25th February

During the interregnum the 8am service on the 1st Sunday in the month will be held at Holy Trinity, Blendworth, Blendworth Lane, Waterlooville, PO8 0AB

The Parish Office is open every Friday between 9am and 1pm alternatively the Parish Office can be contacted by email or a message can be left on the Parish Office answer phone, 02392 410111.


Anna Chaplain

Bishop Jonathan made the care of older people one of his two main priorities. The bishop aims to create a network of Anna Chaplains across the diocese. Mary Close has been appointed as an Anna Chaplain for Saint John’s. Mary’s role is part of an ecumenical, community-based, chaplaincy network promoting the spiritual welfare of older people, for people of strong, little or no faith at all. There is more information about this ministry and Mary’s contact details on the Anna Chaplaincy page.


A snapshot of our Ministry and Mission

Ministry and Mission at St John’s Church Rowlands Castle. What our church gets up to outside of Sunday everyday church.

Building God’s Kingdom through Christ’s love in action.

A snapshot of our ministry and mission

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 starts again after half term on 19th February at 9:00am to 11:00am 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.


About Saint John’s Church

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.


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


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 Carol Milford or Chris Hollis.



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

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