1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month – Morning Worship,
(All-age services in school holidays)
2nd Sunday – Holy Communion
Tea & Coffee in the lounge after the Service
1st& 5th - Evening Worship
2nd - Café style 'Time to Talk'
3rd - Conference style
4th - Holy Communion
Morning Service at 10.30 am
Christianity is not a political movement that seeks to change the world from the outside in. Rather, it is truth that radically changes one's entire worldview from the inside out. Twentieth century British author, C.S. Lewis, said it well: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." This term we are looking at some of the basic beliefs of Christianity.We are asking the questions what do and why do Christians believe these things. Alongside these sermons we will hear from a member of the congregation why they believe - making it personal for us all.
On the second Sunday when we have Holy Communion the children and young people will start in their relevant age groups and join us for the Communion circle and the last part of the service. There will be an opportunity for the children and young people to share what they have done in their groups during this time.
Our children and their leaders have suggested that they will be involved in All-Age services on special occasions such as Pentecost and Father’s Day. At the end of term in July the last two services will have some activities and participation for all, but not necessarily be a full All-Age service - something we call All-Age light.
Evening Service at 6.30pm
We continue studying the book of 2 Kings for our series in the evening services. It is a narrative history and prophecy concerning the affairs of the divided kingdoms Israel and Judah. In chapters 9-18 we see the leadership of Kings affecting their nations and the history of God’s people. The two kingdoms are far from God and lost in their confusion and sin. The book’s purpose is to demonstrate the value of those who obey God and the fate of those who refuse to obey him. What will we learn from these chapters and the characters of the Kings and what will God say to us and our generation?
Time to Talk @ Cafe Style Service
On the second Sunday of the month we have guest or ‘home grown’ speakers talking about a particular topic of interest. These evenings help us think through our responses as Christians to tricky issues and ones that are not so problematic. There are opportunities to talk, listen and discuss with each other as well as ask questions. In May, Graham and Helen will talk about their passion for prisons, followed by one from Phil Hutchinson in June. July’s Café Style will happen earlier in the day as a praise service for a farewell, so there will be no evening service.
Services in August
During the four Sundays in August we will be meeting up with New Malden Baptist Church to share services and premises. We will alternate between our churches giving each of us an opportunity to host, lead and offer hospitality. Phil Hutchinson and Mac McCarthy together with Johnny Pozzo of NMBC will be working out the theme for the services.
The first Sunday evening in August is a Café Style with Mercy Teete coming and speaking about her work in Athens. On the other Sunday evenings at 6.30 St John’s Church will be open for an hour of prayer. All are welcome to come and participate whether to pray silently or out loud.
Our regular monthly café-style services continue on the second Sunday each month where we consider topical issues over a cup of tea or coffee.
- God Squad, Reception to Year 3
- Trailblazers, Years 4 and 5
- Pathfinders, Years 6 to 9.
Children's join the main congregation for communion after their groups each second Sunday. Groups do not meet on All-age service Sundays.
Each week there is a Creche room for children up to school age.
CYFA (14 to 18 year olds) meet in the CYFA room upstairs in the Church Centre after the evening service (usually from around 8.00pm until 9.30pm).