Whilst we have to distance ourselves physically from each other, it's important to find other ways to stay connected. We are aware that a large number of people have been at home for several months, including older people, those with underlying health conditions, and others. Our church leaders and pastoral care team are keeping in touch with people by phone and maintaining regular contact.
Whilst our church buildings are currently closed except for private prayer, we are still fully operational by phone on 01274 883000 and email email@example.com so please get in touch for information and support, especially if you are self-isolating and you live on your own, or are aware of someone else who is. We are also working with partners as part of the Clayton Neighbourhood Support Hub to offer volunteer support and assistance.
We are aware that the closure of St John's has affected many and the comfort and security that being in church provides has been sorely missed. Following the latest national guidelines, we are open for private prayer on Thursdays from 12 noon to 1pm and Sundays from 1pm to 2pm.
- The capacity of the church is limited to 15 at any one time due to social distancing and you may have to queue.
- Please take notice of the door stewards instructions.
- The toilet facilities remain closed.
- Entrance is via Clayton Lane and the exit is to The Avenue.
- Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions, and the clinically extremely vulnerable. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
- This encouragement to private prayer is not congregational worship, or an opportunity for social gathering but an opportunity for you to pray or seek solace in our church surroundings.
- Worship will continue online until further notice.
Rhythm of worship
Whilst we are not yet able meet physically in our church and community rooms, we are still coming together in different ways to support each other, worship Jesus, pray for our community, our city and the world and also to hear God's word. Each Sunday we have a short, pre-recorded act of collective worship available to watch on Facebook, YouTube and on our Church Online page. Please also have a look at our Resources page for more information on prayer, bible study, worship and maintaining good mental health.