Regular Activities at St. John’s 


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Sunday Club


This is the main area of children's activity at St. John's, and is basically Sunday School, Junior church, or whatever you call young people at worship. Children meet in the parish hall (a.k.a. Community Centre) at the same time as the main 10.45 a.m. service. The session begins with a short act of formal worship, and continues with activity based teaching for various age groups. Sometimes this takes the form of preparation for Sunday Club input to Family Services, which is always at the instigation of Sunday Club itself. Children usually join the communion service towards the end, in time to receive communion.

Currently, there are a number of Sunday Club leaders, who take charge for a month at a time. This provides a variety of input, and avoids the perennial problem with children's ministry, of having leaders who never manage to find time for their own worship.

One month's teaching each year is about the significance of the eucharist, and acts as preparation for those children (which is most of them) who are communicants.


Bible Study


Every Thursday evening at 8.00 p.m. in the Rectory, a time of free-wheeling discussion around a book of the Bible. It provides an opportunity not just the read the Bible together, but to share intellectual and personal difficulties, and generally relax while doing something worthwhile... oh, and there's a little bit of prayer of course.


Prayer Group


Irreverently called "Say one with Sarah", who leads it. It meets in church on the first and third Tuesday evening of the month, and provides a quiet oasis for busy lives. Not hugely attended, it none the less has become a fixed point in several people's month, and experiments with various ways of praying and meditating.


The Wednesday Club


The club is open to anyone in the area, and is a chance to meet other people who are free on Wednesday afternoons, and who enjoy talking over biscuits and tea or coffee, and sharing a variety of activities, including talks (often illustrated), quizzes, beetle drives, games such as scrabble, dominos etc., and occasional visits to local venues of interest. Meets every month except August, usually on the first Wednesday of each month: usually in St John's church from 2-4 pm (meeting places for visits announced in advance). A small charge of £1 per visit covers speakers' expenses and occasional prizes.


Church Openings


On Saturday we open the church between 10am and 1pm for those who wish for quiet reflection.





Why aren't there more activities, you may ask. One reason is that we're still developing, and have a long way to go. Another is that Christians are called to live out their faith in the world as a whole, and getting stuck in a ceaseless round of church events doesn't help that, so we're careful about what demands we make. The third reason is that the church works closely with the Heaton Mersey Community Association, which provides quite a few of the activities and venues that churches elsewhere tend to provide. Still, there may be more to come, so watch this space.


Lent Courses


Traditionally, Lent is a period of reflection and self-examination. This makes it easy for many churches to put on extra bits of teaching, and we are no exception. Each year is something different, we have created banners, etc. to decorate our church, we have looked at the the Bible, we have worked with other churches; we have explored the work of the Holy Spirit and examined the important of prayer.


Summer and Christmas Fairs


Lots of fun, a fair bit of money raised, and a community event, the twice yearly fair is a sort of bring and buy with refreshment, the perennial raffle, and occasional entertainments. Stuff on sale ranges from books and bits of bric-a-brac which have become old friends over the years, to craft items produced by members of the congregation.

Some churches (and Christians) tend to sneer at social and fund-raising events. "They ain't really spiritual." We disagree. Of course there's no real substitute for regular planned giving (and we have that too), but they provide much more than financial income. "Fellowship" which is done for its own sake soon palls, but sharing a joint venture, and working together, is a strong source of meaningful fellowship.