Welcome to St John’s Hopwood

 On behalf of the church community at St John’s we would like to welcome you to our website. St John’s is a friendly Christian community that seeks to enable people of all ages to meet with God through the local church.

 Reverend Kirsty Screeton. Vicar of St. John’s and St. Luke’s

The  Service for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Sermon and Prayers can be found under the Services: Sermon and Prayers page.

Notices:

* Thursday morning service (6th May Only) – please can you use the ramp access (current exit door) for in and out of the 10.30am service. Voting is taking place in the hall, and to keep covid safe they will have full access, including the main door for entry and exit.
* The APCM will take place after the service on the 9th May, estimated start time 12 noon. If you are attending church instructions on how to stay will be given, if coming for the meeting, please arrive at church in time for 12 start.
* It is that time of year for Elizabeth’s garden center to open. After the success of last year, and due to restrictions in place, Elizabeth is taking order via e-mail. If you wish to place an order, or re3cieve a list
of what is available please do contact Elizabeth on – elizabethsmethurst24@gmail.com <mailto:elizabethsmethurst24@gmail.com>
* There is to be a Covid Safe Work Day on Saturday 15th May between 9am and 12 noon. There is a job list available and jobs allocated to keep all safe, if you can help please do let Norman, Denise or Myself know.

Our 11.15am Sunday Service will continue to operate a booking system due to limited seating. To book in please contact Norman on a Monday and Wednesday evening between 5pm & 7pm ONLY
on 07795117919 – DO NOT leave a message – please speak to Norman, as we need to be clear whom we are booking for and obtain contact numbers for track and trace.
Booking will be taken for HOUSEHOLDS and SUPPORT BUBBLES only. (A support bubble is where two households have joined together as per government rules – Making a support bubble with another household – www.gov.uk) No exceptions will be allowed.
You can only book for one Sunday at a time.

Sunday 8.15am and Thursday 10.30am services will remain open, with no bookings in place. Unless they become overly busy and seating restricted.

Small Jars – If anyone has some small jars going spare please could I have them.
In the clearing of bother churches we have come across a number of old Easter / Worshipping candles. I am going to melt these down, and allow people to take them home, for use during prayer at home.

Coming to Church:
You will be welcomed into church. On a Sunday service, you will be marked in by those welcoming. On a Thursday a sheet to sign in will be available at the back of church.
There is a one way system in church, as marked on the floor, please adhere to this.
Please use the Hand Gel Provided and wear a mask unless except by government rules – Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Once welcomed please go to your allocated / chosen seat, please refrain from stopping in walkways and maintain 2-metre distance from those not in your household / support bubble.
Please follow instructions given during the services.
After the service, feel free to stay in your pew for prayers, when ready to exit please do this promptly and again keeping 2 meter distance and keeping walkways free flowing.
I appreciate that people do want to say hi, etc – Please can we ask that conversations are done outside of church, feel free to use the grass area, BUT remember to keep your distance and not create what would look like to others as a gathered crowd.
Lighting a candle will be allowed but ONLY before and after the service. To light a candle please do so from other lit candle. Only one household / support bubble at the stand at one time. Also, if have recently used Gel please wait 2 minutes before lighting a candle.

Sunday School:
Sunday Schools are unable to meet in person till we are in step 2 (No earlier than April 12th). However Sunday School will continue to operate as they are doing and updates will be given as available.

Not yet ready to come back to church:
We accept that people will be ready to come back to church at different stages, due to a number of reasons. We firstly want to assure you that as we gather back together, all will be in our prayers and thoughts.
Kirsty will also continue to send out weekly e-mails containing service for at home, sermon and prayers and, we will continue to deliver to those who currently have printed copies delivered. If anyone else, would like printed copies please do let us know.

Please find attached the annual notification for the Electoral Roll, in preparation for our APCM Meeting. If you are not on the electoral roll, want to ask questions, or check we have your correct details, please contact Norman or myself.
* Please see a link to a new monthly prayer lead from Bishop Mark Davies for the diocese. All the details are on the link – Diocese of Manchester Monthly diocesan prayer with Bishop Mark (anglican.org)

Heywood Foodbank are currently asking for carrier bags and egg boxes. If you can provide any of these, feel free to drop of between 10 – 12 on Monday and Fridays, or drop off on Saturday during private prayer at St Johns (2-3pm) or drop at the vicarage (if not in leave in porch or in blue bin).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 Rev’d Kirsty can be contacted on  01706 416 279, via email ‘revkirstyscreeton@gmail.com’ or via our Contact page.

If you wish to book or discuss a baptism, wedding or any pastoral matter, please contact our Minister Rev Kirsty Screeton on the vicarage telephone number 01706 416279, or via our Contact page.
If we can be of any help during this time of uncertainty please do get in touch.

If you want to contact us, please click here.

Mission Purpose Statement:

We are called by God to know Jesus through worship and discipleship. We seek to share the love of Jesus in our local community through welcome and outreach.

 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.  John chapter 3 verse 16.

For a link to a location map, please click here – the church is on the junction of Manchester Road and Middleton Road.