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 3rd Sunday after Trinity, Sermon plus Prayers by Denise can be found under the Services: Sermon and Prayers page.

Sunday School has  re-opened in person at Church.
(please read carefully before booking)
Please make sure that you have booked your tickets via the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154076170975

Please only book for the upcoming Sunday. Make sure you book a ticket for your child(ren), and include their name and school year group on the form. Please also book an accompanying adult ticket if you will be remaining with your child in Sunday School.
If you wish your children to attend Sunday School and in in the main worship in church, please book yourselves a place by Contacting Norman on the information – above / below (please add which ever way it is)

Notices:

  • Please find attached an invitation to St James Quiz Night – Please do book in if you plan to go.
  • Homemade candles are now available at the back of Church –  these are candles that have been made from previous worship and paschal candles (hence the colours which have arisen from the transfers). Rather than sat in a cupboard, we thought it would good for people to take them and use them either in prayer, or in other ways too. These are available for you to take, (and take for others if there is enough). I am offering these at no charge however if you wish to make a donation towards to church please do so in the basket at the side of the candles.
  • We have also been notified of the attached Job for Greater Manchester Churches Together – Job Vacancy | Greater Manchester Churches Together (gmct.org.uk)

Monthly Reflection: For June I am sharing, a resource that has been offered to me to use, but also a resource that has been offered to share with our congregations. We are all at a time  when, as we transition thought this next phase, we will reflect on what we want to keep from the past year, what we want to lose, and what we want to do going forward. This resource can be printed or typed into the document, but always to reflect and allow it to guide us going forward. Therefore I invite you this month to find some time for deep reflection, and use this resources to help you.

 Habit checker (cpas.org.uk)

Blessings

Kirsty

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.

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.