• Happy Easter

    St John’s Vacancy Prayer

    Lord, we give thanks for those who have served St John’s over the generations and we acknowledge and rejoice in the ministry of each of them and their contribution to our shared journey to this point.

    We pray for Lyn and Catherine as churchwardens, Malcolm as PCC chair and all the PCC who together hold so much during the vacancy. We ask that you equip them for the task.

    We commit our current vacancy and the process which lies ahead into your hands. As we discern the way forward and look to the future with hope in our hearts, we ask that you give us ears to listen to each other, eyes to see the needs of our parish and open hearts ready to respond to your will.

    We pray for all those who may be discerning your call to be our next visionary leader, who will help us reach out to our community and further build your kingdom in this place. May your love surround them, your spirit guide them, your voice cheer them, your peace calm them and your wisdom arm them.

    Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

    Services in the Church

    Our main service is a Holy Communion service held in the church every Sunday at 9:30 am.  Everyone is welcome.

    Although it is no longer a legal requirement for masks to be worn in places of worship, wearing one helps to keep you and others safe.  If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please do continue to wear one.  In addition to the wearing of masks, there are hand sanitising points at the entrances to the church and center, which we would encourage you to use. 

    Communion is currently received in one kind only (there is no sharing of a common cup) and we ask people to avoid physical contact during the sharing of the peace.

    Our Sunday services are currently being led by Rev Kelvin Taylor, who has kindly agreed to come and lead our worship whilst we are in vacancy. 

    Services Online

    If you are unable to get to our Sunday morning service in the church, St John's is also online and, technology permitting, our 9:30 communion service is streamed live from the church each week on our YouTube channel.

    This week (14 August) we welcome Rev Nick Grew, who has kindly agreed to come and lead our worship while Rev Kelvin Taylor is on holiday.  To watch the service please click on the button below: 

    This week (17 July), we welcome back Rev Kelvin Taylor, who, together with our Third-Sunday team, has kindly agreed to come and lead our all-age worship.  To watch the service please click on the button below:

    This week (6 February) we welcomed back Rev Kelvin Taylor, who has kindly agreed to come and lead our worship.  To watch the service please click on the button below.  If you would like to follow the service from home you can download the order of service by clicking on the icon shown to the right: Order of service
    This week (20 March), our third-Sunday team pre-recorded a service that premiered on our YouTube channel at 9:30 Sunday morning.  To watch it please click on the button below.  If you would like to join in from the comfort of your own home, feel free to download the order of service as a PDF by clicking on the icon shown to the right: Order of service

    Click here to watch this week's service

    If you missed last week's service (7 August), you can watch it here.

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  • Parish Office

    The parish office is open 9:00 to 12:00 every weekday morning except Wednesday.  Please note that although open, we ask that you do not try and visit the office in person.  If you need to get in touch, please phone, send an email or use our online contact form. For anything urgent please do not hesitate to contact our churchwardens directly.

    The Underhill Centre

    We are pleased to announce that the Underhill Centre is available for hire once again.  Please contact the parish office for further information.

    Vacancy for a Part-Time Office Administrator

    An interesting opportunity has arisen for a part-time Office Administrator to join the parish team at St Johns Church, Hedge End.  The post involves 3 hours per day, 9:00-12:00, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The rate of pay is £10.75 per hour.

    For further information, interested applicants should contact churchwardens@stjohns-hedgeend.org.uk with their CV.

    We are about social inclusion, understanding social situations beyond our church and the practical demonstration of Christ’s love in the world. We are about social transformation, challenging injustice in the world, and radical inclusion and welcome.

    The Reverend Chris Rowberry and the family of St John's are very pleased to extend a warm welcome to all of our parishioners and visitors.

    St John's was built in 1874 and this beautiful Victorian church offers a variety of Services and community facilities through its Underhill Centre.

    Whilst most services are based on Common Worship, including Said and Sung Eucharists and a monthly Family service on the 3rd Sunday, we also hold an informal evening Communion service on the 1st Sunday at 6.30pm called Sunset Cafe on the Emmaus Road which includes supper. Children are welcome to participate in our Godly Play-based Sunday School that runs in parallel with the 9.45 service on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays.

    We also have an exciting 'Messy Church'-inspired service called 945@9.45 on the 1st Sunday of the month that combines activities suitable for all ages with a short communion service.  Why not come and experience 'church' in a different way?

    Our Parish Office would be pleased to answer any questions you might have particularly concerning Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.

    Things You Might Find Interesting:

    Kiva - An international nonprofit with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty - Donate as little as £20 and make a difference to less fortunate people across the world - See Kiva's facebook page here

    Taketime - Short meditations inspired by the stories of Jesus

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  • Prayer Requests and Getting In Touch

    If you would like to be included in our private prayers or want to submit a prayer to go on our virtual prayer wall, please use our online prayer request form or send an email to prayer.requests@stjohns-hedgeend.org.uk.

    If you need help, are worried about someone else or want to get in touch about anything urgent, please contact our churchwardens or our safeguarding officer, whose details can be found on our safeguarding page, directly.

    For anything non-urgent please contact the parish office or use our online contact form.

    Daily Hope

    The Church of England, Faith in Later Life and Connections have teamed up to offer a FREE phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers:

    0800 804 8044

    Please pass this number on to anyone you know that might appreciate this service, especially those that are not able to access the internet or other online services.

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  • Prayer Requests and Getting In Touch

    If you would like to be included in our private prayers please send us a message using our online prayer request form or email Chris (vicar@stjohns-hedgeend.org.uk), the vicar.  You may also like to submit prayers to go on our virtual prayer wall.

    If you need help, are worried about someone else or want to get in touch about anything else, please use our online contact form.  If it is urgent, please contact Chris (vicar@stjohns-hedgeend.org.uk or 01489 789578) or one of the churchwardens (churchwardens@stjohns-hedgeend.org.uk) directly.

    Light a Virtual Candle to Remember Someone

    With our main church building closed, it is not currently possible to visit the church to light a candle to remember someone you knew, people you didn't or the friends and family left behind.  Instead, if you would like to light a candle, you can light a virtual candle on the Church of England website by clicking on the candles shown to the left or by clicking here.  Alternatively, you can add a prayer to our virtual prayer wall.

    Daily Hope

    The Church of England, Faith in Later Life and Connections have teamed up to offer a FREE phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers:

    0800 804 8044

    Please pass this number on to anyone you know that might appreciate this service, especially those that are not able to access the internet or other online services.

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  • Daily Message

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