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FROM 9AM EVERY SUNDAY

WE ARE A CHURCH THAT WELCOMES EVERYBODY.
WHOEVER YOU ARE, WHATEVER YOUR STORY, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE BECAUSE GOD LOVES YOU.

Join us as we gather online

If you are watching our YouTube services or simply browsing our website, welcome! Perhaps you find church online easier to be a part of, or maybe these extraordinary times have triggered something spiritual inside you? If you would appreciate some contact, or you have a question, then please email office@stjohnscolchester.org.uk and we will respond to you.

May you know God’s peace and presence at this time,

Andy Sachs

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It’s easy to access our services 24/7 on our YouTube channel:

United Breaks Out has now ended, but you can still watch catch ups of the main talks on www.new-wine.org/breaksout  where there are Youtube links to all the sessions. Our SJC online services for both adults and kids will resume this coming Sunday – we look forward to seeing you there!

 

RESPONSE TO LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON REOPENING CHURCHES

We are delighted to hear that the Government guidelines are allowing churches to now look at reopening under certain conditions. Bishop Sarah Mullaly has described the advice as “permissive, rather than prescriptive” and it is likely that it will look different for each church, according to their challenges.

For us at St John’s, the main challenge will be returning to public worship and observing safe social distancing. The health and safety of the congregation, clergy and staff remains our top priority and our current plan is to continue to provide online services until at least the end of August.  When we eventually return to worship in church, it is our intention to continue to provide online access to our services.

What does this mean for you?  Most importantly, we encourage Communities (formerly Clusters) to continue to meet electronically/remotely as so many have been doing.  As the Government guidelines allow it, and your own sense of what is right for you, you can start to meet with one another in gardens, parks or other open spaces.  We will be working towards opening the church for Communities to come together in pre-booked slots throughout the week.  These will not be services as such, but opportunities to come together, study the bible and pray.

What if you’re not part of a Community?  Please have a look at the Communities page on the website and contact the church office on office@stjohnscolchester.org.uk to be put in touch with any group you feel might be a good fit for you.  Or ask someone you know which community they are a part of and go along with them.

We hope that you understand our slow, cautious approach to the return to public worship.  We long for the day when we can all meet and worship together again in safety and in confidence.

FINISHING WHAT WE STARTED

Before we went into lockdown, we had started the task of raising £149,000 to pay off the Community Centre mortgage. Despite COVID19, we are continuing to press ahead with this vital project and we want the entire amazing SJC family to be a part of the journey!

Take a look at the details of this faith-filled vision BY CLICKING HERE!

COFFEE TIME CATCH UP!

Join the church community at 10am every Sunday for an online catch up via ZOOM. Login details in the SJC weekly news. Completely informal, completely fun – everyone welcome!

Emergency assistance

Emergency pastoral or prayer needs: pastoral@stjohnscolchester.org.uk
Emergency pastoral/prayer needs for prayer hub circulation: 07518 695787
For practical support during the COVID-19 crisis contact North East Colchester Support Network: help@colchestersupport.co.uk or call/text: 07858 651871
You can also visit their Facebook page

Further Resources:

We recommend the daily Lectio365 app, by 24/7 prayer, available on both the App Store and for Android, which can even read the devotion to you! Find out more.

Family Worship – Nick & Becky Drake are live streaming worship at 4pm on their Facebook page, called Worship for Everyone

Rend Collective are hosting a “Socially Distant Worship Club” at 7pm on Friday night – see Facebook for more details.

There are many resources available from the Church of England website – we are particularly enjoying the Supporting Good Mental Health reflections.

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