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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 and we will respond to you.

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

Andy Sachs


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


Thank you to the two congregations who came to church on Sunday, it was a joy to welcome you! This Sunday, we have three services at 9.15am,  11am and 3pm.  The morning services are assigned to specific communities, but the 3pm service is open to anyone who is not currently part of a St John’s Community. We’re calling this service Allsorts – and we are holding one each week in recognition of the fact that those not in communities have had less opportunities for worship while the church has been closed.  There will be the opportunity to take holy communion in one kind only, in line with Church of England regulations.  We do still have some availability at this service, but bookings will close at 10am on Thursday, to give us time to prepare.  Please call or email to book your place.  It would be helpful if you could include a phone number for test and trace records.  These will be shredded after 21 days in accordance with government guidance.

Please take a look at the short film below, where we explain the new guidelines and how we can best keep everyone safe:

The Jesus Way

We are running two courses online via Zoom, the first of which is called ‘Learning The Jesus Way’, on Thursday 17th September, from 7:30-9:00pm. The course looks at the basics of Christian faith, looking at what Jesus taught and what His apostles had to say. We will explore forgiveness, the holy spirit, His scriptures, the principles of worship, following His teaching and trusting Him.

The course is for ANYONE  – those who want to know about Jesus, those who may have done an Alpha course, and also those who want to grow in their understanding. We do need to know contact details for anyone wishing to attend, in order that we can send out invitations and instructions for how to connect to the sessions. Anyone interested is asked to please contact the church office via email on

Get connected!

Communities are the place to ‘feel like you belong’ at SJC.

These communities are where you’re known and grown as a follower of Jesus, meeting regularly to do life, church and pray together. Each community serves a local area or a group of people, whilst studying the bible in discipleship groups and meeting socially to build friendships.

Take a look at some of our SJC Communities on our dedicated page, ask a friend which one they belong to or contact the office outlining the community you’d like to be invited to! Enjoy!

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.


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!


Join the church community at 10am every Sunday for an online catch up via ZOOM.

Login details are in the SJC weekly news. Completely informal, completely fun – everyone welcome!

Emergency assistance

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

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