Worship

First time?  What to expect on a Sunday…

Our main service takes place on Sunday at 11 am. This is the Parish Mass.  It lasts just over an hour, and there are activities for children.

Worship Sundays at 11 am

A warm welcome.  First of all, we will give you a warm welcome.  There will be someone in the foyer to greet you, hand you a service booklet, and show you where to sit. After Mass tea and coffee is served in the foyer.

Worship. St John’s is a Church of England (Anglican) church in the Anglo-Catholic (or ‘high church’) tradition.  This means that candles, incense, vestments (robes), hymns, and songs are all designed to help us offer worship to God.  It doesn’t matter if you’re not used to this style of worship; nobody will be watching you to see if you’re ‘doing things right’, and you’ll find that the Mass booklet, which contains the words for the service, gives plenty of information about what happens and when.  If you’re unsure, you’re welcome to sit at the back and just take it all in.  Or, if you’d like someone to sit with you and guide you through the service, just ask the welcomer when you arrive, or sit next to someone who looks like they’ve been coming for a while.

To leave feeling a bit different.  We believe that through worship God changes us.  Particularly in the Mass (also called the Eucharist, or Holy Communion), in which God transforms bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus, he also transforms us, making us a bit more holy, and bit more who he calls us to be, a bit more like him.  We hope and pray that worshipping with us at St John’s will touch and transform you, as we believe it touches and transforms us Sunday by Sunday.

Frequently Asked Questions. At the bottom of this page are some FAQs about coming to St John’s.  If you have a question that’s not answered here, send us an email using the envelope icon at the top of this page.

Full list of regular services

SUNDAYS

10 am Morning Prayer*
11 am PARISH MASS with Sunday School

4 pm Service in Luganda (2nd Sunday of the month)

WEEKDAYS
Monday 

8.30 am Morning Prayer*

1.30 pm Rosary*

Tuesday
8.30 am Morning Prayer and Mass at St Mary’s, Stoke Newington

Wednesday
8.30am Morning Prayer*

Thursday (and feast days)
8.30am Mass*

* These services are subject to change during the vacancy between vicars.  Please email sjebp@hotmail.co.uk to confirm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come to a service during the week?
Yes. Our weekday services tend to be smaller and quieter.
Do I receive Communion?

If you are baptised and you usually receive Communion (the bread and wine) then you’re welcome to do so here.  If you don’t usually receive Communion, or you have no idea what we’re talking about (!), then you can come forward with everyone else at this point in the service and receive a blessing. (The priest will say a very short prayer for you, resting his/her hand on your head.) If you hold your service sheet when you come up the priest will know that you don’t intend to receive Communion. Or, if you prefer, you can stay in your seat. If you’re unsure, just ask someone.

How long does the service last?

Usually just over an hour. It’s finished by 12.15 pm.

I’m not a Christian. Can I still come?

Absolutely. Everyone’s welcome.

I’m really shy. Will I have to talk to people?

Not if you don’t want to! There is one part of the service called The Peace when people shake hands with one another, and say ‘Peace be with you’, and you’re welcome to get involved in that as much or as little as you wish. If you need to dash after the service and can’t stay for tea and coffee, that’s fine.

Is St John’s a Roman Catholic church?

No. St John’s is in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England (Anglican Communion), so our worship is a bit like a Roman Catholic service in its format and style. If you are a Roman Catholic you are, of course, welcome to join us, or you may wish to worship with our friends at St Thomas More RC, Henry Road.

Is the church accessible?

Yes. Apart from the area where the altar is there are no steps in the building, and there’s also an accessible toilet.

Is there a collection? Do I need to bring any money?

A collection is taken during one of the hymns, and the money is used for the mission and ministry of the parish. Please don’t feel you have to make a donation and don’t worry if you haven’t brought any money with you. Many of our regular worshippers give to the church by standing order, so they won’t be putting anything in the collection plate either!

What about children?

Children normally go out into the hall about 10 minutes into the service for Sunday School, where they usually learn about the readings from the Bible through crafts, story-telling, or conversation. They then come back into the service at about 11.45 am. Very small children can stay with you in church, or you can use the same hall at any point as a crèche. But please don’t worry if they make a noise – that’s what children do! On some Sundays, we have an All-Age Mass, during which there will be a children’s talk in place of the sermon. On the very occasional Sundays when there isn’t Sunday School or an All Age Mass then there are activity bags for your children to use during the service.

What are the sermons like?

Sermons at St John’s are usually based on the Bible readings set by the Church for the day. We have several people who preach regularly, and they each have different styles. Normally the preacher will try to explain how God speaks to us through the Bible, and how that might affect our lives as Christians. Sermons at St John’s usually last between 7 and 10 minutes.

What happens if I’m late?

Just come in! If the welcomer is still in the foyer, they will give you a service sheet and show you where to sit. If they’ve already sat down themselves then just take a service sheet, and come in and find a pew.

What if I’m not used to this style of worship?

Don’t worry! Give it a chance, and let God speak to you through it. Some people have said that they had to come a few times before it really ‘clicked’ and made sense. So if you’re not sure the first time, please come back. If you have any questions about the worship or want something explaining, please ask Fr Daniel or Fr Justin. They love talking about these things, and no question is too stupid!

What should I wear?

There’s no dress code, so come as you are comfortable. Some people at St John’s like to dress smartly for the church, and some people don’t. Nobody will judge you!

Where should I sit?

There are plenty of pews in the main part of the church. facing the altar. Sit at the front, or the back, or the middle, wherever you’re most comfortable.

Who goes to St John’s?

There is no one ‘type’ of person who comes to St John’s. We are a very diverse group of people. There will almost certainly be someone like you and a lot of people who aren’t too!