Advance Dates for your Diary
to Dec 30

Advance Dates for your Diary

Advance Notices:

CAST Group - next meeting dates are:

CAST will be having a break during August - We will resume on Friday 8th September - 1:30 pm

Heritage Day

Saturday 9th September - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come along and experience a Crypt tour, take your children on the Kids Heritage Trail, look through our old school registers (can you find your attendance?), explore the graveyard with many war graves and an engineer from the Titanic and finally, relax with afternoon tea in the church.

Confirmation Classes

Tuesday 19th September - 7:00 pm (for four weeks) 

Memorial Service

Sunday 1st October - 4:00 pm

The Service is open to anyone who would like to remember a loved one. A quiet service with the opportunity to light a candle and name loved ones.

At the Cathedral:

October 7th - Open the Box: Engaging with Children & Families in your Church & Communities

More details here







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This week at St John's
to Jun 18

This week at St John's

(Bible Readings for the week ahead - here)

Monday 12th June

Playgroup in Church Hall (09:30 am - 10:30 am)

Rainbows / Brownies / Guides / Rangers (6:15 pm)


Tuesday 13th June

PCC meeting in Church (7:00 pm)


Wednesday 14th June

Service of Holy Communion led by Rev. George Perera(10:00 am)

‘Fit Camp’ training in Church Hall (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Choir / Music Group Practice in Church (7:00 pm)

Bible Study in Church (7:30 pm)


Thursday 15th June

Seedlings Parent & Toddler group in Church Hall (9:00 am)


Friday 16th June

 ‘Fit Camp’ training in Church Hall (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)


Saturday 17th June

Cleaning in Church (10:00 am)


Sunday 18th June

Service of Holy Communion (10:30 am)

 Led by: Tony Ellison   Preacher: Rev. Jeff Engel  


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to Apr 20

Easter Services

Easter Services - April

Good Friday 14th                  The Final Hour - Holy Spirit, Dovecot (2:00 pm)

Easter Sunday 16th               Service of Holy Communion (10:30 am)

Led by: Irene Tuzio Preacher: Rev. Jeff Engel


Holy Week Services - Holy Spirit Dovecot

Good Friday 14th                  Walk of Witness (11:00 am) with St Margaret Mary’s

Easter Sunday 16th               Easter Vigil (6:00 am)

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Quiz Night in aid of Teenage Crohn’s & Ogwen Valley SAR

On Saturday 1st April St John’s is holding a Quiz Night in aid of our two adopted charities - Teenage Crohn’s Disease and the Ogwen Valley Search & Rescue.

Entry is by donation - £5 for adults and children over 14 years - and includes a hot pot supper.

Bring your own drinks !!

A raffle will held on the night (not included in the donation).

7:30 pm in the Church Hall

Please contact Jane Owen or Gill Southern if you would like to come (so catering numbers can be organised)

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1:30pm 1:30pm

The CAST Group will have you going round in circles…..

The next meeting will be on Friday 24th March.

At the last meeting of the CAST group we enjoyed Boggle - this time we’ve something a little different - be prepared to go round in circles…..

The group is open to everyone, just come along at 1.30pm in church - we normally finish about 3.15pm. Tea and cake provided!

If you would like more details, please see Karen, Val (Gavin) , Camelia or Sue (Farley)

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1:30pm 1:30pm

Come and ‘boggle’ at the CAST Group!

At the last meeting of the CAST group we held a Beetle Drive that provided much fun and evoked memories of childhood games.

The next meeting will be on Friday 10th March and the theme will be “Boggle”.

Don't ask - you'll have to come along and see!

The group is open to everyone, just come along at 1.30pm in church - we normally finish about 3.15pm. Tea and cake provided!

If you would like more details, please see Karen, Val (Gavin) , Camelia or Sue (Farley)

The CAST group

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1:30pm 1:30pm

CAST Group - Next Meeting Notice

The CAST group (Caring And Sharing Together) enjoyed an afternoon of poetry, storytelling and favourite Bible passages, resulting in some lively and interesting conversations.

The theme for the next meeting, on 24th February is Games and Interests.

 Everyone welcome.

 Come along at 1.30pm - meet new friends and enjoy a cuppa!



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Family Nativity Service

On Sunday 11th December we're holding our Family Nativity Service (starts at 10:30 am).

This will be a fun interactive event for ALL the family - young and not so young!

So come along, dress up as your favourite king, shepherd, angel etc and join in - if you need help making a costume then check out these ideas:

King Costume

Shepherd Costume

Angel Costume

And if you can't be there - well that's sad - but you can experience the journey we'll be taking by watching the Bible Society's video here

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 “Celebrate the Light” - Fun event for all children & families
6:00pm 6:00pm

“Celebrate the Light” - Fun event for all children & families

Monday 31st October 6:00 pm - 7.30 pm in Church

  “Celebrate the Light” - Fun event for all children & families

Halloween has become a big date in the calendar with children getting dressed up & trick or treating - this can be really scary for younger children and for older people too. 

But there is something else you can do and still have fun!!

Why not celebrate the light rather than all things dark and scary.

We invite children & families to “Celebrate the light “at a different type of Halloween event

 Lots  of fun crafts for you to make, activities to take part in, fun songs , there will be hotdogs, a little present to take home and YES you can still dress up …….

But ……. we want to see footballers, super heroes, Disney princess or characters or just wear very bright clothes.

Nothing dark or spooky PLEASE and that includes adults too!!! Or you won’t be able to come in!

It’s all Free, bring your friends, mums, Dads, nans, Grandads!

Take an invitation today, for more details speak to any of the Sunday club leaders

 *Do please let us know if you’re coming so we have an idea for catering puposes.* 

N.B   There will be no uniformed groups taking place on this date  

 We would value help from any adults on the evening & please do collect empty glass jars & leave at the back of church for one of the crafts.

 Thank you

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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Café Church - Sunday 30th October

We know its half term week but please do make a real effort to join us as we find about more about the work of Samaritans purse and dedicate our shoeboxes.

If you have made a shoebox please bring it with you - if not don’t worry you can make one as part of our service.

Cafe church is suitable for all the ages with activities and food.

Hope to see you there.

Thank you - The Children’s Ministry team

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9:30am 9:30am

Music as Mission

Saturday 24th September – 9:30 am ‘til 3:00 pm

Music, in whatever style, can enhance our worship if done well. It can make or break the experience of the liturgy.

This day workshop, run jointly by the Diocesan Liturgy and Worship Forum and the North West Area Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), offers practical experience of using music well in worship, both for those with a great deal of experience and those who have little or none.

Details can be found on the Cathedral website here

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Heritage Day at St. John's
to Sep 11

Heritage Day at St. John's


Our wonderful church which is 180 years old will be open on Friday, 9th September and Sunday, 11th September from 1pm to 4pm for visitors to come and find out about it's amazing history.

Our CAST group meet on a Friday, and will explain about our prayer shawl ministry. There will also be hand crafted poppies available for people to place on our war graves in our graveyard.

We have fabulous stained glass windows. Della Robbia plaques, a war memorial, crypt tours and many other historical artifacts. School books will also be available to view from the old school room, which is now our church hall.

Do come along and have a look. Refreshments will be available and on Sunday there will also be children's activities.


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“Derby Mouse” is returning to the Cathedral!
to Aug 31

“Derby Mouse” is returning to the Cathedral!

Brighten your school holidays with free family fun at the Cathedral every Wednesday from 27th July until 31st August between 11am to 3pm.

Join Derby Mouse for Arts and Crafts with a Summer theme.

For more details call Jackie Dean on 0151 702 7210

or email:

Come along to the Cathedral for a photo opportunity with Derby Mouse

Kids eat free in the Welsford Restaurant with every paying adult !

More details can be found here

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Archdeaconry Garden Party - Saturday 16th July 2016
2:00pm 2:00pm

Archdeaconry Garden Party - Saturday 16th July 2016

There will be a Garden Party for the Liverpool Archdeaconry on Saturday 16th July 2016 - all are welcome to attend.

There will be cream teas, a treasure hunt, garden games and activities for all the family - a choir is also booked.

Some seating is available but why not bring your deckchairs & picnic blankets and relax in the Bishop's beautiful gardens.

Booking is essential - first come first served !

Telephone on 0151 421 0831 or email

Please note - We are unable to offer parking on the day.

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Radical is coming !!!!
6:00pm 6:00pm

Radical is coming !!!!

On 1st July ‘Radical is coming to St Helens – 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

RADICAL is not just an event, it's a people movement.

It's about getting young people, and their youth leaders, excited about hearing God and living passionately for Him.

The first taste of RADICAL is a youth gathering in July 2016.

Details can be found on the Cathedral website here

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Annual General Meeting of the Church Council

On Sunday 17th April in church after the morning service we will be holding the Annual General meeting.

Tthis is when we look at what has happened in the life of St Johns over the past twelve months and vote to elect new PCC members.

As you will be aware as of Sunday 3rd July Roy will sadly no longer be leading the parish, so it is all the more important that you consider making it a real priority to attend this meeting as we look to our future without him .

We also need new PCC members and a new church warden - after many years of loyal dedicated service to St Johns, Marge Juxon feels it is time to step down. We are very grateful for all she has given to the church in this role and she will continue to support and advise on this role.

So what does it take to become  a new PCC member? It’s not a role to take lightly, it requires commitment to attend meetings but is a wonderful way of becoming involved in the life & decision making for the church,  helping to look where we go and what we do .

The role of a church warden is key in the life of a parish; you are taking on some important roles and responsibilities alongside your vicar. You are responsible for the smooth running of your church and are considered by many as a leading member of your church community. Leaflets outlining both the roles of a Church warden and PCC member are available at the back of church for anyone interested in finding out more about either of this roles.

Do please speak with Roy if you wish to be considered for either of these roles as you will need to be nominated.

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Christmas starts with Christ
to Dec 25

Christmas starts with Christ

Services Over the Christmas Period


Sun 30th     - 11:00 am - All age Advent service


Sun 7th        - 11:00 am - Service of Holy Communion

Sun 14th      - 11:00 am - Family Nativity & Christingle service

Sun 21st       - 11:00 am - Service of Holy Communion

    - 18:30 pm - Carols by Candlelight

Wed 24th    - 17:00 pm - Family Crib service

                    - 23:00 pm - Midnight Communion

Thu 25th     - 11:00 am - Christmas Day Family Communion


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Christmas Fair, Tree & Crib Festival

This year, because there's so much to do,  we'll be holding our Christmas Fair in both the Church and the Hall.

In the Hall

A selection of Stalls and Seasonal refreshments

In the Church

Santa's Grotto

Christmas tree competition - click for more details

Display of Christmas Trees and Nativity Scenes - click for more details

'Have a go' Christmas crafts




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