Welcome to St John's Church

We are a

A family of equal, diverse and unique people made in the image of God, together aspiring to fulfil our God given potential by nourishing the Fruits of the Spirit in our lives.

Our Vision

A Church which seeks to sustain creation

Our Mission

St John’s understands the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be Good News for the whole of this planet. We are working towards the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, as a place of justice and peace for the whole of creation.

Our Approach
Ethical Church

We are an church

We are a member of Inclusive Church which is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision.

We do so because we are committed to a serious liberal approach to the Bible, tradition and theology. This does not imply ‘anything goes’, On the contrary, as followers of the One who is the Truth, we are committed to the pursuit of truth in all things. This means that for us the Christian faith is always about journeying towards God and with God.

We recognise not everyone at St John’s will hold these views and part of the task of our ministers is to lead the congregation so that all of us can live, grow and be of service together.

We have marked our approach by being a ‘Registered Inclusive Church’.
St John’s is also listed as a Visible Congregation with OneBodyOneFaith as LGBT+ Christians tell us of their need to look for churches with an explicit commitment to welcome to avoid pain and hurt, which we try to ensure. Whilst members of the congregation may hold a range of views on sexuality, some of our members – gay, straight, trans, married, single – have felt sufficiently comfortable to make this their regular place of worship.

We believe in inclusive Church - a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. 

We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.

Inclusive Church Vision

Ministry Leadership

Meet the team

Revd. David Babbington

Minister In Charge

Penny Wheble

Reader & Director of Music

Doreen Sears

Reader

Sharon Hodgetts

Accredited Minister