Posts by Sarah Tombling

Posts by Sarah Tombling

Mark’s Monday Message

Today, as we are in Lent, I wanted to briefly reflect on that word – sin. Its such a divisive word isn’t it? And it brings up all sorts of connotations – which are probably different for each of us and often unhelpful too. And misuse of the word can lead to division, isolation, rejection and judgmentalism. I have a friend who once told me that they would never step…

Mark’s Monday Message

The signs of Spring are always accompanied by fresh signs of hope and this year in particular we need those signs of hope, so I encourage you to try and get outside for a bit this week and look for those snowdrops and other spring plants pushing through the soil and to listen out for the birdsong. Symbols and signs are so important to us and this Lent we will be looking…

Mark’s Monday Message

I recently discovered a reflection on a boat in a dry dock and felt it was relevant to us at this time. The image is someone else’s but is adapted by me. As you may know, a dry dock is a place for holding boats that need inspection and attention. Boats are supported and held in place as water is removed from the dock. The hulls are therefore exposed so that, what is…

Carol Service

If you would like to view this year’s Carol Service (look out for some familiar faces from around the village) then just follow this YouTube link: Thank you to all the participants and tech team.

Christingle Mornings

As we can’t hold our usual service this year, we are hosting two Christingle mornings on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December. Come along and make your Christingle in the church or hall in your family/support groups or collect a takeaway kit to make them at home. No need to book – just come along between 10.00am and midday on either morning.

Alpha Course

An informal opportunity to explore the Christian faith. We will be meeting via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm and watching the Alpha Course video material before breaking into small discussion groups. If you would like to find out more or to join us please contact our Vicar, Mark: or our Administrator, Sarah:


We’re delighted to say that our church building will be opening for private, silent prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Monday 22nd June.  1-2pm on each of these days. Please read and observe the guidelines below to try and ensure we all keep each other safe from Covid-19.  THANK YOU. Please use the hand sanitiser on arrival and departure Please pray…

Virtual Services

During lockdown we are continuing to ‘meet’ and worship as a church family, mostly via Zoom, but on first Sundays a pre-recorded reflective service will be released on YouTube at 10.30am. Audio recordings of all these services can be found on our Sermons page and the calendar is being updated regularly with news of other virtual gatherings.

New Vicar is Here!

As of 2pm on 26th March, we have a new Vicar at St John’s – a huge (if virtual) welcome to Rev Dr Mark Lavender. Here is his first message to the church family: A MESSAGE FROM MARK LAVENDER, NEW VICAR AT ST JOHN’S BBH: These are strange and unprecedented times and we are all just realising what this new world means for us in terms of ‘meeting together’ as…

Church is Open (read on)

Our buildings may be closed, but: Church on-line not cancelled; Quiet time with God not cancelled; Praying for the sick not cancelled; Checking on a friend not cancelled; Helping others not cancelled – BEING THE CHURCH NOW MORE THAN EVER.