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Mark’s Monday Message

I hope you had a good weekend. At church we looked at the theme of hospitality and God’s peace and how we must choose to receive the peace that Jesus offers us in order for us to be effective in service. And there are a number of ways that you can contribute to the life of St John’s in service and outreach to the surrounding village in the coming months. May…

Mark’s Monday Message

Hello all Yesterday was a real celebration of church as we: remembered all that God has done through us over the past year, thanked those who have diligently served us and the community (some for many years!) and outlined the challenges and hopes for the year ahead. It was wonderful to see new people stepping into roles and a real pleasure to spend time relaxing and…

Mark’s Monday Message

Hi allLooking forward to our APCM this Sunday during our 10:30am service where we will be celebrating all that God has done during 2021 and looking forward to growing together. We will begin with a short time of worship and word before starting the official annual meeting around 11am. The young people will leave for their groups at this stage. I anticipate the meeting…

Mark’s Monday Message

Afternoon all First, I want to thank Bob and Annie and their connect group for the stunning Easter cross display in church. What an amazing sight! It has now been enjoyed by guests at two weddings as well as being the centrepiece to our Easter celebrations and we plan to keep it up for the summer term. There are a number of opportunities to serve the local community…

Anchor Ministries

 You may be aware of people who are in need of extra emotional support and empathic understanding, or are struggling with mental health issues. Anchor Counselling is a professional counselling practice comprising qualified, accredited counsellors working within the ethical guidelines of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).  They are…

Mark’s Monday Message

Much to look forward to this week, including our Good Friday service in church at 9am which will be followed by hot cross buns and refreshments in the hall. Later in the morning we will gather with the rest of the Horsham Churches at the Carfax bandstand to take part in a joint service at 11:15am. Finally, we will have our 2 usual services on Easter Sunday at 8:30am and…

Mark’s Tuesday Message

There is general consensus that there are 3 key ways of measuring a church’s commitment to growing individually and as a community and they are: our willingness to be discipled (by joining a weekly fellowship group), our willingness to serve the larger body in a practical way, and our willingness to give (financially). Although, I am wary of simply following a…

Mark’s Monday Message

I hope your week has started well and that you have managed to get out into the spring sunshine for at least a few moments today. Last weekend I had the privilege of leading a men’s retreat for another church at Ashburnham Place, near Battle. I was encouraging them to seek God in the every day and particularly to pay attention to the interruptions that come in the…

Mark’s Monday Message

Hi all We had a great time in church yesterday morning worshipping together and celebrating the fact that together we are being built into a spiritual temple in which the presence of God on earth – his Holy Spirit dwells.We were reminded by our young people that no matter how we got here, we are being fitted together, brick by brick into a temple in which God is…

Mark’s Monday Message

Albeit posted on Thursday this week …! Yesterday I spoke about authentic spirituality and the way of life that Jesus calls us to as well as the joy that is available to those who already have the kingdom of God and who anticipate its fullness in the future. I drew attention, using Jesus’ words in Luke 6 that there are two types of people: Those who attempt to…

Mark’s Monday Message

Good morning. I just wanted to remind us all today of Jesus’ mandate (and therefore our mandate): “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,    because he has anointed me        to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives    and recovery of sight to…

Mark’s Monday Message

As I began to lay out in church last week I believe that God is calling us to focus intently this year on how we connect, both to God and to one another and so connecting will be a recurring theme throughout the year. We have already chosen the passage from John 15 of the image of the vine for our Camp theme and we hope to be introducing many opportunities during the year…

Christmas Services

Full details of our services can be found under ‘What’s On’ and our calendar. We want to welcome everyone, but also need to operate safely. Please sign up beforehand – just click on the service you plan to attend on the calendar and then on the ‘sign up’ button. Masks must be worn at all times in the church and hall unless you are…

Mark’s Monday Message

Is ‘it’ coming home? Well I guess most of us (unless we have personal connections to Denmark, Italy or Spain – or Scotland!) wish that to be the case next Sunday. But what is this national obsession we have for the beautiful game, particularly when we have fallen short so many times over the years? Why do we find ourselves singing the national hymn of…

Mark’s Monday Message

Today I thought I’d remind you of the quote I used from Bonhoeffer in his book Life Together:  “I must release the other person from every attempt of mine to regulate, coerce, and dominate (them) with my love. The other person needs to retain (their) interdependence of me; to be loved for what (they) are; as one for whom Christ became man, died and rose…