St John’s is a family church and seniors are very important members of our church family. We aim to provide a range of opportunities for seniors to explore faith, share friendship, and, at vulnerable times of life, to receive support. In common with all adult church members, seniors are encouraged to join Home Growth Groups, but there are also activities designed specifically for those who are retired.
Meeting every Tuesday lunchtime for more than 25 years, the Lunch Club is a great opportunity for older people to enjoy good food and fellowship together.
On alternate Thursday mornings (2nd and 4th weeks of the month) at 10.30am, we hold a traditional 1662 Book of Common Prayer communion service, with organ music and well-known hymns, followed by refreshments and fellowship. This service is quieter and more reflective than our usual Sunday services, and whilst all are most welcome, it is particularly popular with seniors.
A group for the third age in St John’s, aimed at all those over 50! Meetings are held in the Conservatory on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 2.30-4pm. Tea and home-made cakes are served after each meeting.
The group aren’t able to meet in person at the moment, but are receiving a fortnightly newsletter called ‘Round Tables’. Please contact the Church Office if you’d like to receive this by email or by post.
Our meetings aim to encourage the following four ideas:
Nurturing – continuing to grow in the faith
Sharing our faith – inviting friends along
Educating – stimulating speakers and visits
Warm fellowship – enjoying spending time together
Enquiries to Jo & Chris Field (01929 459315).
The annual Compass Lent Holiday/Retreat has been running for some years now. It offers a 5 day hotel break, with a time of worship, praise and study each morning, followed by an outing exploring the local area. The aim of the break is to build friendships and develop faith, and year on year it proves to be a time of fun and laughter, within the context of the hope given by our faith in Christ.
St John’s has a small team of people who are equipped to visit seniors, especially those who are at a stage where leaving their home to come to church activities is difficult as a result of illness or infirmity. All enquiries to Mary Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org)