Following directives from the NHS, Public Health England and the Government churches are now suspending all public acts of worship until further notice. As a result no services of worship will take place at St John's - either in the Church or the Centre - for the time being. At present we cannot say how long this suspension will last.
Although our church buildings are closed, our church family is both active and supportive. Please be assured that we are praying for our community in Swalecliffe and Chestfield, for those that work within the NHS, for carers, for researchers, for keyworkers and for those vulnerable people within our community. We are praying particularly for health - physically, mentally and spiritually - during this challenging and difficult time. If you have any specific prayer requests please get in touch HERE.
To help support each other during this challenging time two Facebook groups have been set up, one for children called Whitstable Kids Team and one for adults called Whitstable Team Ministry Resources. Both are full of ideas and activities to help support us in our faith. There are regular live-streams as well as plenty of things to get involved in. Visit our Worship Online page for more resources that you may find helpful, including information about our own Facebook page and streamed services/events. All are welcome to join these groups. If you are worried about internet security please have a look at our tips for online safety.
Funerals can still take place but must be attended by as few people as possible . Weddings must be postponed at the moment. Baptisms should be deferred unless the candidate's health dictates otherwise.
If you, or anyone you know, needs anything and you think we may be able to help, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07510838123 or via our contact form.
Revd David Vannerley
Jane Myhill, Children & Families Minister
'We are here to grow closer to God, to share the Gospel of Christ, and to serve our community'
St John's Parish Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adapted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. The term 'safeguarding' covers the protection of both children and vulnerable adults. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding