COVID-19: We can’t gather together, but the church is alive!

Our response to Coronavirus

Is the church building opening?

St John’s Locks Heath is now open for individual prayer between 9am and 12noon, Monday to Friday. It’s a quiet space to sit, pray and listen for God’s voice. Use the simple prayer stations (for adults and children) to inspire your prayers. Please note that the Church Centre (including the toilets) will remain closed for now.

Please take extra care in the building. Read the signs, use the hand sanitizer on the way in and out, and keep 2 metres away from everyone else. 

The government announced this week that church buildings will soon be able to re-open for public worship. We are still waiting for full guidance, but it is likely that there will be significant restrictions, including on numbers. Watch this space for more details!

As it’s likely that not everyone will be able to attend when the building re-opens for worship, we will continue to offer alternatives online and by telephone for the foreseeable future.

While our building is shut we’re not meeting as the gathered church, but we are still active as the dispersed church.

Sunday worship

Sunday service

You’re welcome at our 10.00am worship service streamed on YouTube every Sunday.

Virtual meet up

Grab a drink and join us for a virtual coffee and chat via Zoom at 11.00am on Sundays. Use the button below or dial in by telephone (0208 080 6592). Meeting ID = 227 487 934 and Password = 017850

Children and youth

Children and young people meet by Zoom on Sundays. New faces always welcome.
9.30am – Scramblers (pre-school and Year R)
10.30am – Explorers (school years 1-5)
7.00pm – Connect (school years 6+)
E-mail for more information.

We’re also hosting an online ‘End of Summer’ Holiday Club this year.
For details click here


What else are we doing?

Keeping in touch

We’re here if you want to keep up to speed on what’s happening, whether subscribing to our weekly email updates, our Facebook activity or to watch our services on YouTube (new videos every Wednesday and Sunday).

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Even though we can’t meet together at present, we are always able to pray.  Centred around prayer, there are activites and creative ideas which we invite you to get involved with, including the Prayer Course, 714 Prayer and Hope Spaces. You can get involved with these or view our list of current prayer points to help you as you pray.

You can find out more information about prayer at St John’s Locks Heath by clicking here.

We’re taking part in the international prayer initiative from Unite 714. You can find out more here.


Call 01489 665 885 for a recording of our Sunday reading and talk. Updated every Sunday. Standard rate call charges may apply – check with your phone provider.

You can also listen again to past sermons.

Help and support

Can we help? If you, or someone you know, is self-isolating, needs a helping hand or would just appreciate a friendly phone call from time to time, we’d love to help. Contact the church at or leave a message on 01489 578082.

Other resources from our friends and partners

From the Diocese of Portsmouth, daily prayer, and a weekly service led by the Bishop of Portsmouth, Christopher Foster. You can find out more here.

Prayer for the Day from the Church of England is available here.

‘Time to Pray’ app and podcast from the Church of England is available here.

From the BBC, the Daily Service is available here.

From the BBC, Sunday Worship is available here.


If you’re struggling to subscribe to YouTube, please use this link.

For help finding the descriptions box on YouTube, please use this link.

Zoom is available on computers, tablets and smartphones.

Just click on the link and following the instructions.

You can also dial in from a traditional phone on 0208 080 6592 (standard rate call). Just tap in the Meeting ID and Password when prompted.