COVID-19: It’s all a bit different, but the church is alive!

Life, hope and joy at St John’s during COVID

What’s Happening During Lockdown?

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We have been reviewing the guidance and regulations issued Jan 2021.  While we are permitted to open for worship the Leadership Team have prayerfully come to the decisions that we should not open the building for communal worship for the time being.  The church remains open Monday-Friday for personal prayer and all our services will be available online.   This has not been an easy decision, but we feel it is the right choice to keep our church family, guests, and clergy as safe as possible.  We will look to resume in-church services as soon as we feel the risks are sufficiently reduced.  

From Sunday 3rd January until lockdown ends, we shall be streaming our services online.
A formal Morning Praise will be streamed live at 9am and our informal service will be on at 11am on our YouTube Channel (click button below).   

Dial-in Worship  
If you know someone who struggles with YouTube, we’re still running our Dial-in Worship service. Dial 01489 665885 for a recording of this week’s bible reading and talk (updated every Monday by lunchtime).  There is no additional charge for this, other than the cost your telephone provider charges for a call to a landline.

The Church Dispersed
An essential second part of our Sunday worship is encouraging each other.

We’re inviting you to meet up virtually on Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or by telephone to do this. 
We’re also encouraging everyone to pray like never before! For details of how we’re coming together to pray click here 

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Sunday worship

Attending St John’s Locks Heath

We are not currently holding Sunday Services in person, but there are all online. 
We will resume as soon as we are can.  In the meantime, the church is open for personal prayer weekdays from 9am-12 noon

Children and Youth

Our young people’s work is still active, just online.  There are lots of activities that will happen over this lockdown via Zoom: Toddlers, Messsy Church and Sunday groups. For times and links e-mail .

What else are we doing?

Keeping in touch

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Even though we are limited in how we can get 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. 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.


Call 01489 665 885 for a recording of our Sunday reading and talk. It’s updated as soon as possible after live services. 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.


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