Our Mission Statement
Jesus calls us to:
Deepen our faith in God
Radiate his love
Serve the community
Offer his welcome to others
Statement Of Access
We welcome everyone to our Church and include anyone who is
disabled for whatever reason, their families and friends. This statement is intended
to cover the whole church and it is written help you know what can be expected
of our building and our practices.
Church Services are held every Sunday at 9.30am. There is also a Communion Service at 10.00am
each Wednesday. Services are also held
on special religious days and these are advertised in the Weekly Parish Notice
sheet. In addition, the Parish Notice sheet also contains details of
forthcoming Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings, together with church social and
Church events include coffee mornings, fairs, the 1940s
Weekend, Heritage Weekend, the switch-on of the town’s Christmas Lights. Tea, coffee and refreshments are also served the
9.30am service on Sundays to which all are invited.
If any member of the public wishes to view the Church or use
it for private prayer, outside the normal opening times, arrangements can be
made with the Vicar whose Telephone contact number is displayed on the
Noticeboard outside the front entrance of the church.
There is no Church car park but there is ample free and
unrestricted parking on the Civic Centre car park and also the Market car park.
There are two major entrances to the Church: one is on
Church Street and the
other is on York Street. There are steps leading up to the doors with a
handrail on each side to assist access. We
also have an access ramp which is situated on Church Street and runs alongside
the West end of the Church to the main entrance on York Street. Each access
point into the church consists of two doors that make up the entrance. They open inwards and are always open when
services are held. A Sidesperson will be in attendance, to
accommodate wheelchair or pushchair access. The area inside the doors is clear and readily accessible.
The seating in the nave of the Church itself is of Victorian
wooden pews. There is plenty of space at
the front of the nave for people who use wheelchairs. Plans are being prepared for Disabled Toilet
facilities to be installed as soon as finance is available.
The Church is fitted with an induction loop system for the
benefit of hearing aid users. A public address
system is used for all services.
At various times during services the presiding minister will
invite the congregation to stand. You are most welcome to remain seated if this
is more comfortable for you or is necessary in your circumstances. There are four steps up to the main altar. There is no edge marking. Someone who may find this difficult to see
may find an escort useful. A Sidesperson
will be pleased to assist. It is our
practice to bring Holy Communion to anyone who may prefer this because of
difficulty in climbing the chancel steps or for other practical reasons. Please let a Sidesperson know if this would
be useful to you
Any application to use the Church facility for Community
Groups or private family events must be made in writing to the Vicar and is
subject to the Terms and Conditions of the St. John’s Letting Policy, a copy of
which can be obtained from the Vicar or Parish Church Council. The Church retains the right to refuse such
application, if for example, it is a political party with extremist views, or
its use would not be appropriate in a place of worship.
A charge of £16 per hour for the hire of the Church is made
for non-church run organizations. No
charge is made for church groups to use of the facility.
We hope that you will have found this statement to be of
We would welcome practical solutions for improving access to and within the church.
Please contact either the Vicar or the Parish Church Council
for any further information.
Rev. Matthew Carlisle
The Parochial Church Council