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Little Acorns

On the first Sunday of each month during the 10am Service we run Little Acorns, a crèche for children whose parents would like some quiet time to focus on worship.

We meet in the pews under the pulpit just before the service begins and leave at the end of the first hymn.

Children are supervised in the adjacent hall by responsible adults whilst listening to a bible story and joining in with fun child centered activities before rejoining the main church service before Communion.

All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

The Ministry of Healing

There has been a ministry of healing with prayer and laying on of hands at St John’s for over twenty years. It happens once a month at the 10am Eucharist, usually on the first Sunday of the month. Anyone can ask for prayer by going to the right hand side of the altar rail while people are receiving the bread and wine of Communion. The dates for 2016 are:

7 February; 13 March; 3 April; 1 May; 5 June;
3 July; 7 August; 4 September; 9 October; 6 November.


Fairtrade

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.


St John's has been a Fairtrade church since 2006.  There is a Fairtrade stall after the main Sunday morning service on the first Sunday of the month, where you can buy small gifts. We use Fairtrade beverages and biscuits after services and for all meetings for which we have responsibility.  Since 2010 we have been using Fairtrade communion wine too! We encourage our congregation to buy Fairtrade goods whenever they can.

Pride

Every year, since 2007, St John’s has hosted an annual Service of Welcome for visitors to Pride in the Park.

It started because we were conscious the Pride event takes place virtually in our ‘back garden’ in Preston Park. We also felt uncomfortable with the way protesters had perhaps given the impression that the ‘Christian view’ of homosexuality is neatly defined, monochrome and entirely negative. So we concluded that we’d like to do something, however gentle, to signal that the view of the protesters is not the only Christian view.

At St John’s we believe in a welcoming and inclusive God whose love embraces all, regardless of sexuality. Our approach has come from paragraph 3 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference resolution 1.10 which committed the Church of England and the Anglican Communion to ‘listen to the experience of homosexual persons’ and to ‘assure them that they are loved by God and that all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ’ .

The resulting simple service is a small attempt to listen and to affirm and value our diversity. It incorporates music, a scripture reading, prayer, and space to reflect and take part in symbolic actions of celebration and remembrance. Over the years, we’ve been actively supported by Christians from other Anglican and Free churches, with several involved in leading parts of the service.

In 2011, St John’s became the first church in the diocese of Chichester to register with Changing Attitude’s website Guide to Welcoming and Open Congregations.

In 2013 the new Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, spoke at the Pride Service. Below is the press release from him about the event.

I am delighted to take part in the Welcome Service in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Preston, for Brighton Pride, 2013.

It is essential that the Christian voice is loud and clear in its welcome of Pride 2013. This is a day for everyone. It’s not simply gay Pride, but a celebration of everything that enriches the cultural, social, material and spiritual life of Brighton and Hove and the invaluable contribution that gay and lesbian people make to that enrichment in so many different ways. We welcome the clear message from this community that human sexuality is a complex gifting and it demands that we honour the many varied aspects of human identity and the part they play in the life of human flourishing.

Brighton is one of the great coastal cities of this land. On his recent visit to another coastal city, Rio de Janero, Pope Francis said, “We want a Church big enough to accommodate all humanity”. I hope and pray, as a bishop serving Christians from one end of Sussex to the other, that we, the Church, shall be seen to expand the open arms of Jesus Christ, and, as his disciples, to embrace with love and deeper understanding all who are represented by Pride 2013 in Brighton and Hove.

+Martin Cicestr:

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