We undertook a survey of around 500 local residents and workers in 2012. You can read the report here
We have seen enormous growth in the number of children attending activities at St John’s Church. Here’s a snapshot of what goes on…
Connect Groups are small groups of church members and friends who meet up midweek for food, friendship and mutual support. They provide a place where we can be real with one another - sharing the ups and downs of life, and praying for one another. They meet in people’s homes or in the church, and run on different days and at various times. For more information, please email Graham.
One of our priorities as a congregation for the year ahead is to Develop as Disciples. Simply put, this means that we are committed to helping each other become better followers of Jesus.
A ‘Disciple’ is simply a follower of Jesus – but as we all know, following Jesus obediently is not always easy. We don’t become Christians and then find that miraculously our lives are perfect – rather, we become Christians, and then begin the life-long journey of following where Jesus leads us. This requires hard-work, perseverance and patience – and also some help from one another as we seek to grow in our discipleship.
In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus leaves his disciples, and the church, with a clear instruction:
‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’ (Jesus, the Bible)
Our response is to make sure that we have the systems and structures in place in our church life to ensure that we can grow in our obedience to God’s commands, and so also teach others how to obey more faithfully.
You may be surprised to know that there are already a good number of ways that you can easily grow as a disciple of Christ here at St John’s. However, it may also be that you would like to try something new to kick-start a new season of growth in your faith. Here’s a list of some current places / activities where discipleship can happen:
Every year, a team from St John’s help prepare and serve food for the local night shelter hosted by our neighbouring parish, St Ann’s Hoxton.
Every Monday night, a group of dedicated volunteers cook, lay tables, serve, wash up and socialise with night shelter guests. If you’d like to help, get in touch…
We’re actively supporting the formation of a local Hackney Foodbank. We encourage volunteers to help with running the food bank centres, collecting from supermarkets, and sorting food. Find out more by emailing here…
You can download a version of this poster to print and display in your window: volunteers_poster.pdf