St John the Evangelist, Great Sutton
St John’s is the parish church for the people of Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port and has been a constant presence for generations of this place; being a witness and proclaiming the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ since 1879.
St John’s offers an open, welcoming space for all people. A place where people of faith, no faith, or those who are looking for answers can come and hear the gospel of Christ through the words of Holy Scripture; concise, intelligent preaching which seeks to relate God’s wisdom to our everyday life; and dignified yet approachable liturgy and services. You can find out more about what we believe here.
The main acts of worship at St John’s are centred around the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. In obedience to Jesus’ command to ‘Do this in remembrance of me’, we break bread and share wine, trusting that through this action Christ is present with us.
The services encourage us to offer our best to God and point to the beauty of God. The priest will wear special vestments and there will be the singing of hymns as we praise God together. Silence is also an important part of our worship, as we seek to listen to God and reflect on the love and forgiveness of God revealed to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The church is also a place where life is marked, from rejoicing at the beginning of life through baptism (Christening), celebrating love at marriage, and mourning and giving thanks for a life at its end at a funeral service. St John’s wishes to minister to people at these key moments of their lives and invites people to contact us for these services.
There are other special services throughout the year, including Holy Week (the week before Easter as we follow Jesus to his crucifixion), Nine Lessons and Carols, and a very popular Crib Service in which our youngsters dress up as characters from the Christmas story. In November our focus is on remembering. At All Souls’ we have services to remember those who have died in the past twelve months. Then on Remembrance Sunday the community and uniformed organizations gather to remember those who died in conflict.
There are other weekly and monthly events and groups to provide fellowship and further opportunities to explore Christianity and your place within it. Everybody is welcome.
This weeks focus
The parish of Great Sutton: St John the Evangelist is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer, PSOs. The Diocese of Chester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs.
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the Vicar; the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Marj Cooper (0151 339 3673); or the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.