The Church is part of a United Parish with St Perter's Freshford, and St Mary's Limpley Stoke. More information on the Parish is contained on the Parish web site http://flshc.co.uk/ The Church has a seating capacity for about 160 people and is set in a beautiful well maintained churchyard on the outskirts of the village. The tower contains a carillon of three bells There is a space set apart towards the back of the Church for small children to occupy themselves during  the services and for providing refreshments. There is a toilet and good disabled access. The History of this charming church is contained elsewhere in this site. For details of the names on the War Memorial click here OFFICERS  Church Wardens E Wordsworth, K Grattage
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
NEWSLETTER
FRIENDS OF ST JOHN   .
SERVICE TIMES IN THE PARISH
Mike and Lindy Taylor
This is an organisation that exists with the objective of bringing together all those in the local community who have an interest in maintaining this ancient Church and wish to help in raising money for this purpose. The Committee that runs it  is a sub-committee to the Main Church Committee and its chariman, Elizabeth Wordsworth, is appointed by it.  The Friend's Committee runs its own programmne of events (see diary of events) and decides how the money raised is to be used.  Any projects proposed must be agreed by the Main Church Committee. On 19th November a coffee morning with Bring and Buy raised upwards of £300 A concert by the Freshford Singers was held in the Church on 9th June                                                                  .
All services are taken by Revd Mike Taylor unles specified otherwise
NOVEMBER On   Friday   morning   11th   October   I   was   walking   with   my wife   on   a   beach   in   Jersey,   warm,   kind   of   sunny   but   very pleasant.   Later   the   same   day   we   landed   in   Bristol Airport and   between   the   plane   and   the   bus   to   the   terminal   we got   soaked   –   I   guess   autumn   has   fully   arrived   now!   I   do love   the   seasons   and   the   various   stages   of   light   and growth,   of   warmth   and   cold   and,   of   course,   the   chance to celebrate Harvest and to give thanks for all we have. As   you   read   this   though   we   are   rapidly   heading   now   into winter,      as      November      approaches,      and      inevitable promotion    of    all    things    purchasable    for    Christmas. Maybe   by   the   time   you   read   this   we   will   know   about   our future   relationship   with   the   EU,   maybe   we   won’t!   It   has been   a   period   of   great   unsettling   for   us   all   as   we   sit   back and   watch   those   we   elected   unable,   or   unwilling,   to   find a   solution   for   the   benefit   of   the   country.   My   prayer   is   that through    all    the    confusion    and    personal    attacks    that God’s    purpose    will    be    revealed    and    that    rather    than predicted     disaster     everything     will     again,     like     the seasons, settle into a new period as life adjusts.
St Peter’s Freshford St Mayy’s Limpley Stoke St John’s Hinton Charterhouse Old Bakery   Freshford
WEDDINGS Because   of   its   picturesque   setting   and   good   facilities   the   church   is   a   popular   venue   for   weddings.   The   current   fees   and charges   (2017)   are:   Statutory   fees   £499,   Organist   £115,   Bells   £45,   Pew   candles   £35,   Heating   (if   required)   £55.   These are   reviewed   annually.   Any   enquiries   to   the   Parish   Administrator   01225   720347.   The   nearby   Homeward   Park   Hotel   can provide a vene for receptions.
HINTON BABY & TODDLER GROUP At Hinton Charyerhouse Memoril Hll 10.30 - 12 noon every Wednesday
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While   we   were   away   on   holiday   we   learned   of   a   friend   of our   friends   there   who   died   suddenly   at   the   age   of   55,   of parents,   who   I   knew   who   have   buried   their   child   since   we left,   and   it   makes   you   pause   and   wonder   about   priorities.   Is Brexit   all   that   matters?   It   has   made   some   of   us   step   back and   wonder   if   we   should   make   more   of   each   moment   and not    continually    work    and    fill    every    available    moment    in busyness.   God   showed   us   through   example   that   to   take time    out,    a    day    off,    a    Sabbath    rest,    was    vital    for    good living. I   don’t   know   the   future   and   none   of   us   know   which   way Brexit   will   go   -   but   then   again   do   we   know   where   we   are going,   should   any   day   be   our   last?   When   was   the   last   time you   told   your   nearest   that   you   love   them,   when   did   you last   hug   someone   important   to   you?   When   did   you   last give   up   busyness   just   to   be   with   your   closest   family,   or   are you    always    taking    work    with    you?    Our    age    of    instant communication   can   be   useful   but   it   also   encroaches   on our   spare   space.   Find   some   space,   spend   some   time   and invest in each other.
Family Focus
Good Friday Cross
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DECEMBER Sunday 1st - Advent Sunday 10.30 St John’s Parish Communion 6.00 pm Old Bakery Celtic Evening Service Sunday 8th- Advent Two 10.30 St Peter’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Mary’s Carol Service Sunday 15th- Advent Three 10.30 St Mary’s Parish Communion 600pm St John’s Carol Service Sunday 22nd- Advent Four 10.30 St Mary’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Carol Service Tuesdy 24th - Christmas Eve 4.00 pm St John’s Christingle Wednesday 25th- Christmas Day 9.30 St Mary’s Parisch Communion 11.00 St Peter’s Christmas Morning Service Sunday 29th- First Sunday after Christmas 10.30 old Bakery Cafe Churfch Sunday 5th January- Second Sunday after Christmas 10.30 St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm Old Bakery Celtic Evening Service
A COFFEE MORNING WITH BRING AND BUY will be hed on  January in the Memorial Hall  10 - 12 am