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 23 April the local band FIREFLY staged a concert of songs and music that had us dancing in the aisles! 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
JULY T his time last year we were in the midst of a ‘heatwave’ and like good British citizens all grumbling about the weather. This year so far all we grumble about is that we are still wearing coats and jumpers! We long for fine weather and warm evenings but our ground needs rain! Guess we can’t have it all! Still it provides us with much to talk about when we are fed up with politics! There is something about the nature of the spectator. On the original Alpha course I remember the phrase that the church was much like a football match with 22 people desperately in need of a rest watched by 22,000 in need of exercise! Meaning, of course, that the same faithful few do most of the tasks when the church is the priesthood of all believers. In the days of the ministry of Jesus we see him gather around himself 12 very different men who would learn to follow and do things he did. Together with them were those who supported: a larger group of 72 who were sent out by Jesus, and on the Day of Pentecost 120 gathered in one place waiting for the gift that Jesus had promised. But for much of his ministry Jesus stepped out daily to do what his father sought him to do. So he ate and associated with sinners, tax collectors, adulterers, lepers, the poor, beggars etc, etc. And in the meanwhile others – deeply religious ones – looked at his ministry and objected to him spending so much time with undesirables when he could be doing greater things. It seems at least one of his disciples didn’t like his priorities and sought an opportunity to betray him.
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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We’re the same with politics and governing. We all have the solution to our country’s demise but not the will to stand for parliament to see it happen. Instead of standing on the edge looking in with the solution why don’t we just get stuck in and see what we can change? I was raised in a Baptist church and when we moved to Welsh-speaking Wales the only church we could attend was the Anglican Church in Wales as it had a Bilingual policy! I am now so grateful for that or I would not now be with you. I looked long and hard at the Anglican Church and saw many faults but felt I could either sit on the edge and offer my advice or get involved and see what I could do! I put myself forward for Ordination selection and the rest is history! I will not have the influence to change a centuries-old institution but I can make a difference in my small part and that is what I have and will always try to do. Let’s get stuck in and involved. I am sure you can think of many ways in which that might be a challenge to you. Perhaps not in being ordained but maybe in a group that we are a critical part of, or in a task or responsibilty we believe we can do better. What can you and I do to change the world which does not involve sitting idly aside wondering why it is in such a {3%state?
Family Focus
Good Friday Cross
JULY Sunday 7th July - Third after Trinity 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Evening Service Sunday 14th - Fourth after Trinity 10.30am St Peter’s Parish Communion Sunday 21st - Fifth after Trinity 10.30am St Mary’s Parish Communion Sunday 28th - Sixth after Trinity 10.30am St Peter’s Informal Communion 6.00pm St Mary’s Evening Service Sunday 4th August - Seventh after Trinity 10.30am St John’s Parish Communion 6.00pm St Peter’s Celtic Evening Service