St Johnís Church is part of the
Church of England and is in Worcester Diocese.
We are also part of the Forge Group
of churches. The other churches are St Andrewís in Netherton
and St Peterís in Darby End. Their vicar is Fr Mike Rutter.
St John's is a church - a community of
people - of many different generations. Our oldest is 92 and
youngest just a year with many in between. I may be biased
but I would say that we are a very welcoming church and very
relaxed about children and babies making lots of noise!
Each one of us holds different views on
faith and life but we are part of the church because we hold
the faith that Jesus Christ died for us and rose again to
bring us new life, and that we can live that new life
because God's Holy Spirit leads us and guides us.
We come together during the week for
different events but mainly on a Sunday to worship Jesus
Christ. We offer Him our thanks for all that is good and we
offer our prayers for those who need his help. We learn
about our faith through the Bible and we remember his death
on the cross through Holy Communion.
Because we are individuals we all
prefer different styles of worship that make life more
meaningful and so we offer different types of services at St
John's. Some are very suitable for young families and others
who like noise, other services, usually in the evening are
quieter and more reflective
The Christian faith is about putting
our faith into action so we like to be involved in the
community. Among others, our main community involvement is
through Cradley Heath Community Link. We have premises on
Cradley Heath High Street which is used for the Foodbank,
also to provide help for people on benefits and related
issues, and we make the premises available for other groups
too. We all like to do our bit donít we. Many of our
volunteers at Community Link do not come to our church but
simply want to help out which is great.
The Rev Alicia Baker
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