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Welcome to St John’s United Reformed Church, Orpington

St John’s mission is to be a caring community of God’s people where each person is encouraged to grow in faith and to share with others through worship, service, witness and lifestyle. One of our primary priorities is to serve our local community with particular emphasis on children and their families and young adults.

Church Re-opening
We are starting to prepare for re-opening our church. The first service will be on Sunday 9 May and numbers will be limited under the current Covid guidelines. Full details will be announced in the Church Secretaries Weekly bulletins which can be found here. In the meantime, we are offering Online Services and these can be found by clicking HERE.

Help, Support and Volunteering
If you need help, support, advice or can volunteer to help the community then we have an information page HERE.

Christian Aid Week 10 – 16 May 2021

2021 is the second year that we shall not be conducting house-to-house collections during Christian Aid week.  As an alternative, we have set up a St John’s Just Giving page in conjunction with Christian Aid, so that anyone can make a donation towards their work during the month of May.  Just click on this link For further information contact us by using the contact form.

St John’s Information

What’s on for Young People and Parents

Getting Involved

Each week we welcome a large number of people of all age groups to our church services and mid-week activities. We create a space and some time for people to ask questions about God, about life and about themselves. We offer a place and an opportunity to be still, to find help and to make friends.

If your questions are ‘what is there to do in Orpington?’, ‘what is there to do with the kids?’, ‘where can I go to say a prayer?’, ‘how do I go about making friends?’, ‘what activities are available for retired people?’, where can I find a way of doing some good? or ‘How do I find out more about faith?’.

St John’s and the Community

Finding Us

Support & Guidance

We have been providing young people in Orpington with guidance and support for many years.  From babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, all through the school years to young adults, St John’s offers its children a wide range of facilities. Indeed many of our current congregation have included their children in our Baby group, preschool or toddler group or our Guiding and Scouting Units

Community & Care

St John’s offers Christian care and support for its children and young people through exploration of faith and life, teaching and pastoral care, fun and friendship.

Our Scouting and Guiding groups include:  BeaversCubsScouts for the boys; RainbowsBrowniesGuides for the girls and our Explorers group offers a programme for adolescents and young adults, with an emphasis on personal challenge and adventure.

During this difficult time we have brought together some information on getting help, support or advice HERE

Services & Prayer

There are many opportunities for adults to share in the life of the church community, including House Groups for learning through discussion and friendship, Musical activities, the offering and receiving of pastoral care, working together to maintain the church premises, taking the chance to be involved for social action for the needy (such as Foodbank) and for the Wider World (such as Christian Aid).

For retired people we offer a weekly Friendship Club and a fortnightly Men of Leisure Group. There are special celebrations at ChristmasEaster, Harvest Time and Remembrance Sunday, as well as smaller group meetings for prayer, stillness and discussion.