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St John's Church in Orpington
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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.

 The close of every year and the coming of Christmas is a time for hope and increasing excitement. But this year our usual hopes for “health, wealth and happiness” are fragile in the face of the ongoing pandemic and the climate crisis.“But how great is God,” wrote St Peter, living through some bleak times of his own, “for he has given us new birth into a living hope…and an inheritance which cannot be destroyed or taken away.” This year our theme for the Christmas season is “A New Hope.” What can we look forward to? What cannot be taken away? 

Please come and celebrate Christmas with us. Click on the poster for more details of our services

The Gift Day has now been fixed for Sunday 12 December 2021 after church in the Morton Hall from 11.30 to 1.00 pm.  Please note this in your diary and come along for some light refreshments… and try out our new card payment system!  St John’s has been badly affected financially by Covid 19 with sharply reduced letting income and a fall in the weekly offerings.   But the aim is to make the Gift Day a community Christmas thanksgiving social event for members, friends and hall users. For more details click here

Church Re-opening
The Church is now re-open for worship and there is no need to book. However we will continue to keep a register of who attend church for track and trace purposes. We would strongly advise that we continue to wear masks during the service whilst we are indoors so that we may protect those more vulnerable members of our congregation and those who have not been fully vaccinated.  And, weather permitting we will be singing our final hymn outdoors each week. 

To continue with some social distancing we will only use every other pew in church. If you are unable to attend for whatever reason the service will be live-streamed. To view the service click this link You Tube and select the appropriate service. Previous live streamed services can also be accessed via the same link. If however you wish to access previous church services, 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.

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.