About St John’s United Reformed Church
St Johns United Reformed church is a Christian Church in the Knoll area of Orpington, Kent in the London Borough of Bromley. Our aim is to be a centre of Christian life and worship, to which all are welcome.
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?’.
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.
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: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts for the boys; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides for the girls and our Explorers group offers a programme for adolescents and young adults, with an emphasis on personal challenge and adventure.
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 Christmas, Easter, Harvest Time and Remembrance Sunday, as well as smaller group meetings for prayer, stillness and discussion.
Browse the website to find out more or come along and see for yourself.