we have one current strong house group run by Pam Sadler, there are about 7-8 of us that regularly meet. As a group we decide what we would like to study. We usually follow material from Scripture Union or CWR. These studies have been very interesting and are helping us grow as a home group.
We are a mixed group of people different age groups and all at different stages of our walk with Christ. This is fantastic that we are a mixed group because it means we learn from one another. A key point to understand is there are no silly questions at house group. We finish the evening with fellowship over tea and coffee.
there is an active group of prayers in the family of St Johns’ these are built up in different forms we have our prayers that lead the intercessions in the service. We then have a dedicated team of people that will pray for you and with you at anytime. We have the prayer area manned on Communion Services but the team is available at all times for prayer this same group of people and some other members receive the prayer chain emails these are prayer requests that we have either been asked to share or had permission to share for prayer with the rest of the team.
This is fantastic that we have this as we can have a group of people praying for a situation in a few moments after being asked.
St. John’s has a robed choir who sing at Sunday services as well as at special services and weddings. The choir has enthusiasm and true passion for worshipping God through music. Singing at most services comprises a combination of traditional hymns and more modern worship songs. Hymns are normally accompanied by the pipe organ and modern songs by the keyboard.
The Church has a Director of Music, who plays the Organ and Keyboards, an assistant Director of Music/ Adult Choir Leader, a Junior Choir Leader, who work with the rest of the Ministry team to choose the appropriate music for all settings.
There is a small band of ringers who regularly try to ring for Sunday morning and special services.
IN THE COMMUNITY
The church family is committed to ensuring that our church is a living church that connects with the parish around us meeting people where they are and making God’s love and word accessible. We endeavour to do this by striving to be an inclusive welcoming church.
In the parish, we view our role to include working with local groups such as the Youth Organisations and local schools to bring them in contact with Christianity.
There is also a pastoral role for the church in the parish, such as the care of the bereaved. This pastoral role is also important within the church family including visiting members of the church who are unable to attend - offering home Communion. We recognise these areas as ones which need significant work to improve the links between the Church and the residents of the Parish.
Some of our links are:
Bexley Food Bank -
The project provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis across the Bexley Borough. People in crisis obtain vouchers from frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers exchange these vouchers for food at a foodbank distribution centre.
St John’s in conjunction with a number of other local churches have opened a distribution centre in Erith, based at Queen Street Baptist Church. http://bexley.foodbank.org.uk/
The foodbank is open from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
If you want to give to the foodbank, we have a box in church where you can place donations of non-perishable food items.
Some of the items that would be needed by the foodbank include:
• Canned soup
• Canned tomatoes
• Canned meat or fish
• Canned fruit
• Canned beans and pulses e.g. baked beans
• Pasta sauces & dried pasta
• Instant mash potato
• Cartons of pasteurised fruit juice
• Long-life milk
• Tea bags & instant coffee
• Biscuits or snack bars
Guides and Scouts -
St. John’s has a full complement of uniformed organisations. We have one of the most successful Guiding groups in the District, frequently having girls waiting to join Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers (senior section). The number of girls going on to become young leaders and work with the younger children is testament to the success of the organisation. They are active and very supportive of the Church. The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are also very active. The life of the Parish is enriched and blessed by the presence of so many young people. Several of the leaders of both the Guides and the Scouts are members of the Church.
Re-Instate is a charity dedicated to providing employment opportunities and supporting the sustainable recovery of people with mental health challenges. Re-instate Ltd was set up by St Johns with the original aim to provide work experience and enable people to move forward in their lives following admission to a former local Psychiatric Hospital. This initiative was very much supported by the Industrial Chaplain who was then attached to St. John’s. He subsequently became their General Manager and held that position for many years until his retirement. Re-instate is still a thriving concern today and is now involving people with both physical difficulties as well as people experiencing Mental Health problems. Re-instate Ltd has used the current Church Hall for over 40 years and a representative from the PCC attends their Board meetings. http://www.re-instate.co.uk/
The Friends -
The Friends of Erith Parish Church (St John’s) commonly known as the “Friends” was founded over 50 years ago to provide financial and other support, in order to assist with the maintenance of the fabric, fittings, furniture and plant of the Church buildings of St John’s. These objectives are achieved in active consultation and co-operation with the Parish Priest, (who assumes the role of Chairman of the committee of The Friends), Churchwardens, and Parochial Church Council of St John’s. The Patronal Festival is celebrated each year with a festive service, sometimes ‘Songs of Praise,’ and sometimes ‘Evening Praise’, to which the friends are invited, followed by afternoon tea and the Annual General Meeting of the Friends in the Lady Chapel. The Friends were wound up in 2015 but we still have a good relationship with all who supported us over the years.
Christian Literature Crusade (CLC International) -
We have a representative linking us with this group which have many resource centres arround the world.
They used to have a Christian bookshop in Welling this sadly closed in January 2020, but the manager has set up his own rescource ministry- Mustardseeds Minisrty who is working along side Kingsway CLC Trust to help resource Churches and Indivduals with Christian Resources
Transform Bexley Borough -
A representative from the Church links us to this group whose aim is to be one Church serving the community in the Borough.
Cribs (Christian Resources in Bexley Schools) -
A representative from the Church links us to this group whose aim is to work with children bringing them Christian teachings and help within the Borough.