Church Clubs & Organisations

For Children

Junior Church

Children from the age of 3 have a special group in which to explore their faith. This meets during the Sunday 9:30 Parish Eucharist, from September to the end of the school year (except on the first Sunday of the month and during school holidays). They can learn about the Christian faith through games, stories, crafts and other activities. Junior Church leave the service after the notices (parents may come too if preferred) and return in time for Communion and a ‘show and tell’

Contact Rosie Shaw or Sheena Wilson

Messy Church

We are in the process of establishing a Messy Church at St John’s for children of Primary School age and their families. From January, we hope this will take place on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm in St John’s Church and Hall. Watch this space for more details as they become available.

Contact Rosie Shaw or Sheena Wilson

Tiny Tots

This group meets every Tuesday in term time in the Church Hall for playtime and refreshments at 9.30am, followed by a Service of action songs and prayers in church, finishing at 11.00am.  In summer we hold a picnic in the Church grounds, and in January a New Year party.  Ideal for babies and little ones under 5.

Contact Annie Mitchell

Junior Choir

We are in the process of establishing a Junior Choir for children aged 5-11 who enjoy singing. We anticipate rehearsing twice a month after school and performing once a month during our All Age Eucharist on the 1st Sunday of each month. Watch this space for more details.

Contact Keith Bensiton, Director of Music

Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

The Guide movement, founded in 1910 as a parallel organisation with the Scouts, is a worldwide uniformed organisation for girls. The Groups below all offer a very full programme, including holidays for Brownies and camps for Guides.  All the girls are encouraged to attend Church Parade regularly. Rainbows are for those age 5 to 7, Brownies for those age 7 to 10, and Guides for age 10+.

Contact: girlguiding.org.uk

For All Age Groups

Serving

Our servers assist the Ministry Team in the offering of Worship by preparing vessels for our services, helping to lead ceremonial movements, and tidying our churches after worship.

Contact Graham Gibbs

Parish Choir

Music is at the heart of our Worshipping life, enabling us to engage within almighty God in new and deeper ways. We are always eager to meet and recruit new singers into the choir. Our repertoire is solidly within the Anglican Choral tradition.

Contact Keith Bensiton, Director of Music

For Adults

Coming to Stillness

Coming to Stillness is a workshop which explores making an inward journey to God through contemplation and meditation.  The sessions, within a Christian framework, are based on the teaching of the Jesuit priest and spiritual director Anthony de Mello, and also use material formulated by The Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer. Each session lasts 1 hour, and is followed by tea and coffee for those who want to stay.

Contact Jane Ward on 01442 212999

Craft Circle

The Craft Circle is an informal gathering of people with wide ranging craft skills,  meeting in each other’s homes every six weeks or so.  We bring something to make, share ideas, offer help and encouragement and enjoy a cuppa. Nearly all of what is made is given to sell at our annual Church Fayre (St John’s main fund raising event), or during other relevant festivals e.g. Arts Festival.

Contact Dee Fisher

Friendship Teas

The Friendship Teas are open to anyone, but may be especially appreciated by those who are living alone, those who have been bereaved or anyone who is at a loose end on Thursday afternoons, for friendship and mutual support. Afternoon Tea is served from 3.30pm in the church hall, usually on the second Thursday of the month. For forthcoming dates, see the Parish Magazine or Newsletter.

Contact Gill Williams

Music at St John’s

Music at St John’s is a charitable company which seeks to promote music and the performing arts within the community of Boxmoor and Hemel Hempstead.  As well as promoting concerts, recitals and other musical events, including lunchtime concerts on Fridays during Spring/Summer and Autumn, it also organises educational events for schoolchildren, and seeks to help young people with some of the costs of their musical studies by means of a bursary scheme.

See the Music at St John’s Website

St John’s Lunch Club (formerly OMO Lunch Club)

These lunches are held once a month in the Church Hall (usually on the second Sunday of the month) for anyone who is on their own. Fun, fellowship, and food from 12:30pm onwards. For regular updates and information see the Newsletter.

Contact Marian Davies

 Parish Magazine

This is a monthly production, price 60p, printed and made-up in-house by teams of volunteers.  The circulation of more than 300 copies includes up-to-date information of parish activities and local events and advertisers. Contributions are always welcome. The magazine is available in church, or can be delivered on a subscription basis.

Contact Sally-Anne Bates, Editor on 01442 266912

Contact Trevor Boyce, to advertise on 01442 249629

Contact Alan Munford, to subscribe on 01442 242543

Poetry Group

The Poetry Group meets every second Monday of the month at 2:15pm to read, study, and enjoy poems from our great poetic heritage to the present day. An annual outing is also usually arranged. See the Newsletter for further details.

Saturday Morning Coffee

Coffee is served every Saturday morning from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.  Some people like to combine this with a trip to the town centre or time praying quietly in the Lady Chapel or Garden of Remembrance.

St John’s Women’s Fellowship

We meet on the third Friday of the month at 2:30pm in the Church Hall to share fellowship and love with prayers, Bible readings, and sometimes a speaker. All ladies are welcome to join us, whether or not they attend St John’s.

Contact Jean Garner  01442 257023

Together on Monday

The new combined group provides social meetings for ladies and men, usually with a speaker followed by coffee and a chance to meet and make friends. Meetings are normally on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7.45pm in the Church Hall, lasting around an hour. A varied programme is arranged for each year, and there are occasional outings with special evenings near Christmas and before Lent.  New members are always welcome.

 Click here for this years programme

Contact Di Tovey or Graham Gibbs