London has many good churches, so here are a few reasons you might choose St. John’s:
We are a local fellowship… which enables us to serve a mixed and varied local community in our particular corner of north London.
We are also a varied fellowship… where singles and married couples, people with children and without, young and old, rich and poor, tertiary educated and primary educated, British and Asian, black and white, Jew and Gentile, are a single fellowship where the barriers that Christ brought down stay down! But we recognise that different people benefit from ministries that focus on people’s specific situations.
So we also aim to be a focussed fellowship… which enables men, women, children, and young people to receive Christ’s word in the most effective way possible. Click the links here to see what’s on offer for adults, youth and children.
TRUTH AND LOVE
- Truth: We aim to make a priority of the clear explanation and exposition of God’s word in Scripture. You may like to listen to some recent sermons to get a feel for the kind of teaching you’ll hear on Sundays.
- Love: Our aim, under God, is to be a fellowship of His people who love one another. Generally, it’s the quality of personal welcome and warm relationships that strikes those who visit St John’s.
OPPORTUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
- Opportunity: Our conviction is that people grow as Christians by being involved in an area of service, and of course the whole body of believers is also built up as each member plays their part. Opportunities for service fall into two broad categories of ‘speaking‘ and ‘serving’, or ‘proclamation‘ and ‘organisation’. But in practice, many are involved in both.
- Responsibility: We believe there is great privilege in belonging to a local church, and we believe that we have a responsibility for bearing witness to Christ in our local community.
VITALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
- Vitality: We seek to make a priority of corporate prayer, which forms a vital part of all our midweek small groups. In addition, we hold a monthly prayer dinner on Wednesday evenings to share a meal, to share news (including of people and places away from St John’s), and to pray. We also have a prayer diary to help us in our devotions.
- Accountability: We aim to grow numerically, but depth is more important than breadth. And we believe this is helped by giving everyone the opportunity to be a part of a small fellowship group during the week (an evening, day time or Saturday morning).
LOCAL AND REGIONAL
- Local: We are a local church working in a small area, so that only a few people commute significant distances to St John’s. We praise God for many para-church gospel initiatives, but we have confidence that the local church continues to be a primary means to the ends of proclaiming Christ and incorporating believers into the church of Christ.
- Regional: Although we function day by day as a local church, we believe that we are strengthened by collaboration with, rather than isolation from, other churches and ministries. We enjoy partnership with a number of other local evangelical churches, both within and outside the Church of England.
CONGREGATIONAL AND CONNECTIONAL
- Congregational: We enjoy real autonomy as a local church. We own our own buildings and, financially, are entirely self-supporting.
- Connectional: St. John’s is a proprietary chapel of the Church of England, with the assistant-minister being an ordained Church of England clergyman. The real fellowship and partnership is not, however, narrowly denominational, but with all those whose biblical ministries hold forth the same biblical evangel, or good news.