Welcome to St John the Evangelist Highbridge

  • congregationWe are the parish of St John The Evangelist in Highbridge, Somerset. Welcome to our web site.

    St John’s is a friendly and accommodating parish church and you will be made very welcome.

    We provide a range of worship styles throughout the week, and also a variety of opportunities to share in the life of our local neighbourhood, the town of Highbridge.

    Typically, Sundays feature at least two acts of worship, beginning with a traditional Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer, at 8am. This is ‘said’, not featuring any hymns. It is followed at 9.30am by Parish Communion, using Common Worship: a sung communion with hymns and responses. Various other acts of worship are offered on particular Sundays. The details can be found on our diary or on our ‘Worship’ pages (follow the link above).

    There are many other activities always going on in and around the church. Many are described on this site.

    The church is open every day, except Mondays, so please do visit us, to stop and pray, to sit quietly or simply to soak up the atmosphere of the building.

    All worship is open to everyone.


    Lent

    Lent is well underway. And there are things happening through the whole season at St John's. For furtr information, and ways to get involved, have a look at the Lent section of our web site!

    Easter

    Services for Holy Week (13th to 20th April) in St John’s Church, Highbridge.

    Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, 13th April. We have a service of Family Communion at 9.30am, with a real live donkey! This marks the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem at the start of the last week of his life.

    Holy Week is a time of meditation, prayer and preparation for Good Friday, the day that recalls Jesus’ death. During the week, St John’s will be holding a service of Night Prayer at 8pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This worship lasts around 30 minutes and is intended to help people find peace and tranquility at the end of their busy days.

    On Wednesday at 9.30am there will also be a service of Holy Communion. The following day is Maundy Thursday and this will be marked at 7.30pm with a traditional service including foot washing, and also a celebration of Jesus’ last supper. This will be followed by a Vigil lasting until midnight.

    The next day, Good Friday, starts with a family service at 10am and concludes with a ‘Holy Hour’ service at 2pm, marking the moment that Jesus died on the cross.

    The next day, Holy Saturday, is marked with the ‘Blessing of the Fire’ service at 8pm, during which we prepare for the glory and thanksgiving of Jesus resurrection the following day, Easter Day. Easter Day, the greatest day in the Christian calendar, is celebrated with three services, all Holy Communion: 8am, 9.30am and then 3pm. The 3pm service is followed by a light tea with cakes!

    As with all worship at St John’s, these services are open to everyone and all will be very welcome. You just need to turn up and someone will be on hand to assist you.

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