We 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.
We are approaching Lent, a period of reflection and contemplation, and also of preparation.
Lenten fasts are well known and established. Giving up chocolate or cakes, for example, is very common. A fast helps us focus on what we have and to contemplate how we might be basing our lives on things that are not particualrly significant. Lent is far more than simply giving something up, however. Lent is a time when we can take time to step outside our day to day existence and think about what really matters to us as we seek God in our lives and try to live in a way that responds to the teachings of Jesus.
Perhaps determining to read and reflect on a particualry spiritual text might reveal to you different ways to consider your relationship with God, through those around you.
Or you might like live in a way that reduces your carbon footprint. As we consider the consequences of climate change, living with new intent might involve walking rather than driving, or using less electricity.
Thiink about what changes you could make to your normal pattern of living. Lent is 40 days long. After 40 days you might discover that the ways you have lived have become a habit. Who knows, that might be a new way of living for you!
Lent provides a lead up into Holy Week and to the death and resurrection of Jesus on Good Friday and Easter Day. But Lent is more than simply a preamble to Easter. It is a time to take stock and consider who you are.
Lent reminds us of the time Jesus spent in the wilderness before he began his ministry. During that time he was tempted and challenged. Lent is a challenge. That's important! Give it a go. You might discover more about who you are than you expected to.