David's Update from 15th April:

Dear Friends

As we continue to celebrate the joy of the resurrection celebrating Jesus’ victory over death.  We continue to trust in this sure and certain hope, even in these challenging times.  Paul captures the truth of the resurrection wonderfully in 1 Corinthians 15.

‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’

55 ‘Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?’

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15: 54-58

Even in the face of a global pandemic we know that illness and death do not have the last word ‘But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’

Post your Easter Greetings

Please can you send us your short videos of Easter Greetings.  Make them as funny, imaginative and/or chocolatey as you can we are planning on adding these to our Good News Section of our Church website (see below).

Email your videos to:

Revd Canon David Banbury - Email: david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org


Good News Stories

We know that these can be challenging and frustrating times, however we are also hearing lots of good news stories from people about a range of things happening in our families and community.  From prayers for healing being answered, to kind gestures being offered from children to the elderly, or simply"I was feeling very down when I received a phone call from a friend and it really lifted my spirits".  These are things that we all need to hear to encourage us that the world has not ground to a halt and that Jesus love is still shining through in this darkness.

We will soon be creating a 'Good News Page' on the website and so we would love to hear from you if you have an encouraging story to tell, no matter how small or insignificant you might think it is, we want to hear it!

Please send your good news stories to -

Stuart Ashcroft

Email:  stuartashcroft1@sky.com 

YouTube - Subscribe now!

Please will you subscribe to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMaf9y1y1mf3-naphu8abXA.  We’ve currently got 74 subscribers.  Once we hit 100 we can change that URL to something much nicer (for example https://www.youtube.com/channel/SJBBurscough).  If you subscribe it is easier to find our videos on YouTube (there is a section for channels you subscribe to) and you are alerted when new videos are added.  Go on you know you want too! 

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7:30pm each week

Having upgraded our zoom account, we are now able to meet together for fellowship and study for longer than the fixed 40 mins.  Consequently, the meeting ID for the Bible Study has changed, see details below.


Zoom meeting ID:  677-123-216. 

No password is required for this meeting.   

Online Worship Services

Do continue to follow our Online worship services at www.stjohns-burscough.org/OnlineServices

Want find another easy way of accessing St John’s Videos?  Subscribe to our YouTube channel see above for more details.  Let’s see if we can get to 100 subscribers in the next two weeks.

11:00am – Live Stream Family Worship

In addition to this we are going to try and use Zoom to do worship ‘live’ at 11.00am on Sunday morning.  The service will include a sung worship courtesy of YouTube, prayers, Bible reading, and a talk.  There will also be a chance to have a chat and catch up with one another.  You can access the meeting using the details below.


Zoom Meeting ID:  399-199-655.

No Password is required for this meeting. 

For more info about online worship contact:

Revd Canon David Banbury:

Email: david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org           Phone:  01704 891640 

Live Stream Midweek Worship

We are also continuing to offer live midweek sung worship through Zoom.  Details of the date and time of the next live worship will be posted on the Worship livestream WhatsApp group. 

To join this WhatsApp group contact Pete or Jennie Short:

Pete Short   – peterjshort@hotmail.co.uk                Jennie Short - jennie.short@stjohns-burscough.org      

Text:  07917 046205                                                   Text:  07793 216127 

For those who ‘don’t do’ technology it is possible to access worship via the radio on Radio 4 and also Radio Merseyside: Helen Jones show - The Sunday morning service is at 8.30am.

Spring Harvest Home

This is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Lined up for the week after Easter, there is some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of "Unleashed - The Acts Church Today". Never has there been a more appropriate time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together. 

Please watch the video here for more details.

Big Start, morning Bible teaching, live worship, specialist seminars and workshops and some light-hearted sofa viewing will be available right through the day.  Spring Harvest Home will be available online through YouTube, so go to YouTube.com and search for ‘Spring Harvest’ or simply click here.  You can then subscribe to the Spring Harvest channel to make sure you don't miss this unique Spring Harvest Home week. (Please note that more content will be added here from 13th April.)

Encourage your friends, family, neighbours and churches to also connect with Spring Harvest Home online, for what we believe will be a truly unique time of being quality Church together! If you are able to share with others about Spring Harvest Home then click here for some resources you can download.

Care for the Family - It Takes Two

Sometimes how we spend our time doesn’t reflect what matters most to us.  While we’re quick to fix the boiler, MOT the car (hopefully) and carve out countless hours for the latest Netflix movie; we often don’t take time to invest in our marriages.  With anything that’s precious to us, we want to do all that we can to help it thrive, but it’s easy to leave our relationships on autopilot.

It Takes Two is an opportunity to take a night out, set aside distractions and focus on the two of you, as a couple. The event will spark questions like: what’s working well, how do you feel most loved and do you feel heard by your partner? But don’t fret, Katharine and Philip will be doing all the talking.

So, whether your marriage is in good shape or things are difficult right now; whether you have been married for many years or you’ve just got together, this event will positively impact your relationship.

Booking is online and the training is streamed via YouTube

More details are available here:


Praying Blessings

You may recall some time ago we attended a course to learn how to pray blessings on one another. We learnt how blessing releases the presence of God. We prayed for five individuals for five days in the week for five weeks.  Instead of praying for individuals we are inviting those who wish to do so, to pray blessings on specific groups of people




  1. Scientists – bless them with the ability to find a vaccine to prevent the spread of Covid19 and to cure people already infected.
  2. NHS and all care workers – pray blessings on them that they will remain healthy and strong, physically, mentally and emotionally.
  3. Our Community – bless them with patience, kindness, friendship and love
  4. Leaders of the World – bless them with wisdom in their decision making
  5. Financial Difficulties – Pray blessings on all those who are facing financial hardship, those who have lost their jobs, their businesses.

Let us pray Blessings for these five situations, five days a week for five weeks.  With God’s help we can make a difference!

Families Worship Facebook Resources

A new Facebook Group has been set up to help families and children connect with Jesus. Click here to request to join the group:


Or for more information contact:

Revd Elliott Ireton

Email:  elliott.ireton@stjohns-burscough.org          Phone:  07460 982621

Church Chat

This is our support network for those who are self-isolating or who would value some additional support. 

Further details about Church Chat can be found at -https://stjohnthebaptistburscough.churchsuite.co.uk/modules/calendar/event_view.php?id=3328



To use this service, volunteer or for more information contact: 

Jeannie Holman

Email:  jeannie.holman@stjohns-burscough.org       Phone: 01704 892183 

Church Calling Plan

We have put in place a plan for ringing the whole congregation registered on Church Suite every fortnight.  For more information, see Church Update #4 or contact-

Revd Canon David Banbury:

Email:  david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org          Phone:  01704 891640

Postal Communication

Recognising that not everyone is able to access information online we have developed a plan for postal communication with church members.  If you know someone who would value postal communication, please contact:

Jeannie Holman

  Email: jeannie.holman@stjohns-burscough.org      Phone: 01704 892183

Lockdown Playlist

Thanks to all those who have sent in coronavirus playlist suggestions, this week you can enjoy:- 

Celebrating social distancing:  From a Distance - Nanci Griffith





A Disney classic gets a special treatment:  Under the sea (In Quarantine) - The Little Mermaid



Please send your playlist suggestions to

Email: david.banbury@stjohns-burscough.org

With Love and prayers


Our verse for 2020: Love one another as I have loved you - John 13:34