Elliott's Update from 19th June:

Dear Friends

We can often find ourselves waiting for an update. Updates can be exciting like the arrival of a new Curate joining our community (please continue to pray for Chris, Laura and the family).  When someone we know is unwell, we’re desperate to hear updates of any progress.  Many of us tune in to hear the daily briefing to find out whether there is any update to the restrictions we’ve learnt to live under.  When we pray, how many times do we expect an update from God about the issue for which we’ve prayed. 


Whether or not we can get excited about the latest software update for our smartphone or iPad, we need to allow ourselves to become excited about the promise of God to bring a well overdue update to our world.  Jesus came to demonstrate what the kingdom of God looks like and he taught us to pray ‘Your Kingdom come’.  He will one day renew the earth; putting an end to the chaos, pain and suffering that we currently contend with.  Whilst we await this long anticipated update, Jesus calls us to serve.  To look for opportunities to think of others more than ourselves and to break down dividing lines as we look to follow the example of Jesus who gave fully of himself, in the service of others.


Online Family Pyjama Praise Party

On Friday 19th June at 6:00pm, we invite you to join us for a spectacular Online Pyjama Praise Party via YouTube Live!

Grab your PJ’s and snacks, then come and join us from the comfort of your own home, for a fun time of praise and worship.  All content will be aimed at primary aged children and their families, but all ‘big kids’ are welcome too!

Simply click the link above to go straight there, or go to ‘youtube.com/SJBBurscough’ to find it on our church channel.



This Sunday 21st June we will be offering the following:

We will offer worship via Zoom at 10.00am

The login details for this Zoom service are the same as before, the service is simply at a different time!  For more information, or to get the Zoom login details for this service, please contact Rev David Banbury (contact details below).


Live streamed worship via YouTube at 11.00am

The worship will be streamed on our church’s YouTube Channel.  To watch, simply click on this link https://www.youtube.com/SJBBurscough to get straight to our channel, then click on the video for 21st June 2020.  Alternatively, find YouTube on the internet (https://www.youtube.com) and then search for the SJBBurscough You Tube Channel.  


After Church Brew and Fellowship via Zoom at 11:40am

We will also offer an ‘online brew’ following the 11:00 am YouTube service.  Simply make yourself a brew and login to Zoom for a time of chatting and fellowship with Church members. 

Please contact me if you would like more details:

Revd Canon David Banbury:


01704 891640

Chris Neilson - new curate: WELCOME PARTY – Sunday 28th June 5:00pm

This month Chris Neilson will become our new Curate.  We are organising a welcome party for Chris and his family via Zoom.  We will have a Zoom party on Sunday 28th June at 5.00pm to welcome Chris, Laura, Barnie, Caleb and Ben.  Please make every effort to be part of this welcome event.  We suggest you organise some ‘party food’ in your household and we will eat together online. 

We will also do an interview with Chris and then organise people into Zoom breakout rooms and Chris will do his best to get round some of the rooms.  We will then come together for some games activities and a quiz.  It would be great if as many people as possible could be part of this welcome event for Chris and his family.

Please sign up by clicking the link below or by logging into My Church Suite


Opening Church for Funerals and Private Prayer:

You may be aware that that lockdown restrictions for churches eased on Monday 15th June.  From this date churches have the option of opening for private prayer and also for funerals.  We have talked through our plans with the staff team and the church wardens and we have made the following decisions regarding the easing of lockdown with regard to St John’s. 

Church is now available for funerals services, we will be following all the required guidelines with regard to hand washing, social distancing, numbers attending cleaning etc.  Our plan is to focus initially on being able to conduct funerals in Church and we will then consider opening church for private prayer. 

Our thought is that we will initially open church on Tuesday morning for people to be able to come and pray.  We haven’t set a date for when we will open on a Tuesday but we will communicate this date through our Church Updates.

Get to know the St John’s Newbies – Send in your questions!

As you will be aware we have had some fantastic people who have either recently joined our staff team (Dave Emmett and Diane Taylor-Harrison), or will soon be joining us (Chris Neilson), but we understand that it is difficult for the congregation to properly get to know them in these unusual times, so we thought it would be good to put them on the spot and throw some quick fire questions at them from the congregation.  Your questions can be as sensible or silly as you like; maybe about their new roles in St Johns, what they like to do in their personal lives or something else completely random like a ‘would you rather?’ and we would love to get all sorts of different questions from a range of different ages.  Once we have enough questions we will video their answers and include it in one of our upcoming Sunday services.

Please email your questions to -

Jennie Short:


MAF Mission Update from the Parkers:

Many of you will know the Parker family who are currently serving the Lord out in Uganda and working for the charity MAF who fly aid and supplies to remote areas in poor countries.  In current times, where the whole world is affected by Covid-19, their work is even more vital than usual, so please continue to pray for them and the fantastic work MAF do.

Click here for an update about some of the things they have been getting up to recently and the many challenges the family continue to face in Uganda.  

Previously Circulated Information:

YouTube Worship - photos wanted for congregation montage

As part of our online worship on YouTube we would love to have a short section in the service where we show photos of congregation members.  We would love you to send us images that show what you have been doing that week.  It could be you out exercising, at work, binge watching a box set on Netflix, eating a meal, decorating… almost anything. 

Simply email or WhatsApp your photos to me and we will try and include you in the photo montage.  It would be handy if you could just send a one-line explanation about the photo. 

Please be aware that YouTube is a global online service so do think carefully about whether you want to include photographs of your children.  If you send us a picture, we will assume full consent for that picture to become part of our YouTube video.

Revd Canon David Banbury:


Church Calling Plan:

We have slightly adapted our calling plan so that everyone who is registered on Church Suite will receive a phone call from Church every three weeks.  For more information, contact:

Revd Canon David Banbury:


01704 891640


Online Worship Services:

Do continue to follow our Online worship services at -



Live Stream Midweek Worship:

Jen and Pete Short are also continuing to offer live midweek sung worship on a Tuesday evening at 8pm, The video will remain on the YouTube channel, so if 8pm doesn't work for you, you can watch it at your convenience.

The livestream can be accessed from 7.50pm each Tuesday, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG_h0eWr_oUB5GtQLDHsDbQ

Subscribe to this YouTube channel to receive alerts as new videos are posted. 

Additional Worship Information:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044

Good News Stories:

We have created a 'Good News Page' on the website (https://www.stjohns-burscough.org/GoodNews/) 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


Recent Funerals

Please pray for the family and friends of the following people who have recently passed away.

Leonard Caunce

Walter Steen

Joan Spencer

Vivienne Thompson

Richard Gardner

Joy Rainford

Alice Suffell

Annie Houghton

John Stringman

Ronald Cheetham

Nora Davies

Trevor Bridge

Vera Evans

Margaret Forshaw

Margaret Jackson

George Finch


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