David's Update from 22nd May:

Dear Friends

“To err is human, but to really mess it up use a computer!” 

We are very sorry for the technological challenges that people faced trying to access our zoom worship on Sunday.  The problem was nationwide, with lots of groups and churches having problems.  One newspaper even reported the problem under the headline “The day the Church broke the internet!” 

We will persist with using Zoom for our live worship, but we are also going to explore the possibility of running worship via YouTube live.  As well as this, we are going to explore the option of using breakout rooms after our worship is finished so that people can chat in smaller groups after the service. 

Just to remind you that the zoom meeting is open 15 minutes before the service starts.  If you can it would be a great help if you could access the meeting early as it is very difficult admitting and verifying the identity of a large group of people when they all try to join at 10.59am! 

Also, please do make sure your device is named; when we are trying to verify the identity of people in the meeting it is made a lot harder when the device is simply named iPhone or Windows.  You might know that you’re operating that device, but we don’t!  If you don’t know how to rename your phone, tablet or computer the best idea is to ask a young person, if you need any help Joanna Marshall has a group of young people who are happy to help with ‘tech’ issues!

The words at the start of this update are an adaption of a quotation by Alexander Pope.  The correct version is:

“To err is human, to forgive divine”

Praise God for his forgiveness shown to us in Jesus.

‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’ Hebrews 8:12

With Love and prayers



Family Fun Night

We planning to have another quiz/family fun night on Friday 29th May at 6.30pm, hosted by Matron Phil Marshall (the Rufford one). The evening will have NHS/care worker/key worker theme and once again we encourage folk to dress up in fancy dress/themed costume for the event.  The evening will include a quiz, first aid competition (including the toilet roll bandage challenge) and a ‘fun’ medical round! 

Just click this link to sign up - https://stjohnthebaptistburscough.churchsuite.co.uk/events/wytmhmze

Thy Kingdom Come/Pray for the Nation

St John’s is hosting a Thy Kingdom Come/Pray for the Nation prayer meeting on Thursday 28th May at 7.00pm.  Thy Kingdom Come is an international prayer initiative seeking the renewal of God’s Church and praying for Christians to be equipped to be a witness to their faith in the world.  In the midst of the current pandemic it is vitally important that we join together in prayer.  We are opening up the event to other churches in Ormskirk Deanery so that we unite with our brothers and sisters in seeking God’s blessing on his world.  The event will be run via Zoom and sign up is through Church Suite or you can contact David Banbury for the Zoom log in details. 

Just click this link to sign up - https://stjohnthebaptistburscough.churchsuite.co.uk/events/exyakqds

The Space

On Wednesday 10th June at 8.00pm we are delighted to be reintroducing ‘The SPACE’, our monthly creative prayer and relaxation gathering.  The SPACE is a wonderful way of relaxing, unwinding, encountering God and experiencing wholeness.  By using creativity, relaxation and time for reflection the SPACE offers the opportunity to take time out from our busy and at times stressful world.  The Space is wonderfully hosted by Vicki Downey and Sue Hodgkins.

NOTE:  If you are planning on being part of this SPACE session you will need two saucers, some dried pasta and/or dried rice and a fork for the opening activity!

Just click this link to sign up - https://stjohnthebaptistburscough.churchsuite.co.uk/events/nwu1zxjk 



Sunday Morning Live Stream Family Worship – 11:00am:

Our ‘live’ worship together is on Sunday morning at 11.00am.  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 bit of a chat and catch up with one another. 

If you would like to join us for this time of Worship, please contact me for details:

Revd Canon David Banbury:


01704 891640

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7:30pm:

All are welcome to join us for an enjoyable evening of studying and discussing the Bible together. 

Please note: There will be no Bible Study on 10th June as THE SPACE will be running at 8.00pm   

If you would like to join us for this enjoyable evening, please contact me for details. 

Revd Canon David Banbury:


01704 891640


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 www.stjohns-burscough.org/OnlineServices


Live Stream Midweek Worship:

Jen and Pete Short are also continuing to offer live midweek sung worship on a Tuesday evening at 8pm, but we are now using YouTube Live and the video will remain on the YouTube channel, so if the live time 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


ChurchSuite Profile Pictures:

For all who are signed up to My ChurchSuite, it would be fantastic if you could upload a profile picture of yourself to your My ChurchSuite profile (it doesn’t have to be as cheesy as this one), so that both the staff team and other church members can put faces to names.  This would be particularly helpful to our new members of staff and congregation who are still getting to know people. 

To do this, simply login to your My Church Suite account and click on My Details, where you should be able to either take a photo or upload one from your device. 

For more information, or if you require assistance with this task, please contact Jennie Short who will be happy to give you a call back to run through it. 

Jennie Short:




Dave Emmett, is our new Pastoral Ministry and Social Action Coordinator. 

Dave is also a part time tutor at St Mellitus Theological College in Liverpool and he has a wealth of experience in Church leadership.  Prior to joining the congregation at St John’s he was part of the Leadership team at King’s Church in Manchester.  Dave and his wife, Philippa, also worked as missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo serving the thousand Pentecostal churches in the Kasai provinces.

Dave and Philippa enjoy walking, especially when they can do a good coastal path. They also love cooking together and enjoy spending time with their family.  Dave is also a long suffering Birmingham City supporter.


Online Church Planting Course with Bishop Ric Thorpe 

The Centre for Church Multiplication are organising an online Church planting day conference on Thursday 25 June 2020.  The Zoom conference will feature an online experience to equip, stimulate and inspire people thinking about church planting. The organisers are bringing together movement leaders and speakers from England and further afield, as well as testimonies from church planters who are breaking new ground.   We are considering booking ten places on this conference so if you are interested in being part of this event please contact:

Revd Canon David Banbury:


01704 891640

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


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