David's Update from 24th July:

Dear Friends

Some of you might have spotted me out and about running around Burscough/Rufford/Newburgh/Parbold.  I’m trying to run 4/5 times a weeks including one 10+mile run a week.  While I can happily chug along doing slow, steady running, mile after mile, I hate trying to run fast.  Every week I force myself to do a session of ‘Fartlek’ running which involves 1 minute running fast and then a 2 minute recovery slow jog this is repeated for 45 horrible minutes.  The fast bit is terrible but the two minute recovery jog is lovely!  The aim of fartlek running is to improve your overall pace and to train your body to recognise running at a slightly slower pace as a time of rest and recovery.  This idea of rest or recovery time is an important part of running and I think it also applies in church life.

The experience of lockdown has been a long and, for many, a rather tiring experience.  It has been a long grind of ‘groundhog days’ and from talking to people I know, many feel tired and weary.  The Church Staff Team and our Church Officers have done a brilliant job during lockdown and I’m imensely proud of their hard work.  During the month of August we are going to change the pace of church life to give people a chance for rest and recovery.  The pattern of Sunday services will contine 9.00am in Church, 11.00am YouTube and the Tuesday service will continue.  We won’t be running the weekly Bible Study group during August and we also won’t be running the Sunday after church brews on Zoom.  We will also be suspending the ‘Church Calling plan’.  A number of our Youth activities will also be taking a break too.

Please do look after yourselves and give yourselves time to rest and recover.  The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for us all and I think some rest and recovery time is much needed.  There is a reason that the story of creation includes a period of rest!

With love and prayers


 “CALLING ALL KIDS! -  Online Family Praise Party

Due to a great response from the first one, we are running some more Online Family Praise Parties over the summer via YouTube live, (Tonight) Friday 24th July at 6:00pm and also Friday 28th August at 6:00pm.  So join us from the comfort of your own home for a fun time of family praise and worship.  All content will be aimed at primary aged children and their families, but all ‘big kids’ are welcome too!

Just click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yJzgCucJig to go straight there, or find it on our church channel youtube.com/SJBBurscough along with lots of other fantastic St John’s videos, services and resources.

NOT TO BE MISSED, so put the dates in your diary!

Church is Open for Worship - Sundays and Tuesdays throughout July and August

In light of the new regulations requiring people to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, we are actively encouraging people who are attending worship in our Church buildings to wear some form of face cover (mask or scarf).  Those running the service will be unmasked when they lead worship (as it helps with audibility and they are well over 2 metres away) but otherwise service leaders/clergy will comply with this requirement. 

We have now had a few Sundays to get used to conducting worship in Church which complies with the current requirements for sanitising and social distancing.  We are confident of our ability to run worship services under the current guidelines and those who have been attending have expressed their appreciation of the worship we have been offering. 

We would like to encourage others who may have been hesitant about coming back into church, to come along and try out the services that we are offering.  In order to comply with track and trace requirements, we do need people to book in to the services in advance (details below).  We have very limited provision for people who turn up on the day and fill in a form for track and trace purposes, and so our very strong preference is for people to pre-book as this is a much simpler and lower risk process to administer.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this.


  • 9:00am Morning Prayer – at St Johns (Max 45 people)
  • 6:30 Evening Prayer with BCP – at Crabtree (Max 20 people)


  • 10:30am Tuesday Service – at St Johns (Max 45 people) 

Continued Online Sunday Worship

As many will still be unable to come and worship in our buildings, we will of course continue to offer Online Worship via YouTube and this will premiere each Sunday morning at 11.00am.  Our YouTube channel is SJBBurscough.

As mentioned above, this Sunday will be our last ‘after Church brews and Fellowship’, before we stop for a break over the summer.  If you haven’t joined in with this yet, why don’t you come along this week to catch up and chat with other church folk.  Contact us for more information.

We recognise that the news that we are now able to worship in church will delight some people and cause anxiety to others.  We fully respect people making their own decision about how they will engage in worship and recognise that some people will choose to attend a service in church, while others will continue to access online worship.



For attending church services in our buildings, please sign up in advance EACH WEEK, for EACH SERVICE that you wish to attend, including Crabtree.  Although this may seem inconvenient and even unnecessary to some, it is vitally important, so that we can do our best to protect each other by following Government Track and Trace guidelines. 

Sign Up Procedure for Attending Church Services

As attendance at St John’s is limited, we will be asking people to SIGN UP in order to attend these services and to start we would like to give priority to those who have not been able to access worship online. 

  • IF YOU CANNOT SIGN UP ONLINE - please telephone our Church Office Mobile (07395 979929) on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays between 9am and 1:30pm, and we will sign up on your behalf.
  • ONLINE SIGN UP - will then be available for all, from 7.00pm each Thursday for the coming Sunday and Tuesday services (up to the limit of 45 People) – see below.

You can sign up online for the following services from 7:00pm on Thursday 23rd July, via My Church Suite or via these links: -

You can sign up online for the following services from 7:00pm on Thursday 30th July, via My Church Suite or via these links: -

Please Note:

*  When you sign up, you need to enter information for each person that will be attending with you.

*  As numbers have been lower than expected, we are no longer asking you to sign up to only ONE service, so if you would like to attend more than one church service, please sign up accordingly.


  • From 24th July, following government guidance on enclosed buildings, we strongly request that you wear a face mask/covering when attending any services.
  • The numbers attending all services are restricted with a maximum of 45 people at St Johns and 20 people at St Andrew’s Crabtree (the service at St Andrew’s Crabtree is also restricted to those who would normally attend worship there) and so if more people turn up than we have capacity for, additional people will not be able to enter the building.
  • Everyone must use hand sanitiser prior to entering church.
  • The service will be said and we will listen to worship music, but we are not able to sing under current regulations.
  • At the moment we are unable to offer Holy Communion.
  • There is a one-way system in place and people will need to use the relevant entrances and exits.
  • Chatting with people after the service must be socially distanced and ideally happen outside.
  • We will sanitise and clean surfaces between services.
  • We are currently considering whether we are able to open toilets, but it is best to assume that toilet facilities won’t be available.
  • We are unable to serve refreshments after our services
  • People may wish to wear a face mask/face covering in church, but this is an individual choice

Fairtrade Purchases:

If anyone is missing purchasing their Fairtrade goods from church, we have some good news!  Liz has some stock available for purchase/order.   

Traidcraft Breakfast Blend Teabags 80 ............................£2.50

Traidcraft Breakfast Blend Decaf Teabags 80 ............................£3.45

Cafe Direct Smooth Roast Instant Coffee 100g ............................£4.15

Cafe Direct Manchu Picchu Instant Coffee 200g (NEW) ............................£7.50

Traidcraft Decaf Instant Coffee ............................OUT OF STOCK

Traidcraft Stem Ginger Cookies ............................£1.89

Traidcraft Double Choc Chunk Cookies ............................£1.89

Organic Fusilli or Penne Pasta 500g ............................£2.70

Traidcraft Organic Orange Marmalade ............................£2.65

Sugar ............................OUT OF STOCK.

If you would like to order any of these items, please contact Liz Hawksby on 01704 893264 to arrange payment and delivery/collection.

YouTube – In the Hot Seat – Diane Taylor-Harrison

There is a new video on our YouTube channel introducing our new reader and staff team member, the lovely Diane Taylor-Harrison.  In the video Diane is put on the spot and answers a collection of (very) random questions sent in by members of our congregation!  Just click this link to watch and enjoy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBjW9a14MJY

Help Needed

The University of Liverpool are looking for households to take part in coronavirus-related research in the Liverpool City Region.  The research involves a survey study and a virology study to discover who’s had COVID-19.

If you are interested in taking part, please visit https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/covidhouseholdstudy,

or email cvlvfw@liverpool.ac.uk,

or send a text a message to 07717484431

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Coming soon - Mental Health First Aid Training:

Could you become a trained Mental Health First Aider? 

It’s been wonderful seeing so many church members chatting, texting, shopping and caring for one another over lockdown.  It’s made a huge difference to so many lives both inside and outside of the church community.  It’s really been an outworking of our focussed Bible verse for 2020 – John 13:34: Love one another as I have loved you.  

Many of us are, or have at some point, been affected by challenges to our mental health.  This can be evident in a number of ways ranging from loneliness to tormenting thoughts that affect our mood and behaviour.  As a church community we can love one another by being ready to offer support to those struggling to connect with life because of mental health challenges, as much as we do to those with an obvious physical illness. 

It’s so useful at public events having those around who are First Aiders, ready and properly trained to give first aid to someone who is injured or ill.  Within St John’s, imagine how marvellous it would be to have a team of trained Mental Health First Aiders trained to spot someone who is developing a mental health issue, spend a little time with them and prayerfully encourage them to access the available professional support. 

We are considering how to best provide training for those who believe this could be something the Lord is calling them to become involved with.  While the training won’t be happening any time soon, we are looking to find out who would want to apply for training when it was offered to us.  If that’s you, could you please let me know by sending a text or phoning on to put your name down as someone who’d like to be kept in the loop on this.

Dave Emmett

07931 576546



Online Bible Study via Zoom

Don’t forget we continue to offer an online Bible Study on a Wednesday night at 7.30pm.  Login details can be found via the event pages on My Church Suite, or by contacting the church office.

Please note: Our last Bible Study before the summer will be on 29th July, then we will ‘take a break in August’.

Church Calling Plan:

In August we will be suspending the plan for the Staff Team to call every member of our church community every three weeks.  This is to accommodate staff holidays and also to give us the opportunity to consider the best plan for offering pastoral care to the congregation as lockdown eases.  However, we are happy to continue to offer this to people who particularly value this contact, so if you would appreciate ongoing telephone calls, please let either Mel Critchley (07395 979929) or Jen Short (jennie.short@stjohns-burscough.org) know .

Hello from Chris Neilson

It’s great to finally start my curacy with you at St Johns. Thank you so much for the many messages and cards that people have sent.  Your warm welcome and prayers have been a great encouragement to me and my family.  Some of you will have seen a little video I did to introduce myself, which is on St John’s YouTube channel youtube.com/SJBBurscough.  It was also great to speak with people at the Zoom welcome party last Sunday.  

I’ve come to ministry in the Church of England after working with a number of community projects and church plants in Manchester and Oldham. I also worked for the diocese of St Albans supporting community engagement. Presently I live in Formby with my wife (Laura) and three sons Barny (15) Caleb (13) and Ben (10), but we will be moving to join you in Burscough when we can.

I love Jesus, because he is faithful to us, whatever we do, he sticks with us and carries us through. I love to see when people grow in faith and step out to be and do what the Holy Spirit is guiding them to do.  My favourite biblical character is Barnabas; he’s a quiet encourager who is a huge strength behind the growth of the gospel and an important figure in helping Paul step out in ministry.

Over the next few months and years I hope to know you better, as we journey together with God. You’ll find out my passion for football, Star Wars, cheesy music and silly films, but I pray we become friends and family as we worship, pray and proclaim Jesus together.  


Text Messages:  Intelligently Praying for One Another

The Book of James (James 5:16) tells us that our prayers have great power.  The sentence just before that he encourages us to pray for one another.  St John’s Church has for some time now been sending out text messages or emails for urgent prayer requests for our members.  Those who are signed up for them receive texts or emails from time to time, with a few details of some fellow church member(s) in need of prayer.  Praying like this is a wonderful way of bearing one another’s burdens.

If you would like to be a part of this and receive such texts or emails, please text me and include your email address.  I will then add you to the list of those receiving requests for prayer via text or email.

Many thanks.

Dave Emmett

07931 576546


Live Stream Midweek Worship:

Jen and Pete Short are also continuing to offer live midweek sung worship on a Tuesday evening at 8pm, The videos will remain on their 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.

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

Alma Hope

Molly Houghton

Bryan Perret

Cicily Caunce


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