APCM Voting Results - 21/09/2020

Elected as Church Wardens Diane Edwards
3 years
Rob Williams 
2 years 
Elected to serve on Deanery Synod 2020-2023 Janet Adams 
3 years
Clare Glynn 
3 years
Prudence Magee 
3 years
Mark Taylor 
3 years
Elected to serve on Parochial Church Council 2020-2023  Christel Banks
3 years
Abi Hope 
3 years
Chris Lawton 
3 years

Belarus Update - Day 3 - 21/08/2019

Block paving finished but still covered in sand while it fills the gaps. Structure started but the wood that was delivered late and still wet is cut 50cm too short so another challenge as usual to make it work. Duncan's knees absolutely shot with laying stones and David has had a great day doing his tricks for a captive audience at the second day with the kids. Dominic did the first day 😀😀. Agreed extra project and funnily enough the first parts of the equipment landed within 20 minutes of us saying yes and yet wood takes two weeks to arrive and it is wrong when it does. Funny hey!

Belarus Update - Days 2 & 3 - 20/08/2019

Day 2 Started preparing and building the shelter. David decided to do a sand angel and got exfoliated elbows. They hope the wood is arriving on Wednesday.
Day 3 Stayed dry all day, they were expecting heavy rain and got half the block paving done so knees are a bit sore.  David, Duncan and Mark have been invited to join Pastor Sergei for dinner.

Belarus 2019 - 19/08/2019

On Saturday, a team from St John's flew to Minsk for this years project in Belarus:

On Day 1 (Sunday), they all went to church in the morning. They were made very welcome and it was great to meet old friends, The hymns were familiar and the last one was put up in English and Belarussian . They have had a few issues . They managed to leave a bag at the airport which needs collecting tomorrow. They left the restaurant this evening because they were laughing so much and felt they were disturbing the other guests! They have all had to have an extra stamp  on another form this year! David is happy he is watching Sunderland on wifi and they scored!
At the moment  the work is a shelter and a play area like last year.
We've got more photos for you to see in our Album on Flickr

Elevation Dance Group at Ormskirk Dance Festival - 03/06/2019

Elevation Dance Group will be performing at Ormskirk Dance Festival on Sunday 16th June at 2pm. The Dance Festival is held in Coronation Park, by the Morrisons.
It’d be great to have as many people to support the dancers as possible as they are stepping out to dance in faith in a secular dance festival.
This year we are dancing 4 dances to worship music and we are dancing at 2pm so people from the 11am service can come and watch.

5 Year Plan - 05/04/2019

On the 30th March and 2nd April, David and Elliott presented the 5 year plan that has been developed for St John's Burscough over the last year. There is another session tomorrow at 11:00am in Church. If you haven't been able to make any of these sessions, then Tuesday nights was recorded, which you can view here:

Christmas - 11/12/2018

Have you seen our new Christmas Video yet?

To be the first to see all our videos why not subscribe to our YouTube Channel?
We've got lots going on over Christmas.  All the details can be found here.

Help Needed - Friday 23rd November - 21/11/2018

We need at least 20 people to star in our Christmas video this Friday lunchtime at 12:00pm.  It's a really easy part, we just need you to be part of a crowd!  Could you please let us know if you can join us by emailing us at, commenting on the Facebook or Twitter posts, then just turn up at Church on Friday (23rd November) just before 12:00.

Steve Legg - Christian conjurer and illusionist - 06/11/2018

Join us for a fun-filled evening with Steve Legg at the Barons on Friday 7th December at 7:30pm.  Steve is a Christian conjurer and illusionist, and a member of the world renowned Magic Circle. 
Steve's live presentations are always entertaining, intriguing and inoffensive and he leaves people amazed, amused, entertained and inspired to believe in the impossible. The  focus is very much on comedy and audience participation.
You'll find the laughs come thick and fast, and just when you least expect it, he hits you with yet another magical miracle. Using a daft and unique blend of side-splitting comedy and sleight of hand, Steve manages to combine silly props, audience involvement and baffling world class tricks to give a unique entertainment experience.
TICKETS: £6 each, or 2 for £10 (bring a friend discount)
 Available from the Parish Office,
(St John’s Church Hall, School Lane, Burscough,... Continued

Faith Under Fire - 04/11/2018

Friday nights"Faith under Fire" presentation was recorded and can now be viewed on YouTube at

Burscough Remembrance Events - 26/10/2018

A series of special events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will be held in the first two weeks of November, at St John the Baptist Church Burscough and throughout the local community. The events will include local commemorative displays, a national art exhibition, and a performance of the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe WW1 play 'Brothers in Arms'.
The centenary events start with a special Remembrance 100 Exhibition, open daily from Thursday 1st to Tuesday 13th November.  The exhibition will mark military and civilian service during WW1, WW2 and more recent conflicts, featuring military uniforms and items, medals, and stories of those who served. The national art installation 'There But Not There' will also be hosted as a tribute to the Fallen.
A special local commemorative project, 'Everyone Remembered', has been developed in partnership with the Royal British Legion and other churches and businesses in Burscough. This will remember every one of... Continued

Harvest - 27/09/2018

Details about what we are doing for Harvest this year, and our Harvest Appeal take a look here, where we have all the details, including our latest video:

The video can be seen on YouTube at  Why not also subscribe to our YouTube channel, to be the first to see our latest videos.

International Needs Visit - 09/09/2018

Justus Miwanda, director of International Needs (Uganda) will be visiting Burscough next week. Come and hear him speak at St Johns on Monday 17th at 7:45pm or at the Tuesday Service on the 18th at 10:30am.

Church Open for Prayer - 19/07/2018

Join us tomorrow for a time of prayer as we remember with thanksgiving Rev Simon Glynn and look forward in hopeful anticipation of all that God has in store for Burscough and beyond.
Church open for prayer 10.30am-12pm
Half hour of prayer 12pm
Church open for prayer 3-6.30pm
Half hour of prayer 6.30pm

Let the wedding commence, Scarecrow style - 13/07/2018

Church is open tomorrow (Saturday) from 1:00pm - 4:00pm for crafts, cafe and a Scarecrow themed photo booth!  On Sunday we've got our normal services at 9:00am and 11:00am

Summer at St Johns - 01/07/2018

During August 2018, we will have a 9:00am Holy Communion in Church, a 10:00am interactive all-age worship service in the Church Hall, and a 6:30pm service at St Andrews Crabtree.  Here's our latest video:

Vision Study Course - 17/06/2018

Our four session Vision Study course notes are now available online here.  All the supporting videos are available on our YouTube channel.  Why not subscribe to it and be the first to see our videos!
This course explores our Vision Statement of “Knowing, growing in and sharing Jesus’ love in Burscough and beyond.”

Parish Directory - 29/04/2018

We've just started the process of compiling a new Parish Directory for the members of St Johns.  If you would like to be included in it then we need you to fill out this form, or a paper form from the Westend, even if you have previously filled one out.  At the same time we are taking the opportunity to gather consent for us to contact you about services, events, news and such like that go on at St John's.  If at all possible it would be a big help if this could be completed online.

Elevation Dance Workshops - 10/04/2018

The Elevation Dance Workshops are starting up again this Thursday (12 April) between 5:00 and 6:00.  There are still places available if children (aged 6 - 11) would like to join.  Please contact Lucy.

Home Front - Front Line - 27/03/2018

Featuring film, music, drama, images and sound HOME FRONT - FRONT LINE tells the story of WW2 through the lives of a young couple; Lizzie a young woman serving on the home front with the Women’s Land Army and Tom serving on the front line with the army. 
Based on historical events, HOME FRONT - FRONT LINE is an inspiring story of love, commitment, separation, conflict and faith.
HOME FRONT – FRONT LINE was performed to sell out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and received very positive reviews from the audiences.
The play was written by David Banbury who is the new vicar at St. John's.
Wednesday 25 April at 7.30pm
St John's Church, Burscough, Lancashire
Admission free

Davids Licencing - 20/03/2018

St John the Baptist Church Burscough would like to offer a warm welcome to everyone from our community to the Institution service of The Revd Canon David Banbury this Sunday 25th March at 2:30pm. A service of celebration to mark the beginning of a new Ministry here in Burscough.

Our New Vicar - 08/01/2018

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of our new Vicar, The Reverend Canon David Banbury. Pictured here with his wife Kathy, David is currently Diocesan Missioner in the Blackburn Diocese, where he is the Leader of the Parish Mission Support Department.

He will be instituted as Vicar by the Bishop of Liverpool on Sunday 25th March at 2:30pm here at St John's.
From Archdeacon Jennifer: Announcement for The Revd David Banbury—appointed as Vicar, St. John the Baptist, Burscough
Dear Sisters and Brothers of St. John's,
I want, first of all, to commend you for not only coping, but stretching and growing through a very difficult period in your parish life. The loss last summer of your beloved vicar and my dear colleague, Simon, was a shock and a great sadness. I hope you have felt supported by many along the way. I, for one, am grateful for your open communication and generosity of spirit under the leadership of your two very capable Churchwardens, Ian and Caroline.... Continued

Alpha 2018 - 24/12/2017

We've got an Alpha course starting in January:

Christmas at St Johns - 16/12/2017

Join us to celebrate Christmas at St Johns
See our Christmas video here.

You can subscribe to our youtube channel here.

Elevation Dance Workshops - 10/12/2017

NEW Dance Worship
Starting in January!
Lucy Baxter is setting up a new dance worship group for boys and girls with or without dance experience! The group called ‘Elevation’ will seek to explore dance as a fun way to worship and connect with God.
Also, we’ll be developing dance routines to worship music that we will look to perform in the 11am services.
When: Thursdays 5-6pm, starting on 11th January.
Where: The West End in St John’s Church, Burscough.
Who: The group is aimed at children aged 6-11 (in school years 2-6).
For more information or to register please contact Lucy

Thank you from Clare - 24/10/2017

Clare, Sam, Joel and family would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to Simon’s funeral collection. After discussions with family and PCC they would like to announce what they intend to do in Simon’s Memory.
An amazing total of £5,691.83 was donated. Firstly £3,000.00 will be placed in a fund for young people to access, to help them afford travel for mission work, Simon believed strongly in mission and stretching ones faith and was always so encouraging of the youth. It is hoped that others will donate to this fund in future too to keep it topped up. There are plans for a memorial concert too at Burscough Priory and proceeds from this will also go into the fund.
The remaining money will be used to renovate the choir vestry, creating a quiet, warm reflective space that aims to encourage people to connect with God on their own or as part of a small group, it will be decorated with appropriate artwork and comfy seating.

Next Sunday mornings services - 11/10/2017

Come and join us this Sunday morning and hear Sadegh Dabiri share his story. For a sneak peek check out this clip from the recent BBC documentary in which he features.Come and join us this Sunday morning and hear Sadegh Dabiri share his story. For a sneak peek check out this clip from the recent BBC documentary in which he features:

Christine's first service: - 06/10/2017

This Sunday morning (8th October) will see Christine preaching her first sermon as a licensed Lay Reader!

It is also wonderful to welcome Wendy Williams back after her ordination to the Priesthood at Liverpool Cathedral last Saturday:

Martha's events - 26/09/2017

There is a Martha's breakfast next Saturday (30th) at 9:00am in the Westend, at which Vivki Downey will be speaking about her work.
There is also an Afternoon tea at Brandreth Barn at 3:00pm on 21st October.  Please sign up for this on the sheet in the Westend as there’s limited spaces. It is £5 and there is a selection of sandwiches and scones.

Guest Service - 10th September 2017 - 03/09/2017

Next Sunday (10th September), the 11:00am service will be a Guest Service with Barry Johnson coming to talk on the Bride of Christ.  This family service will be a great one to invite all your friends to!

Tomorrows 10am Service - 26/08/2017

We hope to see lots of people there tomorrow for our final Summer Service at 10:00 am in the church hall.   If the weather is as nice as it has been today, we hope to have the service outside on the field. So, it would be great if people could bring their picnic blankets with them! See you in the morning!

Belarus - Welcome Home - 19/08/2017

A huge St John's welcome home to our Belarus Volunteers, amazing job, well done! Looking forward to hearing all about your travels, but enjoy your home comforts first!

Belarus Update - Friday - 18/08/2017

From their final day which was of course busy. It concluded with the removal of the cladding and landscaping of the ramp. The removal of all the sharp objects on site. From the top of the ramp three hundred blocks have been laid at the top of the ramp. Mark has been the mosquitoes breakfast!
Tadek has built benches of both adult and child size to go under the shelter when the weather is too hot. There are lots of people ready to fly home with aching joints  and in Duncan’s case cement dust in all his arm creases (a thin black line as evidence even though he claims he has  showered).
Holiday Bible Club enjoyed their trip to the zoo and McDonalds! Tonight evening entertainment highlight was Pastor Sergei cooking Pork on the bbq.  
They are up at 03:00hrs to return to the uk arriving  at 10-20hrs tomorrow.

Belarus update - Thursday - 17/08/2017

The weather has remained extremely hot today. This morning’s task was to make the ramp and this required about 13/4 -2 tons of concrete being made and being transported by hand. The ramp is now completed. The block paving under the shelter is also finished (There is a cross in its pattern). The roof of the second shelter is also finished.
Bernard and Danny had another amazing day at holiday bible club. Tomorrow  three members of the team will be going to Minsk to visit the zoo and Mcdonalds.
Tonight they all went to watch FC Bate vs a Ukrainian side in a Europa league qualifier which ended in a 1-1 draw. The evening was finished off with a return to the Irish bar for Snacks and Drinks which they all enjoyed.
Please pray that the trip to Minsk all goes to plan and that there are no problems. For the team that are left at the baby hospital please pray that any final jobs are completed and nothing is left outstanding when they finish tomorro.

Belarus Update - Wednesday - 16/08/2017

Today the weather was extremely hot. Unfortunately on the first day they had discovered a three phase cable when digging. The authorities would not let them bury this again so they had to change the original steps to just a ramp at a slightly different angle. Before this could happen 3-4 tons of soil had to be removed from a different area. This afternoons task was keeping the concrete mixer going. They have completed the first shelter roof and 2/3rds of the block paving floor underneath. They have also been mending fences.
Today Bernard and Paul have been at holiday club. Bernard  has been leading a forestry expedition in the grounds of the orphanage telling the kids the names of all the trees. It was also water fight day. An amazing time was had once again.
Please pray for all the aching muscles and joints!

Belarus Update - Tuesday - 15/08/2017

The work has gone well today both shelter frames are now prepared for their roofs. The new shelter is ready for its block paving . Duncan has spent all afternoon mixing cement for the different areas. 
The children from the baby hospital are coming to see what they are doing. At both holiday club and the baby hospital the children are unsure how to react to smiling faces and good male role models. Danny Abram noticed a huge difference in the way the children responded to him in comparison to yesterday. Bernard is loving holiday club so much he is returning tomorrow.
Please continue to pray for the missions success and continuing good progress of the building projects.

Belarus - Monday update - 15/08/2017

Today the team have worked very hard and achieved a huge amount. The weather has been warm and sunny but not too hot. They have moved between 10-11 tons worth of soil by hand. This included digging out the base for the new sheltered extension they are building for the play area. Setting the steel posts in concrete ready for the shelter roof. To get up to the play area there was a 5 foot rise bank which the smaller children found really difficult. They have dug out a 7 foot width along the grass bank ready to create steps on one side, a rail in the middle and a ramp will be on the other side. This is all levelled ready for the next stage. From the top of the steps they have dug a pathway ready for the block paving which  will go from the steps to the play area. They have also levelled out all the extra soil ready for new grass seed. Finally they have also removed an old roof of an old shelter ready for the new one to be put on. 
Bernard and Danny Abram have been at the holiday... Continued

Belarus - And they're off - 12/08/2017

Family and friends were up early this morning to send off our amazing volunteers to do God's work in Belarus. Praying for a safe journey and an amazing experience!

Belarus - 08/08/2017

Our love, prayers and best wishes go to the Team of 12 from St John’s and Oaks Skelmersdale, leaving for Belarus this Saturday morning. They are supporting the local church in running a week-long summer camp for Peter’s House – the orphanage they first started with. Their build project is at the baby hospital – building a 50 m path to last year’s playground, to link it to the roads and paths around the orphanage and building two more play areas to extend last year’s playground. They will work long hours in all weathers to get the work completed on time.
If anyone would like and is able to send them off with prayer, they leave at 7am this Saturday from the church car park.

Tomorrow's services - 29/07/2017

Just a reminder that the services tomorrow are at 9:00am and 11:00am. There isn't any 7:00pm services until September.
During August only, the 11:00am service will be replaced with the 10:00am service, taking place at the Church Hall.

Simon's Funeral - 21/07/2017

Simon's funeral will take place at 10 am on Friday 28 July here at St John the Baptist Church, Burscough.
Clare and the family would like the service to be a celebration of Simon's work and ministry. It won't be necessary for you to wear black. Please no flowers.
A collection will be made in Simon's memory.

Simon Glynn - 20/07/2017

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Simon passed away peacefully this morning.
St Johns Church will be open from 5pm - 9pm this evening if you need a quiet place to reflect.
Please respect the families privacy at this time.
Update: Details of Simon's funeral can be found here.

Simon - Update 18th July - Evening - 18/07/2017

Thank God for getting Simon through his operation.Simon remains critically ill.   Please pray that over the next few days his body can begin to function without the high level of support it currently needs.

Simon - 17 July - 17/07/2017

Simon has had the operation today. Please pray that the next few days go well for him.
Thank you for all your prayers. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are asking for regular updates. We plan to post updates on the website, it is likely that these will be daily unless things develop more quickly than that.

Simon - Update 17th July - 17/07/2017

 Simon's op is going ahead. Please pray that God will work through the surgeons hands and the theatre teams skills. 

Simon - 16 July - 16/07/2017

Simon is responding to some of the treatment he is receiving.  The doctors want him to be at his best before they rescan and make a decision about the operation tomorrow. 
Thank you for all your prayers. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are asking for regular updates. We plan to post updates on the website, it is likely that these will be daily unless things develop more quickly than that.

Simon - Operation update - 16/07/2017

Simons operation, which was scheduled for this morning, has been delayed until later on this afternoon. Please keep praying.
Thank you for all your prayers. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are asking for regular updates. We plan to post updates on the website, it is likely that these will be daily unless things develop more quickly than that.

Simon - Update 15 July - 15/07/2017

Simon will be undergoing surgery on his pancreas early tomorrow morning. Please pray for a successful procedure and for the hospital staff who are taking care of him.
Thank you for all your prayers. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are asking for regular updates. We plan to post updates on the website, it is likely that these will be daily unless things develop more quickly than that.

Simon - Update 15 July - 15/07/2017

Surgeons at liverpool royal have looked at simon and feel the best way forward is surgery.  Liverpool is a centre of excellence  for pancreas problems . Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning so please  pray that  their skills are directed by God.
Thank you for all your prayers. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are asking for regular updates. We plan to post updates on the website, it is likely that these will be daily unless things develop more quickly than that.

Simon - Update 14th July - 14/07/2017

Simon is being transferred from Southport to Liverpool Royal Hospital.  Please pray for a safe journey and a good arrival.
Thank you for all your prayers. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are asking for regular updates. We plan to post updates on the website, it is likely that these will be daily unless things develop more quickly than that.

Simon - Update 13th July - 13/07/2017

Simon is getting some help with breathing and help for his body in other ways. Please pray for a sense of God's presence with him while his body is struggling so much. God is in charge of all of this.
Thank you for all your prayers. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are asking for regular updates. We plan to post updates on the website, it is likely that these will be daily unless things develop more quickly than that.

Simon - Update 9th July - 09/07/2017

Thank you for your continued prayers. Simon is continuing to slowly improve. He is currently struggling to sleep. Please pray that he be able to rest and get some good sleep and for further improvements in his condition.

Simon - Update 8th July - 08/07/2017

An update on Simon following the earlier news that he is serious ill in hospital.
There is a slight improvement today with Simon and Clare is feeling a sense of hope, but please continue to pray

Simon in Hospital - 08/07/2017

Our vicar, Revd Simon Glynn, is seriously ill in hospital.  Please pray for Simon and the family at this time.
Thank you

Sundays Service and Bleasdale - 07/07/2017

Just a reminder that the only service this Sunday at St John's is at 10:00am, followed by a trip to Bleasdale.
There is no 7:00pm service this Sunday.

Summer Services - 04/07/2017

Come to the Church Hall this August at 10:00am for our Summer Services:

The 9:00am service will still take place in Church. The 11:00am and 7:00pm will not take place during this time, but will resume in September.

Church open for prayer - 07/06/2017

Church will be open tomorrow (Thursday 8th June) between 9:00am and 10:00am. Everyone is welcome to come and join us in prayer for the election

Response to Manchester bombings- Church open 5-7pm Wednesday today - 24/05/2017

In response to the recent bombing in Manchester:St John’s Burscough (church opposite Tesco) will be open 5-7pm today for private reflection.Everyone in Burscough is invited to come and light a candle and share a quiet moment.Please pass this message on.

Esther Ministry Gifting Day - 14/02/2017

At St John's Burscough, we are excited to be hosting a ladies 'Esther Ministry Gifting Day' on Saturday 11th March, 9.30am - 3.30pm - the first time this course has been run in the North West.
Come along for a day of encouragement & teaching; go away with an action plan of using your gifts to serve God and others!
Cost is £10 to include lunch & refreshments - available through the church office 01704 897852 or via eventbrite (additonal charge).

New Curate - 22/01/2017

We are thrilled to announce that we are going to be getting a ‘new’ Curate 25th June 2017
Elliott is currently studying at Durham University
Elliott and Jo have 4 lovely children: Alice, Minnie, Isaac and Gabrielle

Please pray for them as they make their move here.Pray that we, as a church, will make the whole family welcome and that together we may make this a happy and stimulating training environment for Elliott.
Please, also continue to pray for Ian, Helen, Ben and Ollie as they discover God’s leading to a church of their own.

Verses to Memorise - 21/01/2017

During his talk on 15th January, Ian challenged us to learn a verse a month. If you missed this talk you can listen to it here.  To help us to step up to this challenge, we'll be posting a verse each month for you to memorise.  If you would like to subscribe to these verses, edit your subscriptions online here.  You will need to log in or register to do that, under the"Your Account" menu above.
If you already receive other blog emails from us and do not know your password then you can reset it with the "Forgotten Password" utility.  If you do not know your username, then that is listed at the bottom of any of those emails.  If you need further help then please contact us.

Leg it for Lucy - 08/01/2017

34 people from St John's will be joining others to walk, run or cycle from St John's to New Longton Mathodist Church Hall on the 4th March, raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust inspired by Lucy Baxter who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.
For more information, or to join the team, please see their Facebook page,  or if you would like to donate and support the team, please see their fundraising page or see the sponsorship form in the Westend.

New appointment - 02/02/2016

The Wardens and Parochial Church Council of St John's are delighted to announce that our new vicar-designate has been appointed. He is Rev. Simon Glynn, currently the vicar of Christ Church, Parbold and All Saints', Appley Bridge. We pray for our Christian sisters and brothers in Parbold and Appley Bridge, that God will provide for them an equally outstanding vicar to succeed Simon. For our part, we are very excited at Simon's appointment, and we are confident that, through him, God will build on Richard's work and Neil's work before Richard, for the expansion of His Kingdom in Burscough and Crabtree. A date for Simon starting with us has not yet been fixed. We will advise further on this in due course. The Wardens and PCC of St John the Baptist, Burscough

Station Café filled with Christmas cheer - 14/12/2015

Chilly Christmas shoppers travelling from Burscough Bridge station on Saturday were greeted with friendly faces and some warming Christmas cheer, as the café opened its doors for one morning only to serve up free hot drinks and Christmas nibbles.
The event was provided by the men's 'Fellaship' group from St John the Baptist Church, Burscough, in partnership with the station staff. The station opened up the old café area for volunteers from St John’s to serve out free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and treats including Christmas cake and mince pies. Over 150 passengers were very grateful for the offer of a warming drink in the wet wintery weather, sending them on their way in good spirits to the Christmas markets. The train drivers also welcomed a mince pie for their journey!
Ian Jones, curate at St Johns, said,"In previous years we have done this on a weekday, serving commuters on their way to work in the run up to Christmas. This year we thought we'd have a... Continued

Reminder: No Evening Service - 29th November - 28/11/2015

Just a quick reminder that there isn't an evening service tomorrow (29th November) at St John's, as many of the young people are heading to St James in the City to join Bishop Paul for"What Now?".

New Worship Blog - 25/09/2015

We’ve just launched an exciting new blog that we think you will enjoy. Pete Short, our Worship Leader, will be sharing some of his thoughts on Worship. Pete's first post is already available. 
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Letter from the wardens about the interregnum - 02/04/2015

March 2015
As you know Richard, Jo, Rachel and Joshua will be leaving us at the end of June to begin a new chapter in the parish of Ashtead, Surrey.
Richard’s last service will be a combined morning service on Sunday 21st June at 10.30am at St John’s church.  Following the service there will be a shared lunch at the church hall where everyone will have the opportunity to spend time with Richard, Jo, Rachel and Joshua before they prepare to leave.
The wardens have asked the family what they would like as a parting gift and after consideration they have requested that a gift of money would be very much appreciated to help them to carpet and curtain their new home.
If you would like to donate towards the family’s gift please use the envelopes that will be in the West End. If you could kindly identify the envelope with ‘Richard’s leaving present’ and hand to a warden or Peter... Continued

Roof repairs update letter - 12/02/2015

January 29, 2015
Dear friends
Re: Repairs following Lead Theft
I want to begin this congregational update letter by thanking the Lord for His love, faithfulness and continuing provision as we serve Him together.
On behalf of the PCC, I write to express our sincere thanks for your prayers and financial support for the recent appeal to cover the cost of repairs and security enhancements following the theft of lead from the church roof last year.
Further to my last letter, I’m pleased to advise that following the erection of scaffolding to repair the gutters on the south side of church, we found that the estimated damage was far less than expected. Therefore the actual costs of repairs were £393 when we had been advised to budget for £6,000. Another answer to prayer!
The repairs to the vestry roof have been delayed whilst we explored the possibility of applying for a new grant from the government. Sadly, the cost of... Continued

Women's World Day Of Prayer - 30/01/2015

Friday 6th March 2015 7.30pm Burscough Methodist Church
Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?
Women's World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers.
The theme of our service is 'Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?' prepared by the Christian women of The Bahamas.
All are welcome to attend, men and women and people of all ages.
If you would like to take part or would like further information please contact Wendy Dixon.

Roof repairs letter - 30/11/2014

November 30, 2014
Dear friends
Lead Theft Update
Following the lead thefts from St John’s in September and resulting damage to the building, I write to thank you for your prayers and support and to update you on progress.
The main roof repairs have now been completed.  New security lights to illuminate darker areas around the church have been fitted and protective security grills will be fitted over them in the next week.  Anti-vandal paint has been applied and will be maintained in the future; in accordance with Diocesan requirements, permanent warning signs to this effect will be ordered.  The roof alarm has been extended to cover the whole roof and a one-year external response contract has been taken out, to offer increased support in the event of the alarm being triggered.  All work has been carried out in accordance with Diocesan and insurance requirements.
Repair work is still required to the vestry roof. ... Continued

Toy Service - 26/11/2014

During the 11am service on Sunday 7th December, we will be receiving gifts that will be donated to the Rock FM Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Appeal.
"Thousands of children in poverty will wake up to a Christmas without presents this year. We're asking you to buy just one extra present this year - a gift that we'll give to a disadvantaged child to make their Christmas morning that little bit brighter. We're looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years."
If you would like to contribute a gift to this appeal, here are a few ideas:
BabiesNappies, nappy sacks, wipes, baby shampoo, baby powder, blankets, romper suits, vests, hats, gloves, clothes.
ToddlersEducational toys, selection boxes, clothes, hats, scarves, gloves, pyjamas, onesies.
Older ChildrenDolls, cars, games, clothing, pyjamas, onesies, hats, scarves, gloves.
TeenagersToiletries, perfume, aftershave, shaving items, costume jewellery, make up, clothing, diaries, notebooks,... Continued

An Announcement from our Wardens - 31/10/2014

We need to inform you that following interviews, Richard has been offered and accepted the position of Rector in the Parish of Ashtead in the Diocese of Guildford.
Richard and the family will leave St John's in June next year so we look forward to our continuing ministry together until then.
As more information becomes available over the coming weeks and months, we will obviously keep everyone informed.
Mark & Wendy

Congregational letter 21/09/14 - 21/09/2014

Dear friends
As you may already be aware, unfortunately St John’s had lead stolen from the roof on two occasions last week, both during the early hours of the morning.  As well as the loss of the lead, damage has been caused to parts of the roof.
As an Anglican church that is also a Grade II* listed building, we are required to follow Diocesan processes and rules, as well as the advice of the church architect, as we seek to effect repairs and improvements to the security of the church with all due speed and care
The appropriate people at the Diocese, as well as our insurance company and the police, were notified immediately.  The police have visited and are fully aware of the situation.  Temporary repairs have already been made to try and prevent rain coming into the building.
We are now in the process of obtaining formal quotes and recommendations for repair work and security enhancements, and these will be received next... Continued

Quiet Day - 15/08/2014

On: Saturday 20th September 2014 from 10am until 3pm At: The Retreat Centre, 2 Moss View, Spa Lane, Lathom L40 6JG Cost: £5 which includes lunch and drinks To Book: Please contact Jean Orritt  Tel:  01704 897852
or email:

Congregational letter from our Treasurer regarding church finances - 20/06/2014

Dear friends
As Treasurer, I write to thank you for your continuing financial support and share some summary information about church finances. Following the annual church meeting, Richard and I both appreciated the need to present some clear information
For the last financial year (December 2013), there was a surplus in the General Reserve of £8,770. However, this surplus was only generated because, anticipating a deficit, the PCC had reluctantly agreed to pause our tithing to support mission beyond the parish. We want to resume tithing as soon as is possible.
As at 31st December 2013, our total reserves have decreased by £44,816 from 2012. The following paragraphs explain this movement and the connection with our audited accounts that comply with Charity law.
The reduction in church reserves is attributable to the following PCC decisions to:
Spend £35,302 to complete the agreed next phases of the progressive redevelopment of the church hall. As the itemised... Continued

Table Top Sale - 23/02/2014

Saturday 15th March
1:00pm - 4:00pm
St John's Church Hall, School Lane, Burscough
Refreshments and Cake Stall
Adults 50p, Children Free
£7 per table - advance booking ring Barry on 01772 816076
All procceds to fund Church Outreach Activities in the Community

Congegational Letter February 2014 - 22/02/2014

Dear friends
Thank you for your continuing partnership and prayers in our shared ministry – there is so much to thank God for in recent weeks. For example, how Gods’ love is being shared and deepened through the launch of Wool ‘n’ Chat and Firm Roots; the continuing ministry of ACTS; Fellaship; Marthas’ Morning; Women’s Fellowship; Youth and Adult Alpha; deepening ministry in three Primary schools and Priory High School; Food Bank; the Debt ministry and the expanding pastoral ministry.
Thank you for your faithful witness, active participation and financial support in God’s work.
I write to update you about the following:
New Fourth Sunday Teaching Programme
To help us in the journey of discipleship and to engage the often large number of visitors who attend baptism services at 11am, the PCC have agreed to my request to make a change to the pattern of our teaching programme.
Across every congregation, on the fourth Sunday of every month,... Continued

Women's World Day of Prayer - 20/01/2014

Friday 7th March 2014 7:30pm St John the Baptist Church, Burscough
Streams in the Desert
Women's World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the voices of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers.
The theme of our service is 'Streams in the Desert' and is designed for those who are experiencing 'spiritual drought'.
All are welcome to attend, men and women and people of all ages.
If you would like to take part or would like further information please contact Wendy Dixon

Congregational Letter - January 2014 - 17/01/2014

Dear friends
May I begin this letter by wishing you a happy and blessed New Year and also by thanking you for your support of and participation in our Christmas events and services. It was encouraging to see many visitors at church over the Christmas period.
As we commence a new year together, I am looking forward to going deeper with God as we continue to grow as disciples and share His love with others. I continue to be most grateful to all those who serve in existing ministries and am excited about their development and also new initiatives that are planned. Thank you for your commitment to prayer, which should always be the foundation of our fellowship in Christ.
I write to update you on a number of matters.
Vision Statement and Core Values
Following much prayer, discussion and reflection, towards the end of last year the PCC and staff team agreed a vision statement, statement of belief and ‘core values’ for us as a church. You will find these on the accompanying... Continued

Firm Roots in St Johns - 08/01/2014

Firm Roots Cancer Support is a Christian organisation which offers prayer, spiritual and practical support to people affected by cancer, as well as to family and friends supporting them. Firm Roots started in Bristol in June 2012 and is now launching at St John the Baptist Church, Burscough.
A ‘Cancer Prayer Support Group’ is starting on Tuesday 4th February, 6.30pm-8.00pm in St John’s Church Hall (School Lane, Burscough L40 4AE). This will run every first Tuesday of the month and will include tea, cake, friendship and prayer. The group is for anyone affected by cancer, including family and friends supporting them, professionals who work in oncology and anyone who would like to come and pray for others. Everyone is very welcome. Please also contact us with prayer requests if you are unable to come along to the meeting.
For more information please see the Firm Roots page.

Congregational Letter - June 2013 - 20/06/2013

Dear Friends
As summer approaches (hopefully!) I write to update you on several aspects of ministry at St John’s.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support in our shared ministry over the last few busy months.  There continue to be many encouragements, as well as challenges, which we share in together.  I look forward to seeing many of you at Ian Greenwood’s licensing this afternoon and also the confirmation service on Tuesday evening. Thank you for your support at these significant occasions.
New Evening Service launch in September
Following several months of prayer and discussion amongst the staff and leadership team, and as communicated at the APCM, the PCC have approved the launch of a ‘new style’ Sunday evening service at St John’s, to start in September this year.  There will be a meeting in church at 7pm (following the 6pm service) on Sunday 7th  July to which all are invited to find out more about this service... Continued

Congregational Letter - 31/03/2013

Dear friends
As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection together, I write to update you on some developments and news.
Deanery Debt Advice Ministry
Based in central Ormskirk, the West Lancashire Debt Advice ministry is up and running. Clients are being seen and help offered by the trained volunteers from a number of local churches. As you may recall, this important ministry is accredited and overseen by Community Money Advice, a national Christian charity.
The ministry will be formally opened by the Bishop of Warrington on Saturday 27th April. The Mayor & Mayoress of West Lancashire, MP and invited guests will attend the launch.
Annual Church Meeting
Please do come along to the Annual Church Meeting on April 23rd @ 7.30pm. Elections for a new church warden and representatives on the PCC (Parochial Church Council) will be held. Nomination forms are on the notice board in the West End
Following the elections and the approval of our 2012 accounts, the evening will be devoted... Continued

Karen Simpson - 27/02/2013

As a church, our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the family and friends of Karen Simpson and to all who knew her at this tragic time.
The church is open for anyone would like to come and spend some time in prayer and quiet reflection and/or sign a book of condolences. The church will be open midweek from 9.00-1.00pm. Services on Sunday are at 9am, 11am & 6pm.
Rev. Richard Jones

January Congregational Letter - 13/01/2013

Dear friends
As the new year starts, I write to update you on some exciting new initiatives for our Deanery as well as on some St John’s news.
Deanery Youth and Young Adults Minister
You may remember that last year, on Vision Sunday and at the APCM, I said that the Deanery was hoping to appoint a Youth and Young Adults Minister to develop the ministry with this age group across Ormskirk Deanery. Nationally, the church has a ‘gap’ in this age group (18-25) so this focus is much needed.
I’m delighted to inform you that an appointment was made towards the end of last year and that Ben Dyer will start in this role later this month. This lay post is funded by the Diocese for 5 years. Based out of St. John’s under my supervision and with support from the Diocese, Ben will work from St. John’s and look to progressively develop ministry to this age group across our Deanery. Ben and his wife Beth have just moved to Burscough from York. You will meet them... Continued

Congregational Letter - 11th November 2012 - 11/11/2012

Dear friends
May I begin this congregational letter by thanking you for your great generosity towards our Harvest appeal. Your kind donations and those of the three primary schools will help to make a transforming difference to peoples' lives in Skelmersdale, Belarus and Paraguay. Bishop James greatly enjoyed his visit to St John's and we were also blessed by the Pearl of Africa choir. Many thanks to all who helped with and participated in our celebrations that weekend, which concluded with a tea in the hall for elderly friends who then joined us for the evening service.
I write to update you on several issues. Firstly, it is with sadness that I inform you that Jenny Cosslett has decided to step down from her role as Pastoral Coordinator at the end of August 2013. Jenny has done a wonderful job, along with many volunteers, in developing pastoral care over the past seven years and has given a great amount of her time and talents. We will miss her on the staff team (although she will... Continued

World Record Breaking Carol Singing - 24/03/2012

NEWS FLASH! We have just received confirmation that the Carol Singing World Record attempt that we participated in on Sunday 18 December 2011 has now been officially verified. 18,100 people took part in 196 locations of which St John’s was one, where 330 people joined in 15 minutes of non-stop carol singing in a joyful finale to our carol service. We should receive an official certificate soon. The organisers hope to repeat the event in December 2012, so look out for further details nearer the time.

Fairtrade Fortnight! - (27 Feb - 11 March) - 27/02/2012

Because trade isn’t working for the world’s poorest
Millions of people in developing countries depend on farming. But they are trapped in poverty by the rules of world trade, keeping those at the start of supply chains powerless to earn enough to cover their costs and with nothing to save for their families.
But with just one step you can be part of changing this
Choosing Fairtrade offers farmers and workers a better chance to work their way out of poverty, through fairer wages, safer conditions at work and a little extra, called the Fairtrade premium, to invest in projects to improve life for their whole communities.
Little steps add up to big changes
As you know, there’s a lot of support all over the UK and beyond for Fairtrade, people in their everyday lives, doing what they can to put fairness first, at home, at school or in their work life. But we need to reach more farmers and workers struggling to get by. So that’s why we’re... Continued

Could a chart single change the World and end slavery? - 27/02/2012

Could a chart single change the World and end slavery?
1.  That there are an estimated 27 million slaves today?
2.  That 3500 children join the ranks each day!!!!!!!
3.  It is estimated that there are around 20,000 domestic child slaves in Britain alone! Many are very badly treated.
4.  There are now more slaves than at any other point in human history!
5.  Many slaves are women tricked into slavery of perhaps the worst kind!
This is the shocking truth of slavery in the 21st Century!
What is the 27 million campaign about?
Well respected worship leader, Matt Redman, has teamed up with LZ7 to produce a record that hopefully can open the eyes of the World to this massive problem.  The aim is that through the song people will learn more about the problem. The challenge is to get the song into the charts to gain maximum impact. This is a possibility as LZ7 reached number 26 in the charts last year with “This Little... Continued

Women's World Day of Prayer - 21/02/2012

On Friday 2nd March over 3 million people worldwide will be praying and worshipping together during an annual day of prayer, using a form of service prepared by Christian women in Malaysia.
This year's Women's World Day of Prayer will focus on the theme 'Let Justice Prevail', and will draw on many of the issues and concerns faced by women, not only in Malaysia but around the world.
St John the Baptist Church in Burscough will be hosting a special service on Friday 2nd March at 7:30pm, following the Malaysian service format. The service will be a joint service with Burscough Methodist and St John’s Catholic churches, and will also have some added flavours of the Far East provided. The young people will be creating origami flowers and butterflies to hand out, there will be traditional Malaysian dancing and music, and even some authentic Malaysian nibbles to try afterwards.
Minister Eileen Heaney, who will be leading the service, explains, ‘Although organised and led by women,... Continued

Vision Sunday Report - 12/02/2012

On Sunday 5th February at St John's we discussed our vision for the future.  Here are a few dcuments from Vision Sunday:
Report Response Form Podcast

Brian Donnelly’s report on his visit to Burkina Faso with International Needs - 23/01/2012

The purpose of our visit was to attend to the further progress of the Medical Centre being built with funds raised by International Needs, an NGO working to make a difference in some of the more deprived parts of the world of which Burkina Faso,a former French colony in W. Africa, is amongst the poorest. The Centre is located in Sector 11,an area of new housing on the outskirts of Bobo, the second largest town in the country with a population roughly equivalent to that of Merseyside. It was also planned to do some teaching in La Bonne Nouvelle, the International Needs School adjacent to the Medical Centre.
The first two phases of the Centre, made up of two blocks comprising consulting rooms, a pharmacy and a laboratory, are well on the way to completion and our arrival accelerated progress. The money we donated will help substantially with the connection of electricity leaving regular water supply as the one major issue to be resolved. The internal fittings and decoration are of a standard... Continued

Women's World Day of Prayer - 12/01/2012

On Friday 2nd March over 3 million people world wide will be praying and worshipping together during an annual day of prayer, using a form of service prepared by Christian women in Malaysia.
Jean Hackett, president of the National Committee of the Women’s World Day of Prayer movement in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said:
‘This is always an exciting day as a great wave of prayer sweeps the world, beginning when the first service is held in the Queen Salote Girls School in Tonga and continuing around the world until the final service takes place, some 35 hours later, in neighbouring Western Samoa. By then the day will have been celebrated in over 170 countries and more than 6,000 services will have been held in the British Isles alone.’
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. Throughout its history it has attracted migrants from other parts of Asia and beyond and it... Continued

World Record Breaking Carol Singing - Ormskirk Advertiser article - 23/12/2011

Following our participation in the Carol Singing World Record attempt last Sunday, the Ormskirk advertiser have have written an article on it, which can be read on their website.

Update from Richard - 18 December 2011 - 18/12/2011

Dear friends
As the year draws to a close, may I begin this letter by thanking you, on behalf of the staff team, for all your prayers, support and action over the last year. So much of the ministry we offer at St John’s relies on volunteers and we are most grateful for the time, commitment and prayer support that you generously give. As we enter 2012, I pray for God’s continued guidance and wisdom as we seek to follow Him to deepen and grow our ministry and service to the community. Our new motto verse (Mark 12: 30-31), supported by text cards and wristbands, reflects this desire. These will be available in the New Year.
I also write to update you on a few developments in our church life. Firstly, to let you know that as from January 2012, services at St Cyprian’s, Hoscar will be on a monthly basis, on the second Sunday of each month. This will be a communion service. This unanimous PCC decision has the kind support of the Hoscar congregation.
Secondly, you may remember... Continued

Listen Online now includes the 9am service - 29/11/2011

The Listen Online section of our website has over a years worth of talks from many of the 11:00am and 6:00pm services that are available for you to download or listen to straight from the webpage.  Starting with the current series "Christmas through Isaiah", the 9:00am services will also be available there.
The Listen Online talks can be accessed directly from here, from the link on the homepage of our website, or from the podcast icon next to the services that they are of on the service rota page.  Alternatively you can subscribe to the podcast in itunes so that they are automatically downloaded to your itunes library when they become available.

The Christmas Story comes to Burscough Wharf - 22/11/2011

On Sunday 4th December the story of Christmas – with a difference - will be coming to Burscough village, courtesy of St John the Baptist Church and Burscough Wharf.
Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy our Nativity service with a difference. The real Christmas story will be presented outdoors in a fun, friendly and contemporary way, including dance routines from some of our young people, and a real life donkey – although we don't expect the donkey to be dancing! You might even like to come along dressed as a character from the Nativity scene yourself.
This will be a great opportunity to share the Christmas story with friends and family from the community, and get into the festive spirit by singing some of our best loved carols, so do come and join us for this wonderful occasion. The free outdoor service will start at 3pm in the Burscough Wharf courtyard, and will last around 1 hour, so come dressed for the weather. Please note that there will be no 6pm evening service... Continued

Update from Richard - 04/11/2011

Dear Friends
Thank you for your immensely generous support for the Harvest Appeal. This is a wonderful testament to the generosity of people in Burscough, especially in these challenging times, to honour Christ’s command to love God and to love our neighbour through the provision of three wells and attendants for villages in Ethiopia through WaterAid. We are very grateful for the active participation of Burscough Village, Lordsgate and St John’s schools in this project.
As part of our ongoing commitment to develop as a church, I am pleased to advise you that, as promised earlier in the year, the nave ceiling has been insulated. This will help to reduce heat loss, improving comfort in the church at a time when heating costs continue to rise. Thank you for your continued care to ensure that the church is warm and inviting.
Following damage caused by three attempted thefts from the vestry roof over the summer, the PCC have authorised improvements in security. Following advice... Continued

Hesketh Bank Silver Band - 02/11/2011

Annual concert on Saturday 26th November in Church at 7:30pm.
Tickets are £6 from any member of the hospitality team, with the proceeds going to Queenscourt Hospice.

Richard Writes... - 01/11/2011

This is a new weekly email that will be sent every Saturday morning with a short message, recommended readings, suggested songs to listen to, upcoming events and services and links to much more on the website.
To receive this you will need a MyStJohns account, which can be registed here, or if you already have one, you can add Richard Writes... from here.

Church harvest sows seeds of hope in Ethiopia - 18/10/2011

St John the Baptist Church in Burscough, with the help of 3 local primary schools, has raised over £4500 this harvest to help the charity WaterAid. The money will be used to support the 'Seeds of Hope' appeal, helping to establish clean water projects throughout drought stricken Ethiopia.
Church Curate Ian Greenwood said: "It's been an amazing response to our Harvest Appeal this year. We are truly humbled by people's generosity and their willingness to give to this good cause. By working with our three primary schools, the community have really made a difference for many people living in Africa.
We encouraged the schools and our congregations to think about those who don't have safe water or sanitation – things that we take for granted in this country. 4,000 children die every day due to diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation, and this is totally unacceptable."
3 local primary schools, Lordsgate, St John's, and the Village Primary, also got involved with... Continued

Ladies Activity Day - 17/10/2011

Saturday 19th May 2012at Rooking House Farm, Troutbeck
All ladies are invited to come along and enjoy having a go at a range of different, fun but physical activities!  The day will include:
An assault course 25 laps on Go Kart Rally Cars A 20 minute escorted Quad Bike Trek 1 hour of archery Human bowling or zip wire Jacobs Ladder The day will cost £75 with the option to buy into an additional hour of horse riding for an extra £27.  You may pay this in one lump sum or if it helps you may pay on a weekly/mothly basis.
We will probably need to make an early start, leaving around 7:30am.  We will stop on the way home for something to eat at a local pub.  This is not included in the price of the day.
If you would like to come along, please contact Joanna Marshall.
Deposits of £25 will be required by the end of October.  Cheques made payable to "St John the Baptist PCC".

Praise Party - 11/10/2011

Come and see the well known children's worship leader and singer/song writer Doug Horley at a Praise Party on Friday 25th November 2011.
This will be a fun event with a fast moving mixture of wacky action songs, funky dance tracks, break dancing, illusions, puppets, praise and worship. There will be lots of fun and laughter, making it an exciting celebration that kids (and grown ups) will talk about for years.
For more details and to book your tickets please see the Praise Party page.

Autumn Fun Morning - 02/10/2011

Are you at primary school?Then don't miss the....Autumn Fun MorningA fun time with games, craft, puppets and goodies!St John's Church Hall, School LaneWednesday 26th October 201110:00am-12:00pm
The Autumn Fun Morning is a children's event organised by St John the Baptist parish church. It will be led by youth worker Christine Spencer and a team of volunteers who have appropriate CRB checks. There will be lots of fun games and activities as well as an opportunity to meet the puppets! If you are in school years Reception to Year 6, you are warmly invited to come along, but you MUST fill in the registration form below Parents are not expected to stay, but please bring and collect your child promptly. You will be asked to confirm an emergency contact number when you drop your child off. Parents/carers and siblings are warmly invited to join us for lunch straight after the activity morning. Please note that if children want to stay for lunch, they must have an adult with them. Lunch... Continued

Money management advice is a blessing - 27/09/2011

A free course is being offered in Burscough to anyone wanting to learn how to better manage their household budgets, as the pennies start to pinch.
St John the Baptist parish church, Burscough, is putting on the short course aimed at teaching people how to chart their household income and take control of their personal finances.
Members of the church wanted to help their local community to best handle the economic climate, so they have undergone specialised training from award winning UK charity Christians Against Poverty, and are now offering the CAP Money debt prevention course.
Many households are feeling the squeeze more than ever on their disposable income. Jo Jones, one of St John's CAP Money coaches, said: “We hope that we can help people, quietly and confidentially, take control of their money rather than relying on guess work, so they can plan for the future and weather the storm. We’ve all got to get a bit more savvy about our money to get through these tough... Continued

Praying for our cities - 10/08/2011

Dear friends
Please find below a prayer for peace sent by the Bishop of Warrington.  Thank you.  Richard.
Prayer for Peace
Gracious God,We pray for peace in our communities this day.We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,And those who work to uphold law and justice.We pray for an end to fear,For comfort and support to those who suffer.For calm in our streets and cities,That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.In your mercy, hear our prayers,now and always. Amen

Belarus 2011 - 05/08/2011

On Monday 8th August, as team of 9 people from St Johns and Oaks in Skelmersdale are going on our annual mission trip to Belarus.
The team are:
refurbishing outside play areas at Shelter 46, the special school for disabled children helping members of Pastor Sergei's team run a summer camp for children in the orphanage Leaving funds for the ongoing outreach work of the church in providing regular fruit deliveries to the orphanages and children's hospital and food aid packages to the least well off disabled families in the city of Borisov. We would like to thank everyone in the church who has support this work in 2011.
Please remember us in your prayers this week, for the success of the project, and the fellowship of the group.

Burscough Beach Fun Day - 03/07/2011

Burscough Beach Fun Day Are you at primary school?Then don't miss the....Burscough Beach Fun DayA fun time with games, craft, puppets and goodies!St John's Church Hall, School LaneWednesday 27th July 20119.30-11.30 or 1.30-3.30
The Burscough Beach Fun Day is a children's event organised by St John the Baptist parish church. It will be led by the youth workers, Joanna Marshall and Christine Spencer, and a team of volunteers who have appropriate CRB checks. There will be lots of fun games and activities as well as an opportunity to meet the puppets! If you are in school years Reception to Year 6, you are warmly invited to come along, but you MUST fill in the registration form below Parents are not expected to stay, but please bring and collect your child promptly. You will be asked to confirm an emergency contact number when you drop your child off. Please complete the registration form below. For health and safety reasons, there is a maximum number of children we can take. If the... Continued

Come Dine with Me-Fragrance Group - 25/06/2011

The Fragrance Group held their first 'Come Dine with Me' dinner on Thursday 23rd June.  The theme for the evening was Italian with food, quiz and chocolates all served up by the hosts - Emma and Hannah!
Great fun was had with wonderful food and friendship.
To come:  Fun, food and friendship with Jane, Chocolate theme based on the Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory with Christine and rounded off with a Christmas Evening in July with Wendy.

Changes Coming Soon! - 26/04/2011

Dear Friends
As I prepare to go on sabbatical, I write to keep you informed of a few developments that are planned over the next few months in St. John’s whilst Ian leads the church supported by the PCC and Staff Team.
Insulation of Chancel Roof Following my letter in January, we continue to actively explore our commitment to reduce heat loss (and utility bills) in our nineteenth century building.  Five companies have been approached to tender for this work but only one have followed through with a quote.  We continue to seek two more quotes before making a decision.
Developments to aid Worship 2.1              Temporary Removal of First Five Rows of Pews
To create space and give more flexibility to enable our developing ministry (e.g. “Engage” prayer meeting; “Little Stars” Pre-School; “Cafe Church”; Youth Ministry), following a unanimous decision by the PCC,... Continued

Richard's Summary Reflection on last year, given at the Annual Parochial Meeting on April 7th - 26/04/2011

As we continue to follow the strategy of Pathways – going out to connect with people where they are to invite them to begin a journey to faith and then grow in faith as the Holy Spirit enables – I’m pleased to present this summary paper outlining developments in the last twelve months.  This is not an exhaustive list.
We have much to thank the Lord for as we continue to seek to grow and serve as a community of disciples.
Thank you for participation in our shared ministry.
Encouraged by continuing deepening and growth of services.  We seek to offer a “menu” to accommodate different expressions of worship & engage people where they are.  Richness in the variety.  (Note:... Continued

Family Walk & Scavenger Hunt - 09/04/2011

after the Good Friday Family Service at 10:00am on 22nd April
It would be great to see you and your family here on Good Friday.  There will be a walk with clues and items for you to find on your way round.  There is some off road walking so probably not ideal for prams!  Please bring a packed lunch which can be left in the Church Hall prior to the walk.  All welcome.
Contact person:  Joanna Marshall
Tel:  01704 822686
Mobile:  07944675581

Confirmation Service - 06/04/2011

On Tuesday 5th April, the Rt Revd Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, visited St John’s to conduct his first confirmation service here.  Five young people and three adults were confirmed; it was wonderful to share in this significant moment in their Christian journey and to hear their moving testimonies.  Many thanks to all those who helped with confirmation preparation and to those who participated in the service and provided refreshments afterwards.
If anyone is interested in finding out more about confirmation and what it means, please speak to Richard, Ian or Brian.

Richard on the radio and in the papers - 04/04/2011

Richard was interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside, which was broadcast on Sunday morning and can be heard here.
Also during this last week Richard has been in the Champion, the Ormskirk Advertiser and the BBC website have reported on the Cafe Church.

Easter Eggstravaganza - 20/03/2011

Are you at primary school?Then don't miss the....Easter EggstravaganzaA fun time with games, craft, puppets and CHOCOLATE!St John's Church Hall, School LaneWednesday 20th April 20119.30-11.30 or 1.30-3.30
The Easter Eggstravaganza is a children's Easter event organised by St John the Baptist parish church. It will be led by the youth workers, Joanna Marshall and Christine Spencer, and a team of volunteers who have appropriate CRB checks. There will be lots of fun games and activities as well as a short puppet presentation. If you are in school years Reception to Year 6, you are warmly invited to come along, but you MUST fill in the registration form below Parents are not expected to stay, but please bring and collect your child promptly. You will be asked to leave an emergency contact number when you drop your child off. Please complete the registration form below. For health and safety reasons, there is a maximum number of children we can take. If the event is already full when... Continued

Easter Pathway - 13/03/2011

As part of our Easter journey this year, and following on from the success of the Labyrinth last year, we have decided to do something similar again this year.
We are providing an opportunity for people to enter church during the period of Holy Week to be able to spend time in quiet prayer, reflection and meditation. The purpose of this is to allow people to spend time with God which may enable them to go deeper with the Lord. Surely there can be no better time to do this than Holy Week!
The focus of this whole project will be our ‘Easter Pathway’. The idea is that people will be able to come to church and follow the different stations as they walk around the church, they need bring nothing with them but simply walk around the different stations and spend time with God as they journey through the Easter story. There will be no spoken words, just quiet reflective, meditative activities, with clear instructions at each station. People might want to complete all the stations... Continued

Women's World Day of Prayer - 13/02/2011

The Women's World Day of Prayer service will be held at the Methodist Church in Burscough on Friday 4th March 2011 at 7.30pm. The theme this year is Chile.
If any of you are interested in joining the choir this would be much appreciated. Practices are at 2pm on the 20th and 27th February at the Methodist
Church. However, if you are unable to make one or both of the practices that is fine, we would still like you to be part of the choir. If you are interested in either attending or joining the choir and would like a service booklet please contact Wendy Dixon on 01772 812443 or

Cafe Church - 21/01/2011

Feb 6th @ 6pm, St. John’s Is God on mute (Unanswered prayer)? Inspired by how the early church began, the aim is simply to worship, learn and grow as followers of Jesus in this fresh new format that will be held every 6-8 weeks in St John’s on a Sunday evening. In each cafe service, we’ll tackle a topical discipleship issue.
Got lots of questions? Want to hear a relevant talk, interrupt and ask questions (you can even text or tweet during the talk), then discuss and learn together? Then cafe church is the place.
Relaxed, informal yet worshipful, prayerful and informative. Refreshments will be available throughout. Do come, as a housegroup, invite others ...
Looking forward to welcoming you on Feb 6th @ 6pm.

Haydock Male Voice Choir - 14/01/2011

Haydock Male Voice Choir are at St John's on Saturday 5th February starting at 7:30pm.  Tickets are £6 each (including refreshments) and are available from Jean Bailey, Olwen Huyton or Jenny Haffenden

The Digital Story of the Nativity - 20/12/2010

A Portuguese digital media company has produced a short video of the nativity digital style!

Eileen set to join the team - 19/12/2010

It has been announced this morning that Eileen Heaney will be joining us as a non-stipendary curate in July.  Eileen is currently an ordinand in training in the Liverpool Diocese and will be ordained in July.

All Age Nativity - 14/12/2010

Over 300 people gathered for the Nativity service on 5th  December – the majority dressed as a nativity character.  Beards, angel wings, shepherds crooks, amazing costumes and lots of smiles, laughs and great singing filled the church. A sketch and dance by All Stars introduced the service which blended carols and readings as the Nativity story was creatively and faithfully re-told.  A  wonderful nativity tableau emerged during this fun service and Ian concluded with talking about who is the star that we admire and follow? The service was part of  our advent teaching series "Follow the Star."
More photos of the All Age Nativity service are available in our Photo Gallery.

Christingle - 14/12/2010

425 people filled the church for a magical and surprising Christingle on 12th December.  Richard asked, Why will the Wise Men (Jezza, Hamster & May of TV's Top Gear) follow the light of the star to Bethlehem on Boxing Day this year?  Stig's brother, Wiggy, who had been left behind and who was desperately trying to catch up, suddenly arrived in church on his motorbike to also ask why?  Christine answered the questions using the Christingle before everyone joined in a medley of carols, lit their lights and sang our version of "Shine" by Take That! & "Shine, Jesus Shine".  As one family remarked as they left , "the magic of Christingle touched everyone!  Christ is the light of the world."
More photos of the Christingle Service are available in our Photo Gallery.

He's on his way - 09/12/2010

He's on His way is a Christmas campaign from the Diocese of Liverpool.  They say:
Research has revealed that 85 per cent of people agree with the statement that “Christmas should be called Christmas because we are still a Christian country”. However, it also shows that only 12 per cent of adults know the facts of the Christmas story in any detail.
This is the problem in our society.  So many people simply do not know the Christmas Story.  Just published a couple of days ago, a survey commissioned by the Children’s Society, stated that only 10% of those responding to the survey, considered Jesus as being the most important aspect of Christmas! For those aged between 25 & 34 the figure was only 4%! Sadly no figures were available for under 25′s.  What does Christmas mean to young people?
These videos along with posters are an attempt to grab the attention of ordinary people ~ young and old ~ many of whom will come to... Continued

Sing and be merry by lantern light - 01/12/2010

Carol singers from St John the Baptist Church, Burscough, will be spreading some early Christmas joy around the town on Wednesday 8th December.  The lantern-lit carol singers will be performing at various locations, and the evening will round off with roasted chestnuts over a brazier outside St John’s Church, followed by mulled wine and mince pies to be served at the Hop Vine.  St Johns warmly invites everyone to join in the festivities - if you have a lantern to bring along please do so, and we are encouraging as many people as possible to come dressed in Dickensian costume too!
The singing will start at 7:15pm on Manor Avenue, followed by a 7:45pm gathering at the Heathfields and Rees Park children's play area, and finally at 8:30pm outside St John's Church where we hope to recreate a traditional Victorian Christmas atmosphere before adjourning to the Hop Vine.  If you can't make it on Wednesday 8th, there will also be a Carol service at St John's on Sunday 19th... Continued

'Boxing' Day comes early to Burscough? - 01/12/2010

We've all experienced that familiar Boxing Day feeling of over indulgence, but over the Christmas period do we take the time to consider those less fortunate than ourselves? Well, children and families in Burscough have been doing just that by supporting the Samaritan's Purse 'Operation Christmas Child' shoe box appeal.
Children from St John the Baptist Church, Lordsgate School, St John's Primary,  Burscough Village Primary and Rufford Primary have all helped to decorate an incredible 527 shoe boxes, and have filled them with gifts for children in some of the most deprived parts of the world. The boxes were collected this week by volunteers from the Samaritan's Purse Christian relief organisation, to be checked and distributed to the 18 countries they serve in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The school children also visited the warehouse where all the boxes are collected and distributed from.
Elizabeth, aged 4, really enjoyed helping her mum put together a shoe box for... Continued

Easter - Christian Fair Trade Easter Eggs - 25/11/2010

Please place your order with Liz Hawksby  by Dec 1st.  Eggs cost £4.50 each & will be delivered to church.  Click here for more information.

POSADA - 25/11/2010

Christmas began as the POSADA journey is announced by Joanna Marshall in St. John’s school, Lordsgate school and in church.  Click here to find out more and be part of their journey as we share the Christmas story with others.

Operation Christmas Child - 25/11/2010

An astonishing 527 shoe boxes were collected by the church and the two church primary schools for Operation Christmas Child this year.  An extra large van was required for these gifts which are destined for children in Kenya, Kurdistan and Haitia.  Joanna Marshall & Christine Spencer took 7 pupils to visit the collection and distribution centre in Liverpool on Monday.

Remembrance Day - 25/11/2010

Remembrance Day was honoured in a moving way during both morning services @ St. John’s.  At 1.45, Richard led the village in our collective act of remembrance at the War Memorial and then conducted the Civic Service in church at 2.45pm.

The Treat - 25/11/2010

Doughnuts, balloons, sweets, craft, games & glowsticks were all part of the mayhem that was “The Treat” for many children this year.   Jo Jones, Phil Marshall and a great team enjoyed leading this fun alternative to Halloween as we celebrated the Light that is Christ.  Don’t ask about the crazy dancing to “This Little Light of Mine”!

Quiet Day - 25/11/2010

The first Quiet Day for the church was led by Richard & Joanna in the calm surrounding of Westhead. Looking creatively at “Trees”, members of the church enjoyed time and space to engage with God and consider how they can grow and flourish in intimacy with God.  Look out for details about the next Quiet Day in early 2011.


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