St John's Church, Crossens
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At St John's we offer a warm welcome to all. We consider ourselves to be family friendly bunch.
We are delighted to let you know that we are now back open, with regular said services on Sunday and Wednesday from 10am. We look forward to welcoming everyone back!
In the meantime, please check out our Covid Resources section for links to online services from Rev Stewart McTaggart and Rev Les Thomas.
Welcome to St John's
We would love to welcome you to our church, which is the main focal point in the village of Crossens.
A Letter from Rev Bill Watson
“THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD”.
The Greatest Story Ever Told is the title of a film released in 1965. It evokes such famous film stars as Shelley Winters, John Wayne and Charlton Heston, remembered affectionately by many of the older generation.
Wikipedia describes the film as, “A 1965 American Epic film. It is the retelling of the Biblical account about Jesus of Nazareth, from the Nativity to the Ascension”.
It is a common practice that the last frame of a film. or the last page of a novel will conclude the matter with the words, “The End”.
Although it is true to say that the Ascension marks the end of the earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth, it is also true to say that ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ is a story which has no ending. I am reminded of Winston Churchill’s famous WW11 speech in November 1942 when the tide seemed to be turning in our favour, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”.
At the Ascension, Jesus said to the Apostles, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. Ascension Day this year is Thursday 26th May, when we are reminded once again that we are required to continue as Christ’s witnesses to truth, justice and peace.
It is not inappropriate to quote Winston Churchill when humanity is once again in a war situation in Ukraine with so much human suffering. There are still many atrocities in many parts of the world, political prisoners, hostages and the like.
It must be said that even cynics and unbelievers who ridicule and persecute Christians, must agree that peace is better than war, love better than hatred and that harmony is better than aggression. They may think our message is ‘pie in the sky when you die’ but Jesus’ first words after his return from the forty days in the wilderness were, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. It begins here and now for those who believe and accept the Gospel, because ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ begins now and goes on into eternity.
So we continue to pray that people will come to accept that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and the Prince of Peace.
Holy Communion 10am
Holy Communion 10am
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