St John's Church, Crossens
A warm welcome to St John's website
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 services on Sunday and Wednesday from 10am. We look forward to welcoming everyone back!
In the meantime, please check out our 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 Chris Gregory
What is your favourite season and why? How about the least favourite?
What is your favourite part about summer and why?
I have to say that summer is my favourite time of year, it’s usually warmer, everything is growing in the garden, and we can see nature at its best, watching the bees pollinating the fruit and vegetables. The best part of summer is walking down to the bottom of my garden and picking fresh organic produce.
It is summertime and the weather is fine, at least that is what we hope anyway. But we have seen the extraordinary peaks of temperature right around the world, we have seen disastrous flooding in places least expected. How much longer can we go on destroying the world, which we then have to pass onto the next generation? What will they think of us and will they wonder why we did nothing to protect this beautiful world that God created for us to tender and care for.
In July, summer is upon us and rumours of sunshine hopefully prove to be true. We give thanks for the life-giving blaze of the sun, shining down on us bringing warmth and growth and wellbeing. Although as climate change continues, we must remember the many peoples around the world who suffer from droughts, floods and weather extremes.
August is the month when schools are out and when families go on holiday and leave the world to look after itself. We think of those now on holiday for safe travel, great hotels, and wonderful experiences.
We need to think of those who cannot go away on holidays because they have no money or refugees who have escaped war, violence, and the loss of families and of their homes and seek a place to stay, to feel safe.
God of July and God of August, Lord of the year, lead each one of us through these months with faith, hope and love.
The fullness of God’s wonderful creation beckons us in the summertime. Days are long, grass is green, the sun is high and hot, trees are in full leaf for shade, and warm nights invite us to gaze at the stars.
Our summer encounters with creation can serve both to enrich our own relationship with God the Creator and open us to new ways of bringing creation to all.
I really like that passage from Ecclesiastes 3.1-2 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted”
There are several passages in the Bible that mention summer:
Mark 13.28, Matthew 23.32, Luke 21.30 All about the Fig tree and putting forth its leaves, and “you know that summer is near”.
Genesis 8.22, Amos 8.1, Proverbs 6.8, about the work of ants
Genesis 2.2 “And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done”
Genesis 1’31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.”
“Enjoy the world gently, enjoy the world gently, for if the earth is spoiled it cannot be repaired, enjoy the earth gently” The Yoruba People of Nigeria.
“Under the warmth of the summer sun, the world awakes and blossoms into every imaginable colour, you created a garden got us to enjoy, and within it planted the most magical of flower and trees. You needed no horticultural training to plan your colour schemes, no gardening expert to recommend variety of design. Your garden is perfect, its colours harmonious, its scale immense, spoilt only by the clumsiness of those who tend it.” John Birch
Hope you all have a great summer and enjoy God’s beautifully created world
Yours in Christ
St John's Church, Rufford Road, Crossens, Southport
Holy Communion 10am
Holy Communion 10am
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