Sunday Services

9am – Sung Service with traditional Liturgy

10am – Coffee for both services

10.30am – Informal service

Join us this Sunday – in church or online

We are back meeting in the church on Sunday mornings and streaming our 10.30am services online – do join us in whatever way feels most comfortable for you.  Here is the link to our YouTube channel and live streams (which are watched by up to 170 people each week): 

Maybe you’ve already been joining us online for a while, and are now thinking about coming along to the church one Sunday.  You will find a warm welcome, and there’s an informal cafe area at the back if you prefer, where there is also a play area with lots of toys for younger children.  

Our 10.30am monthly family services are very relaxed, suitable for all ages, while on other Sundays there are children and youth groups running for the main part of the meeting, for those who would like to take part.

St John’s Church is really easy to find: right on the seafront in Weymouth, look for the prominent spire on the Weymouth Esplanade. As you drive towards the church spire from any direction, you will find a one way system with the church yard in the middle where you can park – postcode DT4 7SS.  We are also on the main bus routes running along the coast through Weymouth, and are less than 6 minutes walk from Weymouth train station.  

You are also welcome to join our WEDNESDAY PRAYER MEETINGS at 9am in the church or via Zoom.

Rev Tom Coopey explains about the new services:

“Starting on Sun 10 Oct 2021 we will be holding two weekly Sunday services. The 9am. This will be a traditional and quieter service – using Anglican liturgy and traditional/familiar hymns and choruses. The service will follow Morning Worship liturgy on 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays and Holy Communion on 2nd and 4th Sundays.

The 10.30am. This will be a contemporary and informal service with a greater emphasis on sung worship and times of ministry and groups for children and young people. 3rd Sundays will be a Communion service. Both congregations will follow the same teaching series. Coffee will be served at 10am for both congregations.

These changes reflect the general tone of the feedback shared when we did a worship survey in 2019. The changes also reflect the way in which the church has grown and address how we can more effectively go about meeting the needs of a growing and diverse congregation.

The services will feel different to the 9am and 10.30am services before the Pandemic. We are not going ‘back to normal’ we are moving forward. These are significant changes. There are many details to work through and I’m anticipating 101 teething problems. So please be prayerful, patient and open as we give this is a go.”

Future Dates

Christmas service times.

A Growing Church

Over 50 people have joined St John’s during the Pandemic and many many more watch our online services regularly.  This has been a combination of people moving to the area, people looking for a new spiritual home, people wanting to explore faith and others who have just felt drawn – almostinexplicably – to walk through the doors. This is wonderfully exciting and more than we could have expected after such a tough time. We talk a lot about the Renewal Project in the building but it is the renewal of faith, love and hope that is far more important. I’m excited to see signs of this happening and humbled to see our church family playing it’s small part in what God is doing.
So whether you’ve been part of the church for decades or days – welcome! We are so glad that you are here!

Small Groups

The large gatherings are great – but so are the small ones. Jesus spent most of his time with a small group of people.  Small groups provide places for us to share life, deepen friendships, learn, grow and support each other. If you are not in a small group – please consider joining one.
There are a number of small groups who meet during the week. Some meet in the day,  some in the evenings, some meet in church, some meet on Zoom, some meet in homes. There are new groups starting up and a need for a few more too.
If you would like to join a small group then please let me know. 

Children’s and Youth Ministry news and prayer requests

We announced a few weeks ago that Joe Hobday has been appointed as our Parish Youth Pioneer – working for all the churches in our Parish but developing Hope House as the HQ for youth ministry. Joe starts this role in November – please pray for him as he gets started.
We also have funding to appoint a Children’s and Families worker at St Johns. This will be someone who will lead and develop our work with local children and families in the church, St John’s school and the community. This is such an exciting opportunity and this appointment is a significant step for us.
Interviews are being held on Sat 6th Nov. There are three candidates. Please pray for them and for the interview panel – that we would hear God clearly for this appointment.

Finally – Covid

I know we’ve all had enough of Covid and Covid restrictions- but with cases on the rise both locally and nationally we must continue to be careful. Plans and guidance may have to change as a response to the situation – so please be prepared for that.
Joint services with other local churches across Weymouth and Portland

We usually gather with Churches from across Weymouth and Portland on the last Sunday of each month. These are times of worship, fellowship and mutual encouragement as we seek to serve God in unity in the area. These services are also likely to be reinstated as restrictions are lifted.