We are a lively congregation with members from various church traditions (or none) and with a wide age range, including a good number of children and young people. We have recently gained the Child Friendly Church Award.
We are the United Reformed Church serving the Edenbridge area and also the only church in the village of Marsh Green which is actually part of the parish of Edenbridge.
Our Sunday worship is at the heart of our church life. It is a time when we can, together, offer ourselves to God and ask for His help and guidance. We meet together as a congregation of about 50 at 10.30 a.m. and the children and young people share in the first part of the service before continuing in their own groups. Once a month we hold a service for all ages when all but the youngest children are present throughout.
There is variety in forms of worship. Whilst the approach is dignified, the atmosphere is relaxed. Our singing, with varied hymn styles, is accompanied by organ, piano and, sometimes, guitar.
Holy Communion is celebrated by all during worship on the second Sunday of each month.
A mixed group of adults, children and young people rehearses before the service most weeks and often sings during worship.
Study Groups are held from time to time and a Baby and Toddler Group and a club for those of more mature years meet regularly. The youth club for those of secondary school age is run on an ecumenical basis and meets weekly in Edenbridge.
We are a Fairtrade Church, working towards eco-congregation status and also take part in the United Reformed Church's Commitment for Life programme.
St. Johnís is a member of Edenbridge Churches in Covenant as we believe we must learn together, both about the Christian faith and its responsibilities, and the traditions and practices that make each denomination different. Usually we find our differences are in how things are said and done rather than in our belief.
At the centre of our covenant is the desire to work out our
Christian faith together, and this desire has been seen in
action through such projects as the ĎBRIDGESí drop in
centre and the Eden Christian Trust which provides a
youth club and other activities in the town. We also help
to meet the needs of the developing world through
Traidcraft, Christian Aid and One World Week.
For more information please contact
our Church Secretary, Elizabeth Richmond,