Open Church

We are pleased to announce we are opening the Church for limited hours every Saturday, 10am -12pm.

Please see below our guidance for those coming to "Open Church"

  • Entry to Church will only be allowed if strict social distancing is adhered to

  • It is not an absolute requirement to wear a face mask, but if you do not wear a mask a distance of 2 metres must be maintained between you and other individuals

  • Entry will only be via the north-east door, that is into the children's area

  • On arrival you will be asked to give your name and phone number - this condition is required should there be a case of COVID 19 then the details may be passed on for track and trace purposes

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the point of entry and we ask that you use this as you enter Church

  • Access within the Church will be restricted and you will need to follow the directional arrows

  • You will be able to light a candle but we ask that you light this from the large candle on the votive stand

  • Chairs are set out for people to sit but at an acceptable distance

Much thought and planning has been given to the way in which we open Church to ensure that it as safe as can be during these times and we ask that you treat this space with respect and with due consideration for others who may come.

Please also be prepared for Church not to be as you expect it to be.

If you have any questions about this or any concerns please do talk to us as Churchwardens.

In faith

Barry and Helen

Keep in Touch

If you would like to contact some one from St John’s Church, please click here.

During the current Coronavirus outbreak, Rona is recording services and readings.  Please click on one of the options below to hear her recordings.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news below and on our Facebook page.    Some of our services and hymn playlists can also be found on our Youtube channel.

Retreat at Home

During this hybrid time post Pandemic as the churches are partially open, but with necessary restrictions, St John’s would like to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a Retreat in the comfort of your own home. Click here for the link to the material.

Welcome to St John the Evangelist, Merrow

'A community growing in faith’

  • Daily prayers
  • A beautiful church for quiet contemplation
  • A warm community open to all
There has been a church on the St John’s site in Merrow since the 12th century, and visitors enter under a Norman archway. This beautiful, peaceful setting lends itself perfectly to the spiritually nurturing ethos brought to the church by Rev Rona Stuart-Bourne. 
We are a community which values the treasures of our tradition, while endeavouring to translate the message of God’s transforming love, a message which never grows old; into a language that is accessible.
Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, you will receive a warm welcome at St John’s. You are invited to attend a service, reflect quietly in church or simply light a candle for a loved one. 
At St John’s we believe that if people nurture spirituality in the community, then together we can make this a better world. There’s a thriving Baby and Toddler group, a Men’s Fellowship gathering, Messy Church for youngsters, Spokes for teenagers and lots more.
Please visit to experience for yourself the still, small voice of calm in our church.

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Safeguarding Information

The PCC of St John the Evangelist  is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community.

For further information contact Rosanne Bond, Parish Safeguarding Officer on 01483 579462  safeguardingstjohn@gmail.com  or Rev. Rona Stuart-Bourne on 01483 572207. 

Click here to see full details and policy document in our Safeguarding Section.