Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Silverdale

Facilities and features

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Situated in adjacent Parish Room.. Open during services.

In Parish Room Disabled Toilet.

Church yard and adjacent road.

Disabled toilet: access in Parish Room.

Plenty of parking in church yard or on adjacent road.

Sloped entrances to church and to Parish Room. Emergency exit ramp to rear of Parish Room.

Hearing (induction) Loop

Service booklets in large print.

Our Pastoral Assistant is a Director of 'Dignity in Dementia' company.

Our Building

The money for the project was raised by public subscription; the principal subscribers being Mr Henry Boddington, The Cove, Silverdale, a member of the well-known brewery family, and Mrs Murton, Highfield, Silverdale. The architect was Mr William Ball of Ball & Elce, Manchester.
Consecrated in 1886, St. John’s Silverdale has a big west tower, mildly decorative features, quatrefoil piers with carved angels and other figures. Inside the church in the nave, is a very good example of a Victorian arched collar roof in pine. The cost of the building was £10,000.
Recent additions include the conversion of the North Transept to Lady Chapel, two stained glass windows, a glass Tower Screen and banners sewn by parishioners.

Music and Worship

Tower Practice every Monday 7:30-8:30pm.
In the tower is a peal of six bells cast by John Warner & Sons, London, which was presented to the church by Mr Henry Boddington. The bells were raised in December 1886 and are usually rung every Sunday. In the South Transept, we have possibly the most modern example of a hand-built, old-style wheel bier in the country. This was formerly used to carry coffins from the church to the burial ground down Emesgate Lane, a job now done by motor hearse.

Occasional music concerts: TBA.

Mrs. Murton, a major benefactor of the interior church fittings, is commemorated by the gift from her brother, Mr. T. Greenhalgh of Bolton, of the present two-manual organ by Abbott & Smith, Leeds dedicated on 6th April 1897.

Every Sunday at 8am.

Choir once monthly at 10:15am service; practice Saturday prior to service, 10:00am

Groups, Courses and Activities

Meets monthly. Youth Group services 3 times per year. Contact Peter Dyer 01524 702319 or Rachel Bodenham 01524 702239.

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm in the Parish Room. Term time only. Contact Deborah Holt 07423 740570

Wednesdays, after Night Prayer. Dates TBA.

Thursdays 6:15-7:30pm in Silverdale Primary School. Term time only. Contact Georgina Moon 01524 702892

Saturday 17 February, 2018: Friends of St John's
Saturday 2 June 2018: St John's Church
Saturday 8 September 2018: Churchyard Care Group
All held at the Gaskell Hall, Silverdale 10 -12noon.

Mondays 6:00-7:15pm. Term Time only. Contact Tom Burditt 01524 701439

Karate Fridays 7:50-8:50pm.

Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm. Term time only. Contact Angela Richards 01524 702229

Meets second Wednesday of month at 2:30pm in the Parish Room. Contact Margaret Watson 01524 701650.

Cuppa & Chat every 2 months: Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm in the Parish Room.
Christmas Cuppa & Chat Tuesday 11 December.

Rainbows currently suspended. Anyone interested in leading this group, please contact Julie Edge 01524 701802.

Mondays 7:15-8:45pm in the Parish Room. Term time only. Contact Adrian Moeckell 01524 701723

Help for Visitors

A Short History of St John's Church. Copies in church.

Open from 9am - 6pm in summer. 10:00 - 5:00pm in winter.

Other Features

Fairtrade coffee and tea served on Sundays.


Laptop, projector & screen for Parish Room.

£6 ph for parishioners. £8ph for others. Contact Trisha Maiden, Churchwarden Tel: 01524 702165.