Church of England Diocese of Blackburn St. John Little Thornton

From the Vicar....

24th March 2021

Our doors are open!

I am delighted that we are meeting again in church for communal worship services of Holy Communion. We will still be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing therefore numbers attending will be limited, but we rejoice in being able to meet together for worship. (Have a look at the 'What's On' page for service times.)

The services will remain short and no singing. 

With the announcement from the Prime Minister about the roadmap out of lockdown, it certainly does feel more hopeful that there is light at the end of the tunnel but it is important that we all continue to take care and follow the guidelines to stay safe.

Many of you may well have had your first vaccination and some even had the second one. I too have had my first and I encourage each of you to take up the offer of the vaccine when you can.

We continue to have an online service each week. Even when we are fully back to normal – or ‘new normal’ (whatever that may look like), we will still have services streamed online each week.
I know there have been a number of people that have been able to join us each week for whom getting to church would be very difficult for one reason or another.

Our mission at St John’s is to ‘Share the love of God with all in Little Thornton…and beyond’. We have certainly gone ‘beyond Little Thornton’ as I know we have even gone international as links to the service have been shared with friends and family abroad.

This year St John’s celebrates 60 years since the current church building was consecrated on 18th February 1961. We had all sorts of plans in the pipeline to celebrate but also to look forward and ensure we fully live out the call to share the good news of the Gospel.
When we can, we will celebrate together and I look forward to that time.
We have exciting plans underway to make improvements to the hall to create a hub for the community. Have a look at the webpage here for more information.

As we continue to journey through this season of Passiontide, looking toward the cross, I pray that you will draw close to God through prayer and time of reflection.

I look forward to welcoming you in church, or for one of our online services, you would be most welcome. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

With my prayers and blessings.


Rev'd Jane Atkinson