St John the Evangelist church belongs to the Church of England, and is in the Diocese of Derby
We are an evangelical church, in that we believe that people can have the assurance of faith in God through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. That is ‘church-speak’ and simply means that we can know God’s forgiveness and friendship when we turn to Jesus, and seek to put him first in our lives. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, who, in a supernatural way helps us to have the certainty of knowing we are part of God’s true family.
We seek to have a broad range of worship activities in which people can meet with God, and there is a small, but growing children’s ministry, KIDSTIME, on Sunday mornings. For visiting children who may not wish to leave parents to join in KIDSTIME, there are soft-toy bags available when the service becomes boring for them! (We have yet to introduce similar bags for bored adults!)
We have a number of week day, evening and periodic activities catering for fellowship, friendship, bible study, prayer and discipleship either in church or in members homes. We also hold a monthly / bi-monthly Saturday morning Prayer Breakfast meeting throughout most of the year hosted and led by church members. We also have a Brownies Group associated with the church.
The Parish comprises Charlesworth, Chisworth, Gamesley and Simmondley with a population of approximately 9,000.