Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth Saint John the Baptist, Oakfield, Ryde and Holy Trinity, Ryde

These events occur regularly throughout the calendar year.


Holy Communion with hymns

Every First, Third, Fourth Sunday at 10 a.m. for 1hr

High Park Road

A Common Worship Service of Holy Communion with hymns. Coffee is served in the church hall after the service.
Everyone of any age is welcome, whether or not you wish to take communion (share the bread and wine which has been blessed during the service) Anyone who would normally share in the consecrated bread and wine where they usually worship is welcome to do so here.


Midweek Holy Communion

Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for 30m

High Park Road

A Common Worship service of Holy Communion when we gather in the Lady Chapel. No hymns, but a warm welcome.
Coffee is served in the choir vestry after the service.


Holy Communion (said service)

Every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for 30m

High Park Road

A Common Worship Service of Holy Communion. No hymns.
Please note this service does not take place on Christmas Day and Easter Day, when we join together with the 10am Service.


Messy Church

Saturday 04 January 2020 at 2 p.m. for 2h

High Park Road

For accompanied preschool
and primary school age children.

Join us for fun craft activities, a Bible story
and a celebration, followed by a simple meal. Children please bring an adult! For children up to year 6.


Together in Worship

Every Second Sunday at 10 a.m. for 1hr

High Park Road

An informal service without Holy Communion designed so that people of all ages can take part in activities based on our bible reading for the day. (Craft, writing prayers, thinking about the Bible reading as a group, songs.)

Family Friendly

Timeout Cafe

Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 1 p.m. for 2h

High Park Road

Come and share a light lunch, enjoy a chat and a communal activity e.g. a quiz, board games, a craft activity.
There is no charge or membership required. Just come along whenever it suits you. Everyone is welcome.


Thought for the day

Sunday 10 May 2020 at 8:30 a.m. for 10m

High Park Road

Thought for the day by Rev Annis.
75 years ago this week we celebrated VE Day, Victory in Europe. The end, or nearly the end of the Second World War. VJ day came later, but that is another dreadful story.
There had been wars before: history is full of attempts to invade the British Isles and our men always knew they might have to defend their country. This time it was different. Aerial bombing meant families at home were also in danger. So there were rules to keep us safe. We were in lockdown for years. It was the only life we knew, we little ones, until VE Day.
It was a magical day: tables and chairs all down the street, every child invited to sit and enjoy their first proper tea party: a meagre spread squeezed out of everyone’s rations, but red jelly nevertheless! A real clown arrived, baggy trousers, red nose, ginger wig and a pony and trap to give the children rides while tables and chairs were taken back indoors. Then another miracle: all the grown ups were singing and dancing and making us laugh. I had never seen grown ups being foolish. I learned the Hokey Cokey that day, and Oranges and Lemons and Nuts in May. Then the old ladies launched into Knees our Mother Brown, skirts lifted, knee length bloomers glimpsed, and it was time for children to go home.
Lockdowns are life changing, whatever their reason, and it is always drastic.
The generation that survived to celebrate VE Day also resolved to change the peacetime rules: there would be full employment(for men at least),better education, free health care, retirement pensions, decent housing, sick pay, family allowances, paid holidays. We war babies had a bright future.

The generation that knew Jesus first, his friends and followers, were also in lockdown. His crucifixion and Resurrection changed everything. They didn’t know what to think or how to be. The Risen Christ told them not to worry, to stay together and stay put. They would know what to do in God’s good time. God’s good time produced the first Pentecost, which was the birth of Christianity. All history is divided into before and after the time of our Lord, BC or AD. It was that drastic.
Now we are in lockdown again with more time to think, to rethink, to consider, to pray. What sort of world do we long for? What promise can we offer our children? We are being changed like it or not. Everything will be different. It is wait and see time. Drastic change is coming. So stay alert and keep those wicks trimmed! What will become of us? Only God knows. But in God’s hands all shall be well, all shall be very well. Amen to that........