Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth Newport Minster, Saint John and Carisbrooke

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

There are ladies and a joint gents/disable toilets in the church hall and a small toilet in the church.

Baby changing facilities can be found in the ladies and gents/disabled toilet in the hall.

There is parking for some cars on the church site.

There is a disabled toilet in the hall.

There is a landline telephone in the Vicar's Vestry in church.

There is onsite parking available. Please let the administrator know if you require us to keep a space for you. Email [email protected]

There is a ramped entrance to the church via the left hand door. The hall has a ramped entrance at the front door.

The church is fitted with a hearing loop.

Large print hymn books and some service sheets are available. If you require a special one please contact the administrator (email [email protected]).

Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the church and hall (though please check with the group leaders if you are attending a group not run by the church).

Gluten-free bread is available for communion.
Please make us aware of any dietary needs at church run events and we will do all we can to accommodate you.


Our Building

St John's is a Grade II listed building. Listing number 1278820. It is the only known building by the architect Rober Gunter Wetten (1804-1868) and the exterior is little changed. It is listed because of its architectural design, which is little altered stone Commissioners' Gothic church of 1835-7 with lancet windows, buttresses and octagonal turrets and the interior retains the west gallery and most of the box pews.
The churchyard wall has a separate listing - number 1034603.
The trees in the churchyard have a preservation order on them.


Music and Worship

St John's church choir performs concerts regularly in the church and elsewhere.
The church also hosts concerts from a number of other choirs, both local and national, and is regularly used for rehearsals by a local choir.

The Organ ( originally 2 manuals) was constructed by Bryceson Bros Ltd and donated by Fanny Louisa Tull in 1890. A Choir manual
constructed by the Newport firm of Scadding & Son and the only known example of their work) was donated by Miss Tull and James Elldridge in 1908. The Organ has 24 speaking stops.

St John's has a strong choir of adults and children who practise regularly on Wednesday evenings in term time. They sing every Sunday morning in the main service and in other churches occasionally when asked. They also perform concerts, visit old peoples homes for carol concerts, and have contacts with local schools.


Groups, Courses and Activities

St John's Youth Group (Walk in the Light) meets twice a month in term time on Sunday evenings. They start with pizza and pancakes before addressing issues relevant to them from a Christian standpoint.
In 2018 they visited the church in Guttenberg, Sweden, though a Diocesan link, and they hope to go back again in 2020. The church in Guttenberg visits St John's with its confirmation group appoximately twice a year and the St John's youth group joins them for activities when they can.

St John's is linked to 6th Newport Scout Group which meets in their own hall in Laundry Lane, Newport.

The Men's Group run a Bible Study in church on the third Sunday of the month (not August or December) to which all men are welcome.
There are house groups running on Monday evenings (every week) and Wednesday afternoons (every other week).

Brownies meet in the church hall on Tuesday evenings.

A Coffee Club runs most Wednesday mornings during school holidays when the Lunch Club isn't running.

St John's is linked to 6th Newport Scout Group which meets in their own hall in Laundry Lane, Newport.

Guides meet on Monday evenings in the church hall.

St John's supports the Newport Night Shelter every Monday evening.

A Lunch Club runs every Wednesday morning during school term time.

Chatterbox Carer and Toddler group runs every Monday morning in school terms. The last meeting of each month includes a short toddler service in church.
Early Days Carer and Toddler group meets every Thursday morning in school term time.

St John's is linked to 6th Newport Scout Group which meets in their own hall in Laundry Lane, Newport

St John's has a Youth Group which meets every other Sunday in term time.


Help for Visitors

There is free wifi available in the church and hall.

Guided tours of the church can be given by arrangement.

There is a simple guide to the church available at the back of church.

The church is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am to 12pm other than over Christmas, Easter and administrator holidays.


Other Features

St John's is taking part in #FollowTheStar. See the service listings for details of the services.

St John's supports the Isle of Wight Foodbank and has a collection point inside the church.

The church has audio-visual facilities (PA and digital screens).
The screens are temporarily out of action as the East Window is being repaired.

The church is just outside the Newport St John's conservation area.

The church hall is for hire. Please contact the administrator ([email protected]) to find out more.