<span style="font-size: 1rem;">[Please be aware that we are operating limited services currently due to Covid-19. However, the church is alive and active and you are always welcome to join us.]</span>
Welcome to the Parish Church of St John.
We are a lively worshipping fellowship in the heart of the community of Walsall Wood. We would be delighted to welcome you.
We believe in inclusive church - a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.
Our church community reflects the great diversity of our local neighbourhood, and we are pleased to welcome all. We offer a range of worship activities which reflects a breadth of spirituality: from our family-friendly Sunday morning Holy Communion, where the children join us partway through; to the lively monthly All Age Service or Morning Worship, and on to a modern version of Evening Prayer, standing firmly in the Anglican liturgical and choral tradition. Once a month we also hold an evening "Taize or Iona" service where we have an opportunity to experience God in different ways, as well as our monthly "Presence" service where we seek the heart of God in the power of the Spirit. When there is a fifth Sunday in the month we hold a "Healing & Wholeness" service. Also, for busy families, "Messy Church" is held monthly on a Saturday morning.
In addition we hold a Communion Service on Wednesday mornings, where most weeks we are delighted to welcome around 30 children from St John's CE Primary School. At mid-day each Wednesday we hold a short act of worship where we pray for all for whom our prayers have been requested. We also hold a Holy Communion Service on Thursdays at 12.30. For full details of our worship, including special services, please see the "Services and Events" section.
St John's seeks to be an outward-facing church community, too. We have regular contact with our local primary schools (and an excellent close partnership with St John's Primary School); we have a lively Baby & Toddler Group, and a popular weekly drop-in Coffee Morning. In addition, we have a Sunday School and a great children's group (ages 8 to 12) called "The Ark". Members of St John's are actively encouraged to take a full part in the life of the church, through involvement in worship, organising social and outreach activities, and membership of teams working to develop the church's mission and ministry.
St John's is blessed with a wonderful modern Community Hall, provided for us through the generosity of a local charitable trust. Many of our social events take place in the Hall, which is also used by a range of community groups and our Sunday School. The Hall is also available for Children's parties, Baptism parties, etc.
At the heart of Walsall Wood since 1837, our church has undergone many changes over the years but we are still pleased to welcome many families as they bring their children to be Christened (Baptised) or to celebrate the joy of marriage. We also seek to offer pastoral support at the painful times of life, such as sickness or bereavement.
We honour, with grateful thanks, the traditions which have nurtured us as we look enthusiastically to the future. Thank you for visiting this web site. Why not come and visit us in person.
You will be made most welcome.
The parish of Walsall Wood: St John is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Lichfield’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.