Shenstone St John's , Shenstone

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You'll find a warm welcome at St John's Shenstone. We are a friendly Church of England church at the heart of the community, catering for people of all ages. We enjoy strong partnerships with many village and community organisations, including Greysbrooke Primary School.    St John's church tower stands tall on a hill top which is visible for miles around and there has been a church on this site since Anglo-Saxon times.   

The current church interior was refurbished in 2012.  Its beautiful stained glass and soaring Victorian Gothic architecture is now enhanced by  comfortable, elegant, flexible seating,  fusing ancient and modern in a pleasing and practical way.   

We aim to ensure that our services include the best of the old and the best of the new, with musical input from both an organ and a music group.  Sunday services normally follow a monthly pattern, providing a range of worship styles, including a quiet evening service.  Our main service is normally at 10h45.  We cater for families with young children through special services, our 'Early Birds' most Sundays at 9.30am, a midweek Rainbow Guides group in term time and our popular  'Open the Book' Assembly Team in local schools. 

Christmas Carols by Candlelight, Christmas Eve Crib and Christingle service, Shenstone Village Festival Songs of Praise and Remembrance Sunday bring together the whole community, often enhanced by a special united village choir and orchestra.

We run occasional groups for those wanting to find out more about the Christian faith, including Alpha and Emmaus, as well as other courses open to all for a few weeks at special times of the year.  These all help people deepen their understanding and experience of God.  Many of our members also belong to small groups who meet regularly in homes and most of these have space for newcomers who wish to try them out.

For weddings, wedding blessings, renewal of marriage vows, baptisms and thanksgiving enquiries, please contact the vicar.  Getting married in church is now increasingly popular and much easier than a few years ago.  Our one day marriage preparation course (normally held in late February or March) is extremely popular with wedding couples.

We conduct funerals either in St Johns church or at the crematorium; for these, the approach to us is normally made through your funeral director. 

St Johns has a fine peal of bells and  our bellringers practise on Thursday evenings. The historic ruins of the tower of the earlier (Norman) church can also be seen in our lovely, wooded churchyard. The 18th century church clock, now in the current church tower, has been restored during 2012.     St Johns Shenstone enjoys close links with St Peter's Stonnall, with whom we share our vicar, and also with Trnity Methodist Church.

St Johns church also owns St Johns Hall, located on the same site as the church, in a quiet, wooded setting. It is mainly used by community groups. St Johns Hall is available for hire at modest rates, for children's parties, one-off events or new regular activities. For details please contact R Lawrence on (01543) 483437.

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St Johns Church
The Vicarage
St John's Hill
WS14 0JB
(01543) 480286 (Parish Office)
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BCP Holy Communion
Traditional Book of Common Prayer service, usually with 3 hymns & piano
Every first Sunday at 9:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Early Birds
Children and parents have fun together in this brief service with stories from the Bible, songs and craft activities. Grandparents or carers also attend. Followed by refreshments
not normally held in summer holidays
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments
Family Worship
Worship led in a more informal style and with mainly modern music led by our music group. Sometimes includes a baptism.
Every first Sunday at 10:45 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
Our main Holy Communion service (using 'Common Worship' liturgy), with a mixture of hymns and songs (mainly organ accompaniment). A small group of singers often contributes an item for this service. This Communion service is also used on special occasions, including Maundy Thursday. (A BCP Communion is normally held at 9am on 1st Sundays)
Every second and fourth Sunday at 10:45 AM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Morning Worship
A mix of traditional hymns (led by organ) and modern songs (led by music group) with Bible readings, prayers and a sermon
Every third Sunday at 10:45 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Emmaus, Alpha
Audio-Visual Hall for Hire Church Hall Bookings Secretary, R. Lawrence Tel (01543) 483437
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Elizabeth Ann CHAMBERLAIN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4484
Diocesan ID: 20/40
Built: 1852
Style of worship: Open Evangelical
Our Patron: Martyrs Memorial and Church of England Trust
Archdeaconry: LICHFIELD (201)
Deanery: LICHFIELD (20102)
Benefice: Shenstone and Stonnall (20/316BR)
Parish Legal Name: Shenstone (200040 )
CofE Church Info: (620040 20/40)
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The current editor is: Ian Law

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This page was last updated on Monday 7th November 2016
Shenstone St John's : St John's Hill, Shenstone, Staffordshire, WS14 0JB - Access to the church and St John's Hall is via a tarmac drive leading upwards from the flat summit of St John's Hill.

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