About us…

Welcome to the website of the parish church of St John the Baptist, Sevenoaks.

It may be you are interested in worshipping with us, or having your child baptized, or getting married at St John’s. It may be you are wondering about Christianity and the Church and want to know more.

There are a lot of Churches in Sevenoaks. Some might entertain you more than we will, some might have better publicity, others might appear ‘slicker’. What we offer and preach is an authentic and exciting faith. One where encounter and relationship with God, and his Son, Jesus Christ really matters. Our worship is rooted in Christian history reflecting the past, but with a knowledge that we are as Christians are an ongoing part of that story. We worship in a way that is a mixture of formality and laughter, silence and song, noisy toddler and silent prayer. In other words, all humanity on their journey towards knowing, and living out, God’s will.

St John’s is a Church of England parish in the Diocese of Rochester, under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Richborough, having passed a motion under the House of Bishop’s Declaration.  The benefice has, as its patrons, the Guild of All Souls. The parish covers the northern part of the town of Sevenoaks and we welcome all who wish to be involved in our parish life. If you want to know whether you live in our parish click to find out here and enter your address. We welcome anyone who wishes to worship with us and to be part of our parish community, whatever their tradition.

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Advent Sunday

imagesThis week the Church begins a new Christian Year. The wreckage of the streamers and party from the last Sunday of the year, Christ the King, have been put away. Instead the Church looks sober dressed in purple and the season of Advent has begun. The word Advent comes from the Latin ‘Adventus’, meaning ‘coming’, itself a translation from the Greek ‘parouisa’.

Advent is a time in which we prepare for two mysteries. The first is obvious, very simply the coming of Christ at Christmas. There is nothing more special that the concept that God chooses, of his own free will, to become a human being as we are. Advent allows us through prayer, attendance at Mass, and acts of kindness and mercy, to get ready for this feast.

The second mystery we ponder is the life to come. Here we think about our own deaths, and inevitable judgement in the life to come. We are encouraged to think about how we have used our lives so far, and what more we can do to spread God’s kingdom on earth. In the words of this Sunday’s Gospel, “stay awake, praying at all times, for the strength to survive all that is to happen”.

Fr Robin