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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Bishop Norman’s Visit

On Thursday the 12th of October we were delighted to welcome Norman our bishop to the parish.

A busy day began with our school’s harvest festival service. A full church of pupils, parents, teachers (and a three-day old calf!) heard Bishop Norman recount stories from his time as a parish priest in rural North Norfolk. The children’s hard work paid off as they beautifully sang, said and prayed their thanksgiving for the harvest in this traditional service.

The pupils and staff then had a longer opportunity to talk to the bishop when, after the service, he and Father Robin and Father Matthew visited the school, and the bishop was able learn more about the school’s many achievements.

It was a short walk from the school to reach Gloucester House Care Home for the twice monthly service of Holy Communion led by our Reader John Robinson. Bishop Norman gave the blessing and after the service met residents and members of staff.

Lunchtime was spent at a wonderful buffet meal supplied by parishioners, around twenty of whom joined the Bishop and spent a very convivial hour and a half together.

The afternoon began with an opportunity to meet the new Archdeacon of Tonbridge, the Reverend Canon Julie Conalty.

This was followed by a visit the ‘Loaves and Fishes’ Foodbank. A weekly local ecumenical project based at St John’s Church Hall that provides food for around 40 families. Bishop Norman met some of those families and volunteers explained how the Foodbank operated as various harvest festival gifts were stored in readiness for distribution.

The bishop then joined the parish clergy in their regular weekly chaplaincy visit to Sevenoaks Hospital, visiting patients and staff on the hospital’s two wards.

On his way back to the Clergy House Bishop Norman called in at the church to see the preparations being made for the forthcoming session of our popular Messy Church.

Finally, after saying Evening Prayer with the vicar and curate, Bishop Norman presided and celebrated at a Confirmation Mass. It was a joyful occasion in which Louise, Tim and Ewan were Confirmed and made their Communion for the first time. It was a tremendous blessing to be gathered around our bishop for the celebration of these sacraments, and the sense of fellowship was carried through to a very happy gathering in the Hall afterwards before Bishop Norman left to catch the 10pm train from Sevenoaks.

A full and memorable day!

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