All about Jesus
What's Saint John's all about? In a word: Jesus.
We're a group of ordinary people in Walthamstow who've discovered that Jesus transforms everything: our lives, our relationships, our future.
Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we can know God our maker personally. Because of him, we're part of his family, the church. Because of him, we can know real hope for life beyond death. Jesus offers all of this and more to everyone who turns and trusts in him. That's not just wishful thinking - it's guaranteed by Jesus' perfect life, death and resurrection. Those are events in history, recorded for us in the Bible, so we can know them and experience their consequences today.
But everyone is welcome to join us, wherever you're at in your thinking about Jesus. We're joined by visitors most weeks, so whether you're exploring questions or faith or looking for a church in the Walthamstow area, we'd love to meet you.
I hope this website helps you find out about us, but the best way to get a feel for us is to join us - in person or online. I hope to meet you soon.
Vicar of Saint John's
About our church
There are lots of ways you could describe Saint John's:
a Christian church, worshipping God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
an evangelical church, committed to the Bible as God's Word and our final authority in all matters of faith and living
an Anglican church, part of the Church England and holding orthodox Anglican beliefs, as set out in the 39 Articles and the Book of Common Prayer
a parish church, seeking to love and serve our local community in North Walthamstow, but made up from people from Walthamstow, Chingford and further afield as well
a welcoming church, where everyone is welcome to join us, whether you're committed Christian, exploring Christianity or sceptical about faith
a family church, with babies, pensioners and everyone in between!
Everything we do as a church is built on the foundation of hearing God speak to us from the Bible and depending on him in prayer. As God works among us, we're trying to be a community living out our four values:
Learning: No one has 'made it' at Saint John's. We've all got questions about God and struggles in our lives. But together we're committed to learning what it looks like to live as followers of Jesus as God changes us by his Spirit. If you've got questions and struggles, you'll be right at home here!
Loving: God loves us. He's given us his Son Jesus Christ so we can come to him. He's given us his Spirit to grow us in our love. Together we're committed to growing in our joyful love of the God who has rescued us as we meet together to hear his word, pray to him and sing his praises.
Serving: Church isn't a building, it's a family. Families are there for one another, serving each other and sharing one another's burdens. As we learn what it looks like to live as followers of Jesus, we want to grow in our service of one another and the community around us.
Sharing: We're convinced that the Bible's message about Jesus isn't bad news or boring news - it's the best news in the world! So together we're committed to sharing that message with everyone - with our parish in North Walthamstow and across the world.
Saint John's runs thanks to the service of lots of different people, but we're grateful to have two full-time members of staff who oversee many of our day-to-day activities.
Kieran joined Saint John's as the Vicar in 2015. He has two boys, Isaac and Caleb. He is a keen hockey player and football fan.
(Women and Families' Worker)
In her spare time, Lydia enjoys playing squash, cycling towpaths, growing orchids and experimenting with various art forms.
We are delighted to work with a number of different organisations and people as we seek to share the good news about Jesus with North Walthamstow and beyond. Here are a few of our gospel partners:
ReNew Chelmsford: A group of local churches seeking to pioneer, establish and secure healthy local Anglican churches in Essex and East London.
Oak Hill College: A theological college training gospel workers to serve the church in the UK and around the world.
Graeme and Becqui Innes: The Innes family serve in Moldova seeking to serve the church and share the message of Jesus with those around them.
Adrian Bruce: Adrian was a member of Saint John's for many years before heading to serve in prison ministry in Cape Town, South Africa.