St John’s is committed to its community ministry at Winn Gardens
A team of 30 volunteers to provide a range of groups and activities throughout the week. Our passion is to see God’s grace and power impact people’s lives, see families come to faith and community transformation in all kinds of ways.
Community Church at The Pavilion
Church for all ages on every Sunday from 3pm - 5.30pm with craft activities, stories, teaching and worship - all followed by afternoon tea.
Thursday Food bank & Coffee morning
A place where we distribute food to families who are on tight budgets. There is opportunity to stay for a coffee and chat and make new friends.
We also signpost people to other agencies when help is need. The group meets weekly 11am - 2pm
Monday Kids Church
Kids Church is run at the Pavilion, Winn Gardens. Our vision is to take Sunday School into the community in a fun way using games, creative crafts and Bible teaching to help each child find a living faith in Jesus.
Many children have had links with us over several years through missions, holiday clubs and the weekly visiting and Kids Church sessions. These sessions are held in the community Pavilion at the heart of the estate. Children from Kids Church are also encouraged to come to church for the Easter Eggstravaganza and summer holiday clubs.
Kids Church runs on Mondays in term time, 4pm – 5.30pm for primary school children. The small group size, usually between 4 and 12 children with 3 leaders, enables us to use lots of games, stories, crafts and drama to engage with the children in a very personal way and build up strong relationships. The teaching, worship time and spiritual input are very interactive, and the evangelism is relationship-based. We have recently made links with The Oakes Christian Centre where children can attend weekend or holiday-time camps, learning about the gospel as well as doing lots of different activities.
Wednesday Homework Club
The club is for children in key stages 1, 2 and 3. Staffed by a team of dedicated support workers, children have the opportunity to receive support, help and encouragement whilst doing their homework in a calm environment.
This ministry has proved immensely fruitful, seeing many children achieve significant improvement in their work and increased motivation at school.
Teaching English to ethnic communities
There is a significant number of refugee and ethnic minority groups living in the Winn Gardens community, many of whom feel isolated due to language and communications difficulties.
St John’s has funded the training of a number of volunteers who now provide English conversation classes for members of the community who otherwise would have no opportunity to learn English or practice conversational skills.
These are just a sample of the extensive outreach ministries at Winn Gardens.