The Parish Church of

St John the Baptist, Barlaston

About Us

St John's is a friendly, lively Anglican church based in Barlaston village. We're committed to loving God, building strong communities, and taking the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.

We think St John's is a great place to meet God, either for the first time, or if you've been a Christian for years. Going somewhere new is never the easiest thing to do, so we hope our website helps you learn more about us, and makes that first visit easier.

The Church Office is open from 0800 - 1100 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist,
Station Road,
Barlaston,
Stoke-on-Trent
ST12 9DA
Office 01782 373126
Office 07958 808376

Vicar: Vacancy

Church Wardens:
Dennis Croome - Sarah Broome

Sunday:

08:30 - No Service

10:30 - Holy Communion

16:00 - Choral Evensong

Cafe Church:

1st Sunday of Month

Sunday 17:30-18:30

Kid's Church:

Tuesday - 09:30

Plus 3rd Sunday of Month

Wednesday:

10:30 - Holy Communion

Sunday service times are automatically adjusted at midnight on Sundays.

inside

Every Tuesday 09:30 - 11:30

A friendly and relaxed atmosphere with activities, crafts and singing. Come along to make new friends and have fun. Refreshments are available.

Fun and friendship for everyone with their babies and toddlers. Includes a short service for babies and toddlers.

The recent Tots MacMillan Coffee Morning raised over £130. Thank you to all that helped and attended. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

Time Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
08:30   H.C.   H.C.  
10:30 H.C. A.A. H.C. & K.C. A.A. J.S.
16:00 C.E.   E.    
17:30 C.C.        
Legend:
H.C. Holy Communion A.A. All Age
C.C. Café Church C.E. Choral Evensong
K.C. Kids Church E. Evensong
J.S. Joint Service    

To view a detailed table of upcoming services Click Here

Weekly News sheets are available in the foyer each Sunday. Please pick up a copy for anyone who has been unable to attend. To view a copy of the news sheet Click Here

Thinking of a church wedding?

Congratulations! If you are thinking about having a church wedding at St John's Barlaston please contact us as soon as possible to ensure availability. We realise the importance of this day and aim to make sure your ceremony is all you dreamed.

To arrange your wedding at St John the Baptist Church Barlaston, please contact the Church office on Tuesday or Wednesday, tel 01782 373126 to check availability before you book your wedding reception venue.

Visit the Church of England weddings site to check the legal aspects of getting married in church and find out all about planning your ceremony.

Do you or your child want to be baptised?

If you are mature enough to make your own decisions and you've decided you'd like to be baptized, you'll have a baptism service that is designed for adults.

You may have been going to church for a while and want to make a more definite commitment in terms of your Christian faith. For adults and young people, baptism usually takes place shortly before, or at the same time, as confirmation. Confirmation is the service when those who have previously been baptized affirm those promises and are specially prayed for by a Bishop.

Read more about Confirmation

What is baptism?

Baptism is a response to God's love - a desire and a commitment to respond to God's call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God's people.

The baptism service

The baptism service is similar to the service for a child's baptism, except that because you make the decision and the promises yourself, there is no role required for parents or godparents (who make decisions and promises on behalf of a child).

You may decide to have supporting friends or 'sponsors' - this can be anyone who wishes to encourage you in your Christian faith. It may be a friend, or someone in your family and you may have more than one person if you wish.

You can read the Service of Holy Baptism in full just here. You are referred to as a 'candidate' throughout the service and all the parts which refer to a child, parents and godparents aren't included when an adult is being baptized. The vicar will make these adjustments. Helen will help prepare you for your baptism.

Contacting Our Church

If you are considering being baptised, and would like more information, contact the Church Office who will be delighted to help.

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Do you need to arrange a funeral?

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not.

Please see the Churchyard section for eligibility.

Planning a Funeral

Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago.

If you are uncertain the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person's life, this may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more.

Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide. Talk with the Church Wardens about what is possible.

After the Service

In many cases, arranging a funeral keeps people so busy that they don't feel their loss fully until afterwards.

Grieving is natural and important, and it may take a long time. Many people find that others who have lost a loved one can offer valuable comfort and support. You may find the funeral services prayers and readings a comfort.

St John the Baptist has two annual memorial services ( one in May and one in November) to remember those who have passed away and you may find it helpful to attend.

Bereavement support networks, such as Cruse, can be very helpful. There are also special organisations for people who are bereaved young or who have lost a child or unborn child, or who are bereaved by suicide or violence.

For more information, visit our Church of England Funerals website.

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Do you want to arrange a burial?

To be buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Barlaston, you must either live in the parish, or die in the parish, or be on the electoral roll of that church, or have a partner already buried there. Fresh graves are dug to double depth so that there is room for a partner to be buried there also.

The fee that is paid through the Funeral Director to the church at the time of the burial is a one-off fee which goes towards the upkeep and maintenance of the churchyard. No-one owns a plot, rather the churchyard is held in trust by the Diocese of Lichfield and is maintained by the Parochial Church Councils for the good of the whole community and not individual families.

In order to help that process, the Chancellor of Lichfield Diocese has issued regulations that must be upheld by the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council.

Some people would like to have photographs, or toys, or ornaments on their loved one's grave, while others are distressed by such things. We all have different tastes on the subject, but the Chancellor's regulations are set to maintain our English country churchyards as special, quiet places that blend into the countryside around them. In order to maintain the whole churchyard in a tidy state, we need to be able to cut the grass regularly, effectively and efficiently. Therefore, the only thing that the Chancellor of the Diocese allows on a grave is a single headstone, which may incorporate a flower vase. Christmas and anniversary wreaths and artificial flowers will be removed periodically. No other objects are allowed.

For safety's sake, chippings, kerbstones, plastic edging, vases, glass and china objects, toys, windmills, photographs and poems are not allowed.

Some people argue that it's alright for them to place such objects on their loved one's grave if they cut the grass and maintain the grave. However, the grass-cutter can't turn off the mower when he comes to such a grave. To save on time and fuel he has to keep going, and objects placed on a grave impede his progress. Many objects are a health and safety hazard. For example, china and glass are at great risk of being broken. Lighter objects can be blown around away from the grave. Only this year, immediately after a funeral, someone nearly badly hurt themself because someone had left a china pot with bulbs on a grave. For that reason, we shall be uplifting all objects extra to the headstone, incorporated vase and flowers.

To be bereaved is one of the most distressing things that can happen to us in this lifetime. So by way of ministry to the bereaved, we hold a Memorial service twice a year - in May and at the start of November. This service is for anyone in the community who would like to especially remember and give thanks for a loved one who has died - whether it is recently or in years gone by. We always send an invitation to any family for whom we have conducted a funeral in the previous year, but if you would like us to invite you, do contact the Church office and leave your name and address.

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We meet once a month for social events and have regular guest speakers on topics of interest.

This is a group for local people who want to meet and have a good afternoon's chat and cuppa on a regular basis

The group welcomes anyone who would like to come along.

Contact Pauline at the church office for more details.Tel: 01782 373126

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist has a four-part harmony choir which helps to lead the musical worship of two 4.00pm Sunday services each month, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.

Directed by Ashley Mellor they also provide extra music for special services throughout the year. On every first Sunday of the month at 4:00pm the choir sing Choral Evensong.

New members are always welcome to come along and join. No experience is necessary, just provided you are able to pitch a note which is played for you and you are keen and willing to have fun!

To contact Ashley Mellor email - ashley@themusicinyou.co.uk

The first Pilgrim course which ran during Lent this year was a great success. Altogether eighteen members of the church met on Thursday afternoons or evenings.

The groups thoroughly enjoyed the time to share and learn more about their Christian faith as we studied The Lord's Prayer together.

If you would like to join one of the groups or find out more, please contact Dennis Croome on 372973 or email dennis@croome.net

I promise that you will not be disappointed if you come along to one of the groups; you'll meet new people, find new friends and above all understand more about the Christian faith.

You are welcome to join our group at any time. We look forward to seeing you.

2017 Upcoming Events and Fundraisers

In 2017 we'll be meeting on Tuesdays in the Methodist Hall at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

  • January 17th - Choosing Happiness
  • February 21st - Stone Baked
  • March 21st - Bangles and Beads
  • April 18th - Quiz Night - AGM
  • May 16th - Paragon China not just another tea cup
  • June 20th - Trentham Wire Fairies
  • July 18th - Pirehill 100 meeting - Whistle while you work *
  • August 15th - Craft Night
  • September 19th - History of the Trent and Mersey Canal
  • October 17th - Crystal Energies
  • November 21st - Christmas Crafts
  • December 19th - Christmas Party

We "Knit and Natter" every 4th Wednesday of the month at the Upper House in Barlaston so why not join us between 7pm and 9pm. This evening is open to all types of crafters, not just knitting! Bring your stitchery, crocheting or anything else portable!!

* Tickets are £5 per member. The competition held on the night is an unusual kitchen gadget and something made with Strawberries.

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