COVID-19 Response

Although the Church services, groups and activities are limited during this pandemic, St John’s are committed to doing what we can for our congregation and community. Below are some links to resources, sources of information and local activity that will help us get through this together.

Virtual Church

We may not be able to meet together, but we can still worship together! Head over to our online church to praise, study and pray. There is also content for children.

Face to Face Church

The 10am Sunday morning service is held in the main church building, which has been laid out to accommodate the current government guidlines. All attendees must book in advance through the church office as spaces are limited. You can book your space by emailing or by calling 01243 375576.

Family Activity

There is a family activity taking place in the Church garden at 4pm each Sunday. The activity takes place around socially distanced tables and the government guidlines are followed at all times. All attendees must book in advance by contacting our families workers by email.

Love Southbourne

The #LoveYourNeigbour initiative is about bringing the community together to offer support during this challenging time. If you need held help or want to get involved helping your community, please get in touch.

Family in the area?

If you have a loved one living in the area and feel they may need support, supplies or just a phone call from somebody local to them, please get in touch with the #LoveYourNeigbour team and they will do their best to help – get in touch here

Useful Information

The big supermarkets are offering special opening times for the elderly and those in need. Please ring the store you want to visit
Local Shops
May local shops, restaurants and businesses are trying to stay open as normal, with some offering delivery or takeaway. Please give them a call or look at their social media to see what is on offer
Southbourne Farm Shop have special opening hours and will be offering local delivery.
The Emsworth shopkeepers have set up a website offering online ordering and delivery.
Love Southbourne
Love Southbourne are here if people are in real need – get in touch for more details.
Wellbeing & Mindfulness
The Mind charity have a page to support your well being during the outbreak period
The Samaritans can be contacted by calling 116 123, free from any UK mobile or landline. If you need to chat, get in touch.
NHS 111 is your first port of call if you feel unwell or need any medical advice. Call 111 free from any UK mobile or landline. and WSCC offer support, action & advice for those living with or witnessing domestic abuse.
More sources of support can be found on our Wellness & Support page.

Serving Personal & Veterans

We have been advised that serving members of the armed forces should ensure their JPA is up to date and that they monitor daily orders.
Amey have specific housing information on their website, SSAFA and Vulnerable Veterans are here to help, as are many other specialist organisations.

Things to do from home

Sofa Singers
The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event that aims to bring people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection. See their website for more information
Museum Tours
Some kind person has put together a list of the Top 10 Museums you can visit from home. Well worth a look!
For the Children
The BBC have a CBeebies page dedicated to things to do at home!
Exercise with Joe
A free work out & P.E session aimed at adults and young people alike. See his website or YouTube channel for more
Make your own Face Mask
In need of a Face Mask? Have a go at this no sew version. Full details here.

Out & About

Southbourne Rocks
If you are out around the village, be on the lookout for painted rocks with pictures, messages and rainbows on them! Take a pic of yourself with the rock then share it on the FaceBook page. We suggest not touching the rock to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a Thorney Rocks too, for people living on Island. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you get home.
Rainbow Trail
Why not add a little colour to your window and take part in the world wide rainbow trail? Put a hand drawn/made rainbow in your front window so people can spot them as they are out walking. How many can you spot?
At the Church Gate
Next time you are about and about, why not walk past the Church and have a look what’s going on? There are FREE books, games and activities to take, a table where you can leave clean used items for others to enjoy, as well as activities and sometimes challenges to take part in.

Help Others

Download the COVID Tracker App
Take 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well.
Help our scientists & the NHS identify: High-risk areas in the UK, who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions and how fast the virus is spreading in your area.
Volunteer for the NHS
The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. Opportunities include: delivering medicines from pharmacies, driving patients to and from appointments or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home. See here for more details or download the app – 
Help locally
Join the #LoveYourNeigbour team and help support your local community.