Community & Groups

Please be aware that due to COVID some groups and activities are not running or have moved online. Please contact the church office for details. 

Craft Club
The Craft Club is a very informal group which meets in St John’s Church Centre, three times a month, on the first Wednesday from 9.45am until 4.00pm and on the second and fourth Thursdays from 1.45pm until 4.00pm.
Second Thursdays are ‘bring your own’ afternoons when we each work on our own project.  On first Wednesdays and fourth Thursdays we have organised activities.  We hope members will join in the session’s craft but, if it doesn’t appeal, you are free to bring your own work and just enjoy the company.
We charge £2 for a Thursday afternoon or £3 for all day Wednesday.  This covers tea, coffee and sometimes materials as well. Any extra costs are notified well in advance.
To see the programme for 2020 please click here, to speak to someone about the group please contact St John’s office or just call in during any of our sessions.

Book Club
Friendly and informal, meeting in the Church Centre on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. We discuss the book we have read in the previous month, supplied by the local library.

Film Night
St. John’s Film Night are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month upstairs in the Church Centre at 7.30 pm. It is open to everyone, with a voluntary contribution of £1.00. Refreshments are served before the film starts.

Tuesday Friends
A group for anyone who has suffered bereavement or finds themselves alone. We meet on the second  Tuesday of the month at 10.30 in the coffee lounge for fellowship, tea and chat.

Singing For Fun
Weekly singing group for the older generation and for those who are pleasantly confused. Come along for singing, good company, tea and cake. Every Monday in the lounge at 2.30pm

Family Breakfast
A monthly pre-church breakfast, served in the lounge. All are welcome to both the breakfast and the family service. There is no charge but donations are welcome.

Pastoral Care
St. John’s have a strong pastoral mission and have a team in place to support the clergy in their pastoral care in the parish. Pastoral care comes in many forms across the parish, and includes visiting people in their homes, being part of care home life and sharing communion with those who can not get to the services.

Man Up
A group just for men.  The purpose is to get together for an hour each week to chew on a bit of God’s word, and work out together how we can get tooled-up for everyday living.  It is open to all men: you don’t have to be super-spiritual, and you don’t have to bare your soul.  Do expect some good coffee, a comfy chair, and a safe place to explore what it means to be a Christian man in a tough world.  Look out for details of special events including Men’s Breakfasts and occasional socials.

Our current series is looking at the Revelation to John.  This is one of the most challenging books of the Bible to read and understand.  The graphic language and stark symbols need careful work to understand and to apply in relevant ways.  Do come and join the conversation as we grapple with this fascinating book.  The detailed programme for this term will be posted here shortly.

Men’s Shed
Southbourne Men’s Shed is a meeting room for all ‘older’ men living in the area who like to remain active and socialise with other men of the same age group without commitment.  It has well-equipped workshops where men can follow a hobby or interest, share skills, work on small individual or community projects, or just sit, relax, chat, and enjoy a cuppa or two in good company.  So why not join a group of men who can unite to finish a group, community or personal project or, perhaps, work alone on a hobby or interest whilst in the company of others.
More information can be found on their website:

Rob’s Railway Evenings 
Every so often St. John’s hosts a wonderful evening of model railways, train movies and friendly chat. A fish and chip supper is served and the church coffee shop is open throughout. Dates of future events will be posted here and in the local press.

Prayer Support
We are committed to praying for t our community.  If you would like to be prayed for or to meet for prayer, please get in touch with the St. John’s office.

For more information about any of the community groups and activities, or to arrange transport (where possible), please contact St. John’s office.