"Are nearly there yet?.....", "No....":
At this difficult time we pray for wisdom and stamina as we reflect on the realities of how long it will be before 'normal' services resume as conveyed in https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52600707
Being church continues however with our pastoral network, online presence, virtual events, providing premises for Frome Food Hub &c
Changes in these challenging times
Various prayers and orders of service can be found here
Worshipping together but apart...
In this difficult time while we cannot physically meet together it important that we not only pray for each other but also feel that we are being prayed with and for.
A simple service of Morning Prayer for use from Easter to Pentecost (Whitsunday) is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=marZmGuZFqU There are moments within the service where folk may wish to pause to read a psalm or scripture reading or for prayer - it's an idea to have a Bible or copies of daily or weekly readings to hand.
The simple form of service that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e3kgVa4uqM is one that we would encourage folk who would normally come to our regular communion services to use - others may also find it helpful.
It's a form of what is known as Ante-Communion, that is the same shape as the service of Holy Communion but without the taking of bread and wine, the consecration and act of communion.
Feel free to use all or part of it as you find most helpful and feel free to share the link with others, or even share with others you know by arranging a time at which you will each individually use the same prayers in your different locations - the technically adventurous might even do this using Skype, Zoom or other social software.
Individual Private Prayer
From Saturday 20th June, St John's church will be open for individual private prayer on Saturday and Wednesday afternoons between 1.00pm and 3.00pm
Preview at https://youtu.be/DcQZXroAtZk
On 4th July 2020 there was to have been a special service with Canon Richard Dwyer, Roman Catholic parish priest in Frome, celebrating mass in the the parish church of Frome St John the Baptist to mark the 40th anniversary of his being ordained priest. By coincidence his anniversary fell within a week of that of our own vicar being made deacon in 1980. As that has not been able to proceed due to current restrictions, these conversations have been recorded reflecting on 40 years of ministry and more.
They are available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FymbW7y7Trg
Cherishing our inheritance of Christian faith and worship, we strive to welcome all and share the joy of the Gospel message in Christ, through concern for the wholeness of individuals
and active involvement in community life in all its diversity.
Sadly the doors of our church building have to remain shut under present circumstances but the church community is still active and we welcome your contact via this website, facebook and twitter.
Our church offers a traditional setting for weddings, baptisms and funerals. For the moment no baptisms are being planned, weddings are being postponed, and funerals are challenging as few if any can attend.
An update from the Church of England as we wait for weddings to be permitted can be found here.
Prayers that may be used when unable to attend a funeral can be downloaded here.
There is something special about meeting for worship on a site where people have met for over 1300 years to hear the scriptures and sermons, and to share the bread and wine in Communion.
Your support for our vision will be welcome.
This week at St John's
Our downloadable weekly pew sheet details this week's services, forthcoming events and notices along with readings for the Sunday service.
Next parish lunch:
Lunches at St John's are postponed until further notice.
Next 'Open Doors':
to be confirmed
Next bible study:
Current guidance can be found here >
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has adopted and works to implement the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’.
The PCC has appointed a Parish Safeguarding Officer who can be contacted via email to or by post c/o The Parish Office, Church Cottage, Church Steps, Frome BA11 1PL
The PCC commends the resources and support available at