We have been coming to St. John's since 1987. We love the variety of the services, from the informality of the family service, to the liturgy of Holy Communion service and Evensong. We enjoy getting to know a congregation of families and people of all ages, and have made many friends at St. John's over the years. There is always a good sermon, which gives food for thought, and we have enjoyed the Home Group sessions too. There is something for everyone here, no-one is excluded.
Ron has installed and maintains the audio system, and as a retired electronics engineer this is where he feels his gifts can be used.
We have spent a number of years working abroad, mainly in Africa and the MIddle East, and this has fuelled an interest in Overseas mission. June, who is a retired teacher, was part of the Sunday School team for a many years. She was made an Authorised Lay Minister in September 2009 and now specialises in Pastoral care. She runs the Companions, assisted and hugely supported by Ron, and also oversees visiting in the parish. It is a great way to spend our retirement. We love what we do here and to be part of the St. John's family is a priviledge!
As a family (husband Peter and sons Samuel and Benjamin) we joined St John's in 2002. I grew up in the Netherlands in an Evangelical/Baptist church – much more informal than St John's with its Anglican liturgy and robed choir. Some of the things I have come to appreciate in St John's are the variety of Christian traditions and backgrounds of the people who attend, its many committed and dedicated people, and our vicar Sue, who has a real desire to see us all grow in our faith as individuals and as a church family. The church provides opportunities for us as a family to participate. Our sons play in the church band, Ben sings in the choir, Sam takes part in the Sunday evening youth group, Peter and I help with the work of Children's Church: Living Waters, and Peter, who is an academic and an ordained priest, helps with preaching and leading of services. My work plays an important part in my life: I work as a GP in a small practice in St Ives. It is a privilege to be involved in the lives of my patients.
Our family – husband Martin and three daughters – first joined St John's in 1994. Having taught in Sunday School in our previous church, we quickly found ourselves leading the Sunday School at St John's too. In 2011, Martin and I left the work of Sunday school. I work part-time as a teaching assistant at Queen Edith Community Primary school, where one of my responsibilities is to run booster groups for mathematics. I also serve as a governor at Castle School.