St John the Baptist Church

Our programme of events for 2023 is now well under way but there is plenty still to come and there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see you at one or more of these events. All fund-raising events contribute to the fabric fund of this historic church.

In July we are starting an occasional programme of Taizé services, with the next being on Sunday 17 September at 5:30pm.  Taizé Prayer is evening prayer for all Christian faiths. It is a simple, meditative form of worship, calling us to dwell deeply on Christ’s presence. Mantra songs, prayerful silence, and short readings guide the focus of the prayer.  The peaceful setting of St John the Baptist offers an ideal environment for the service.

On Sunday 5 November, we have the final concert of the year given by Red Kite Concerts.    This latest concert features Sarah O’Flynn and Clare O’Connell in a mesmerising programme of music for flute and cello woven with rich story-telling.  The concert begins at 5 pm and will last for one hour.  Tickets cost £15 (there is no charge for under-18s) and can be obtained at

The series of Cafes at St John’s has now ended for the year.  The Cafes have proved very popular and our team have developed a good reputation for the high quality of refreshments on offer and the professional level of service.  Please note a correction to the article in the last issue of Village Link: there will NOT be a Cafe in October.

Services in August and September will be held as follows:

Sunday 17 September, 5:30pm, Taize Service

Sunday 24 September, 4 pm, Evening Prayer

Services in October and November will be held as follows:

Sunday 8 October, 9 am, Holy Communion

Sunday 22 October, 4 pm, Evening Prayer for Harvest Festival

Sunday 12 November, 9 am, Holy Communion for Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 26 November, 4 pm, Evening Prayer


Everyone is very welcome to join us at these services.  These are services using the beautiful and traditional words of the Book of Common Prayer.

Looking ahead to December, we have three events to bring to your attention, three dates for your diary; there will be more details in the next issue of Village Link.

On Saturday 9 December [date to be confirmed in Village Link] we will have our Christmas Fair in the Church.

Our service of traditional Carols and Lessons will be on Sunday 17 December.

We welcome the return of the Locrian Choir on Thursday 21 December, the first visit by the very popular local choir since Lockdown.

For further information on St Johns Church in Cockayne Hatley please follow the link below:

St John the Baptist Church Cockayne Hatley