About us

Who we are

St John's Church, Harpenden is a friendly, Anglican church set on the edge of the Common in the Southdown area of Harpenden.

We have a fairly traditional style of worship, with the Parish Communion our main Sunday service, and our all-age worshipping community aims to live out and share God’s love with those around us. We offer a warm welcome to all, and our website sets out the services and activities that take place at St John’s. Please do contact us for any other information.

We believe that every person, regardless of age, sexual orientation, background or religious experience is valued and equal. We seek to follow the example of Jesus Christ, who welcomed all people into his care.

We aim to make our worship both reverent and relaxed; our main service on Sunday mornings is the Eucharist with readings and hymns. We also offer evening prayer on Sundays, which varies in its style, and midweek services. 

Children are a valuable and valued part of our congregation; we have a crèche and junior church that run alongside our main service (see our Children and young people page). On the first Sunday of the month (and occasionally at other times) we have all-age services; the entire family stays in Church; the service is shorter and we have hymns and a sermon targeted at younger members. It is our practice to prepare children to receive Holy Communion from the age of seven.

If you are new to Harpenden, visiting, or just interested in what we have to offer, please do join us for one of our services.

Good to know

At our main Sunday service someone will be in the porch to welcome you; let us know if you are new or visiting for the first time. As you come in to church you will be given a hymn book, service booklet and a pew sheet, which gives information about the service and other activities in church during the week. We have large-print copies of the service booklet, and a sound system that has a hearing loop.

If you have children with you and would like them to join the creche or junior church in the church hall please ask the welcomers to show you the way. They will be brought back to church about halfway through the service.

A collection is taken during the service, but please don't feel obliged to contribute. If you want to give a one-off donation, Gift Aid envelopes are available.

The bread and the wine for communion is shared at the altar rail. If you are unable to come up to the altar rail, please let the welcomers know, so that the communion can be brought to you in the pew. If would prefer to receive a blessing, please bring a hymn book or the service booklet to the rail with you. 

Gluten-free wafers are available; please ask the welcomers if you need a gluten-free wafer.

There is a toilet, with baby-changing facilities, at the back of church. 

We meet for tea or coffee in the church hall after the service; please do join us.