Churches together in Bath
Churches Together in Bath consists of local churches of all Christian traditions in Bath who seek to strengthen their fellowship with one another, and their common mission of service and witness in the world. http://www.bathchurches.org.uk website is an overall guide to the Christian scene in Bath, with contact details, and news on networks, projects, events and activities in the city for everyone to enjoy Love Bath is an annual festival run by Churches Together for everyone in Bath, and for visitors to the city. There is free food and drink for everyone, with worship and entertainment for all. The Festival brings Christians and churches together in the city into the reality of being One Church. It inspires, equips and supports Christians as they work together to achieve more in their area. It encourages the development of shared activities and events and demonstrates to local communities that Christianity works, and is relevant and important, and part of our society, and worth finding out about. Find out more at http://www.lovebath.org/.
Bath and Wansdyke Pro-Life group meet only when actions are necessary ie Fund Raising, Letter writing to the media, April Witness on anniversary of Abortion Law, seminars, leafleting etc. We welcome all and any amount of support. Most communications can be done through email and phone.
Street Pastors are an ecumenical Team who go out into the City Centre on Friday and Saturday nights. Parishioners from St John's form part of the teams that chat to people, help those in difficulty, pray together, and hopefully shine Christ's light in our beautiful City. The uniform of Street Pastors offers a friendly face to the City at night and is well received by the Police, the Night Club, owners as well as the young people enjoying a night out.
St John's Soup Run
Bath Churches Soup Run provides soup and sandwiches every evening next to the car park at the back of Waitrose. St. John's has been collaborating with this since 1996. Our turn occurs on the 2nd Friday of each month and, as we have 3 teams, each team operates 4 times a year. Our faithful group of sandwich makers meet every month in the Parish Hall kitchen at 5pm to prepare the food. The soup and sandwiches are paid for from the Parish funds (around £25 a month) and we have some volunteers who kindly make cakes free. The team of helpers(usually 6 people including at least 1man) go out and serve the food and chat to the clients, which takes about an hour from 7-8pm. The number of clients is unpredictable, varying from 10 to 50, but is usually around 25. Some are travellers and others come every night. They are normally very appreciative of the food, and the regular customers seem to enjoy meeting together each night as their social gathering.
The CFD ('la Comunità dei figli di Dio') is a ‘public association of the faithful’ founded in Italy by the late mystic, Don Divo Barsotti. In 1947 three ladies asked Fr Divo for guidance to grow in faith and spiritual maturity. He invited them to consecrate themselves to the Eternal Word, to the Holy Virgin and to the Church. The group grew in Italy and around the world. There are priests, monks and nuns of the CFD, and thousands of lay members. It is a big spiritual family: an association of fraternal love. Members pray the Divine Office and encourage each other in contemplative prayer, Lectio Divina and study. Their purpose is to grow in docility to the Holy Spirit and in obedience to the Magisterium of the Church. They meet weekly in small groups, and monthly in larger gatherings. The first groups in England were in the City of Bath.
Faith and Light
Faith and Light is a sister organisation to the L’Arche Communities. It is a worldwide network of communities in which people with learning disabilities, their families and their friends meet together for friendship, celebration and prayer. In Bath we meet in St John’s Parish Hall from 2-3.45pm on a Saturday afternoon about once a month. Why not come and join us?
For further details contact David or Elizabeth Kavanagh on 01225 318828.
Third World Care
The Association for the Propogation of the Faith (APF) assists each of the Catholic Churches Missionary dioceses to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel. In England and Wales, funds or the Missions are collected through the famous red collection boxes. These can be found in 170,000 homes and they have helped to raise millions of pounds for the Missions.
CAFOD builds links between poor communities in the developing world and the Catholic community in England and Wales. It works with partners at home and with CARITAS International abroad to deliver relief work and programmes in human development to poor communities regardless of race, gender, religion or politics. In working with the poor, praying with them and for them, and sharing our resources with them through fundraising and education, CAFOD is a source of information and knowledge about systems that keep the poor in poverty, and CAFOD works to challenge these through campaigns and public events to raise awareness. Resultantly, CAFOD is also an educational resource for schools and communities here.
CAFOD organises two fundraising events a year, Lent Fast Day and Harvest Fast Day. More information can be found on www.cafod.org.uk.
Apostleship of the Sea
Apostleship of the Sea is the Catholic Church’s maritime agency which provides practical and pastoral support to seafarers and a listening ear to seafarers. Sea Sunday, held on the second Sunday in July each year, is a day when churches remember and pray for seafarers and for the work of Apostleship of the Sea. For more information visit https://apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.
Mother Teresa Co-workers
A group of people who believe in Mother Teresa’s ideals based on The Beatitudes. We gather on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm in St John’s Parish Hall. All are welcome.
Contact Brenda Sleep on 01225 835909.
PARISH THIRD WORLD PROJECTS
St John’s also supports the following Third World Projects:
Peru: supporting the work of Fr Danny O’Sullivan
Tanzania: supporting the work of the LSU Sisters
Haiti: supporting the work of the LSU Sisters
The Gambia: supporting the work of the SJA Sisters
Pakistan: supporting the work of Fr Simon Khurishid
Nigeria: supporting the building of a new church in Umuebe-Amuz
Hawk and Owl Trust
Bath Urban Peregrine Project
The Hawk and Owl Trust (is a national UK charity founded in 1969. It is dedicated to conserving owls and other birds of prey in the wild, and increasing knowledge and understanding of them.OT creates and manages nesting, roosting and feeding habitats; carries out practical research; and welcomes visitors to its wildlife reserves, education centres and outreach projects. Peregrines were first observed regularly at Bath from around 2000. After three years of peregrine residence without any indication of successful breeding and with the agreement and support of the clergy, the H & OT designed, built and installed the nest platform on the spire of St John’s church which had been identified as one of the peregrines’ favourite roost sites. The birds first bred in 2006, and have successfully hatched and reared young in every season since. Working closely with the clergy and administration staff at St John’s, the Bath and West Wilts Group of the H &OT continues to maintain the nest box. Before the 2014 breeding season started, the H&OT Bath and West Wilts Group modified the nest box and installed a camera system. An extension to the front with an integrated perch, primarily to provide more room for the young to exercise pre-fledging, was designed and installed. The breeding pair have really taken to the perch, allowing them to watch the wildlife pass in greater comfort.