St John the Baptist Church
 
Find Us
Vicarage Hill, Loxwood, West Sussex, RH14 0RG
Staff

Priest in Charge - The Reverend Greg Cushing 01403 752320
Licenced Lay Minister - Mike Edwards 01403 752510.
The Parish of Alfold and Loxwood also has Pastoral Assistants,
Mrs Marjorie Loxton 07796 916907& Mrs Jane Johnson 07778 150527

Parish Website
www.alflox.org
Special Services

To arrange a Wedding or Marriage Blessing, a Baptism or Thanksgiving, a Funeral or a Memorial Service please contact the Parish Office on 01403 753821.

A special Parish Memorial Service is held one Sunday evening in October;

Services of Remembrance are held on Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November).

Christingle Services and Candlelight Carol Services are held around Christmas and New Year.

Other special services are also held from time to time – watch the monthly announcements or the Parish Magazine for dates and times

Churchwardens
The Churchwarden for Loxwood is Mal Simmonds(01403 752720)
email: mal@simmon.plus.com
Choir
St John’s has an adult choir which enriches the worship services and is always open to new members. 
Church Room

The Church Room is available for bookings which should be made with Hugh or Linda Beadle
Telephone: 01403 752950
email: hugh@jetnet.co.uk
Further details of the Church Room can be found here

Housegroup
Meetings

There are three housegroups, one in Loxwood one in Ifold & one in Alfold, which meet for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship.

For further details please contact Parish Office on 01403 753821. We are currently running the Pilgrim courses.
Prayer meetings

Morning Prayer every Wednesday and Saturday at 9.15 am; Evening Prayer every Tuesday and Thursday at 5.15pm.

Social events
Annual social events such as the Spring Party, Plant Sales, Summer Fete, Summer Barbeque, Harvest Lunch  and special Christmas events – are popular.  Watch the announcements for details of dates and times.
Loxwood & Alfold
Mothers Union
1st Wednesday every month. For more details contact Mrs Barbara Andrews (07791 184738)
or the Parish Office (01403 753821), email: alflox.parish.off@btinternet.com
St John's History

Our church was completed in 1901 to replace a chapel originating in the 15th century, whose site at the village centre had no room for a burial ground. While perhaps lacking some of the charm of an ancient building, it was in fact designed by a noted architect of the day, is generally regarded as having a “welcoming” feel and has a number of interesting features.

Foremost among these perhaps are the five contemporary stained glass windows designed and made by Penelope Neave and given by Elspeth Riley-Smith of Brewhurst in memory of her parents and husband.

 

The design of the reredos curtain behind the altar includes a peacock (for Paradise), doves (for peace), the Pascal Lamb and cross which is the sign of St John the Baptist, the Sussex Coat of Arms (with Martlets) and an L for Loxwood.

 

Note also the ancient oak pews to be found in the north aisle, at the back of the main aisle and in the chancel. These are said to have been made using only the axe and the adze, that’s to say without saw or plane, and almost certainly date from the original village chapel. To the left of the altar is the Jacobean style Bishop’s Chair donated by another parishioner.

 

The Book of Remembrance beneath the west window was presented by the Parish Council to mark the Millennium; the stand and cabinet were made locally of Ifold oak, felled in the storm of 1987. The village map was designed and executed by a team of local residents.

 

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