Statement from Rev Rona about some easing of lockdown restrictions on 13th May

Much as I yearn for our beautiful church building to open for you all, at this moment sadly it remains closed. The slight easing of restrictions means that only members of the clergy may enter St John’s to record services and prayers. I will be doing this from Sunday onwards, but it will be with a heavy heart that you are not with me. I do know you will be there in spirit and that these difficult times will only strengthen our faith and community.

I’m sure you remember the cast iron candle stand in our peaceful prayer corner, which was very kindly donated to us by two lovely parishioners . Many of you used to light candles there in remembrance of loved ones. I can now do this on your behalf if you contact me. Whilst it is not the same as being there in person, I hope this will bring some comfort.

You can also leave a prayer on our virtual prayer wall by clicking here.


Rev Rona

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During the current Coronavirus outbreak, Rona is recording services and readings.  Please click on one of the options below to hear her recordings.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news below and on our Facebook page.    Some of our services and hymn playlists can also be found on our Youtube channel.

Welcome to St John the Evangelist, Merrow

'A community growing in faith’

  • Daily prayers
  • A beautiful church for quiet contemplation
  • A warm community open to all
There has been a church on the St John’s site in Merrow since the 12th century, and visitors enter under a Norman archway. This beautiful, peaceful setting lends itself perfectly to the spiritually nurturing ethos brought to the church by Rev Rona Stuart-Bourne. 
We are a community which values the treasures of our tradition, while endeavouring to translate the message of God’s transforming love, a message which never grows old; into a language that is accessible.
Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, you will receive a warm welcome at St John’s. You are invited to attend a service, reflect quietly in church or simply light a candle for a loved one. 
At St John’s we believe that if people nurture spirituality in the community, then together we can make this a better world. There’s a thriving Baby and Toddler group, a Men’s Fellowship gathering, Messy Church for youngsters, Spokes for teenagers and lots more.
Please visit to experience for yourself the still, small voice of calm in our church.

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Safeguarding Information

The PCC of St John the Evangelist  is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. For further information contact Rosanne Bond, Parish Safeguarding Officer on 01483 579462 or Rev. Rona Stuart-Bourne on 01483 572207.