At St Johns we strive to be an open and welcoming church to all, irrespective of age, gender, sexuality, race, relationship status, educational background, socio- economic status, country of birth – or of any other criteria by which people classify themselves.
The images and information below give a flavour of our congregation, by indicating the activities in which some of them are involved. It is solely to help visitors recognise and remember a few of our congregation and is not either hierarchical, or comprehensive.
Be assured of a warm welcome, whatever your background, or for whatever reason you come.
Circuit superintendent – the Rev. Kerry Tankard.
Kerry has overall charge of the High Peak circuit. He is supported by a circuit office, and a leadership team. He has recently been awarded a theology degree and is well loved and respected in this church. He is moving on, to be Chair of the Yorkshire West district in September 2019
Sheila Booth. Sheila leads a team of stewards; whose main responsibility is to ensure the smooth running of the Sunday services. Sheila is now retired after working in education. She is actively involved in some village organisations.
Peter Allen. Peter is our Safeguarding officer and a Steward.
Claire Crook. These days Claire leads our monthly Messy Church (with help) and coordinates a team of people from several local churches who go into our local school with Open the Book presentations.
Steve is one of the team of stewards and is helpful in many other ways, he is Claire's husband, His coffee making could teach Starbucks a few things! Both retired they work hard on their large garden and enjoy walking and travel.
Colin Smith - Colin is retired from preaching and from a working life wholly in education. He co-ordinates and sometimes leads our home group and is a published writer. Three of his books appear on our Resources page.
Irene who is Colin's wife is our pastoral visitor and adopts a supporting role as needed in the life of the church. She has fulfilled many roles in the church, most recently as church treasurer, and for a considerable time before that as a Sunday school teacher
Sarah Ellson is an active member of our congregation, who helps with development ideas and Messy church. She is a member of a discussion group (called "Cress") which meets at the Mustard Seed cafe in Chapel en le Frith. When she's not busy working for a large law practise, she enjoys walking and spending time on her small-holding with husband James and her chickens.
Mavis Worthington is one of our stewards who contributes to the smooth running of our services
Stephen Jay is a Local Preacher and works in higher education and has a love of nature. He regularly leads worship at St John's and encourages us to try new forms of worship.