St John the Evangelist Church, Cinderford dates from 1844, when the centre of Cinderford was nearby. The current parish includes what is now the southern part of the town together with Ruspidge and the village of Soudley some 2 miles distant. The church has disabled access, a small kitchenette and a sound reinforcement system with hearing loop. A disabled toilet was added to the church in 2013.
At St John’s Church the worship is in the moderate catholic tradition and has a Eucharistic and sacramental focus, reflecting the Church’s seasons, using mainly traditional hymns and Common Worship liturgies. Well-ordered worship is prayerful and spiritual.
There is a regular seasonal bible study group. The Cinderford with Littledean branch of the Mothers’ Union meets at St Stephen’s and actively participates in Deanery and Diocesan activities.
Church members head up teams taking ‘Open the Book‘ weekly in term-time into the two Primary schools in the parish – a multidenominational team in the case of St White’s, Ruspidge. Under the ‘Open the Book’ scheme, small teams of local Christians visit schools regularly and act out Bible stories using a prescribed book and involving the children where possible.
St John’s Church holds a 9.30 am Parish Eucharist each Sunday, with Baptism usually incorporated on 1st Sun of the month and Prayer for Healing included on 3rd Sun monthly.
A Said Eucharist is held on the 5th Wednesday of the month at 10.00am.