Welcome to the website of Abram St John the Evangelist Parish Church. The church is located in the heart of Abram Village in Wigan and is part of The Chapelfields Team. We are a growing, welcoming and inclusive Anglican Church and the hub of our local community. We welcome ANYONE – Christians from any denomination or group, people thinking about faith, people who are just curious and want to see what church is like….ALL are welcome. You do not need to be a member or become a member, or let anyone know you are coming: just turn up.
We offer a variety of opportunities to gather in worship and fellowship, from traditional style services held each week on Sunday at 9:30am and Wednesday at 9:45am, Church Mice, our toddler church, which is held every Monday in term time at 9:15am, Church 4 U, our informal all-age worship which is held on the second Sunday of every month at 4:00pm, plus drop in café and seasonal services/courses where we can come together and explore, grow and celebrate being a disciple of Jesus. We also host Open Table Wigan on the fourth Sunday of every month at 6:30pm offering a fully inclusive, nurturing and welcoming space. This website gives a glimpse into who we are but we would love to meet you so why not come along and say hello.
If you have extra needs, you may find that you are already catered for:
We have baby change facilities and a children’s corner with books and soft toys.
Partially sighted – larger print service sheets and notice sheets are available on request.
Limited mobility – we are fully wheelchair accessible and have a disabled toilet. We have many members with limited mobility so this is catered for, and you can have communion in your seat.
Nonverbal communication – We sometimes have BSL interpretation during services as a couple of our members know sign language. Although they are not always present, we are willing to have a go at communicating regardless.
Parking – there are places along the road nearby to park your car and a small car park opposite the church.
You do not need to bring anything with you, especially if this is your first visit! We do have a collection, this is where someone will pass around a plate or small bag for people to put money in to help the church do its work in the community, but some people give by direct debit and do not put anything in and some cannot afford to give money but give in other ways. If you are new to the church or just visiting us because you are curious you do not need to give unless you wish to. If you feel anxious about coming for the first time, please get in touch via the details given under the ‘contact us’ page on this website to tell us what your needs are and we can arrange for someone to look out for you and greet you. This can also be a good idea if you suffer from anxiety. You might perhaps like to see one of us beforehand or have a look at the church while it is empty first.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. We collect donations of non-perishable food and donate these items to local foodbanks to help provide emergency food to feed people in crisis.
We are a Fairtrade Church. This means we use Fairtrade Tea and coffee and other products where we can and we actively promote and encourage Fairtrade. Where you see products marked with the Fairtrade symbol this guarantees that the people who actually grew the crops are paid a fair, living wage for them.