St John’s Toft
St John the Evangelist is a semi-rural, traditional Anglican church in Toft Parish, in Cheshire. It was built in 1852 and is a united benefice with St John the Baptist Church in nearby Knutsford. Its teaching is centred upon the Bible and is a church open to all ages, committed to Jesus Christ as the only Son of God, our Lord and Saviour. St John the Evangelist has its own graveyard, both for the burial of bodies and for cremated remains, which is visited regularly and beautifully maintained by a team of volunteers, who meet every alternate Saturday at 10:00-12:00. Their website is Friends of Toft.
At 8 am there is a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer. This is held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday in each month.
At 10.15 am there is our main Sunday service:
- on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month this is a service of the Word from “Common Worship”;
- every 2nd Sunday it is a service of Holy Communion from “Common Worship”;
- if there is a 5th Sunday in the month, the Book of Common Prayer is used.
At all of our services there is a substantial sermon following a Biblical series.
There is a church hall next to the church where young people go for their age-appropriate Biblical learning. A 4-page leaflet, The Toft Parishioner, is produced 3 times a year – Easter, Harvest and Christmas, in which Revd Young writes a short letter, and it gives details of services, contact details for clergy and staff, and dates of recent weddings and funerals.
Toft Church is on the A50 approximately one mile south of Knutsford, going towards Holmes Chapel. After passing an Esso garage, carry on for a short distance past Goughs Lane, and the turning to Toft Church is on the left-hand side, between two concrete posts. Follow the drive and there is ample parking space available. The postcode for sat nav machines is WA16 9PB.
If you are arriving in Knutsford by train, and coming to a service at Toft Church, please ring one of the Churchwardens (Val Brooker – 01565 650374 or Jane Lingard – 01565 652492) and they will arrange for you to be met at the station.