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Community

Community is important at St John's. The community incorporates those studying full-time and part-time, ordinands and those studying for personal growth, married and single people, staff, and family members of all ages. The St John's community is constantly changing as students and their families come and go. However, one thing remains constant - there is always an active, supportive and vibrant community here.

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Living in community does not mean that we exist in a bubble distinct from the 'real world'. Rather, we repeatedly encounter the highs and lows, births and bereavements, challenges and transitions, which are present in the wider world. As we encounter these things, we seek to give expression to what it means to be part of the one body of Christ. We rejoice together and we mourn together as we share life together.

With some students and families living within the college grounds and most others very nearby, the college has a thriving social life and sports scene, and we make the most of the buildings and extensive grounds outside formal class time.

We encourage students to be involved in the community beyond college, especially at one of the many local churches.

That community is so important to St John's is demonstrated by the wide range of activities that take place on a regular basis. In addition to daily worship, these activities include:

Meals: mealtimes are a central element of community life. Students are encouraged to eat breakfast and lunch in college as often as possible and families are always welcome.

Formation groups: students are part of a small group supervised by a member of teaching staff. They meet regularly to pray, reflect, discuss and have fun together.

Sport: sporting activities vary from year to year according to the interests of the community. Recent activities include football, cricket, walking and juggling! There is also a small college gym.

Social activities: a number of college-wide social events are organised throughout the year. Highlights include the Christmas Ball, the College Revue (an evening of comedy), and the Summer Bash.

Community days: twice a year students and staff get their hands dirty to improve life both in the wider community. Typical tasks include decorating, gardening, and organising the library.

Pastoral support

During the course of your studies, the personal tutors are always on hand to lend a listening ear to students and families in any sort of need or difficulty. Formation groups are another key source of support for individuals and families

As well as these more 'formal' support mechanisms, great strength is drawn from developing personal friendships, along with other activities organised by members of the community. These include prayer vigils for those in particular need, and rotas for cooking meals for those who are ill or have had a baby.