We should have called this page 'Sermons', but the word has acquired an unfortunate reputation which might have turned people away. At St John's we do not believe that a vicar's words need to be sleep-inducing, and to prove it we have made sound recordings of many of our sermons available for downloading.
This page contains the most recent sermons, as well as a few selected highlights. More recordings are available on the Archive pages; please click on the link below. These pages will be updated regularly as new sermons become available. (You may need to use your internet browser's Reload or Refresh function on each page to be sure you are seeing the most recent version.)
Please read the notes below for information about how to download these files.
About these RecordingsAll of these recordings were made during Sunday services at St John's. The sound quality may vary in places, and there is occasional background noise. The sermons were often illustrated with data-projector slides which we are unable to include; however, they still make sense as audio-only recordings.
The files are compressed into MP3 format to keep download times reasonable. A typical dial-up internet connection will take 10-20 minutes to transfer one of these files, depending on the length of the sermon. (You can go and make a nice cup of tea while the file trickles down your phone line in little pieces.) If the process seems to be going much more slowly than this, there may be a lot of traffic on the internet, and you might want to try again later.
You can download one of these files by clicking on its title (in the left-hand column of the table below). However, what happens next will depend on your internet browser's settings. You might get a dialogue box giving you the option of saving the file, or your browser might play the file automatically. To ensure that you end up with a copy of the file on your own computer (so that you don't have to download it again if you want to listen to it a second time), we recommend that you click on the title with the right-hand mouse button. A menu should appear; select 'Save Link Target As...' or 'Save Target As...', and then decide where to save the file.
To play the files after you have saved them on your own computer, open them with Windows Media Player or any equivalent software. (Double-clicking on your copy of the file will probably start the most appropriate programme automatically, but this will depend on your computer's settings. If it doesn't work, try clicking on the file with the right-hand mouse button and choosing 'Open With' from the menu.)
Copyright in the text and presentation of these recordings is held by Kelvin Wright or (in the case of guest preachers) by the speaker. You may download these files for private, non-commercial use only. Please do not make multiple copies of these recordings, redistribute them on the internet, or use them to make money. If you would like to make these recordings available to others, please tell them about the St John's website or add a link to this page from your own website.