Vote for us! St John’s Sunshine has been shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Fund

We need your help to generate more community energy for Old Trafford!

M and S Energy Community FundVoting is now open in the M&S Energy Community Fund.  You can see all the projects on the website. The project that finishes at the top of each category will receive the funding. It’s a race to the top so please vote for us here.

If we get the funding, we will be able to put more solar PVs on the church to provide clean energy for the St John’s Centre and also increase the funds available for Sunshine grants to support community groups in Old Trafford.

You can vote up till 30th September, but don’t leave it that long.  Vote now while you remember and tell all your friends and family to vote for us too!

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Harvesting Community Energy – A Harvest Festival (4-6th September)

Harvest plug 4-6 SeptemberEarlier this month, St John’s Church were successful in securing a Voluntary Sector Grant to run a community focused event celebrating local growing / local learning / community energy and community arts. We are doing this in the context of a Harvest Festival at the beginning of September.

Sept 4th FRIDAY EVENING 4-7pm in church

A celebration of local growing and local artist’s work

Sept 5th SATURDAY 10-4 in church

A celebration of local learning and community energy with local musicians

Sept 6th SUNDAY 10-12 in church Harvest Festival Thanksgiving and Celebration with gifts brought to be shared with homeless and cash strapped and shared with local people / the Booth Centre /

12-4 A ‘FareShare’ Feast in St John’s Centre for all the community. All welcome

Festival Concert in Church from 5-9pm Free Music / Art / Drama / Poetry / Mime and Dance and more!


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Sunshine fuelery … join us at 6pm, 1st April @ St John’s Centre

The Fool - St Johns SunshineSt John’s Sunshine has all its solar panels in place and couldn’t have done it without help from a lot of folk.   The 2nd Phase saw over £10,000 raised but the last three years have involved much more.  Whether you contributed time, money, a photograph, a poster, shoulder to cry on, expertise, solar kit, food, an auction contribution, attendance at an AGM or simply cheered us on (or were the friend of someone who did!), we want you to come on over to help celebrate this great achievement.

Curry, cakes, circus skills, drumming & poetry, song and a fool as the Master of Ceremonies.

Before the community celebration there will be short liturgy at 5pm in St John’s Church.  Entitled ‘The Holy Fool and Wounded World.’  Whether you believe, or not, you are welcome to attend

St John’s Sunshine is not a religious organization, but brings together people with a common concern for community and creation.  In 2012 April 1st fell on Palm Sunday and we launched the share offer after a church service. This year April 1st falls in Holy Week, when Christians are asked to consider the ‘foolishness’ of Christ.

Before our community celebration we are inviting people to a short meditative service in church at 5pm, reflecting on how foolishness in a worldly sense can be unexpectedly fruitful for community and creation. The liturgy is entitled ‘The Holy Fool and Wounded World.’ Whether you believe, or not, you are welcome to attend. The service lasts less than an hour.

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Great News – Phase 2 is GO !

An additional 6+kW of solar PV panels are scheduled to go up on the church the week beginning the 16th February.

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Can you help St John’s Sunshine generate more community energy?

Can you help us put more solar panel (PVs) on the St John’s Church roof and generate more clean electricity to power the St John’s Centre and generate more money for the Sunshine grants to help support Old Trafford community groups. Continue reading

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Community Index get in on Sunshines story

Community Index, a great local magazine, tells our story too (see page 8). As we continue to develop and become better known, our story spreads to others. This is great news and part of why we created Sunshine as an inspiration for others to follow. Continue reading

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Aladdin @ St John’s Centre. It’s Panto time…. Oh No it isn’t, Oh Yes it is !

It’s pantomime time. St. John’s, staff and friends, present to you Aladdin.  “Oh No they don’t! Oh Yes they do!”

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Young people host event to help us hoist more panels on the roof

A cultural extravaganza hosted by young people will be held in St John’s Church, Ayres Road, Old Trafford between 2 and 4 on Sunday 9th November. It will include drumming, face painting, food, tombola and much more. Come along and support this fundraiser planned by people on the National Citizen Scheme.

See flyer for more details.

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Welcome to St John’s Sunshine

Congratulations, you’ve stumbled onto the web pages for St John’s Sunshine, a little enterprise with big ambitions, located at the heart of Old Trafford in Greater Manchester.

We’re a voluntary community group, we’re also a business, and we’re a kind of co-operative too, all rolled into one. Our unique enterprise is generating green electricity to benefit the people in the area, and we have a lot of work to do.

Phase 1 of the system was installed in 2012, Phase 2 in February 2015 and we’re looking to at the possibility of more in 2016!

If you’d like to know more please take a peak at the rest of the pages or contact us.

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St John’s Sunshine Launch, April 1st 2012. Photos by David Warren

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Church of England magazine covers Sunshines’ use of church buildings

One of our founding directors, John Hughes, tells CRUX readers about St John’s Sunshine, read the magazine article. Continue reading

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