St John Ambulance Guernsey has produced an online Christmas message for volunteers, staff and supporters, after the traditional Christmas church service was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The video features a message from the Knight Commander of St John in  Guernsey, Andrew Henton and the St John chaplain the Revd Matthew Barrett, together with images showcasing the wide variety of work of St John in the islands.

In the video Andrew Henton says: “I am disappointed that we are not able to hold our usual carol service this year due to Covid, but we are determined not to let the pandemic dampen our spirits. Despite what has been a difficult year, I do think we have grounds to celebrate all that has been collectively achieved during the year.”

Speaking from the Town Church in St Peter Port, surrounded by sparkling and decorated Christmas trees, the Revd Matthew Barrett shared a message of hope: “We could probably all do with a little bit of hope from the darkness in our world at the moment,” he said. “Whether the Christmas story resonates with you or not, I pray you may find some time of peace and joy and that there may be new hope in the year ahead”

Andrew Henton thanks St John staff, volunteers and supporters for their ongoing commitment and dedication and concludes the video by wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

Images in the video include footage of St John volunteers on duty providing first aid at community events, the Covid-19 decontamination team cleaning frontline ambulances earlier this year, the Flying Christine III responding to a medical emergency and other aspects of the work of St John such as the Emergency Ambulance Service during the pandemic, the Healthcare shop and first aid training.

The video is available to view

St John Communications Office, Jim Cathcart said “Although many people will have missed the traditional carol service, this is an opportunity to connect a much wider audience, including people who support the charity, but who would not normally attend the church service. We hope the video message will not just be seen by our own volunteers and staff in Guernsey, but be seen by St John people all around the world.”

Anyone wishing to support the work of St John in Guernsey can donate online at

Posted: December 21, 2021