open hearts, open minds, open doors
Swainswick Church is here for everyone, whatever their faith or doubts. The church is always open, and you can help yourself to tea and coffee and sit inside or in the churchyard. Our worship is easy-going, we love singing, there are toys for children and it’s a beautiful place. If you’re looking for somewhere to belong or are searching for something to feed your soul, come to one of our services, drop in at the pub or come to one of the other events. With the Covid situation, times of services and events may change, so check the relevant pages of the website before you come. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
We’re a small, open Christian community (12-15 most Sundays) and we express our faith and spirituality in different ways. But we come together every week as brothers and sisters to worship God and pray together. We’re part of a group of churches with St Saviour’s Larkhall and All Saints Woolley, so between us there is plenty of variety. As well as regular church services, anyone who lives in (or has a strong connection with) the parish can be baptised, married or have their funeral in the church.
We’re well known for the monthly Pub Swainswick (first Friday of the month) which serves excellent Abbey Ales. Walkers and visitors are always welcome, however muddy your boots. School parents hold a fortnightly open-to-all cafe in the church in term time, bellringers practice every Thursday and there are plenty of other community happenings throughout the year including an annual Apple Day and Harvest Beer Festival.
The church has been here since the 12th century, so it holds a lot of prayer and history. It’s the final resting place of the 18th century architects John Wood and his son, who designed much of Georgian Bath, including the Royal Crescent, the Circus and All Saints Woolley, our sister church across the valley. Walk the Swainswick John Wood Trail and find out why he is buried here.
There are lots of different ways you can get involved, from coming to services, taking up bellringing, keeping the churchyard in shape and a haven for wildlife or helping at the pub or beer festival. Or you could join the Friends of Swainswick Church. But, whether or not you want to get involved, do come and visit.
If you have a concern about a vulnerable child, young person or adult, please contact our Safeguarding lead Helen Roberts 07752 464857 If Helen is not available, you can contact one of the church wardens.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills –
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
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John Wood’s grave is restored!
The long-awaited restoration of John Wood’s grave in Swainswick Church is finally completed. Thank you to Iain Cotton for his beautiful craftsmanship and to Bath World Heritage Enhancement Fund for their grant to cover the cost.
Woolley Roof Repairs
7th February 2022 And another very big thankyou to the National Churches Trust, Wolfson Foundation, Somerset Churches Trust, All Churches Trust, the Friends of Woolley Church and individual donors who have generously provided funding for essential repairs to the tower of Woolley Church. The work will begin in early May 2022.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.