St Mary the Virgin, Innox Lane, Upper Swainswick, Bath BA1 8DB
Open hearts… open minds…..and open in daylight hours
The Church in Swainswick
There has been a Christian community at Swainswick Church for over 800 years, meeting to worship God, to pray and give thanks, forgive and be forgiven, ask for help, laugh, cry, baptise, marry and mourn. That’s something like 42,500 services not counting all the baptisms, weddings and funerals, so the building is steeped in history and holiness.
And we still meet, Covid restrictions permitting; a congregation of 15-20 most weeks, relaxed and inclusive, praying, singing, reading the Bible and finding hope, friendship and meaning to our lives through the Christian story.
People love the singing and there’s bell ringing on the first Sunday of the month. We’ve got a close relationship with Swainswick Primary School, and there’s an area in the church with toys, books and colouring – or was until it had to be quarantined. It will be back..
We want the church to be a home for as many people as possible. The church is usually open during the day and, although we can’t at the moment offer our usual tea and coffee to walkers and visitors, there are still tables and chairs in the churchyard where you can picnic or enjoy the view.
We’ve become well known for our monthly pub (first Friday of the month) which, as far as we know, is a first in a parish church and serves excellent Abbey Ales. School parents organise a fortnightly café in the church in term time and there’s the Swainswick Fete in June, Woolley Strawberry Teas in July and the Swainswick Beerfest in September. Like so much else, all of these are on hold at the moment, but we hope very much that that they will start up again later in 2021.
If you’ve got an enquiry about a baptism, wedding or funeral, please contact the Rev Dave Parr on 01225 858139 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For other information, email: email@example.com
Please contact one of the safeguarding officers for Swainswick and Woolley church if you have any concerns:
Helen Roberts and Rachel Leigh-Wood
07752 464857 07758 515092