open hearts, open minds, open doors

Swainswick Church is here for everyone, whatever their faith or doubts. As well as our regular worship, baptisms, weddings and funerals, we welcome anyone who comes our way. We’re a small, open Christian community (12-15 most Sundays) with different backgrounds and outlooks. But we share a belief that the depth and richness of life comes from God and that following the life and teaching of Jesus Christ unlocks that depth.

If you’re looking for somewhere to belong or to feed your soul, come and try us out. Our worship is easy-going, we love singing, there are toys for children and it’s a beautiful place. With the Covid situation, times of services and other events may change, so check the relevant pages of the website before you come.

The church is open, so you can look around or sit and pray whenever you want. Help yourself to tea and coffee and the tables and chairs in the churchyard. We’ve become well known for the monthly Pub Swainswick (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 hold a fortnightly cafe in the church in term time, bellringers practice every Thursday and there are plenty of other community happenings throughout the year.

The church has been here since the 12th century, so it holds a lot of prayer and a lot of history. It is the final resting place of John Wood and his son, who designed the Royal Crescent and Circus in Bath, as well as All Saints Woolley, our sister church across the valley.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, from coming to church, helping at the pub, bellringing, keeping the churchyard in shape and a haven for wildlife or joining the Friends of Swainswick Church. If you want to know more or have any questions, please get in touch.

I lift up my eyes to the hills –
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.


Christmas services

All Saints Woolley tower repairs

We are very grateful to the National Churches Trust, Wolfson Foundation, Friends of Woolley Church and individual donors who have provided funding for essential repairs to the tower of Woolley Church. We hope that work will begin early in 2022.


If you have a concern about a vulnerable child, young person or adult, please contact our Safeguarding lead Helen Roberts 07752 6464857. If Helen is not available, you can contact one of the church wardens.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.