St Mary the Virgin, Innox Lane, Upper Swainswick, Bath BA1 8DB
Open hearts… open minds…..and open in daylight hours
Yes, the church is open for listening and talking to God, visiting and private prayer, all in accordance with Lockdown restrictions.
Because of the virulent Covid variant we have reluctantly decided to suspend Sunday and other services for now. There is a zoomed Compline every Wednesday at 7.30 pm and if you would like to join it, contact us for the link.
The church has been closed for a few weeks while we made some changes to the inside, creating more space for community events, including the cafe and pub. Most of the work is now complete, but we still have some redecorating and one or two other things to do.
This has been a long time in the planning and we are very grateful to National Lottery Players, Friends of Swainswick Church, All Churches Trust, Swainswick Church Congregation and everyone who has spent money at the pub over the years.
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 when Covid 19 allows; 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 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: email@example.com
For other information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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