open hearts, open minds, open doors
Who we are
We’re a small, inclusive Christian community (10-15 most Sundays) who follow Jesus Christ, worship together and hope to grow in our love of God and neighbour. We express our spirituality and faith in different ways, but we come together every Sunday for worship which is gentle and joyous and often lay-led.
As part of a group of churches with St Saviour’s Larkhall and All Saints Woolley, there is plenty of variety between us. And, as well as regular church services, anyone who lives in the parish can be baptised, married or have their funeral in the church.
Community, Peace and Pilgrimage
The church is a place of peace and pilgrimage. Anyone can drop in any time to pray or be still and we’re just off St Andhelm’s Way and the starting point for local pilgrimage routes. Each month a small group (all faiths and none) meet for quiet and meditation.
We’re well known for the monthly Pub Swainswick (first Friday of the month) which serves excellent Abbey Ales. As a good base for walks and full of history, visitors are always welcome, however muddy your boots. There are tables and chairs in the churchyard and you can help yourself to tea or coffee in church. 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 of St Mary the Virgin in Swainswick has been here since the 12th century and there has been considerable research into the history of both the church and the parish. If you are tracing your ancestors, there’s information about local records here. The church is 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 John Wood Countryside Trail and find out why he is buried in Swainswick.
Whether you’re coming for a service, enjoying a pint at the pub, saying a prayer or taking a break in the middle of a walk, you are very welcome. For more information just get in touch.
Thankyou to everyone who gives their time, talents and money to maintain Swainswick church and its ministry. If you would like to make a donation, click on the button below.
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, contact the church warden, Susanna Watson.
“Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God” – St. Paul