Welcome

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.

Services

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.

Community

We’re well known for the monthly Pub Swainswick (first Friday of the month) which 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 including an annual Apple Day and Harvest Beer Festival.

History

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.

Join in

There are 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.

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.

Christmas 2021

And here we are singing it – outside for the last carol of the carol service. Thank you Richard Wyatt of Bath Newseum for the video.

Make a donation

We are very grateful to everyone who gives of their time, talents and money to help us cover the costs of running the church. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the button below.

Thankyou

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

Safeguarding

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.