St Mary the Virgin, Innox lane, Upper Swainswick, Bath BA1 8DB
Open minds….open hearts….and open in daylight hours
But closed at the moment – see below
Sadly, following government covid advice, we can’t hold services in Swainswick or Woolley for the moment.
In addition Swainswick church is actually closed for around 6 weeks (until mid December?) while we make some changes to the inside. We’re creating more space at the back for community events, including the cafe and pub. A couple of pews are coming out, we’re replacing a scruffy curtain and moving the font back to its original position near the door.
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.
Church in Swainswick
There has been a Christian community at Swainswick Church for over 800 years, meeting to worship God, pray, 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 Covid19 allows; a congregation of 15-20 most weeks, relaxed and inclusive, sharing our highs and lows, praying, singing, reading the Bible and finding hope, friendship and meaning in 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 to as many people as possible, whether or not they come on a Sunday morning. The church is usually open during the day and walkers often stop for a break and to have a tea or coffee. There are tables and chairs in the churchyard, which is a beautiful place to sit on a sunny day.
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. Details are on the Diary and Community Happenings pages, or pick up a copy of The Mag from church which will give you a good idea of what is going on and make you laugh as well.
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