St Swithins Church


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Latest information
Baptisms Weddings Funerals etc
Pattern of Services
Under 5s
Study Groups

Services in the Same Benefice
Contact Nos
St Swithins Future


Latest information

Recycling at the School Gates

St.Swithins Church needs funds to preserve its ancient building. One of our fund-raising events has been to collect recyclable clothing etc. to be redistributed to needy people, and over the last two years we have collected about 4 tonnes of goods, thanks to the generosity of villagers and their friends.

The school and the church are going to work together for the forseeable future with the installation of a clothing bank located at the school gate.

We hope the whole village will contribute with donations, which will be recycled / reused as before. Please donate - Adult & childrens clothing.
Paired shoes & trainers. Handbags & belts.
Sheets, curtains, towels. Duvet covers, pillow cases.
NOT duvets and pillows, or soft toys.

Clean clothing etc. to be put in plastic supermarket bags and closed.

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Baptisms,Weddings and Funerals

by arrangement with the Rector:
Revd. Ros Greenhalgh - Tel 01789 751546


To avoid disappointment, please contact before making other arrangements. Revd. Greenhalgh looks after three churches and may have a previous engagement.
You should also consult her if you wish to use the Church for a concert or other event.

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Pattern of Services 

During Covid a Zoom Church Service takes place at 1000

For further information please contact Rector. 

by Sundays in the month
1st Sunday 11.00 a.m. Family Service

2nd Sunday 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

3rd Sunday 11.00 a.m. Worship Together

4th Sunday 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

5th Sunday 8.00am. Holy Communion BCP

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Under 5s - Suspended during Covid

This is held in the Village Hall every Monday morning from 10.30 to 11.30 (excluding Bank Holidays)
Have a coffee and a chat with friends while your children under 5 are looked after by caring adults. The time together will finish with a story from the Bible and a prayer.

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Study Groups

Take place from time to timer - contact Rector

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Services in the same Benefice

Welford St Peter's, Weston All Saints and Long Marston St James are in the same Benefice and served by Ros Greenhalgh.

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Contact Nos

for Clergy, Reader and Wardens.  

Rector - Revd. Ros Greenhalgh 01789 751546
Curate - Revd. Jim Edie 01789 722416
Wardens - Jane Spooner 07365 517962         Judi Lucas 01789 720239

Reader - Linda Thomas 01789 721180

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St Swithin's Future


We want to keep St Swithin’s alive and well and used by all in our villages, and welcome everyone for special occasions like weddings, and baptisms and funerals, and indeed for many other events. It has been doing it since 1283 and with the help of local people it can go on doing it for a long time to come.

Years ago, the Church swanked around, had plenty of money and many wealthy patrons. Parsons were gentry and lots of people were made to think that they were not "worthy" to come to Church. A lot of the wealth was in land, and you only need to look around and see how many `great houses` are now in the hands of the National Trust to realise that the value of such historic resources has shrunk over the years. The Church Commissioners now administer all these historic resources, and most years they they do rather better than most Investment Managers. (Of course if they have a hiccup it gets in the papers!!!) Parsons now get pensions, and most of them keep on taking services while they can still stand up. But although the papers will headline `The Church Commissioners Millions`, the fact is there is not nearly enough money to keep the Church of England up and running.

Every year we are asked by the Diocese (that is the group of parishes under the Bishop of Gloucester) for a set amount of money that goes towards clergy stipends, pension contributions, and in-service training; the upkeep of Churches and Vicarages; the training of new clergy; and all the other things it takes to keep the Church of England running. It is called the Parish Share. In the current year is £20543. If we don’t pay the share in full, we could find ourselves sharing a Vicar with even more parishes, or in the end, the Church could close. On top of the Share we have insurance, heating and lighting, and repairs to the Church, and necessary supplies - like light bulbs, If you can help us by donation we would be most grateful.

But really what God wants is people - to take an interest in the Christian faith, to join us at regular services, to learn to love Jesus Christ, and to pass on that love to their children.


Unless that happens, St Swithin's will just be a museum.


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