St. John the Baptist

Church Lane, Churchill

Rev Tim Jessiman,
Park View, Maysmead Lane, Langford, BS40 5HX
Tel: 01934 863 067

Tricia Avery 01934 852360

The Norman church of St. John the Baptist is in an idyllic rural setting nestling at the foot of the Mendip Hills at the edge of the village of Churchill. Originally, it is thought to have been in the heart of the parish. However, in the 14th century Churchill may well have been a victim of the plague and it could be for this reason that the village is a short way away.

Records show that there was a Norman chapel on this site in 1180, the nave or centre aisle of which remains today. The stone font is believed to be 800 years old and to have originated from these times although the wooden font cover was added in 1879 when there was a revival in gothic designs.

St. John the Baptist tends towards the traditional worship style with a BCP Matins service and Communion each month as well as Common Worship communion and Family Services. When there is a fifth Sunday, a joint Service is held with the Methodist Church and the service alternates between the churches.

Festivals, such as Advent, Christmas, Easter and Harvest are particularly popular since the medieval ambience of the church lends a special significance to the celebrations. A service is held and a sermon preached every Good Friday following a legacy of Mary Plumley, daughter of Thomas Latch, in 1672.

Various Youth Groups meet regularly under the guidance of church members from Churchill and Langford. A Social Club for more senior members of the community meets alternate Mondays and has outings at regular intervals. A kneeler sewing group meets each Thursday and a flourishing choir supports worship and combines with singers from other villages to perform larger choral works in St. John's and other churches. A flourishing Music Society arranges regular concerts of outstanding quality in the church.

The bell-ringers practice on Friday evenings and welcome visiting ringers.