Church of St John the Baptist, Charlton

charlton sFrom the outside, St John the Baptist Church, Charlton, is the least attractive church in the Benefice. However, inside it is light and airy. The Church was built in about 1839 in a 12th century style to replace a smaller church dating from the 14th century located in the centre of the village of Charlton. The position of the new Church - at the crossroads of the current A30 - was chosen to make the Church more accessible to worshippers in Ludwell and the Coombes, whilst continuing to be close enough for those in Charlton.

Sunday Services

Two services are normally held in the Church each month:

  • A Family Service on the first Sunday of each month beginning at 9.30 am. Many of us stay after the service for a chat over filter coffee, tea, juice and biscuits.
  • A Family Communion on the third Sunday of each month beginning at 11.00 am. Coffee, tea, juice and biscuits are served from 10.30 am onwards for those who wish to socialise before the service.

Additionally, on the fifth Sunday of the month (when it occurs), a Benefice Family Service is held at 11.00 am. Coffee, tea, nice and biscuits are served from 10.30 am before the service.

All services are usually of about 45 minutes duration, and are very informal and family-friendly, with the emphasis on including young people and encouraging them to participate in the readings and talks. You can be sure of a friendly welcome.

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the Church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

How to Find the Church

For information on how the find the Church, click here.

Baptism Welcome !

baptism genSometimes it is easy to forget that when we Baptise anyone we are welcoming them into our Church Family. On 16 June 2019, at St. John's Church, we did just that. A young Portuguese family live near to the church and some weeks ago they came to a service there and afterwards they asked if their new son could be Baptised in the church. After talks and visits, surmounting the language barrier and getting to know them, the Baptism of William Ulisses Marques Solipa was duly arranged.

From our visits, we really expected just a small gathering of family as their relatives seemed scattered to various parts of the UK. However, and to our joyful surprise, a much larger group of the family arrived, complete with the most splendiferous cake for all to enjoy with our tea or coffee. Within minutes the church was full of happily mingling English and Portuguese voices as the welcoming tea, coffee and cake was consumed.

The Family had chosen two hymns as part of the Service - a Family Eucharist - and they all took part, many of their youngish children already being full communicants of the Church. A young member of the congregation presented William with the Baptismal Candle whilst William's older sister presented him with a Candle which the family had obtained especially from Portugal. The Churchwarden also presented William with a Bible which had been bought by the congregation of St. John's. During the final hymn, the Candle bearers led William and his immediate family through the congregation to the back of the Church.

Our Tea and Coffee Team of the day volunteered to make coffee again at the end of the Service as the beautiful, and very large, cake, had not been half consumed. Again the whole Baptismal Family stayed to share in the Fellowship.

It was an occasion of total joy and love so that at the end everyone left feeling positive and happy. Despite the fact that I had started the day feeling tired and the fact that we were in church for almost three hours in total, I left feeling so happy and full of the love and joy of Our Lord. I just want to say a public ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped to make it such a wonderful occasion.

June Lane

tea@thechurch, Charlton - Most Mondays

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If you haven’t been to tea@thechurch before, why not give it a go. A warm welcome awaits you along with tea or coffee and a selection of delicious cakes

Come and make new friends and enjoy the opportunity to sit and chat. It might be that you like company but prefer to be busy. In that case, had you thought of volunteering to help set up and serve the tea and cakes? We are always very happy to have new helpers. Or perhaps you would like to make a cake for us once in a while?

For more details, contact Theresa on 01747 829188, or come along between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm on most Mondays. We will be taking a break over the whole of August 2019, restarting on Monday 9th September.  The dates for the period until September are as follows:

June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

Do drop in and say hello even if it is only for a few minutes or so. See you there!

If you are new to the area and wondering where this event takes place, it is in St John’s Church, Charlton, which is just north of the A30 (before it goes down the hill to Ludwell) in Coronation Close. Click here to see a map showing the location of the church.

KidzClub@St.John’s - Charlton

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An exciting new venture meeting on
the third Tuesday of the month from 3.15pm to 4.30pm in St John's Church, Charlton.
All children up to and including the age of 10 are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
Come for fun, craft, a drink and a snack.
Dates are:
16th April 2019
21st May 2019
16th July 2019
17th September 2019

 For more details, please see Jocelyn at the Ludwell School gate.

Click here for a map showing the location of St John’s Church.


St. Mary’s and St. John’s Churches Appeal

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In April 2012 we launched an appeal to meet the cost of major repair works to the two churches in the Parish - St Mary's in Donhead St Mary and St John's Charlton - and to provide additional and much needed regular income. The diocesan architect's five-yearly survey identified repairs costing in the region of £75,000, equivalent to £15,000 over each of the next five years. Our existing sources of revenue such as collections, the parish fête and other fund raising events are insufficient to cover this. Indeed they are taken up entirely by other outgoings such as heating, lighting, insurance, routine maintenance and our contribution to the rector's stipend and Benefice running costs. Additional funds are required specifically for maintaining the fabric of St. John's and St. Mary's. For full details of this appeal, please click on this link.