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.

Harp, Piano and Young Choir Concert, Charlton - 22nd June 2018

*** This Coming Friday ***

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Summer Recital


Kachina Aimee & Pupils of Ludwell School

Harp, Piano, Voice & Enthusiasm !

Friday 22nd June 2018 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm


St. John’s Church, Charlton, SP7 9LZ

We invite you to come and share in our joyous celebration of music.

During the first half of the programme, some of Kachinas pupils from Ludwell School (and even some of the staff!) will be playing and singing with Kachina. During the second half, Kachina Aimee will be playing harp and sharing her magical Celtic inspired sounds and music.

“We are delighted to share our love of music with you - see you there!”

Kachina Aimee is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist playing harp, piano, cello, flute and guitar. Inspired by her strong connection to the natural World and other dimensions, Kachina’s voice has been described as “resonant & pure” and her unique sound as “ethereal, Celtic and magical.” Click here to find out more about Kachina.

Tickets to include an interval drink: £10.00 and £5.00 for those under age 18
Available from Ludwell Stores ( or on the door.

Proceeds will be shared between Christian Aid, Ludwell School music provision and Church Funds

tea@thechurch - St John's Church, Charlton

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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. The older folk who come enjoy the opportunity to sit and chat while the younger folk pop in after school whilst their children have a play. 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 Mondays on the following dates:

  • 7th and 14th May 2018
  • 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June 2018
  • 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July 2018

We then take a break for the whole of August.

Do come - and bring a friend too! We look forward to welcoming you.

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 a location of the 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.