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.

tea@thechurch - St John's Church, Charlton

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2018 finished in fine style tor those who come to tea@thechurch on a Monday. As you can see from the photos below, we all enjoyed a splendid festive tea with sandwiches, savouries, cakes and, of course, Christmas cake. This was followed by about 45 minutes of carol singing accompanied by our local church band consisting of piano, violin, two flutes, oboe, clarinet, guitar and euphonium, with ages ranging from 11 to late 80s’.

So, if you missed out in 2018, why not come along in 2019 - you can be assured of a warm welcome.

Our dates are:

4th, 11th, 18th and 25th February 2019
4th, 18th and 25th March 2019
1st and 8th April 2019
NO Tea on 11th March

We always meet between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm in St John’s Church, Charlton, just off the A30. Click here to see a map showing the location of St John’s Church.

Hope to see you there!


Editor’s Note: click on each photo below to see a larger version.

*** NEW *** 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:
18th September 2108
16th October 2018
20th November 2018
18th December 2018 - this will be our Christmas Party
13th January 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.