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.


Christmas Fair, Charlton - 30th November 2019

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Kick off the Festive Season!

Raising money for Home-Start North Dorset

Saturday 30th November 2019
10.00 am till 12.00 noon

at St John’s Church, Charlton, SP7 9LZ

Christmas Decorations - Children’s Gifts
General Gifts - Cake Stall
Coffees and Teas with Mince Pies - Raffle

Home Start LogoHome-Start North Dorset is an independent registered charity that supports struggling families living in the former North Dorset District Council area and where there is at least one child under five.

 


tea@thechurch, Charlton - Most Mondays

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By the time you read this, the new season of tea@thechurch will be in full swing and hopefully many of those who come will have enjoyed a pleasant day out at Swanage in September.

If you are new to the area or just not sure what tea@thechurch is all about, let me assure you that, although the word ‘church’ appears in its title, the event has nothing to do with church and does not require you to be a member of any particular church or even to have any sort of faith. We just use the church building as a suitable venue for an opportunity to meet new people, chat and socialise over a sandwich, piece of cake and cup of tea, although coffee is also on offer if requested. So, with the evenings drawing in and the weather less good for just sitting outside, why not come along and ‘give it a go’!

We always meet in St John’s Church, Charlton just off the A30 between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm on a Monday. If you do not know where the church is, click here to see a map showing its location.

The afternoons are entirely free of charge but if you feel like making a small donation to cover heating costs, then it is always much appreciated but certainly not compulsory. Hope to see you there! If you would like more details or would like someone to accompany you, please call Theresa on 01747 829188.

Our forthcoming dates are as follows (all Mondays):

October 2019: 7th, 14th, and 21st; no session on 28th
November 2019: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
December 2019: 2nd, 9th and 16th

16th December 2019 is a particularly special afternoon as we shall be holding our annual Christmas Party, starting at the earlier time of 2.00pm, to be followed at about 3.15 pm by informal carols accompanied by the music group and which is open to all.


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
15th October 2019
19th November 2019

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

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

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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.