St John the Baptist, Aldford
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We are a rural parish about 6 miles from Chester City Centre and are part of the Benefice of St Peters Waverton. The parish includes not just the village of Aldford itself but also that part of the neighbouring village of Churton known as Churton-cum-Aldford.
Aldford village is one of the villages which forms part of the Duke of Westminster's Eaton Estate and possesses a strong village community spirit of which the church forms a key part along with the bowling club, village hall and other social clubs.
The church was built on the site of a much earlier church building in 1866 and was designed by the well known local architect John Douglas.
Today the church has a small but loyal congregation which meets each Sunday morning at 9.30am usually for a communion service which will be a Family Service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. On the first Sunday of the month this is a service of Book of Common Prayer Communion without music.
An Evening service is held once a month on the 1st Sunday of the month at 6.30pm.
We would classify ourselves in a number of ways - Low Church/Central/Evangelical and are happy to welcome everyone. Communicant members of other churches and denominations are very welcome to join us at communion and others are invited to come to the communion rail for a blessing.
The church is built in red sandstone with a grey-green slate roof and a shingled spire. Its plan consists of a west tower, a four-bay nave with a clerestory north and south aisles, a chancel with a north chapel and a south vestry, and a south porch. The tower is in three stages with a recessed octagonal spire and at the southwest is an octagonal stair turret with a small stone spire. Lancet windows are in the first and second stages of the tower, above which are paired bell-openings. At the top is a corbelled open parapet. A rose window is in the north wall of the chapel. Over the south doorway is the damaged dedication stone from the former church
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