Hugglescote: St John the Baptist, Hugglescote
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St John’s is a lively, vibrant church, easily visible and very significant to the community. The warm, friendly atmosphere is appreciated by everyone who comes, and newcomers are made especially welcome. There is a wide variety of services, ranging from the quiet reflection found in the traditional early morning Communion service, to active, sometimes even exuberant Family Worship, plus a regular, modern version of Holy Communion. Refreshments are served after the main service, giving great opportunity for a time of fellowship, and for making new friends. Prayer plays an important part in the life of the parish – all are welcome to regular, weekly times of prayer.
St John’s is a growing church, one of three churches in the parish (see links to the other two on the right of this page.) The church is building strong links with the local community and has a heart for mission. The current rector is Rev’d Olwen Woolcock, and she is assisted by the curate, Rev’d Pauline Ashby. You can contact Olwen on the ‘contact us’ tab.
Church activities include: A strong company of Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade for all ages between 4 and 18 years. Both work hard to bring the gospel to the next generation. All ages are invited to join the choir, or you could learn to ring our excellent peal of 8 bells, as the bell ringers welcome new members. Mothers Union holds regular meetings. Various study groups meet throughout the year. A big venture every year is the pantomime, which has weekly rehearsals and is well supported by the local community.
The church enjoys good links with Hugglescote Community Primary School, with the Rector taking some assemblies, and the children occasionally coming into St John’s for special services.
The church building is a local landmark and can be seen for many miles in all directions, acting as a focus for the whole village. It is an attractive church, inside and out, and makes an ideal setting for weddings, baptisms and funerals, and many of these occasional services take place each year.
The church was built in 1878 to replace the smaller chapel of St James on Dennis Street.
You can find more details of services, activities and history on this website pages.
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