St John the Baptist, Swalecliffe, Whitstable

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9.00 am     Holy Communion - Traditional language  (3rd Sundays)(forty-five minutes).


10.30 am   PARISH EUCHARIST (modern language) (one hour, fifteen minutes).

                        (followed by refreshments)


                 except 3rd Sundays: Morning Praise - famliy friendly worship in the Church Centre (St Johns Road) (forty-five minutes)


4.00 pm            First Sunday -  Café Church in the Church Center (one hour).


6.30 pm            First Sunday: Book of Common Prayer Evensong in the Church (forty-five minutes).

                        Second Sunday: VILLAGE PRAISE@the Centre (St John's Rd.)(forty-five minutes).

                        Third and Fifth Sunday: CW Evening Prayer (modern language) in the Church (forty-five minutes).

                        Fourth Sunday: VILLAGE PRAISE@Chestfield (in the WI Hall) (forty-five minutes).



5.00 pm            Team Evening Prayer: rotates between the Whitstable team churches - please phone to check location (thirty minutes).



10.00 am       Holy Communion at the Church Centre (with Healing Ministry on 1st Wednesdays) (forty-five minutes) (followed by refreshments).

5.30 pm         CW Evening Prayer (modern language) (thirty minutes).



St. John's is a small, attractive, traditional Victorian parish church surrounded by mature trees and within sight of the sea. The Victorian building is on the footprint of a Norman building, which it was designed to resemble. Traces of an earlier Saxon building were found during the rebuilding work in 1876. The exterior is of local grey ragstone, with a patterned russet and grey tiled roof and a slender, tile-hung bell tower at its west end. Inside its walls are of homely red brick, with warm wooden pews, and a large ornate pulpit and font. The original oil lamps remain, adapted for electricity, and supplemented by flood-lights set in the fine wooden-beamed ceiling. The plain glass windows gives the interior a light and friendly feel.

The church's various seasonal decorations are always greatly enhanced by beautiful, artisitic flower arrangements, all of which have an interesting biblical or religious meaning to their design. There are two fascinating modern sculptures - one, (over the pulpit,) of the crucifixion, and the other, (on the west wall,) of St. John the Baptist.

The church community is welcoming and warm and works closely with local groups like the 6th Whitstable Scouts and Swalecliffe Free (Baptist) Church. Our Children and Families Minister is building links with the local nurseries and school.

There is an excellent Church Centre, situated on the main. It is used by community groups, families and for our activities including a Wednesday Service of Holy Communion, Café Church and Village Praise @ The Centre. We have a thriving MONTHLY MARKET (on the first Saturday of the month, except January.)


St. John's pastoral district covers the easternmost part of Whitstable, from Bennells Avenue to The Bends. Swalecliffe is on the seaward side of the railway and Chestfield is the southern part of the district, reaching into the ancient Blean forest as far the Dogs' Trust rehoming centre. Swalecliffe has a popular caravan and chalet park and the attractive Long Rock coastline, part of the Thanet Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest. Chestfield is a residential area with a golf course and thatched barn pub.

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Village Praise at the Centre, Second Sundays.
Informal worship with a short address and fellowship time.
Every Second Sunday.
Every second Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Village Praise at Chestfield (not in December)
Every fourth Sunday, Village Praise in the WI Hall, Chestfield. Informal worship with a short address and fellowship time. Stay for a cuppa!
Every fourth Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings


Healing, study, prayer and social groups.
Church Open Work in progress.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire The Rev. David Vannerley is the Team Vicar for Chestfield and Swalecliffe. His contact phone number is - 07510 838123 or 01227 463076.E-mail - .
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Incumbent: The Revd Canon Stephen John CONEYS
Team Vicar: The Revd Simon Christopher TILLOTSON
Team Vicar: The Revd Rachel Catharine WEBBLEY
Team Vicar: The Revd David van Krieken VANNERLEY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 12009
Built: 1876
Architect: Robert Wheeler of Tunbridge Wells
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Patronage Board
Archdeaconry: CANTERBURY (561)
Deanery: Reculver (56107)
Benefice: Whitstable (06/272CL)
Parish Legal Name: Whitstable (560154 )
CofE Church Info: (606153 6/153)
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The current editor is: David Vannerley

This page was last updated on Wednesday 9th November 2016
St John the Baptist : Swalecliffe Court Drive, Swalecliffe, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 2LZ - Towards the sea, on the edge of playing fields, and surrounded by trees.

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