St John the Baptist, St. Johns Chapel

St. John the Baptist is one of 5 churches in the Benefice of Upper Weardale. The Church, a listed building, was built in 1465 on the site of an earlier building.  Originally part of Stanhope parish, St John's Chapel became a separate parish in 1866.

Sunday services are held in St. John's Chapel on the first and third Sundays of every month, with the service taking place in neighbouring Cowshill on the second and fourth Sundays. In months with 5 Sundays a special service at various locations is held on the fifth Sunday. Choose Services and Events in the menu for times and locations of all services.

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Sunday Morning Eucharist in St. John's Chapel

Monthly. Every First, Third Sunday at for 1 hour
St John the Baptist, St. Johns Chapel
Hood St St John's Chapel Bishop Auckland, DL13 1QQ, United Kingdom

A Traditional Eucharist service takes place Sunday mornings alternating between the two churches at the head of the dale, St. John the Baptist in St. John's Chapel and St. Thomas Heatherycleugh in Cowshill. The service takes place at St. John's Chapel on the first and third Sundays of each month and at Cowshill on the second and fourth Sundays. When there is a fifth Sunday in a month the service is a joint service of all parishes in the Benefice and rotates amongst the churches. The services start at 10:00 am and are followed by coffee and fellowship in their respective halls.


The parish of St. John's chapel is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Durham’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs.

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

For information or to discuss any matter relating to safeguarding please contact the Benefice Safeguarding Office Ms Liz Walsh: [email protected] or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ms Beth Miller: 07968 034075 [email protected].

For further information click here to see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding pages