Church of England Diocese of Durham St. John in Weardale

St John the Baptist, St. Johns Chapel

The Church of St. John the Baptist was built in 1465 on the site of a previous building which was demolished and became a separate parish in 1866 and is a listed building.

St. John the Baptist is one of 5 churches in the Benefice of Upper Weardale. Our Priest in Charge is The Revd Claire McClelland, [email protected] 01388 537063 / 07813 894621

Please contact Claire to arrange baptisms, weddings, funerals and for enquiries about churchyards and memorials.

Assistant Curate: The Revd Heather Ross - 01388 537439 [email protected]

assisted by 

Reader  Greg Round 01388 537077 [email protected]  

For other queries regarding the church itself or to arrange a visit please phone

Diana Sutcliff 01388 537287 or John Backhouse 01388 528244.


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 please also see the Diocese of Durham safeguarding pages:

You're invited

You are very welcome at our Advent and Christmas services and events – bring your family and friends or come along on your own. Whether it will be your first time at church or you have been before, we look forward to welcoming you!

Get in touch

Claire McClelland

14 Burnfoot
St. John's Chapel
Bishop Auckland
Co Durham

DL13 1QH

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