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 Rev Claire McClelland, [email protected] 01388 537063 / 07813 894621

Between May and the end of August 2021 Claire will be on sick leave following surgery so during  to arrange baptisms, weddings and funerals please contact Heather Ross on 01388 537439 or [email protected]

assisted by 

Readers  Greg Round 01388 537077 [email protected]  

Heather Ross 01388 537439 [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:

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Claire McClelland

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