Church of England Diocese of Gloucester Sheepscombe

About Us

The Church of St. John the Apostle is the Parish Church of Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire. The village lies in and along the steepsided, tree lined valley of Sheepscombe which opens out towards Painswick village in the west. The village lies between the towns of Stroud to the south, Cheltenham to the north and Gloucester to the west.

Our church is known for its a friendly and welcoming ambience and is closely involved in village life. 

St. John's is part of the Beacon Benefice (https://www.beaconbenefice.org.uk) which consists of the six parishes around Painswick, where the benefice administration office is sited in the grounds of St Mary's([email protected]).

There is one vicar supported by a team of priests and readers.  On the 4th November 2019 the new rector for the Beacon Benefice, the Rev'd Janet Turville, was instituted at St Mary's Painswick. 

The parish belongs to the Stroud Deanery and the Diocese of Gloucester. 

A booklet about the Church, "The Church of St John the Apostle" by Elisabeth Skinner is available at 50p in the church or from David Swinson, 01452814811.

2020 will be the duocentenary of St John the Apostle, the parish church of Sheepscombe.  On Sunday the 5th July 20 we will celebrate the two hundreth anniversary with a service led by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Rev'd Rachel Treweek, an exhibition and a celebratory lunch. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this celebrarion is now in doubt for this year.