St John the Baptist, Coln St Aldwyns

We are a friendly parish church seeking to deepen our faith, to serve our community and to enjoy the fulness of life that Jesus promised his followers. Together with the churches in Hatherop and Quenington we are one of the "CHEQS" parishes in the South Cotswold Team Ministry.

Our morning communion services are of the 'Common Worship' format with a Sunday School taking place during this service. (We all worship together then children depart for their own activities, returning in time for the communion.) Refreshments are served after the morning communion service.

Evening Prayer is based on the 1928 BCP.

Our church building dates largely from the thirteenth century, but it has been added to since and was restored in the Victorian era. The south porch is late Norman, the chancel's lancet windows date from the thirteenth century and the tower was completed in the fifteenth century. The chancel was refurbished in the early 20th century in commemoration of the first Earl St Aldwyn, his son and wife who all died in 1916. The church is, unusually, dedicated to the "decollation", ie beheading, of John the Baptist.

John Keble senior was vicar at Coln St Aldwyns for 40 years and his son John curate for 10. (John junior founded the Oxford Movement, and Keble College in Oxford was built in his memory.) Their ministry is commemorated in the church's east windows.

For further details about our church please see the Parish Website.

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Bell ringing practice

Every Monday at for 1 hour, 30 mins
St John the Baptist, Coln St Aldwyns
Church Lane Coln St Aldwyn Cirencester, GL7 5AG, United Kingdom

Anyone who is interested in learning to ring bells is very welcome to come along on a Monday evening at 6.30 pm. We have a lovely set of bells and a very friendly set of bellringers.

Ephesians 1: 3-14/Mark 6: 14-29


"Our parish of Coln St Aldwyns : St John the Baptist is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Our Diocese of Gloucester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the PSO, Edwina Hicks, at [email protected], or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Judith Knight, at 07801 750664
[email protected]. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services."