Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. John the Baptist, Roughtown

About Us


All people are welcome here. St. John’s church is a friendly place offering a welcome to ALL. This is a beautiful church on the edge of the Peak District, and is ideal for weddings, baptisms and funerals. We are part of the Benefice of Mossley covering the whole town, and with another worship centre at St George’s Mossley. The parish is part of the Diocese of Manchester, which is part of the Church of England - follow the links to learn more about our faith.

Our PCC agreed the following inclusion statement in 2020: We are a welcoming and inclusive Christian community built on the understanding that God accepts us equally, irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, social standing, belief, age or ability - and believing that God calls us equally to share that unconditional love with all people, without exception.

At 9.30am on Sundays there is a service of Holy Communion (The Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, the Mass) (on the 1st Sunday of each month this is replaced by a shorter all age service). There are books and toys available for children during the service. Tea and coffee is available after our services.

At 9am on Tuesdays Morning Prayer is said - this is a short service, mostly consisting of scripture, psalms, and prayers. Holy Communion is celebrated at 10.30am on Thursdays (using the Book of Common Prayer on the 4th week of the month) (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED) - these services are held in the chapel.

The Eucharist is also celebrated at 7pm on Tuesdays at St George's (using the Book of Common Prayer on the 4th week of the month)

Cell groups - home based Bible study groups - meet in the week, when there is an opportunity to share with other people and study the Bible together. It is a good place to support each other. We hold a half-termly Messy Church in two of our schools and have a monthly study group, which meets at St John's.

On the second Wednesday of each month, 9am-11am we host a breakfast bar - drop in for a chat, with a bacon buttie and a cuppa!

All enquiries should be made to the Vicar - see Get in touch.

Live-streaming of services covered by CCLI licenses 1840310 & 1840213.

We're grateful to Andrew Vincent photography for some of the images used on this website.