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The most important thing about any church is the people. The people who come to St Swithun's Church on Sundays enjoy traditional Church of England worship, with a strong emphasis on traditonal music.
The church building is open for tourists and visitors on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You will be sure of a warm welcome from our team of "Welcomers", most of whom belong to the "Friends of St Swithun's Church". Tea and coffee are always available.
St Swithun's Church is the venue for most civic services in Retford. Many other special events take place in the church, such as Time Travelling (which provides a multi-media experience for all the children from local schools). The annual Christmas Tree Festival brings together businesses, schools and voluntary organisations that serve the community.
The Church Council believes strongly that the mission of St Swithun's Church is to serve the whole community, and to provide a lasting reminder, through its building, of the presence of God with us.
We belong to the Parish of Retford, along with St Michael's and St Saviour's, and the Church of England Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
The first recorded reference in history to a church in East Retford comes from 1258. But most of the church was rebuilt in the 1650s, following the collapse of the tower in 1651.
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