St John the Baptist, Wellington

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There has probably been a place of worship on the site of the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Wellington since Saxon times but the present building is mostly in the Perpendicular style of the 15th century.

The church underwent two major restorations in 1848/50 and 1938, and in 1986/7 the Victorian pews were removed and the nave and chancel refloored. In the east window of the Lady chapel is the church’s rarest feature, a Lily Crucifix carved on the centre mullion, but perhaps its most famous feature is the impressive monument in the north chancel aisle to Sir John Popham who was Chief Justice of England under Elizabeth 1 and James 1. He was, perhaps, Wellington’s most famous resident and lived in a substantial mansion in the town. The first organ was placed in the church in around 1700 and the present instrument was last rebuilt in 1997 at a cost of £60,000.


Regular activities at St John the Baptist, Wellington, to which anybody is welcome:

Home Groups meet regularly -- at least two in short bursts throughout the year, but four or more during Lent.

There is a monthly Coffee Morning on a Saturday in the Church Hall, often with a particular theme (e.g. crafts, plants etc). This is attended by many who otherwise have no Church connection.

There is a monthly Soup Lunch (ploughman's in the summer) on a Friday, also in the Church Hall; sometimes replaced by a cream tea at the weekend in July & August.

A monthly after-school activity -- "Smile" -- for under 12's and an accompanying adult, on a Wednesday. Drinks and snacks 3.15 PM to 3.45 PM, crafts, activities, game, story, prayer, songs until 4.30 PM. Come when you can and go when you must!

A Parents and Toddlers Group meets in the Church Hall on Mondays and Thursdays in term time and some of the holidays.

A branch of the Mothers Union meets on the first Tuesday of most months at 2.30 PM in the Church Hall.

The Church Hall is available for hire (both regular or occasional bookings) This is a nice modern hall with a good kitchen.   Contact the Parish Office for details - Mrs Sharon Chorley (01823 665254) Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 to 13:00 e-mail

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St John the Baptist
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Holy Communion
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 1 hour
Parish Communion
Every Sunday at 9:45 AM for 1 hour


Join us on the first Wednesday each month after school at St John's Parish Church, Wellington. SMILE is fun, free and for anyone under 12 years old, accompanied by an adult. There is craft, games, stories and prayer activities, we start at 3.15 pm with drinks and snacks and finish at 4.30 pm.
Every first Wednesday at 3:15 PM for 1 hour


Holy Communion
Every Thursday at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight
Church Open

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire The Church Hall is available for hire (both regular or occasional bookings) This is a nice modern hall with a good kitchen.Contact the Parish Office for details
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Incumbent: The Revd Timothy Lyons Victor TREANOR
Team Vicar: The Revd Selina Clare GARNER
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 11407
Archdeaconry: TAUNTON (513)
Deanery: TONE (51308)
Benefice: Wellington and Distr (01/392BX)
Parish Legal Name: St. John the Baptist Wellington (510607 )
CofE Church Info: (601607 1/607)
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The current editor is: Christine Winhall

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This page was last updated on Sunday 1st January 2017
St John the Baptist : High Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA218SF - From the centre of the town, take the road towards Taunton, and the church is on the left after the second set of traffic lights.

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