St Mary the Virgin, Innox lane, Upper Swainswick, Bath BA1 8DB
Open minds….open hearts….and open in daylight hours
There has been a Christian community at Swainswick Church for over 800 years, meeting to pray, receive communion, give thanks, forgive and be forgiven, ask for help, laugh, cry, baptise, marry and mourn. That’s something like 42,500 services not counting all the baptisms, weddings and funerals, so it’s unsurprising that the building is steeped in a kind of holiness.
And we still meet; a congregation of around 25 most weeks, relaxed and inclusive, sharing our highs and lows and finding hope, friendship, meaning and a shape to our lives through the Christian story.
People love the singing and there’s bell ringing on the first Sunday of the month. We’ve got a close relationship with Swainswick Primary School, who have their own altar, and there’s an area in the church with toys, books and colouring.
We want the church to be a ‘home’ to as many people as possible, whether or not they come on a Sunday morning. The church is open during the day and walkers often stop for a break and to have a tea or coffee. There are tables and chairs in the churchyard, which is a beautiful place to sit on a sunny day.
We’ve become well known for our monthly pub (first Friday of the month) which, as far as we’re aware, is a first in a parish church and serves excellent Abbey Ales. School parents organise a monthly café in the church and we run an informal community choir. Then there’s the Swainswick Fete in June, Woolley Strawberry Teas in July and the Swainswick Beerfest in September. Details are on the Diary and Community Happenings pages, or pick up a copy of The Mag from church which will give you a good idea of what is going on and make you laugh as well.
We’re in an ‘interregnum’ at the moment, which means that we are ‘between vicars’. For general information, please email one of the church wardens:
Susanna Watson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward Leigh-Wood: email@example.com
If you’ve got an enquiry about a baptism, wedding or funeral, please contact the Revd Michael Norman at St Saviour’s Church in Larkhall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year we repaired the tower room and this year we’re doing some further repair work on gutters and windows. This should all be finished by May and we are very grateful for the ongoing support of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.