St Mary the Virgin, Swainswick, Bath
Church of England
open to prayer
and open doors in daylight hours
St Mary the Virgin, Innox lane, Upper Swainswick, Bath BA1 8DB
People have come to Swainswick Church for 700 years for worship and prayer, and for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Many have also come just to visit the church and enjoy the atmosphere of beauty and stillness it offers.
Our tiny church lies in the most beautiful valley in the world, where the Cotswolds peter out into Bath. Walkers stop to take time to rest before they continue their journey. Others have found peace and reassurance within the timeless prayerful atmosphere which this ancient building provides and for some it has also been a place of sanctuary.
We have an occasional small but good choir but normally the organist accompanies the hymns. People love the singing. There is also some pretty good bell ringing.
All Saints, Woolley (another lovely country village church, across the valley) is our sister church and the Woolley Strawberry Tea is justly famous. Woolley is also one of only 14 double Thankful villages, that’s to say that all those who fought in the first and second world war returned home safely.
We have firm links with two residential and nursing homes in the parish. And there’s Fountain House for young people with severe disabilities. Then there is the Swainswick fete in June, when village, school and church all come together and make sure everyone, especially visitors, has a wonderful time with traditional summer fair games. And we appreciate our friends in the school, village, and the Friends of Swainswick Church. And who wouldn’t enjoy the now monthly Pub Swainswick and the more occasional Sing Swainswick?
Cafe Swainswick takes place once a month on a Wednesday afternoon in term time, particularly for people who collect their children from the school and for anyone else with an interest in cakes and community.
For further details or for enquiries for baptisms and weddings, etc or any other form of spiritual help please contact:
the Rev Joyce Williams
St Mary’s House
Bath BA1 8BX