Church of St John the Baptist, Charlton

charlton sFrom the outside, St John the Baptist Church, Charlton, is the least attractive church in the Benefice. However, inside it is light and airy. The Church was built in about 1839 in a 12th century style to replace a smaller church dating from the 14th century located in the centre of the village of Charlton. The position of the new Church - at the crossroads of the current A30 - was chosen to make the Church more accessible to worshippers in Ludwell and the Coombes, whilst continuing to be close enough for those in Charlton.

Read more about the history of the church here.

Sunday Services

Two services are normally held in the Church each month:

  • A Family Service on the first Sunday of each month beginning at 10.00 am. Many of us stay after the service for a chat over filter coffee, tea, juice and biscuits.
  • A Family Communion on the third Sunday of each month beginning at 11.00 am. Coffee, tea, juice and biscuits are served from 10.30 am onwards for those who wish to socialise before the service.

Additionally, on the fifth Sunday of the month (when it occurs), a Benefice Family Service is held at 11.00 am. Coffee, tea, nice and biscuits are served from 10.30 am before the service.

All services are usually of about 45 minutes duration, and are very informal and family-friendly, with the emphasis on including young people and encouraging them to participate in the readings and talks. You can be sure of a friendly welcome.

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the Church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

How to Find the Church

For information on how the find the Church, click here.


Pop-Up Cafe, St John's Church, Charlton - Summer 2022

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We are delighted that the monthly Pop Up Cafe was able to continue in spite of the upsurge in Covid cases during December and January. This is due to the fact that St John’s Church is light and airy with plenty of space to allow for social distancing. Numbers were down on the 30 we had in October, but those who came enjoyed the chance to meet up with friends over a cup of coffee/tea and a biscuit or slice of cake.

So, if you have not been before, do come along on the second Tuesday of the month between the hours of 10.30 and 12.00 and enjoy a pleasant break in your morning routine.

Dates for the next few months are:

    • 14th June
    • 12th July
    • 9th August
    • 13th September

All at St John’s Church in Coronation Close just off the A30 in the direction of Donhead St Mary - postcode: SP7 9LZ.  We have wheelchair and mobility scooter access.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Donate Online to the Parish of Donhead St Mary with Charlton

donate nowIt costs in the region of £40,000 per year to fund our continuing work in Donhead St Mary, Charlton, Ludwell and the Coombes. As well as giving via collections during services and making regular contributions by standing order or direct debit, it is now possible to make an online one-off donation to our Parish using a credit or debit card. If you would like to make such a donation, click here and follow the on-screen instructions.

Whatever you have decided to give, thank you so much for your generous support.


St. Mary’s and St. John’s Churches Appeal

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In April 2012 we launched an appeal to meet the cost of major repair works to the two churches in the Parish - St Mary's in Donhead St Mary and St John's Charlton - and to provide additional and much needed regular income. The diocesan architect's five-yearly survey identified repairs costing in the region of £75,000, equivalent to £15,000 over each of the next five years. Our existing sources of revenue such as collections, the parish fête and other fund raising events are insufficient to cover this. Indeed they are taken up entirely by other outgoings such as heating, lighting, insurance, routine maintenance and our contribution to the rector's stipend and Benefice running costs. Additional funds are required specifically for maintaining the fabric of St. John's and St. Mary's. For full details of this appeal, please click on this link.