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.

Sunday Services

Two services are normally held in the Church each month:

  • A Family Service on the first Sunday of each month beginning at 9.30 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.

Palm Sunday at St John's Church, Charlton - 25th March 2018

hossanahossana 1The churches in the Benefice will be coming together on 25th March 2018 at St John's Church, Charlton, to celebrate Palm Sunday, Once again, we are marking the occasion by walking from Ludwell Primary School to St John's Church with a donkey. The procession and telling of the Palm Sunday story will start on the school field. This year, we have a real donkey, and our outdoor singing will be accompanied by a musician. The celebration will begin at Ludwell School at 9.30 am.

Children (of any age) are invited to dress up for the occasion. We will have a small supply of costume bits and pieces to lend if needed. Something to wave would be good, perhaps streamers or a flag, and children are welcome to bring percussion instruments. Anything that can be banged or shaken in time with the music would be great, and 'home made' is encouraged. It should be fun!

The procession will be followed by a Family Service in the church. After the service, there will be refreshments (coffee, tea, juice and biscuits) and time for a chat in the church.

Extra parking will be available at the New Remembrance Hall on the other side of the A30 from the church.

All are very welcome - please do come and join us !

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tea@thechurch - St John's Church, Charlton

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If you haven’t been to tea@thechurch before, why not give it a go. A warm welcome awaits you along with tea or coffee and a selection of delicious cakes

Come and make new friends. The older folk who come enjoy the opportunity to sit and chat while the younger folk pop in after school whilst their children have a play. It might be that you like company but prefer to be busy. In that case, had you thought of volunteering to help set up and serve the tea and cakes? We are always very happy to have new helpers. Or perhaps you would like to make a cake for us once in a while?

For more details contact Theresa on 01747 829188, or come along between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm on Mondays on the following dates:

  • 5th and 26th February 2018
  • 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March 2018

Do come - and bring a friend too! We look forward to welcoming you.

If you are new to the area and wondering where this event takes place, it is in St John’s Church, Charlton, which is just north of the A30 (before it goes down the hill to Ludwell) in Coronation Close. Click here to see a map showing a location of the church.


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.