St John the Baptist Farrington Gurney

Welcome to St John’s Church

St John the Baptist church is the home of the Church of England in the parish of Farrington Gurney.

We have a small and welcoming community, made up  both of village people and those who travel specially to worship in this beautiful and friendly church.

Formerly situated in the centre of the historic village, the church now sits on its own in a landscape of farmed fields, a short distance from the village. Our nearest neighbours are the cows!

St John’s has regular social events in the village, and meets regularly for worship with our friends at Farrington Gurney Methodist Chapel.

We welcome children and dogs to all our services.

Whether you are new to the area or just visiting – or are at a point where you would like to engage more with the church – please come to a service or contact us.

Church Services

St John’s Farrington Gurney

1st Sunday Morning Worship

2nd Sunday Holy Communion

3rd Sunday Benefice service (please see the Calendar page for location and time)

4th Sunday Morning Worship

5th Sunday Benefice Service (please see the Calendar page for location and time)

Please stay for tea/coffee and biscuits after the service

All Services begin at 9.30 am but please do not be afraid to join the service late if you don’t get up in time!

Social & Community Events

Palm Sunday Sermon & Hymns

Palm Sunday Sermon & Hymns

Below you can read a text version of a sermon that Adam has written for us to consider on Palm Sunday. Please continue below to find some audio sermons from Adam’s archive to help us through this time together.

Facilities and access

The church is wheelchair and pushchair accessible.

The toilet is on one level (no steps) but space is limited and unlikely to accommodate a wheelchair.

There are no baby changing facilities but parents are welcome to change their children either in the children or at the back of a church for more space.

The church is breastfeeding friendly- please feel welcome to breastfeed at any time.

There is a children’s play area at the back of the church with a variety of toys and craft materials. Children are welcome to take toys to the pews to play with during services.

Dogs are welcome.

Open Church

From April 2018, the church will be open from 9.30am to 5pm (4pm in Winter) on Wednesdays and Saturdays, welcoming visitors. The church will be unmanned during this time, and visitors are welcome to make themselves a drink from the refreshments tray provided, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the church and its surroundings.

A perfect stop off after a dog walk! Dogs are welcomed in the church and churchyard: please keep dogs under control at all times and take their mess away with you.

Other Church Events

We have a ladies prayer group which meets on a Monday afternoon fortnightly to pray for the needs of our village and to pray for individuals who would like prayer. If you would like prayer or know of someone who would like prayer please contact us through the benefice office or through Gemma Ward.

If you would like to join the prayer group, please contact Gemma Ward on 07818 867 957 or

We also have a bible studies group who meet every Wednesday in term time 2.30pm-4.00pm with refreshments. All are very welcome to Bernard and Jean Welch’s home, whether new to the Bible or those who have studied for many years. Contact Bernard and Jean Welch for more details 01761 452900

How to Find Us

Farrington Gurney Church Postcode: BS39 6UB

From the A37: (Wells Road) After the traffic lights, turn into Church Lane ( A left turn travelling from Bristol, a right turn travelling from Wells). Follow this all the way to the cattle grid, across the field and into the church car park.

From the A362: (Midsomer Norton Road) Turn into the lane where Farrington’s Farm shop is, drive 300 yds, past the Manor house, and then turn right in into a small lane between two stone walls.  Take right turn in a few yards at the T-junction and follow the road over a cattle grid, across the field into the car park.

Parking: Please park in the church car park.