The Parish Church of

St John the Baptist, Barlaston

About Us

St John's is a friendly, lively Anglican church based in Barlaston village. We're committed to loving God, building strong communities, and taking the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.

We think St John's is a great place to meet Jesus, either for the first time, or if you've been a Christian for years. Going somewhere new is never the easiest thing to do, so we hope our website helps you learn more about us, and makes that first visit easier.

Our new Vicar, Stewart Jones will be with us from October 2017. In the meantime please contact the church for any information.

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist,
Station Road,
ST12 9DA
Office tel: 01782 373126
Office mob: 07958 808376

Vicar: Vacancy

Church Wardens:
Dennis Croome - Sarah Broome

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Encourage Fesival Sunday 23 July from 1.00pm at Shallowford House, Stone. 

This will be a great occasion to meet people, to hear and see what's going in the Christian scene. 

We are moving forward with Jesus at Barlaston Church and this will be a wonderful time to be with others who are ...READ MORE...

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SUNDAY 9th JULY 5.00pm

See you there!

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There are few DIY jobs at the church that you may be able to help with:

Wooden seats outside the church need to be cleaned and re-oiled.

The Gas meter cupboard requires a wooden door made.

The disabled toilet support rails require attention.

If you may be able to assist please fill in the ...READ MORE...

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You are invited to the all age 1030 on Sunday 25th June.

You'll discover the meaning behind this picture.


08:30 - Holy Communion

10:30 - All Age

16:00 - No Service


10:30 - Holy Communion

Tot's Church:

Tuesday - 09:30

Café Church:

2nd Sunday at 17:00

Kid's Church:

3rd Sunday at 10:30

Sunday service times are automatically adjusted at midnight (GMT) on Sundays.


Every Tuesday 09:30 - 11:30

A friendly relaxed atmosphere with activities. Child friendly Christian worship and story for 20 minutes.

Come along to make new friends and have fun. There is proper Coffee too!

Week Time Service
Week One 10:30 Holy Communion
02nd Jul 2017 16:00 Choral Evensong
Week Two 08:30 Holy Communion
09th Jul 2017 10:30 All Age
  17:00 Café Church
Week Three 10:30 Holy Communion/Kid's Church
16th Jul 2017 16:00 Evensong
Week Four 08:30 Holy Communion
23rd Jul 2017 10:30 All Age
Week Five 10:30 Joint Service
30th Jul 2017

Weekly News sheets are available in the foyer each Sunday. Please pick up a copy for anyone who has been unable to attend. To view a copy of the news sheet Click Here

Congratulations! If you are thinking about having a church wedding at St John's Barlaston please contact us as soon as possible to ensure availability. We realise the importance of this day and aim to make sure your ceremony is all you dreamed.

To arrange your wedding at St John the Baptist Church Barlaston, please contact the Church office on Tuesday or Wednesday, tel 01782 373126 to check availability before you book your wedding reception venue.

You may have been going to church for a while and want to make a more definite commitment in terms of your Christian faith. For adults and young people, baptism usually takes place shortly before, or at the same time, as confirmation. Confirmation is the service when those who have previously been baptized affirm those promises and are specially prayed for by a Bishop.

(Christening or Baptism are the same thing!)

Baptism is a response to God's love - a desire and a commitment to respond to God's call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God's people.

The baptism service

The baptism service is similar to the service for a child's baptism, except that because you make the decision and the promises yourself, there is no role required for parents or godparents.

You may decide to have supporting friends or 'sponsors' - this can be anyone who wishes to encourage you in your Christian faith. It may be a friend, or someone in your family and you may have more than one person if you wish.

You can read the Service of Holy Baptism in full just here. You are referred to as a 'candidate' throughout the service and all the parts which refer to a child, parents and godparents aren't included when an adult is being baptized. The vicar will make these adjustments. Helen will help prepare you for your baptism.

Contacting Our Church

If you are considering being baptised, and would like more information, contact the Church Office who will be delighted to help.

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Do you need to arrange a funeral?

Please contact your preferred Undertaker. They will then contact us at Barlaston Church to make the necessary arrangements.

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not.

Planning a Funeral

Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago.

If you are uncertain the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person's life, this may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more.

Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide. Talk with the Church Wardens about what is possible.

After the Service

In many cases, arranging a funeral keeps people so busy that they don't feel their loss fully until afterwards.

Grieving is natural and important, and it may take a long time. Many people find that others who have lost a loved one can offer valuable comfort and support. You may find the funeral services prayers and readings a comfort.

St John the Baptist has an annual memorial service in November to remember those who have passed away and you may find it helpful to attend.


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Do you want to arrange a burial?

Please contact your chosen Undertaker first of all, who will then speak to us at the Church.

To be buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Barlaston, you must either live in the parish, or die in the parish, or be on the electoral roll of that church, or have a partner already buried there.


This group is for furthering friendship and fellowship among women of the church and to assist at social and fundraising events at church and in the village.

We meet in the choir vestry at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month, except in August and January and have regular speakers on a range of topics. We also include outings to places of interest, theatre visits and a special meal at Christmas.

New members are always very welcome - do come along to a meeting, we'll be happy to see you.

This friendly group meets between 2.00pm and 3.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month. The meeting includes a short interesting talk/demonstration by a guest speaker, a cup of tea or coffee, delicious homemade cakes and lots of sociable chat.  We have a suggested donation of £1.
Everyone welcome, come along and try us out.
Coming up:
12th July No Meeting
9th August Bill Spray - My Mountaineering Adventures
13th September Myrna Watts - I Remember  it Well
11th October U3A- Stoneagers (Fun singing group, songs of the 60's)
8th November Heather Seabridge - Dietician
13th December Christmas Get Together - Sherry, Mince Pies and Music

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist has a four-part harmony choir which helps to lead the musical worship of two 4.00pm Sunday services each month, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.

Directed by Ashley Mellor they also provide extra music for special services throughout the year. On every first Sunday of the month at 4:00pm the choir sing Choral Evensong.

New members are always welcome to come along and join. No experience is necessary, just provided you are able to pitch a note which is played for you and you are keen and willing to have fun!

To contact Ashley Mellor email -

Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England which we use at Barlaston Church. It aims to help every church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

Pilgrim approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.

For details of the next course please enquire using the contact form on this website by clicking here.

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