Church of St John the Baptist, Byford



The Church is always open during daylight hours. Our postcode is HR4 7LD, so feel free to call in.

Since September 2018 our normal Service pattern is is to hold a Sunday afternoon service once a month and you’re always welcome to join us! Please check the service list on the home page before setting out, or check us out on A church Near You.

We are an Inclusive Church

 We believe in Inclusive Church – church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, ethnicity, race, marital status or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which chooses to interpret scripture inclusively; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.


In other news….

Byford Harvest Festival September 27th 2021

A very enjoyable carol service was held on Sunday 8th December. It was attended by 80 people, 23 of whom were children.. and one very special guest, the donkey. It captured the spirit of Byford perfectly.






Pets bring owners to church

A congregation of canines filled the Cotterell chapel and sat reverently for the start of a service of blessing in St John’s, Byford, on Sunday, Sept 30, which is the nearest Sunday to St Francis’ Day.
Those owners not brought by their dogs had pictures of cats, chickens, gerbils, images on tablets and ‘phones – and Barney the pony brought his young rider, Ruby, up to the church but preferred to stay outside for his blessing.
The service led by the vicar, Revd Sean Semple, gave thanks for God’s creation in responsive psalm style. It included a short sermon which recognised the value pets and other animals of God’s creation bring to our world – including our local farms and farmers. All Things Bright and Beautiful (of course!) featured as the hymn, and at the end every pet went home buoyed by a personal, prayerful blessing.
Here are some pictures from the day