St John The Baptist Church

Services and Events

Services and Events held at Sedlescombe parish church

Along with our regular communion and family services on Sundays, St John the Baptist church holds regular weddings, baptisms and other events.

The church is also open every Wednesday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm for prayer or quiet reflection, or simply to visit.

The grounds are beautifully kept and rich in history. They are open to explore at any time during daylight hours, although care should be taken on paths and the grounds at all times.

On this page we give details of upcoming services and events, as well as information relating to them.

You can expect a warm welcome whenever you come to St John the Baptist church, and we hope you will visit soon.

Sunday Eucharist and family services

We are a friendly and warm church group, always welcoming and inclusive of newcomers. We hold weekly services every Sunday, more details of which can be found below.

Sunday Communion Services

We are a welcoming church and everyone is welcome to attend our regular Sunday services.

We hold a communion service every Sunday - except for the first Sunday of each month - starting at 10:30am.

Tea and coffee is served after the service and all are welcome.

Sunday Family Service

On the first Sunday of each month, a family service is held.

Commencing at 10:30am, this is a non-communion service where everyone recives a blessing. Children are very welcome to attend and a soft play area is available.

Join us for tea or coffee at the end of the service.

Christenings and Baptisms

A Christening is the start of your, or your child's, Christian journey.

Here at St John the Baptist church, both adults and children / babies can be baptised.

Services are usually held on a Sunday during the family service(??), with the regular congregation in attendance to offer and give support.

If you'd like to know more, please get in touch with us to discuss in confidence.

Baptisms and Christenings

Weddings and Blessings at St John the Baptist church


If you would like to discuss getting married in the church or having your marriage blessed, please contact the Rector, Revd John Hawkins, on 01424 XXXXXXX.

As with all church services, if you wish to get married in this church, the law requires that you have a ‘qualifying connection’ with the church.

A bride and groom-to-be can marry in a church away from where they live if either of them can show just one of seven connections with the parish, as follows:

  • one of you has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • either person was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned, or
  • either is confirmed, and their confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish, or
  • either one has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the church for at least 6 months

˜ or ˜

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months

˜ or ˜

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

More details on all this can be found at the Church of England website here.
If you are unsure about anything or would like to discuss any matter futher, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Blessings and renewal of vows

If you would like to have your marriage blessed, or hold a renewal of vows ceremony, please call the Rector on XXXXXX to discuss.

Funerals and Memorial services

When someone dies, there's so much to think about and so much to organise. We understand how difficult this can be, but we can help you say your final goodbye in a way that really helps.

Whether sudden or expected, the death of a loved one can leave you with an overwhelming sense of loss and despair. We are here to support you in practical, emotional and spiritual ways.

While preparing for a funeral or memorial service, you will meet with a minister to discuss all aspects of the service: readings, tributes, music, prayers.

Please get in touch with us in confidence if you need any further information.