St John The Baptist Church

Your local church and spiritual sanctuary in Sedlescombe

Upcoming Services

A spiritual home in Sedlescombe

A warm welcome to you from all of us at St John the Baptist church of Sedlescombe. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will find it a useful place for information on upcoming services, events and groups connected to the church, as well as a place for history, memories and learning.

Enjoy browsing the site, and please get in touch with us if you need any further information.


Our Safeguarding Policy is reviewed each year, and details can be found on our main notice boards.

Our Safeguarding Officers are:

Sedlescombe: Mrs Sandra Davies – Tel No 01424 720728

Whatlington: Mr Jeffrey Bridges – Tel No 01424 772535

The Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding Team at Church House, Hove may be contacted on 01273 425792 or 07500 771210 or by email (click here).

East Sussex Children’s Services can be contacted during office hours on 01323 464222 and out of hours on 01273 335905 or 01273 335906

News and upcoming Services and Events

Upcoming services being held at St John the Baptist church, Sedlescombe

Opening times

St John the Baptist church is normally open on Wednesdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm.

Weekly communion

Our weekly communion is held every Sunday at 10:30am, expect for the 1st Sunday of each month.

Family service

On the first Sunday of every month, a non-communion family service is held at 10:30am.

Coffee mornings

Held on the first Thursday of every month at 10am in Sedlescombe Village Hall. See Services for more details.


We are delighted to announce the licensing of our new Rector, Revd. John Hawkins.

Whatlington church

Find out more about our sister church, St Mary Magdalene, Whatlington.


A donation of any amount to St John the Baptist church means so much. It helps us to fund vital maintenance and repair work on this 16th century church, keeping this historic building and its grounds safe and accessible for future generations.

Contact us

Directions and location:

St John the Baptist church can be found on Church Hill, just north of the main village of Sedlescombe.

From A21:
Take the Sedlescombe turn off, opposite Blackbrooks garden centre. Follow the B2244 (Tollgate Road) along, passing through Sedlescombe village itself. Continue along the B2244 up the hill (Church Hill), and St John the Baptist church can be found on the right before the sharp right hand bend. Limited verge parking can be found opposite the church.

From Hawkhurst:
Head south on Highgate Hill (A229) towards Mercers. Turn left onto the B2244 (at the sign to Bodiam and Sedlescombe). Continue on the B2244 for approximately 7 miles. The church can be found on the left hand side, just after the sharp left hand bend at the junction with Stream Lane. Parking is available oppostite the church.


To discuss holding a service at St John the Baptist church, please contact xxx in the first instance on the telephone number below, or use the contact form underneath.

General enquiries:

Please complete the form below, or if the matter is urgent, you can contact us on the telephone number listed below. We will respond as soon as possible.

Activities and groups:

For more information on the various groups connected to St John the Baptist church, please see our Groups page. All enquiries and new members are welcome.

Church Hill, Sedlescombe,
Battle TN33 0QP

01424 870 471

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