St John The Baptist

The most historic church in the City of Chester: The Parish Church – St John the Baptist.

Open Daily to all People

St John’s is open daily to visitors

Chester's Original Cathedral

St Johns Church Chester was the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of this City of Chester from 1075 until the Reformation in 1541


8.00am - Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am - Principal Eucharist
Noon - Baptisms
6.30pm - Evensong (Compline last Sunday of the month)

10.00am - Holy Eucharist

12.00 noon - Holy Eucharist

St Johns Church Chester

I welcome you to the website of St Johns Church Chester, set right in the heart of the Parish of Chester . Notably, we are one of the most historic churches in the City of Chester: The Parish Church – St John the Baptist.

St. Johns has much to offer by way of, first and foremost, witness of the Christian faith in this very secular age. This means that apart from our Services (and you can find details of these in the worship section), we are involved very much at the sharp end of Christian Witness. This includes our involvement with the Church of the Night, Chester Aid to the Homeless which the Parish actively supports and also with Cocaine Anonymous. This means that In St John’s we welcome people of all faiths and none, to share the peace that they offer in this busy rushing world.

Prayers for the health and comfort of Her Majesty The Queen

Thursday 8 September 2022
In Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Year

Statement from Buckingham Palace at just after 12.30pm on 8th September 2022., as Members of the Royal Family gather at Balmoral

Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.


We thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people, and have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before her: encourage us by her example to serve one another, and to seek the common good, until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdom.

Lord God of our salvation, as the health of Her Majesty the Queen is giving cause for concern, we pray You will give her freedom from pain. The Queen’s faith is a solid one and we know You are with her in this time of stress. Help her to enjoy time with family and friends. Amen.

We now say the most precious that the world possesses; that is the prayer that our Lord taught his disciples to say and we join with them, with Her Majesty the Queen and all the royal Family in saying: – The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy
Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; in
earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as
we forgive them who trespass against us. And
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from
evil. Amen,

we pause slightly here for the doxology is a much later addition to our Lord’s words

For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the
glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday at One

Our calendar for 2022 is now published and to see what is being planned, please click the link below.


St Johns Church Chester

Welcome to St. John’s Church

Everybody is welcome to our Services as in Jesus Christ there are no barriers of age, race, colour, class, creed, intellect, sexual orientation or anything else; we are the same, precious children of God. We also don’t care how you dress either; be it suit and smart clothes or jeans and trainers. Nor will we pounce on you as soon as you come through the door and try and rope you in to as many activities as we can – we will welcome you, help you and let you find your feet.

As far as Archaeology, Architecture and History are concerned St John’s particularly is unsurpassed and within this site you will find considerable detail ranging from solid facts to some rather ‘wacky’ legends. I hope you enjoy your visit and will come back again.

St John’s is open daily to all people between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

God Bless

The Revd David Chesters, OBE
Rector of St. John the Baptist, Chester

Prayer Wall

Jesus Christ gave us a perfect example of prayer, in the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ and although his life was a hectic one he still found time to pray; and that one to one with God is something that we should value for ourselves.

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Visitors Book

Please do let us know when you visit our church and leave your comments below.

1 entry.
Tim Tim from Rhosneigr wrote on 7 September 2021 at 7:30 pm
Visited the church today and what a wonderful place. What a wonderful history.