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.

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.

Our Latest News

Ongoing Work

Ongoing Work

I am very pleased to report that the work on the roof above the organ has been completed, the scaffolding removed, and the Lady Chapel is now back in use. Life in St John’s has returned to normal and should remain that way for at least the next twelve months. This is...

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Improvements & Repairs

Improvements & Repairs

In January 2020, St John’s embarked on an ambitious programme of improvements and repairs to the church. The improvements focussed firstly on improving the environment for our parishioners and secondly addressing urgent repairs to the church fabric. A Warmer Church St...

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The Minstrel’s Court

The Minstrel’s Court

The Minstrels’ Court will be back in St. John's on Saturday 26th June. The court was first convened in the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St John the Baptist in 1204 by command of Earl Ranuf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester and Cheshire...

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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.