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.

Christmas Opening/Closing

Other than for services, St Johns will be closed on the following days.

Christmas Day
Boxing Day
Bank Holiday Monday
New Years Day
Sunday 2nd January
Monday 3rd January

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



We are very happy indeed to announce that St. john's has joined Bettewrare. Now you can shop and benefit St. johns Church directly. 25% of all purchases will go directly to St. Johns to help support the Church. You can see the St John's page by clicking here....

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December is Now With Us

December is Now With Us

Ae we enter December our thoughts turn to Christmas, mind you as far as shops are concerned Christmas begins in September!  At the Midnight Mass of the Nativity, we proclaim to all people of goodwill the eternal message that the angels of God bring to us…. Peace;...

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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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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.