St John the Baptist is situated in the heart of the village of Pewsey. Famed for its annual carnival, Pewsey is a vibrant village with a strong sense of community. St. John’s aims to bless that community in all its activities, and has a friendly welcoming congregation of all ages with a variety of different services throughout each month. The 1st Sunday has a traditional morning Communion Service, while the evening offers Sunday@6 – informal and lively praise & worship. The next two Sundays bring an informal Morning Worship, then a Communion Service; 4th Sunday is Muddy Church – a ‘Wander and a wonder’ nearby; finally we have Café Church, roughly quarterly, an informal service with modern worship, refreshments throughout, drama, craft & prayer activities – for all ages.
As the largest building in the team, St. John’s is often the centre for children’s activities such as holiday clubs and fun-days. For more info visit the Children & Families page, or see below for all events at St. John’s.
Yes - ramp far-right of main entrance
After Covid restrictions end: Refreshments served after most servcies
History of the building
The Saxon settlement of Pevisigge almost certainly had a church built of wood and thatch on the present site high above the often flooded valley.
The Normans replaced it with one of stone and the arcades of pillars and arches remain. The font is also Norman. In the 13th century the nave roof was rebuilt and a clerestory was formed and a tower was built. In 1861 the south chancel aisle (the chapel) was added and the church was filled with pews and galleries.
The greatest restoration took place in 1889-90 during the incumbency of Canon Bouverie. He carved the font cover as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the 1914-18 war.
St. John's Church members and visitors can give to the work of the church in various ways:
Regular and one-off donations
Just inside St. John's there is a contactless donation device for use with credit/debit cards and enabled smartphones - you can choose the amount of your donation.
Cash can still be given at a service if you wish.