St John's


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St. John the Baptist Church is the historic parish church of Dronfield and the planting church for all the churches in our team. Itself planted by monks from Beauchief Abbey in the 12th century, it was and remains an important outpost of God's mission to the people of Dronfield, who take real pride and ownership in their parish church. The beautiful Grade I listed building is of national significance and is open every day as a peaceful place of prayer. Services are usually traditional in style, with a four-part robed choir, and also a monthly informal family service. Wednesday morning  communion services attract a faithful core membership from across the benefice too. The church hosts major civic commemorations and  celebrations, and we have good links with local schools who enjoy their regular visits.

• Chattabox for 4-16 year olds

• Two weekly Bible study groups
• Ladies Inc. group
• Young Voices (for 7-12 year olds) and Ladies Voices
• Bell ringers
• Organ recitals

St John's Church

Service times:

Main service - Sundays, 10am

Midweek Communion - usually every Wednesday, 10am

Book of Common Prayer Communion - usually 1st Sundays at 8am

Rev Lee Townend – Rector

Rev Eddie Orme – Retired Priest
Chris Orme – Lay Minister
Tony Bethell – Lay Minister
Phyl Charles – Parish Warden
Gillian Gill – Warden
Sybil Naylor – Warden


Baptisms (Christenings)



St John's Warm Space
St John's Warm Space
St John's as sketched by J.M.W. Turner
St John's as sketched by J.M.W. Turner
"Dronfield: The Church of St John the Baptist Seen from the Banks of a Stream 1797" by J.M.W. Turner, from Dronfield Heritage Trust Archive.
St John's in the past (undated)
St John's in the past (undated)
St John's at Christmas time
St John's at Christmas time

Church availability

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St John's Church

Church Street, Dronfield, S18 1QB