Welcome to St John the Baptist, Knaresborough


Welcome to the web-site of
St John the Baptist's Church in

                                                                                          Photograph courtesy of James Collins


The Church of England in the Parish of Knaresborough aims to present the Christian Gospel in such a way that it may be known and joyfully experienced by all people.

A warm welcome awaits you at St John's church in Knaresborough. We would love for you to join us for one or more of our acts of worship, or perhaps you may just want to spend some time with God in these pleasant surroundings. The church can be found near the railway station.

St John's is a beautiful and ancient parish church but it is not just a nostalgic reminder of ancient Christian England. It has a living, vibrant and committed worshipping congregation. People have worshipped in this building for nearly a thousand years and we join our prayers and worship with theirs. Where better to praise God than in this incredible setting?

The Knaresborough Team comprises four churches combined into a single parish: two village churches, St John the Baptist, Brearton and St Mary the Virgin, Goldsborough and two town churches Holy Trinity and this one.

Our style of worship would best be described as traditional, done really well. We have one of the finest choirs who take great joy in praising God with their voices in sung Eucharists and Choral Evensongs. We offer monthly 'All-Age' worship, designed with familes and young children in mind and enjoyed by people of all ages. If the Book of Common Prayer is your spiritual preference then we would be very happy to welcome you at one of those services too.

We are delighted to baptise children and adults who live in the parish and to marry those who qualify. For further information or to make a booking please contact our Parish Administrator who is based in the Parish Team Office, click here to go to the contact page for details

The church is open from early morning until late afternoon every day and many people visit it for prayer or just out of interest.

St John's dates from 1114 when King Henry I gave the church to the Augustinian Priory at Nostell. Evidence of the early church can be seen in the string course and in the blocked up windows in the chancel, which is flanked on either side by 13th century chapels.


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