Welcome to the Parish Church of St John the Apostle, Sheepscombe

About Us:

Sheepscombe is a beautiful Cotswold village clustered around the head of a wooded valley about 2 miles from Painswick.  3 steep lanes lead into it so hard winters can be a problem! 

St John’s church offers a range of opportunities for regular worship, not just on a Sunday but also during the week. We try to provide other opportunities at certain times during the Church year, such as daily evening prayer through Lent. We give all who join us in worship a warm welcome and the opportunity for fellowship.


The church and the school work closely together with teams taking weekly ‘Open the Book’ assemblies.  The school comes to church for services they plan. Our church is very central and very visible in the village. We have regular services and the church is open daily.  We have good level access to the building with a car park at the village hall down the hill.  There is a small village school and a popular pub in the village, and a busy village hall. 

Our history

The church of St. John the Apostle was built by the villagers and consecrated in 1820, Agnes Neville, wife of the curate of Painswick, despairing of this Godless place with 14 ale houses!  The church is central and very visible in the village.  You can buy a booklet about the Church History in the church building.

After various additions and alterations there was a major re-ordering in 1996 and restoration of the east window in 2004.  The church is in good repair with pew seating for around 80 people.  A toilet and kitchenette were added recently, and we have good level access.