St John the Baptist Church

Our vision is to be "Open to God"
  • Open in worship and learning
  • Open to each other in communication and fellowship
  • Open in sharing the Good News by word and service
  • Open to the world in mission
The Church of St John the Baptist Dronfield has stood at the centre of this community since the 12th Century. As the Town of Dronfield grew during the 1960s and 70s so churches were planted first in Holmesdale in the East and later in Gosforth Valley in the West. These three churches together with St Swithin Holmesfield and St Mary Unstone now make up the Team Parish of Dronfield with Holmesfield.


8.00 am Holy Communion

First Sunday of each month:
10 am All Age Communion (no 9.30 or 11.15 service)

Other Sundays
9.30 am Holy Communion (Morning Prayer 2nd Sunday, 4th Sunday includes Prayers for Healing)
11.15 am Family Service (Holy Communion 2nd Sunday, 4th Sunday includes Thanksgivings)
6.30 pm Evening Prayer (Holy Communion 2nd Sunday, United Service at Baptist Church 3rd Sunday)

Baptisms by arrangement: contact Parish Office on 412328.

The Church has a fine choir which sings at 9.30 or 10am each Sunday and occasionally in the evening, and there is a developing music group which leads the music at our Family Service.

The Church is open during the day from 9.30 to dusk and you are welcome to call in during these times.

On Wednesday mornings at 10am there is a service of Holy Communion.

On the first Wednesday of each month there is a service for parents/carers and preschool children 'Little Fishes' at 2pm.

On Thursday evenings in term time there is a Chattabox Group for children 3-11 years in the church hall from 6-7pm. For information telephone Alison on 01246 415169 or the church office 412328.

Revd Peter Bold (Team Rector)
Revd Dick Dove (Associate Priest)
Tony Bethell, Barbara Hodd and Christine Williams (Readers)

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Prayer and Care

This scheme seeks to ensure that members receive the care that is at the heart of a Christian Community. There are Network Partners who look out for and pray for a particular group of members. Some of these Partners have a specific responsibility to care for newcomers. By this means we hope to care for one another and welcome those come into our church.


Learning about the Christian Faith is not just for children, we all need continually to be learning more about our Faith. Our Chattabox Club for 3-11s runs from 6-7 pm during School Term. Housegroups run at different homes around the district. During Lent we often join with members of other churches for a Lent Course together. For those who are enquiring about the Christian Faith we run Emmaus Course from time to time. Once a year, a Confirmation Class takes place which is also an opportunity to look at the basics of Christianity. If you would like to know more about any of these opportunities please contact us.

Overseas Mission

We have a particular interest through personal contact with the Mvumi Hospital in Tanzania. The Friends of Mvumi and our Mission Group keep us up to date in our prayers and giving to God's work in this area of the world in particular. They meet in Church for Mission Prayers once a month.

Our Hall

There are many activities which take place in our Hall. These include the Mothers' Union and the Over 21 Group. Other groups hire our Hall for various purposes and advertise their particular groups in various ways. The Hall is available for hire for many different activities. Details can be had from the Parish Office.

Other Activities

There are other activities from time to time. There are regular organ recitals, bible lectures and rambles as well as other opportunities for worship and fellowship. You would be welcome to join us.