St John the Baptist Church, Kinlet
The church of St. John the Baptist, Kinlet, stands in solitary grandeur three-quarters of a mile along the drive from the village to Kinlet Hall. It is the last remnant of the old village that stood on this site for anything up to a millennium. Probably, there was a wooden church on the same site before the Normans came and built in stone, for it was a village of importance in royal ownership well before the Domesday Survey was carried out. When we worship in this parish church, either for the Sunday services, or for the special occasions of the people of the parish, we are following a pattern that has been part of the rhythm of Kinlet life for centuries.
But the church is not just a historic monument, although it has fine architectural features and some outstanding memorials to the Blount family. It is a living document, altered and added to over its history, and restored with care and dedication over the last twenty years or so. It is big for a parish church, and surrounded by parkland, so is a popular church for important occasions, which have included over recent years not just marriages and thanksgivings, but a confirmation and an ordination.
Services are held in the church every Sunday on a monthly pattern. On the first Sunday is Holy Communion at 10 o’clock, on the second Sunday is the 6:30 Evensong – both these services accompanied by our accomplished organist. On the third Sunday we celebrate Holy Communion at 8 o’clock, a quiet and reflective early service. And on the fourth Sunday in the month the service is Morning Prayer; we do not have an organist for this service, but usually sing anyway!
The services are traditional, using the Book of Common Prayer, but there is an entirely up-to-date warm and friendly welcome for anyone who comes to join the regular congregation!
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