St John’s Church, Corby Glen

Church of St John the Evangelist, Corby Glen (photographer: Steve Honeywood)
Church of St John the Evangelist, Corby Glen (photographer: Steve Honeywood)

St John’s prides itself on being an inclusive church in which people from across the whole spectrum of Anglican churchmanship (and beyond) can feel welcome and comfortable.

Services are normally held in St John’s every Sunday, except when there is a fifth Sunday in the month when a Group Holy Communion is celebrated elsewhere in the Benefice. All Sunday services start at 11 am.

A midweek service of Holy Communion is held each Wednesday at 10 am.

Services of Morning Prayer (9 am) and Evening Prayer (5 pm) are offered every day except Monday.

Church and Churchyard are open daily for visitors and private prayer.

Church activities

St John’s is fortunate to have a small but dedicated robed choir. The choir leads the singing for Sunday services.

St John’s has a ring of six bells, rung by a team of local bellringers and their Tower Captain, who have a joint practice night with neighbouring bellringers every Thursday at either Corby or Edenham.

St John’s Church actively supports the Grantham Food Bank, accepting donations of food from the community via a hamper at the back of the church.

The church currently houses a display of WW1 research being carried out by local people into those from Corby Glen who were killed in the First World War.

The building

St John’s church is an imposing building, prominent from the northern and western approaches to the village.

The earliest part of the church, the north aisle, dates from the late 13th century, whereas the nave and tower are of the 14th and 15th centuries. The chancel was rebuilt in 1860.

The box pews in the aisles are 18th century. In a small window in the north aisle a fragment of medieval stained glass, a picture of St John, has survived.

St John’s is known nationally for its medieval wall paintings which were discovered by a previous churchwarden when redecorating the church in 1939 and then painstakingly and expertly revealed by Clive Rouse. The wall paintings were again restored in the 1990s.