Barston Church & St Swithin's Retreat House

    An Evangelical Church located in Barston Village close to Solihull and Knowle in the West Midlands. We aim to have a lively range of services and activities for all.


    HRH The Prince Philip

    Duke of Edinburgh 

    10th June 1921- 9th April 2021


    It is with deep sadness we have heard of the death of His highness the Duke of Edinburgh.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to her Royal Highness her Majesty the Queen at the loss of her loving husband Prince Philip; he was a constant support and encouragement to her.

    We as a nation also mourn his passing as he was a servant not just to her Majesty but to our country the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations.  

    Rev Stuart Dimes


    For an article on the Life of Prince Philip CLICK HERE





  • This Week



    10:30 Sunday Services will be in the church, subject to limited numbers and social distancing regulations.

    Please contact The Churchwardens to reserve a place.


    Other Services are online.

    Links for Monday Evening Bible based meetings, hosted on Zoom by Barston Church, are sent out by email, so please make contact if you would like to be included.


    The Gospel of John 

    I  have been looking after this website in 2021 during the Covid19 Pandemic.

    This Easter at a time when we were all locked down  there were news items in the media about anxiety, mental health and ways to support people.

    The main stay of the church is of course the Bible.

    David Suchet, the actor who played Poirot has read aloud the Bible's Gospel of John from a modern version and this is available from YouTube as a video made in Westminster Abbey. He speaks brilliantly from a comfortable and historic room that is part of the Abbey. There is also an interesting companion video where he and the Dean discuss the importance of the Bible and the amazing history of the abbey.

    This is so refreshing and relevant that I have put the links on this website on a separate tab or just CLICK HERE.

    Excerpts form this Gospel, this book of the Bible, are often used at funerals, which during the pandemic have been very brief occasions. This part of the Bible which can be listened to as you watch David read are from the New International Version of the Bible and is the same version as we have in the pews in the church building.