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Swanbourne Community Association


St Swithun's Church

Swanbourne Methodist Chapel

Swanbourne Methodist Chapel

We are a small church in a small village, but we are very lively! Our membership is 15, and we have around a dozen people at our regular Sunday Evening Service, and we also have a lively Sunday School, which meets on Sunday mornings between 10.30 a.m. and noon, with 8 young people at the moment, aged between 5 and 13 years. We cannot hold the Sunday School at the same time as the main service, as the chapel is too small. We hold occasional Family Services, sometimes in the morning and sometimes as part of our regular evening services, when the Sunday School and regular membership come together, with between 20 and 30 people present. Once every three months, we hold a Family Communion Service at 5 p.m., with the chapel chairs arranged around the communion table – and some of the Sunday School members join in with this as well.

Our minister, Rev Irena Byron, lives in the neighbouring larger village of Stewkley. She is responsible for the large chapel there and for 3 other churches as well as our own. We are all part of the Vale of Aylesbury Circuit of churches, which has 18 churches altogether – several of them being ecumenical congregations. Our Circuit superintendant minister is Rev Helen Kirk, and she and other members of the ministerial team, together with Local Preachers, visit us to lead our evening worship. More information about the circuit chapels can be found on

Historically, we were largely an agricultural village, and the first members of the Methodist Chapel were mainly Agricultural Workers. The first chapel was built in 1858, but this was replaced by our present building in 1907. Because so many members were needed in the morning on the farms for milking, etc., they did not have a morning service, and we now find that having the evening service works well for us as well, as we have support from members of other chapels who enjoy coming to an evening service. More information about the chapel history can be found on

Our style of worship is informal and our theology inclusive of all people. Our emphasis is on welcoming and acceptance in the name of Jesus.


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