NOTICE: Little Gidding Church closure 2024

We are delighted that the final part of the alterations to St John’s Church are finally about to happen.   


We are to have a stone ramp leading to the West Door of the church, and a wider step at the front of the church to enable people to turn their wheelchairs properly.  None of this will alter the Georgian front of the church which people know and love.

The Oratory floor will be made level with the church floor, so that there is no step between the two.

There will be a new door on the west wall of the Oratory, so that we will now have two ways to leave the building.

Heating and lighting in the Oratory:

As the panelling in the Oratory will be removed temporarily, the builders will take the opportunity to put some insulation between the panels and the walls.

The Oratory will have electricity, heating and lighting, so that it becomes a useable space for one to one conversations and for Quiet Day leaders.  It will also have resources for those making a pilgrimage to Little Gidding.

There will be no heating or lighting in St John’s Church.  There will be some sockets so that the organ and other small electrical items can be plugged in (all must be PAT tested).  There is no intention to plug in heaters, as these may overload the system with little effect on the warmth of the worshippers.

The building works will start on January 8th and are expected to last until March 28th.

We expect that the Good Friday pilgrimage, on March 29th, will be able to stop in St John’s Church, and are planning to hold a Service of Holy Communion on Easter Sunday in the church on March 31st at 11.30 am.  You are most welcome to come.


St John’s Church is closed for alterations  from 1st January – 29th March 2024

All services during this period will be held in the Eliot Room, Ferrar House

The Eucharist

The Eucharist is celebrated every second Friday of the month at 12 noon, and on Sunday mornings at 11 am whenever there is a fifth Sunday in the month.

Friday lunchtimes (February to November)

Holy Communion on the Second Friday of the month

Midday prayer each Friday at 12 noon

Followed by soup lunch in Ferrar House

Dates for second Friday of the month
Friday 9th February
Friday 8th March
Friday 12th April
Friday 10th May
Friday 14th June
Friday 12th July
Friday 9th August
Friday 13th September
Friday 11th October
Friday 8th November

To book lunch, please contact the Chaplain.

There is a Little Gidding Quiet Day on the Fourth Friday of the month.

Please see the separate poster for dates, leaders and topics.

As well as Friday midday prayers each week, for the rest of 2024 the services are:

DateType of ServiceTime
Wednesday 14th FebruaryAsh Wednesday12 noon
Sunday 31sth MarchHoly Communion for Easter11.30 am
Sunday 30th JuneHoly Communion11.30 am
Saturday 7th DecemberHoly Communion (Nicholas Ferrar)10.30 am
Date to be decidedCarol Service4.30 pm
Sunday 29th DecemberHoly Communion11.30 am

Please note: St. John’s Church, Little Gidding will be closed for visitors and services from January 8th 2024 with the hope of completing before March 28th for building work and access improvements.

All services during this period will be held in the Eliot Room, Ferrar House, Little Gidding.

All these services are subject to the Church of England COVID 19 guidance.

To book a place, please contact the Chaplain.


Little Gidding Day Retreats Brochure 2024

In 2024, we continue to offer a programme of Quiet Days at Ferrar House (using St John’s Church as well). These will be led by local ministers – not all ordained, and not all Anglican! Held on the 4th Friday of the month, from February to November, they offer a chance to step out of your regular routine to be with God in a variety of ways.
Quiet Days will run from 10 – 4, with coffee served from 9.30 am. The cost of the days includes a simple soup lunch and afternoon tea. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day. The total cost for the day is £32.

Download the 2024 Day Retreats brochure


Although we welcome other groups of visitors and pilgrims to hold acts of worship in St John’s Church, any such act of worship must be arranged through the Chaplain, who has to check that necessary safeguarding protocols and procedures are followed. 

Please contact Fiona Brampton as soon as possible to make the necessary arrangements. 

This is a Church of England requirement and the PCC of Great Gidding with Steeple Gidding and Little Gidding reserve the right to lock St John’s Church if we understand any unauthorised acts of worship are planned. We hope this final act will be unnecessary.

Thank you.


(and associate priest in Northleightonstone Benefice)
Rev Canon Fiona Brampton
Tel: 01480538726
Mob: 07305658032
Fiona is generally in Little Gidding on Thursdays and Fridays, and other days by arrangement.