St Swithun's is one of the three Anglican churches in the town which form the Parish of Retford. The church is situated in the centre of Retford, North Nottinghamshire, which is still considered by many to be a market town.

St Swithun's continues to be looked upon as the Civic Church of the town, and as such, hosts all services of national or local importance.

Services at St Swithun's follow a pattern of central churchmanship. Sunday services alternate between mornings (11.00 am) and evenings (6.30pm). There is a regular weekday service of Holy Communion from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer at 10.30am every Thursday, followed by coffee.

Additionally, members of other congregations join with us on a rota basis in supporting the opening of our church each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to give visitors to the town, as well as residents, the opportunity of coming to the church, which sadly for much of the week has to remain closed.


The church benefits from a loyal team of bell ringers who ring at the main services, and who attempt a variety of peals when special occasions allow.

St Swithuns members form part of the Retford Area Mothers' Union which holds regular meetings, contributing in many ways to the life of our church.