Built in 1898 and extended in 1910, this is a relatively 'young' church, but local tradition has it that there is a wall from an earlier church, dated 1726, hidden beneath the rough cast walls. The only records of this earlier church I can find are as follows: "Helsington Chapel built by subscription and endowed by John Jackson of Holeslack. Consecrated by Bp. Peplowe in 1745." Unfortunately the church appears to be kept locked, so I was unable to gain entry on my last visit. St John is a simple, single chambered building and contains only one stained glass window...mounted in the East end of the church.
The church is an excellent starting point for a number of short circular walks encompassing the Lyth Valley, Brigsteer Woods and other areas in this beautiful part of the South Lakes area.