In the heart of God,
in the heart of the countryside

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

Churches in the Benefice are open for community worship. To see details of services across the Benefice please click on the Calendar link above.

We are also live-streaming many services from St. Mary’s, Bishops Lydeard. The service this Sunday starts at 9.30am and you can join us at that time, or view a recording later. Our YouTube site can be found here.

The weekly ‘InTouch’ newsletter is also being produced and circulated. If you wish to receive the newsletter and links to the services on our YouTube site, please email

We are pleased to advise that our churches are open for private prayer, in addition to services. We warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship. Please click here to see opening hours.

The benefice consists of the parishes of Bishops Lydeard, West Bagborough, Cothelstone, Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey. It is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Somerset at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, tucked under the south-western edge of the Quantock Hills. The Exmoor National Park is a few miles to the west and the north Somerset coast has its own rugged beauty. The area is a favourite with holiday-makers whether they are sun-seekers, fossil hunters or walkers, and the terminus of the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard is a mecca for railway enthusiasts.

Aerial photograph of Combe Florey used by kind permission of Robin Cleverley