In the heart of God,
in the heart of the countryside
Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice
19TH JULY: A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION (COMMON WORSHIP) WILL BE HELD AT THE CHURCH OF ST. LAWRENCE, LYDEARD ST. LAWRENCE AT 11.15AM.
12TH & 26TH JULY: A SERVICE OF MATINS (BCP) WILL BE HELD AT THE CHURCH OF ST. THOMAS OF CANTERBURY, COTHELSTONE AT 11.15AM.
CHURCHES ARE ALSO OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Please click here for details UPDATED 06/07/20
DATE ANNOUNCED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF REVD. MARK HURLEY AS RECTOR – CLICK TO READ MORE
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.
All the churches in our benefice are normally open during daylight hours and we warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship. If you are able to join us for a service your presence would be a joy to us and to God.
Aerial photograph of Combe Florey used by kind permission of Robin Cleverley