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

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

We have two videos available this week, produced by Revd. Mark and including conversations with churchwardens from around the benefice. They can be found
on our new YouTube channel from 10.00am Sunday. The InTouch for today can be downloaded here.

We are delighted to announce that services in the benefice will recommence from Sunday 6th December. We will be ensuring social distancing and ask you to wear a mask throughout your visit. Sanitising hand gel is available in the churches. Unfortunately we will be unable to offer refreshments after these services due the difficulties created by the pandemic.

Services for each Sunday can be found on our Benefice Calendar.

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.

In normal circumstances all the churches in our benefice are open during daylight hours but due to the Covid 19 pandemic access is currently restricted as shown above. As the situation becomes clearer we hope to restore full access, at which time we warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship.

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