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

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

Thanks for dropping by.

Here are some upcoming events.

The service at St. Mary’s, Bishops Lydeard at 09.30 on 25th September will be live streamed to our YouTube channel. If you are attending church on that morning and sit in an area that is on camera you will be asked to complete a Contributor Release Form, if you have not already done so. We regret the necessity for this but it is to ensure that we comply with GDPR. An area which is not on camera (the north aisle) is reserved for those who prefer not to be seen on the stream.

The next Souper Lunch is on Monday 26th September between 12.00 and 1.30pm in the St. Mary’s Church Centre.

There is an Autumn Fair taking place on 1st October (note change of date) – information here

The St. Mary’s Harvest Festival will be at 4.00pm on Sunday 2nd October. This will be a service of Harvest Thanksgiving combined with supper.

Please click in the Calendar link above for details of all events and services in the benefice.

New to the area? Visiting? We welcome you to the benefice.

The FIVE parishes at the gateway to the Quantocks are Bishops Lydeard, West Bagborough, Cothelstone, Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey. The benefice 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. If you are a visitor please do make our churches your spiritual home during your stay.

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

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All our churches are open for private prayer. 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 for individual churches.

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