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

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

Services are now taking place in the benefice every Sunday. Please note that Government regulations require you to wear a face covering. In addition, social distancing measures will be in place together with hand sanitising facilities. Advice regarding collection, sharing the peace and receiving Communion will be explained at the beginning of services. Please refer to the Calendar for up to date information about services.

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 the situation becomes clearer we hope to restore access, at which time we warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship. Meanwhile, 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