REVD. MARK HURLEY LICENSED AS PRIEST-IN-CHARGE
03/08/20
We are delighted to announce that Revd. Mark Hurley has been licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Bishops Lydeard with Lydeard St. Lawrence, Bagborough, Combe Florey and Cothelstone. The licensing service, which was carried out by Rt Revd. Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, took place via Zoom. We warmly welcome Mark and Barbara to our beautiful Benefice and pray that they will find joy, peace and fulfillment in their new home and ministry.

A formal celebration in church will take place when Covid 19 restrictions are relaxed sufficiently to permit this, at which time Mark will become Rector of the Benefice. Meanwhile, he will be known as Priest-in-Charge. The order of service for the licensing ceremony may be found here.

NEWS ABOUT REOPENING OF CHURCHES IN THE BENEFICE
18/06/20 updated 20/06/20, 27/06/20 and 30/06/20

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin,Bishops Lydeard
will re-open for private prayer for four hours each week..
Sundays: 09.30 to 11.30
Wednesdays: 09.30 to 11.30
Social distancing measures will be in place, including a one-way system and single use of pews. Please use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the church. Disposable gloves are also available.

The Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Cothelstone
is now open for individual prayer and reflection. Allowing this to continue depends on us adhering to government instructions and guidance, and we therefore ask that all visitors read the notes in the church porch before entering.

The Church of St. Lawrence, Martyr, Lydeard St. Lawrence
is open for private prayer from 11am to 12pm on Sundays and Thursdays.

The Church of St. Pancras, West Bagborough
is open for private prayer on Sunday mornings from 10.30 until 12.30.

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Combe Florey
is open for private prayer on Sunday 19th July from 10.00am to 11.30am.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU

DATE SET FOR THE INSTALLATION OF REVD. MARK HURLEY
30/05/20

We have heard from the Archdeacon that our new Rector, Mark Hurley and his wife Barbara. will be moving into the Rectory in Bishops Lydeard in mid-July, and his installation as Rector will be on Monday 3rd August. As things stand at present, the Bishop of Bath and Wells has said that no service is planned as we don’t know at this point in time whether our churches will be open or how many people might be allowed to gather. As has happened elsewhere in this Diocese and throughout the country, Mark will meet with the Bishop online either by Zoom or some other way and the legal aspects will be undertaken in that way. Later in the year, when the lock-down and social distancing arrangements become clearer or are eased we shall be able to organise a service of welcome, with refreshments afterwards. Please keep Mark and Barbara in your prayers, as they forge ahead now with packing up their home. Pray, too, for their present parish of Swanscombe, as they prepare to say farewell to their parish priest.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW RECTOR TO THE BENEFICE

22/03/20

We are delighted to announce the appointment of

The Reverend Mark Hurley

to the post of Rector of the Benefice of Bishops Lydeard
with Lydeard St Lawrence, Bagborough, Combe Florey and Cothelstone.
This appointment is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.
Mark is currently Priest in Charge of Swanscombe, Kent.
A licensing date will be arranged in due course.
We hold Mark, his wife Barbara, and our parishes in our prayers
at this time of transition.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – SUSPENSION OF SERVICES & EVENTS 17/03/20 updated 24/03/20

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The Benefice is complying with all current Government restrictions and guidance. As a result all services (including weddings and baptisms) are suspended until further notice. This is also true of all events, groups and meetings. We believe this will be until the end of May at the earliest.

Funerals will continue to take place, whilst observing physical distancing.

In accordance with the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ instructions, churches in the Benefice are closed to visitors.

The above supersedes any other information on this website. The site will be kept updated when we have any more information to share.

Many of us are lighting candles of hope in our windows at 7.00pm each evening. It is a way of joining together, spiritually if not physically, in prayer for our nation and for the world. Please do join us if you are able to do so safely.

LET THE BELLS RING OUT! 01/03/20

It was a great joy to welcome back our bellringers this morning after progress has been made with repairs to the pinnacle. This was the first time that the bells have summoned the village to worship for many months and it was really thrilling to hear them again and see familiar faces in the ringing chamber.

OUR WEEKLY NOTICES SHEET IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE 12/01/20

The weekly Notices Sheet for St. Mary’s is now available online and can be found under the ‘Useful’ drop down menu. It is normally updated every Friday.

THE ADVERTISEMENT IN THE CHURCH TIMES HAS NOW BEEN PUBLISHED 10/01/20
This is reproduced on the left.
The Benefice Profile may be viewed here.




VACANCY UPDATE 07/01/20

The current vacancy for the position of Rector will be advertised in The Church Times, and on their website, this coming Friday, 10th January.

The closing date for applications is 15th February. Visits and interviews will take place on 4th and 5th of March. For further information about the Benefice please refer to our Benefice Profile.

For more details of the role and an application pack, please contact

The Venerable Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton

01823 413315

adtaunton@bathwells.anglican.org