Our Mission

To be the hands of God in all we do, the voice of God in all we say,
the heart of God to those we serve, and so to draw all people
to praise and worship Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

We seek to be an inclusive, welcoming and outward looking Christian community,
loving God,
one another and our neighbours

• We seek spiritual growth through learning and understanding God’s Word
• We seek to review our worship to help us reach out to the community,
whilst maintaining access to traditional forms of service
such as BCP and Common Worship
• We seek to be a beacon of faith, hope and compassion in our community.

Our Values

• Christ centred: working prayerfully to communicate Jesus Christ’s welcome
and challenge to the world, as set out in the Gospels

• Inclusive: reflecting the radical call of love to all people
• Welcome: offering a place of welcome and hospitality to those of all faiths, and none
• Transformative: being agents of change, encouraging new growth and spiritual discovery
• Compassionate: speaking and acting in support of vulnerable people
• Sustainable: seeking to safeguard our community and our world for future generations.

 

What We Believe

Belief in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit is at the heart of our faith. Christians believe that Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus reveals to us that God is our Father, and that God is available to us through the Holy Spirit.

You won’t ever be asked if you completely understand all this. But you are asked whether you believe and trust. This is called faith. It is a different sort of knowledge. It is the knowledge of being known and loved, and of loving in return.

The Christian faith is not a human invention. There are signs of God’s existence and handiwork in creation for anyone to read (Acts 14.15–17). But we believe in the way we do because God has come to seek us out and has made himself known to us.

Meet the Team

REVD. MARK HURLEY
REVD. MARK HURLEYPriest-in-Charge
Revd Mark Hurley was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice by the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, on Monday 3rd August 2020. Mark was previously Priest in Charge of Swanscombe, Kent.
REVD. MAUREEN YOUNG
REVD. MAUREEN YOUNGAssociate Priest
Hello – my name is Maureen Young, and I minister across all five churches in the Benefice
of Bishops Lydeard.

I undertake parish duties on Sundays plus two days a week.

KATHARINE SMITH
KATHARINE SMITHLay Reader
Hello, I’m Katharine Smith, I’m a Lay Reader at St Mary’s, Bishops Lydeard although I also take services and preach at other churches in the Benefice.
KATHERINE LYDDON
KATHERINE LYDDONChildren and Families Rural Pioneer Catalyst for Tone Deanery
Katherine is working to set up two fresh expressions with children and families in the deanery and also to help coach, encourage and train us so that we can be more effective in sharing the story of Jesus with young people, with schools and families.