Our picturesque village church of St Mary & St John here in Lamyatt is part of the Alham Vale benefice. It is set in beautiful countryside with access to a number of lovely walks.
We meet up for worship twice a month – at 11am on the first Sunday of the month for a short, informal Worship For All service, and at 9.30am on the third Sunday for our communion service. Up-to-date information on services can be found (as can extra information) on the Lamyatt ‘A Church Near You’ website here.
Our Christmas, Easter and Harvest services are always well supported and we like to encourage different people to read or take part if they wish. The harvest lunch, held in our newly refurbished village hall, offers great value and a good choice of main courses and puddings. For several years we have also held a pet service and celebrated Lammas (the first bread of the new harvest) seated on hay bales in a barn at a village farm, followed by a glass of our tasty Bullbeggar cider.
The church is open to visitors every day during daylight hours. Inside you will find our wonderful collage, worked by a group of ladies from the village in the 1990s. Postcards are on sale there. In the chancel there are memorial plaques to the Guyon family who held the living here during much of the 19th century. Our stained glass window depicting St Christopher, dates from 1907 and was given by Christopher Welch (hmm, I wonder why he chose that subject matter?) Worth looking for too is the wooden carving of St Christopher. We hope people will find the recent additions of the children’s area and prayer table useful.
On the outside of the tower two carved heads can be found. These are thought to be St Mary & St John, the patron saints of the church.
We aim be inclusive and to give a very warm welcome to anyone who comes along to join us. We are particularly delighted that our beautiful church has been the venue for a number of weddings in recent years. If anyone would like more information, please contact a member of the PCC:
Following the recent interviews and the recommendation of the Parish representatives, we are pleased to announce that the Bishop has appointed the Reverend Helen Drever to the post of Vicar of the Benefice of Alham Vale. This appointment is subject to a satisfactory completion of the usual statutory checks made on all clergy taking up a new post.
Details of a Service of Welcome and Institution will be announced in due course.
Please hold Helen in your prayers as she prepares to begin a new ministry among us and pray too for her current congregations to whom this announcement will also be made today. We expect Helen to arrive in the Benefice early in the new year.
Freda Gibbons – Tel: 01749 813 477
Anthea Skinner – Tel: 01749 812 103, e-mail
Chair & Secretary:Anthea Skinner – Tel: 01749 812 103, e-mail
Treasurer and Deanery Synod Representative:
Jennifer Richards – Tel: 01749 812 369, e-mail