A Prayer from our Church for the New Year 2021
May your eyes be opened to the wonder of the daily miracles around you, and your sense of mystery be deepened. May you be aware of the light that shines in the darkness, and that the darkness can never be put out. May you be blessed with companions on the journey, friends who will listen to you and encourage you with their presence. May you learn to live with what is unsolved in your heart, daring to face the questions and holding them until, one day, you find the answers. May you find the still, quiet place within yourself, where you can know and experience the peace that passes all understanding. May love flow in you and through you to those who need your care. May you continue to dream dreams and to reach out into the future with a deeper understanding of God’s way for you. AMEN ——————————————————————————————————————————–
Our church is now open daily for private prayer from 9am to 5pm. One pew is open and we ask you to comply with the latest health and safety advice. But church is not and never has been a building.
Prayer is possible
whoever you are,
wherever you are and
whenever you are in need.
It is a free gift to us and a comfort in times of stress.
It is not always easy to find the right words, so here too is a prayer you may like to use:
God of hope, be with us, calm our anxious minds and remove fear. Surround us, keep us safe until the threat passes. Surround us with love, and deliver us from evil.
Protect our families, preserve us, O God, and keep us in health and provision. May our community, despite enforced isolation, be united through acts of loving kindness. Surround us with love, and deliver us from evil.
Help those in the NHS as they care for the sick and deal with the virus, for businesses as they manage the economic challenges and for employees sent home. Surround them with love, and deliver them from evil.
Grant wisdom to our government and may the PM be surrounded by wise counsel. Guide their decisions today to lead us safely. Surround them with love and deliver them from evil.
May those working to stop the pandemic globally make the breakthrough they need to eradicate the virus. Reduce its impact on other nations affected today. Surround them with love and deliver them from evil. AMEN
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 – currently at 10am on the first Sunday of the month for a communion service and at 10am on the third Sunday a worhip for all 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:
Rev Helen Drever – Tel: 01749 831053 Mob: 07949 181745
Please hold Helen in your prayers as she continues her new ministry among us in these difficult times.
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