Our picturesque village church of St Mary & St John here in Lamyatt is part of the Alham Vale benefice.
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, followed by refreshments, and at 9.30am on the third Sunday for our communion service. During the summer months we also meet for an evening service at 6pm on the fourth Sunday.
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. A group of our children singing was a particular joy at our Harvest. The lunch which follows this is always a wonder of organisation- so many come that it has to be held in a series of tents (there not being enough room in the village hall at present). Amazingly in 2013 we seated 60 with a choice of 5 or 6 main courses AND had musical entertainment as well! Luckily it didn’t rain. During the last year we have introduced a number of different services within this framework – a celebration of Candlemas (the presentation of Christ at the temple) and a Songs of Praise with some enthusiastic singing of some of our favourite hymns. We also 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. This was also the year when Lamyatt had its first posada, when figures of Mary and Joseph were taken from house to house for a night before ending up at the church for our midnight Christmas service.
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.
We aim to give a very warm welcome to anyone who comes along to join us. We are particularly delighted that our beautiful church is the venue for the wedding of a young couple in 2014, with another in 2015. Also planned for October 2014 is a benefice weekend where we will be offering cider tasting and a children’s sheep trail. If anyone wants any more information, please could they contact Rev Rosey Lunn or a member of the PCC:
Priest in charge:
Rev. Rosey Lunn – Tel: 01749 830 322l or email
Freda Gibbons – Tel: 01749 813 477
Anthea Skinner – Tel: 01749 812 103, e-mail
Chair & Secretary:Anthea Skinner – Tel: 01749 812 103, e-mail
Jennifer Richards – Tel: 01749 812 369, e-mail
Deanery Synod Representative:
Ian Deane – Tel: 01749 812 124, e-mail
We have photocopies of the Lamyatt baptism, marriage and burial registers from 1615 to 1993 (although the early years are difficult to read). For a small donation to church funds these are available to look at. Please ring Jen Richards on 01749 812369 to arrange