CHURCH


Path up to the church


Our thriving church serves the ancient village of Lydeard St Lawrence together with the surrounding hamlets of Westowe, Pyleigh, West Leigh and Chapel Leigh.

The present church building is believed to be the third on the present site, the first being a Saxon church which later gave way to a Norman one which, in turn, gave way to the present building. It is of traditional design with a Somerset tower built of local red stone.

Our Services are normally Morning Prayer at 11:15 on the first Sunday of the month and Holy Communion at 11:15 on the third Sunday. Children are very welcome on our church and we have a carpeted children’s area with tables and chairs, stocked with soft cuddly toys, books and art materials for young, enthusiastic and energetic visitors.


Lent and Easter Events

Lent Lunches

The Lent Lunches run throughout Lent and are hosted each week by a different church in the benefice. Lunches are held in St. Mary's Church Centre at Bishops Lydeard and run from Noon to 1:30 pm.

All proceeds go to the chosen chairy of the hosting church.

  • Monday 19th February hosted by Bishops Lydeard
  • Monday 26th February hosted by West Bagborough
  • Monday 4th March hosted by Combe Florey
  • Monday 11th March hosted by Cothelstone
  • Monday 18th March hosted by Lydeard St. Lwrence

Lent Discussions

There will be a Lent Discussion every Thursday in St. Mary's Church Centre during Lent starting at 7.30 pm

This years discussion is titled "Prayer from the Cross" led by a Rector or Lay Person each week. Each week covers a different topic

  • Thursday 29th February Love and Relationships
  • Thursday 7th March The Forgiven and unforgiven
  • Thursday 14th March Deprived and Needy
  • Thursday 21st March Victory and Peace

Holy Week Services 2024

All these services will be at Bishops Lydeard unles otherwise indicated:

  • Monday 25th March Compline 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday 26th March Evensong 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday 27th March Informal gathering 7:30 pm
  • Maundy Thursday 28th March Washing of feet 7:30 pm
  • Good Friday 29th March at West Bagborough Stations of the Cross Noon
  • Good Friday 29th March The Last Hour 2:00 pm


Church Development Project

The Lydeard St Lawrence Church Development Project aims to make our beautiful church more suitable to the needs of the 21st century so that more people will want to use the church, not just to attend services, but also for school activities, concerts, art and photography exhibitions, music lessons, bell ringing events, plays, and as a meeting place for hobby and interest groups, for example, local history talks, arts and crafts sessions.

The Project aims to provide the church with a fully accessible toilet, a water supply, drainage arrangements, a food and drinks servery, a meeting/gathering area, a better heating system and improved access.

The project team has been working very hard to drive this project forward and has already achieved successful Big Lottery funding which has financed getting architect plans drawn up; obtaining the necessary church permissions/approvals to agree to the work being carried out; conducting a village survey which produced over 100 responses in favour of the project (see the link to the survey report on the side of this page).

Church Development Project Team


Pat Coles, Don Hobson, Helen Foster, Melanie Gray,
Kate Campbell, Janine Donovan and Paul Yeomans.

Bell Ringing at Lydeard St Lawrence

The church has a beautiful set of 8 bells, plus a semitone bell to give a lighter middle 6. We practice on a Monday evening and ring for weekly services at Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey. We welcome both visiting ringers and potential new ringers. See the Contacts Page to get in touch with the Tower Captain.