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Stogumber

We are an inclusive and friendly church, welcoming to both villagers and visitors, no matter how strong or tentative your faith, whatever your background or circumstances, and whether you come often, sometimes or occasionally.

We have a service most Sundays.  Our style of worship is mostly traditional, using the ancient and beautiful Book of Common Prayer, but we are not stuffy.  We also use the more modern Common Worship for our monthly Tuesday Communion and for alternate Sunday Communion services.

Music is important in our worship, and we have a good organ, talented organist and accomplished choir of about a dozen, who lead the hymns, psalms, sung responses and anthems.  But don't feel you have to be a wonderful singer - there are also many of us who are not! We have a peal of six bells and a band of enthusiastic ringers.

After services we gather at the back of the church for a chat over fresh coffee and biscuits (in the morning), sherry (after Evensong) and sometimes even mulled wine and mince pies at Christmas.

Members of the congregation contribute to many aspects of parish life, including the Stogumber Good Neighbours scheme, village school, community lunches and village breakfasts - good food is a feature of Stogumber!

Our church may be ancient, but it is accessible, with ramps at the entrance and up to the altar rail, and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users.  Assistance dogs and well-behaved pet dogs are welcome.

The civil parish fairly closely matches the ecclesiastical one and has 660 residents, divided between more than a dozen small settlements or hamlets and Stogumber itself.

There are a family-run village shop cum post office, a pub, a school and a few small businesses such as specialist retailers, but no regular large-scale employment within the parish except in farming. 

This is a happening place with a village concert, an impressive horticulture show, a flower show, regular “village breakfasts”, a village Christmas dinner, dances, a village magazine and a large number of clubs.  The Stogumber Gardens Open in early June attracts many visitors and brings the entire village together.  Stogumber Cricket Club is one of the best village sides in Somerset, having just won West Somerset Division 1 -- again.

Today’s church stands on the site of a Saxon minster.

Churchwarden        Tom Vesey  (01984 656505); Julian Spicer (01984 656156)

PCC Secretary        Bridget Weir 

PCC Treasurer        Allan Weir     

Tower Captain         Sara Coward.  Practice night Wedensdays, 7.30 - 9.00pm.


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