Stoke and Draycott
||Bath & Wells
||at a family
||Church of England
We are a lively, friendly church, in a middle-sized village on
the south slopes of the Mendip Hills in northern Somerset. Draycott is
about half a mile from the village of Rodney Stoke, where you will find our sister church
of St. Leonard's (click Finding us in the left-hand margin). The
benefice is currently being extended to include St. Andrew's, Cheddar
(distance 1.5 miles)- we are already beginning to function as a unit,
under our vicar and curate (both based in Cheddar).
Our regular worship centres on the 9:30 Holy Communion service on Sunday
(click on the Newsletter link on left for the current diary of
This is a family service, and we welcome young children- we provide an
open carpeted area at the back of the church, so children are not expected
to sit still in a pew! In fact, the church has been without its pews since
the 1970s, when they were replaced by chairs (click Building on
left). This allows us to function as a church hall when needed.
Events during the year include: Carol singing in the village, and carol
services, at Christmas; a bible study group (during Lent we often
combine with other churches in the Cheddar valley), and a harvest supper.
We also open the church to a variety of other functions,
including fund-raising concerts (Click on the Newsletter link on
the left for forthcoming events). The church adjoins a thriving first
school (Church of England Voluntary Aided; see Links), and contacts
with the school are an important aspect of church life. The school regularly
uses our building for assembly once a fortnight.
In recent years we have undertaken a major refurbishment of the
interior, following repairs to a leaking roof (click Restoration & refurbishment on
the left). For further information on
current PCC business, click Reports.
For contact details for churchwardens and church officers, click the
Contact us link (left margin).