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  St. Peter's Church Draycott, Somerset

About Us

Parish Draycott
Benefice Cheddar, Rodney Stoke and Draycott
Deanery Axbridge
Diocese Bath & Wells at a family Eucharist
Denomination 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 services). 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).