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St Andrew’s Church

Our Church and its History
There has been a Church of St. Andrew in the village since the twelfth century although the current building dates from 1869 when the Norman church was pulled down as it was deemed too small and in a bad state of repair. It is an interesting building in the Victorian, Gothic Revival and has a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere. There are some celebrated, rare, stained glass windows commissioned from Jeanne-Baptiste Capronnier, from Brussels and a leaflet giving details of these is to be found in the church. There are a set of embroidered Stations of the Cross hanging in the nave, presented by a parishioner and information about them is also available in the church. At the back of the Nave in the base of the bell tower, you can see a beautiful Reredos that was originally behind the Altar. This area is now used to commemorate the Village men who served in the Great War. When this was moved to its new site in 2010, a metal panel was revealed which had been part of the original fittings in the church. At the back of the nave are early photographs of the original church and of the current church when it was newly finished. There is also an incomplete list of Rectors dating back to 1267, which we hope will be completed later this year.

Our Parish
St. Andrew’s church is part of the Cam Vale Benefice, a group of six churches, West Camel, Queen Camel, Sparkford, Weston Bamfylde and Sutton Montis, which lies in the Deanery of Bruton and Cary. That in turn comes under the umbrella of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and our Mother Church is Wells Cathedral.

The spiritual life of the six churches in the benefice is cared for by The Rector, The Revd. John Davies and the Associate Priest, Revd. Prebendiary Rose Hoskins. There are also three lay readers catering for our spiritual needs. There is a Benefice Office with an Administrator who deals with all the paperwork side of the benefice.

Click here to read sermons and talks given by Revd John Davies in the Cam Vale Benefice and elsewhere.

You can also find details at the Church of England website, A Church Near You.

To contact our priests:

TheRector – Revd John Davies
Email: john@johndavies.org
Tel: 01935 851324

Associate Priest – Revd Preb. Rose Hoskins
Email: revroseanne@gmail.com
Tel: 01963 440026

To contact Our Administrator:

The Benefice Administrator – Rosemary Rymer
Email: admincamvale@gmail.com

The Parochial Church Council
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the official body dealing with the running of the Church in Corton Denham and is made up of The Rector, (chairman,) two Churchwardens and up to six other elected members, who are parishioners in the village and part of our church family. Between them they organise the services, the rota of organists, church cleaners, flower arrangers, key holders and events. They also deal with the maintenance of both the building and the cemetery with the able assistance of several dozens of parishioners.

For PCC matters please contact:
Corton Denham PCC Secretary
Email: carole_carter@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 01963 220608

Our Cemetery
The Cemetery is a separate Interdenominational Burial Ground, situated on the West of the Village on the opposite hillside and came into use in 1922 on its consecration, when the churchyard was closed for burials.

The Cemetery commands a spectacular view of the village and is planted as a natural meadow with young, native trees. It provides a peaceful and beautiful environment in which to sit and rest. Up until now, cremated remains have been interred beside the wall in the churchyard but recently we have sought permission to designate an area, within the Cemetery for this purpose.

Bell Ringing
There is a flourishing Bell Ringing Group who are always looking for new members to ring at our special events.  We are fortunate to have a splendid peel of five bells with the oldest marked bell cast in 1694.  The bells were salvaged from the old church when it was demolished, and were re-hung in 1869.  A stand of five elm trees was planted on the hillside behind the church to mark this event.

The Church Calendar
We traditionally have a standard rota of services for Corton Denham which is;-

  • 1st Sunday of the Month 9.30am – a family friendly Village Service based on Book of Common Worship.
  • 2nd Sunday of the Month 6.30pm – a traditional Evening Service from the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 3rd Sunday of the Month 9.30am – a traditional Holy Communion Service from the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 4th Sunday of the Month 10.00am – a combined Service for the Benefice [in any one of the churches,] of Holy Communion, using the more modern Book of Common Worship.

And here are the upcoming dates

Dec
17
Sun
2017
BCP Holy Communion @ St Andrew's Church
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Dec
22
Fri
2017
Christmas Carol Service @ St Andrew's Church
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dec
24
Sun
2017
Church Service – Modern Communion – Check Location
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Church Service - Modern Communion - Check Location
  • A combined Service for the Benefice [in any one of the churches] of Holy Communion, using the more modern Book of Common Worship.
  • Check location at Cam Vale Benefice website at http://www.camvalebenefice.org.uk/whatson/
Midnight Holy Communion @ Holy Trinity Church
Dec 24 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:30 am
Dec
25
Mon
2017
Family Communion @ St Andrew's Church
Dec 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Jan
7
Sun
2018
Church Service – Family @ St Andrews Church
Jan 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Church Service - Family @ St Andrews Church
  • A family friendly Village Service based on Book of Common Worship.

Upcoming Events

Dec
19
Tue
2017
9:30 am Post Office Mobile Van @ Village Hall
Post Office Mobile Van @ Village Hall
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Post Office Mobile Van @ Village Hall
Post Office Business
10:00 am Coffee Morning @ Village Hall
Coffee Morning @ Village Hall
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Coffee Morning @ Village Hall
Social ‘Get Together’
Dec
24
Sun
2017
10:00 am Church Service – Modern Communio...
Church Service – Modern Communio...
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Church Service - Modern Communion - Check Location
A combined Service for the Benefice [in any one of the churches] of Holy Communion, using the more modern Book of Common Worship. Check location at Cam Vale Benefice website at http://www.camvalebenefice.org.uk/whatson/
11:30 pm Midnight Holy Communion @ Holy Trinity Church
Midnight Holy Communion @ Holy Trinity Church
Dec 24 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:30 am
Midnight Holy Communion @ Holy Trinity Church