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).
These two churches, together with St. Andrew's, Cheddar
(distance 1.5 miles), form the benefice of Cheddar, Draycott and Rodney
Stoke. Our Rector resides 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).