Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi
Churches in the Kingsbury Parish
You will find St. Martin's Church located at the far end of Church Street which is serviced by a small car park adjacent and the Church is easily accessed via a flat path leading directly into the South doorway. The church is dedicated to St. Martin and boasts an ornate Somerset Tower some 99 feet (30 m) tall which is constructed of sandstone from nearby Ham Hill. The origins of the building lie in a much older Saxon church, now long gone. This is a place which saw the ravages of Cromwell's soldiers and later fell into a parlous state before being renovated between 1845 and 1849. We are a welcoming congregation of about twenty regulars who worship God with a mixture of liturgy and supported by a small but enthusiastic choir. Most services begin with the six bells being expertly rung in a glorious call to worship. All morning services end with coffee and a chance to chat. We have activities and toys for our younger members who are always welcome, particularly at our Family services. Join us for worship and you will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. Our Sunday Services. First Sundays 1100 - Holy Communion (Common Worship - Contemporary) Second Sundays 0930 - Holy Communion (Common Worship - Traditional) Third Sundays 1100 - All Age Family Friendly Worship Fourth Sundays 0930 - Holy Communion (Common Worship - Traditional) Contact information. Rev David Gent is our priest-in-charge but think of him as 'vicar' and you won't go far wrong! David should be contacted for any pastoral matter such as wedding, baptism and funeral enquiries or if you simply want to talk to an ordained Minister in confidence. Email or call on 01935 826113 / 07773 537 626. Address: The Vicarage, Water Street, Martock, Somerset. TA12 6JN David’s regular rest day is Tuesday so unless it’s an urgent crisis please leave him undisturbed on Tuesday’s. Alternatively do pop round to see him during his drop-in at the Vicarage on Thursday afternoons from 4.30 – 6.30 p.m. No need to pre-book, just turn up and use the door on the left hand wall. Church Warden: Mrs Barbara Moore, 13, Knightstone Close, Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock, Somerset TA12 6BZ Email or call on 01935 822889 Also see: St Martin's Bells
There is an ancient ring of 6 bells in the tower of St Martin's, the oldest of which was cast in a medieval foundry in Bristol in the fourteenth century, before the battle of Agincourt! It must have hung somewhere in the church ever since. This was augmented in about 1682 with two bells cast in a field in Closworth near Yeovil, a fourth in 1715 and two more over the next two centuries. In 2004 the bells were taken from the tower and completely refurbished and re-tuned. They were re- hung in 2005 in a new frame, having also been equipped with new fittings (clappers, wheels, headstocks, bearings etc). We ring on Sunday mornings for services, and practise on Wednesday evenings at 7.30. We are always looking for new ringers of any age from 11upwards. Please contact the Tower Captain, Nick Frost on 01458 250994, . Mother's Union The Mothers union was reformed in 2008 and has a regular supporting membership of some 12 members. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Church Rooms, Kingsbury Episcopi at 2.00pm. We have a full and varied programme of activities with interesting and informative speakers. We are an open and welcoming group where all are welcome. If you would like to join us for new experiences, friendship and fellowship, a warm welcome awaits you. Contact: Mrs Margaret Wood, tel. 01460 242359 St Martin's Church Room Hall The hall is located at the end of Church Street, next to the Church and is serviced by a small car park able to accommodate some 12 to 15 vehicles. Access is via two small steps at the front entrance porch way, whilst there is disabled access along a flat path way through the rear door. The facilities include the main hall which is centrally heated and being able to accommodate a maximum of up to seventy persons seated at dining tables. A well equipped kitchen, with the usual cooking services, crockery and cutlery, along with tables and chairs, a committee room and toilets, complete the facilities available for hire. Hire costs: £6.50 per hour Size of hall: 20ft. x 60ft. Contact: Mrs Barbara Moore, tel. 01935 822889 email: Support our Church We would be pleased to see you at any time to visit our Church. It is open all year round from about 9.30 am until early evening, about 5.00pm. Come along to any of our services when ever it is convenient for you. We run many fund raising events during the year (see the Parish Diary in the front section of this Web site) and would be most pleased to receive support for our events or for you to partake in helping us. The annual cost of running St Martin's and our sister Parish Church, St. James is circa £28,000 per annum. We would be grateful for your financial assistance if you could support us in this way as well. There is a Standing Order form on the church website for you to print off, complete, and return to the Treasurer if you feel able to help us in this way.
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