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Welcome!

From Shepton Mallet, Cranmore and Doulting Churches

A very warm welcome to the home of Shepton Mallet Benefice Churches in the heart of Somerset. Our churches are St Peter and St Paul’s in Shepton Mallet, St Aldhelm’s in the nearby village of Doulting with St Bartholomew’s in the tiny village and civil parish of Cranmore

We have regular services across the benefice each Sunday and at other times throughout the year. We look forward to meeting you!

From services to special Christmas season events. All you need to know including downloadable posters.

Our church and parish office are right in the centre of town with plenty of parking in nearby council car parks. Click below for directions and parking.

Our radio station, Shepton LifeStream is available 24/7 with a mix of worship songs, gentle classical music, and inspirational content streamed to your computer or smart device.

For times and details of our Benefice services and events, click here

Visiting the church or the parish office? click here

Rector

Parish Office

Children’s, Youth and Families’

Worker

Revd Jonathan Hunter Dunn

01749 342420

rector@sheptonbenefice.org

Helen Bennett

01749 342163

admin@sheptonbenefice.org

Rachel Lord

01749 342163

rachel@sheptonbenefice.org

Creative Pioneer Pastor

Churchwardens (Shepton)

Parish Church

Revd Gill Sakakini 

07969 158488 / 01749 880340

revgill.sheptonmallet@gmail.com

<< read more about Gill and her ministry >>

Nick Bennett 07836 246700

Vaughan Ives 07770 523523

admin@sheptonbenefice.org

Via Regal Road or via Church Lane

Shepton Mallet

BA4 5BL

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

St Peter & St Paul’s has a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and we take this area of responsibility, along with safer recruitment and staff training, very seriously. All policy documents

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A letter from Jonathan

Dear Church Family

As you may have seen, last week Emma Raducanu received a MBE for services to tennis. From Albert Einstein to Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), all who achieve something good in life, do so through consistent, intentional discipline. Given God’s grace to us in Jesus, should we not be consistent and intentional in our growth to become mature in Him?  

One essential way we can do this is to make sure we have a daily quiet time with Him, feeding from His word, meditating on it and praying His truth into our hearts. There is no ‘one size fits all’ - no doubt Emma Raducanu trains differently to Andy Murray - but, fortunately for us, there are many great resources to help us. 

This past year, I have been very blessed and encouraged by Alastair Begg's Truth for Life volume 1 (volume 2 is a Christmas present heading my way!). A seasoned pastor, Begg is insightful, affirming and encouraging. 

If you want something on your ‘phone, the Solid Joys app by John Piper is free and brilliant. 

Written by a younger man, Evangelist Glen Scrivener, the Between the Lines series - one on the Old Testament and one on the New - Writer James Carey says, "Glen Scrivener can be relied upon for brilliant insights into God’s Word, which he then turns into bang-up-to-the-minute applications. His writing is challenging, but always a pleasure, and his desire to honour Christ in all things is infectious and refreshing.” You can watch Glen’s introduction to volume 1 here: thegoodbook.co.uk/reading-between-the-lines-volume-1 

Pastor of Redeemer Church on Manhattan, Tim Keller has several daily devotionals. A few years ago I thoroughly enjoyed The Way of Wisdom a thought provoking walk through wisdom literature of the Bible. I must confess, I didn’t take to My Rock my Refuge on the Psalms but, as I said, we are all different. A friend of mine loved it! With his wife, Kathy, Keller has also written a daily devotion on marriage: A Seal upon the Heart.

In The Lord I take Refuge is by Dane Ortlund, the man who wrote Gentle and Lowly, our Advent book some 3 years ago. 

American psychologist and counsellor, Paul David Tripp’s My Heart Cries Out: Gospel Meditations for Everyday Life is a series of personal reflections on his experience of God’s ever-present grace through the ups and downs of his life. Much to inspire and encourage the soul broken by the harsh realities of this world.

All these are available on the Bookstall. 

There are many great daily devotionals available. If you would like help finding the right one for you, do chat to me or ask a friend what has blessed and encouraged them. We may not end up with an MBE for services to the Church but if you ‘. . . continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught . . .’ one day you will hear Him say to you, “Well done good and faithful servant.” That will be worth more than all the MBEs in the world! 

Make 2023 a year of intentional growth in Jesus
Jonathan

Church services in the benefice

Listen Again!

Our services are now live-streamed via our online radio station Shepton LifeStream and are available to listen live on Sunday mornings and at regular times throughout the week here

The audio recordings of the reading and sermon from these services are also available to hear again. Click on the play button in the players below.

Our Advent Term Sermon Series

Sunday

December 4

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Joy to The World - Creation : Fall : Redemption : Eternity
Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-13 (read by Rosalind Ives)

Sermon

Sunday

November 27

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Joy to The World - Creation : Fall : Redemption : Eternity
Genesis 1:1-2:3 (read by Pauline Morris)

Sermon

Sunday

November 20

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Daniel - The End Times
Daniel 12 (read by Sue Crisfield)

Sermon

Sunday

November 13

Jonathan’s Sermon

(11.30 Remembrance service)

Daniel - Daniel’s Prayer
Daniel 9 from v9 onwards (read by Major General Ray Pett CB MBE)

Sermon

Sunday

November 6

Matthew’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Daniel - Daniel’s Vision of a Ram and a Goat
Daniel 8 (read by Rosalind Ives)

Sermon

Sunday

October 30

Steve’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Daniel - Daniel’s Dream of Four Beasts
Daniel 7 (read by Mark Parsons)

Sermon

Sunday

October 23

Alistair Bolt’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Daniel - In The Den of Lions
Daniel 6 (read by Vaughan Ives)

Sermon

Sunday

October 16

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Daniel - The Writing On The Wall
Daniel 5 (read by Sylvia Ingham)

Sermon

Shepton LifeStream

Inspirational Radio, all day, every day

(see the programme schedule below)

Click above to play

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Shepton LifeStream is an online radio station brought to you by St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church, Shepton Mallet. It’s on the air 24 hours each day with a mix of worship songs, gentle classical music, and meaningful content streamed to your computer, or any smart device. See below for the current schedule.

Playing now . . .

Recently played items . . .

LifeStream Programme Schedule

All day, every day - enjoy a mix of inspirational worship songs and gentle classical music

Daily at 12.00 midday and 12.00 midnight - listen to our sermon of the week from our current sermon series

Daily at 11.00 and 16.00 - Kids’ Praise! A Bible story followed by your favourite children’s worship songs

Daily at 17.00 - Faith in Kids Podcast with Jam, Amy and Ed. Find out more about this podcast here!

Daily at 21.00 - Instrumental Praise - no words, just restful, contemplative music

Sunday at 10.30 - live audio of our Morning Worship Service from Shepton Mallet Parish Church

Other convenient ways to listen to Shepton LifeStream

If you have Alexa, you should be able to set up Alexa to play Shepton LifeStream via MyTuner Radio as a ‘skill’. See your Alexa app for more details.

You can now download the MyTuner Radio app for IOS and Android. Search for Shepton LifeStream and select it as a favourite. Visit MyTuner Radio on their website.

You can now download the Online Radio Box app for IOS and Android. Search for Shepton LifeStream and select it as a favourite.Visit Online Radio Box on their website.

Visit Streema on their website. Shepton LifeStream is there too! And also on Radio UK - up there with the best stations in the UK on their website and their app!

We’re grateful to Ed, Jam and Amy for the use of their podcast Faith in Kids for Kids.

See the Faith in Kids website for the full range of Christian resources available at faithinkids.org

Policy Documents

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

St Peter & St Paul’s has a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and we take this area of responsibility, along with safer recruitment and staff training, very seriously.

Our safeguarding policy document can be downloaded here

The C of E Promoting a Safer Church document can be downloaded here

Our use of photography policy document can be downloaded here

Towards a Safer Church - Safeguarding Advice - the parents’ guide here

Towards a Safer Church - Safeguarding Advice - the PCC and churchwardens’ guide here

Action Plan - here

Children and Young People Safeguarding Contacts

Revd Jonathan Hunter Dunn 01749 342420 and Ben Goodhind, Diocesan Safeguarding Manager 01749 588917

Shepton Mallet Parish Church

Parish Safeguarding Office (PSO) is Ros Baldwin 07721 096600 safeguarding@sheptonbenefice.org

Deputy PSO is Helen Bennett 01749 346320 admin@sheptonbenefice.org

Doulting Church

Parish Safeguarding Office (PSO) is Edwina Gould 01749 344140 mikegould91@gmail.com

Cranmore Church

Parish Safeguarding Office (PSO) is Revd Gill Sakakini 07969 158488 revgill.sheptonmallet@gmail.com

Benefice DBS and Training Coordinators are Ros Baldwin and Helen Bennett

Heath and Safety

Our health and safety policy document can be downloaded here

Fire Risk Assessement

Our fire risk assessment document can be downloaded here

CEEC Basis of Faith

The Church of England Evangelical Council’s Basis of Faith document, to which we as a benefice subscribe, can be downloaded here

Visit the CEEC website to discover more.

Where to find us . . .

Parish Church, Church Lane, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BW (w3w: self.outs.think)

The Parish Church is situated in the centre of town behind the pedestrianised area around the historic Shambles. Access on foot is via several lanes that lead off this area. If you’re coming via car then parking is available at several nearby car parks:
Regal Road East - off Paul Street BA4 5AL

Commercial Road - Old Market Road BA4 5BU

Great Ostry Main - Rectory Road BA4 5TT

Distance to the church from these main car parks is just a few minutes’ walk.

Access to the church in a vehicle is via Regal Road and down past the rear of the Academy Theatre building. There is limited parking in the churchyard. During Sunday services parking is reserved for visitors who require special access.

Church opening hours:

Approximately 09.00 until dusk each day

Parish Office, Peter Street Rooms, Peter Street BA4 5BL (w3w: growth.impulses.packages)

The Parish Office is situated in Peter Street off The Batch. There is no parking in Peter Street, but often limited-time places in nearby The Batch are available. Main car parks are as above.

Distance to the office from these main car parks is just a few minutes’ walk. Access to the office from the church is via a private walkway on the north side of the church (open during office hours) or via the historic, cobbled Church Lane. There is limited parking in the churchyard. During Sunday services, this is reserved for visitors who need special access.

Parish Office opening hours:

Monday and Tuesday - 10.00 until 13.00 or by appointment.

Please call 01749 342163 or 01749 346320 to check.

Peter Street Rooms are available for hire

Peter Street Rooms are the rooms normally used for Church activities but they are also available for hire. We have two large meeting rooms (one with ground floor and ramped access, the other on the first floor) and a smaller meeting room on the second floor. There is a kitchen, male, female and accessible toilets and a small courtyard.

If you would like to find out more details with a view to hiring the rooms, please contact our administrator, Helen Bennett on 01749 342163 or 01749 346320

Our Church Family

Who we are

We are gathering again post covid. Learning from Jesus, that we may live for Jesus and love like Him. We believe that is what Jesus calls us to do. 

When and where

Our weekly service in Shepton Mallet is on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am in the Parish Church. To locate us precisely go here. Our village church services times are here

What to expect

We are a diverse Church family of all ages and backgrounds and who appreciate differing kinds of services. Being together is more important than having exactly what any one of us wants but we do strive to provide a breadth of styles to our services for all to engage in and enjoy. 

How long is our service?

The Sunday service in Shepton Mallet lasts for about 75 minutes. 

Service patterns

Currently we have Holy Communion twice each month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. On the 4th Sunday, our children and young people return from their groups so that we are all present either to receive the bread and wine or to receive prayer. 

Prayer ministry

Prayer is offered each week during and after the service

What to wear!

Most members of our congregation are generally casual but some a little smarter and some less so. To be honest, we don’t mind how you dress or what you look like - we’d just love for you to come and meet us! 

Youth and Families Work

You’ll be encouraged to know that content for this section of our website is arriving shortly!


Nick

Who’s who in the Benefice?

Benefice Clergy, Readers and Staff

Jonathan Hunter Dunn

Rector

Tony Birbeck

Honorary

Assistant Priest

Albert Owen

Reader

Gill Goodall

Reader

Matthew Dawkins

Reader

Helen Bennett

Rachel Lord

Emma Hunter Dunn

Jeff Petch-Harrison

Benefice

Administrator

Children and Families Worker

Bible Fellowship
Ministry Leader

Verger

Shepton Mallet Standing Committee

Jonathan Hunter Dunn

Nick Bennett

Vaughan Ives

John Knight

Robert Goodhand

Sylvia Ingham

Rector

Churchwarden

Churchwarden

Treasurer

PCC Secretary

Standing Committee Member

Shepton Mallet PCC Members

Dave Crisfield

Suzi McKenzie

Moira Knight

Cliff Brown

Stephen Jarrett

PCC Lay Chair

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member

Chris Lord

Ros Baldwin

Steve Bruce-Jones

PCC Member

PCC Member

and Shepton PSO

PCC Member

What’s occurring at Church?

Posters can be downloaded as PDF files to help publicise events

Male Voice Choir

Christingle Service

Saturday 10th December

at 7.30pm - Parish Church

Sunday 11th December at 10.30am

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Helen 01749 342163

Our Nativity

Christmas Eve

at 4pm and 6pm - Parish Church

For more information contact Helen 01749 342163

We look forward to seeing you there!

Carol Service

Sunday 18th December at 4pm and 6pm - Parish Church

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Helen 01749 342163

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Helen 01749 342163

Events List

Download our tri-fold events leaflet for the coming month