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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 lent courses to concerts, our future events are published here. We look forward to welcoming you to a church event whenever it might be.

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


Parish Office

Children’s, Youth and Families’


Revd Jonathan Hunter Dunn

01749 342420

Helen Bennett

01749 342163

Rachel Lord

01749 342163

Creative Pioneer Pastor

Churchwardens (Shepton)

Parish Church

Revd Gill Sakakini 

07969 158488 / 01749 880340

<< read more about Gill and her ministry >>

Nick Bennett 07836 246700

Vaughan Ives 07770 523523

Via Regal Road or via Church Lane

Shepton Mallet


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

Twitter @stpeterpaul

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A letter from Jonathan

Individualism, identity and Christian unity 

Dear Church Family

I was recently reading about how we in the west are becoming more and more individualistic. We want our homes, lifestyle even our faith to suit our personal preferences. Among younger people, the issue of personal identity - ‘who I am’ - occupies increasing head and social media space. The quest for individualism is giving rise to a growing and dangerous problem: the more individual a person seeks to be the more isolated they end up feeling. This raises a very interesting question for us as a church family: how can a Christian be their individual self and deeply united with other Christians? Fortunately, the Holy Spirit has an answer! 

'If there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.’ Philippians 2 verse 1 and 2. (See also Ephesian 4 verses 1 to 16.)

Our faith in Jesus unites us to Him in a very real, life affirming way. In Jesus we find encouragement and comfort in His love, we are blessed with spiritual life, affection and sympathy. It could be argued, the more we grow as a Christian, the more we become the unique individual God made us to be. But how can a bunch of unique individuals live in deep Christian unity? The answer is to be ‘. . . of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.’ In other words, the foundation of deep Christian unity is in knowing and agreeing on the wondrous truths God has revealed to us in His word. A high view of God’s truth, revealed to us in His word, unites unique individuals in beautiful fellowship. 

Problems arise when we get mixed up and try to find our identity in holding to a different truth and our unity only in those who are like us. In Jesus, we discover we are unique, precious and loved individuals but united by the truth of God’s word. This is a great blessing to us all and speaks hope to a lost and searching world. 

Love and Blessings


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.


August 14

Gill’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Our Father - Our Eternal Security
Romans 8 verses 14 -17 and 28 - 39



July 31

Matthew’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Our Father Who Heals Wounded Hearts
Psalm 147


Funeral Service for Revd Ted Longman

Ted’s funeral took place on Thursday 28th July at Shepton Mallet Parish Church, Shepton Mallet in Somerset. Click the player below to hear the audio recording of the service.


July 24

Nick’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Our Father Who Delights in His Children (The Parable of The Lost Son)
Luke 15:11-32



July 18

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Praise God for who He is and what He’s done
Psalm 103



July 03

Matthew’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Lawsuits Among Believers
1 Corinthians 6



June 26

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Dealing With Sexual Immorality
1 Corinthians 5



June 19

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

The Nature of True Apostleship
1 Corinthians 4:1-7



June 12

Stephen’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Trinity Sunday
1 Corinthians 3:1-23



June 5

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

Pentecost and Jubilee Sunday
Acts 2:1-21



May 29

Jonathan’s Sermon

(10.30 church service)

God’s Wisdom Revealed by The Spirit
1 Corinthians 2:1-16


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

Policy Documents

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

Deputy PSO is Helen Bennett 01749 346320

Doulting Church

Parish Safeguarding Office (PSO) is Edwina Gould 01749 344140

Cranmore Church

Parish Safeguarding Office (PSO) is Revd Gill Sakakini 07969 158488

Benefice DBS and Training Coordinators are Ros Baldwin and Helen Bennett (contact details above)

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

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:

Due to current covid restrictions, we regret that the church is closed to visitors

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 to Wednesday - 10.00 until 13.00 or by appointment.

Please note that the office hours may change without notice. 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!


Who’s who in the Benefice?

Benefice Clergy, Readers and Staff

Jonathan Hunter Dunn


Tony Birbeck


Assistant Priest

Albert Owen


Gill Goodall


Matthew Dawkins


Helen Bennett

Rachel Lord

Emma Hunter Dunn

Jeff Petch-Harrison



Children and Families Worker

Bible Fellowship
Ministry Leader


Shepton Mallet Standing Committee

Jonathan Hunter Dunn

Nick Bennett

Vaughan Ives

John Knight

Robert Goodhand

Sylvia Ingham





PCC Secretary

Standing Committee Member

Shepton Mallet PCC Members

Dave Crisfield

Suzi McKenzie

Moira Knight

Sophie Jarrett

Stephen Jarrett

PCC Lay Chair

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member

Chris Lord

Ros Baldwin

Wendi Davis

Steve Bruce-Jones

Cliff Brown

PCC Member

PCC Member

and Shepton PSO

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member

What’s occurring at Church?

Posters can be downloaded as PDF files to help publicise events

Summer Fete

Sunday 23rd July at 2pm

in the Parish Church

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Helen 01749 342163