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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!

Events and happenings in the weeks ahead. Information and downloadable posters for future church activities.

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

Contact: Helen Bennett

01749 342163

admin@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

'Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.' John 17 verse 17

Dear Church Family

I've had more positive and appreciative comments after the last two Sunday's services than perhaps in the previous two months. Indeed, I do feel the Lord is truly ministering to us through the closing chapters of 1 Corinthians. Last Sunday, as an aside, I mentioned the danger of postmodernism. One aspect of postmodernism is the idea that there is no absolute truth that is true for all people everywhere. Rather, you just have your truth, I have mine and they, over there, have theirs, and so on. While this may be true for things like Marmite and liver, it’s utter nonsense when it comes to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With Trinity Sunday before us, there is much to reflect on. 

Consider, what God declares to be true is true no matter what someone's opinion. This also means that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will always agree perfectly. If one person says they Spirit has told them this when the Father has said something different, we need to stop and think so very carefully. Indeed, this is one aspect of what it means to weigh up prophecy in the Church, as we were thinking about last Sunday. The absolute nature of God's truth is why Jesus can say things like, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8 verses 31 and 32. 

As quoted above, the night before He died, Jesus prayed for His disciples: 'Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.' John 17 verse 17. The word of God is the truth that sets us free, shows us the path of life, unites us and sanctifies us. In contrast, postmodernism binds us, leads us on the path of doom, divides us and corrupts us. This is why whenever I glimpse postmodern ideas in the Church I feel desperate and pray with Jesus, 'Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.' John 17 verse 17.

Guard yourself against falling into the trap of thinking all truth is valid. Jesus died to free you from such disorder. 

With love in Him
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 Spring-Term Sermon Series

Starts Sunday 21st April 2024

The Apostle Paul planted the Church in Corinth in around AD50 and spent 18 months there. After he’d left, concerning news reached him. Despite being filled with the Spirit and spiritually gifted, the Church was dividing into factions, immorality was unchecked and they remained immature. Paul wrote to correct and to encourage them to grow in maturity in Jesus. 2000 years later, chapters 12 to 16 have much to help the Church of today be all that the Lord Jesus intends us to be. 

Sunday

May 20

Jonathan’s sermon

Orderly Worship
1 Corinthians 14:26-40 (read by Sandy Symonds)

(10.30 church service)

Sermon

Sunday

May 12

Jonathan’s sermon

Accessible Worship
1 Corinthians 14:1-25 (read by Pauline Morris)

(10.30 church service)

Sermon

Sunday

May 05

Julian’s sermon

Love is . . .
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (read by Ros Baldwin)

(10.30 church service)

Sermon

Sunday

April 28

Vaughan’s sermon

Church: Belonging
1 Corinthians 12:12 to 31 (read by Amanda Karpinsky)

(10.30 church service)

Sermon

Sunday

April 21

Jonathan’s sermon

Concerning Spiritual Gifts
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (read by Simone Paull)

(10.30 church service)

Sermon

Sunday

April 14

Jonathan’s sermon

Baptism and Holy Communion: visible forms of invisible grace
Matthew 28:16-20 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 (read by Vaughan Ives)

(10.30 church service)

Sermon

Sunday

April 7

Julian’s sermon

On the road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35 (read by Morag Brown)

(10.30 church service)

Sermon

Sunday

March 31

Steve’s sermon

Who is first in your heart?
Matthew 28 verses 1-10 and 16-20 (read by Jack)

(10.30 Easter church service)

Sermon

Shepton LifeStream

Inspirational Radio, all day, every day

(see the programme schedule below)

Click above to play

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

Privacy Notice

Our Data Privacy Notice  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

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.

We regret that Peter Street Rooms are not currently available for hire

Our Church Family and What We Believe

Basis of Faith

We are a part of the Church of England. We uphold the biblical truths on which the Church of England was founded. These truths are described in the laws which govern the Church of England. 

'The doctrine (the truths we believe and live by) of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordinal.' 

This is canon A5 and can be found here

The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion can be found here, The Book of Common Prayer can be found here. They are both quite detailed and a bit difficult to read. The following is a faithful and true summary of the core beliefs they describe.

We believe . . .

in the one true God who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

in the love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

in the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God – fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

in the dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.

in the incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

in the bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

in the justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

in the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

in the church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers — given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

in the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

Who we are

We are 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

Who’s who in the Benefice?

Benefice Clergy, Readers and Staff

Jonathan Hunter Dunn

Albert Owen

Gill Goodall

Julian Tucker

Rector

Reader

Reader

Reader

Helen Bennett

Emma Hunter Dunn

Jeff Petch-Harrison

Benefice

Administrator

Bible Fellowship
Ministry Leader

Verger

Shepton Mallet Standing Committee

Jonathan Hunter Dunn

Nick Bennett

Vaughan Ives

Andy Paull

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

John Knight

PCC Lay Chair

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member

PCC Member
and Cashier

Ros Baldwin

Steve Bruce-Jones

PCC Member

and Shepton PSO

PCC Member

What’s occurring at church?

Youth and Families

‘He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ’. Colossians 1:28


Knowing that according to some recent statistics, we understand that 75% of Christian adults came to faith by the age of 18, we at St Peter and St Paul’s are doing all we can to disciple our children and young people and to give them a biblical foundation to their relationship with Jesus.

We long for our children to grow in likeness to Jesus, to understand that when suffering comes the gospel applies to them, to share their faith boldly and wisely, and to live and serve as part of a community of believers. This cannot just be their parents’ responsibility; as the spiritual battles rage for our children’s hearts and minds, it is as a whole Church family that we can nurture our young people to have hearts for God, to know the praiseworthy deeds and the wonders He’s done, and to know that God loves them.

Knowing that every Bible story whispers the name of Jesus, we are teaching the whole Bible, and not just the favourite stories. Young people, like us, need head knowledge and heart change. The material chosen for the Sunday sessions takes account of this as we open the Bible, teach the doctrine, teach of the promises, pray together and strive to grow young disciples, in close partnership with their parents.

Sunday Mornings
We meet in church and begin the service with the whole Church family, and then leave for teaching in the Library, just a minute’s walk from the church. The children return to the main service just before it ends, or on Sundays when we have holy communion, in time for the communion.

We have two groups that run during the main 10.30 service:

Explorers - Secondary age - 11 - 15 years

Climbers - Primary age - 5 years and upwards

All our teaching staff and helpers are experienced, faithful and are DBS checked at enhanced level and are fully trained in safeguarding best practice.

Treasure Tots
Treasure Tots, our weekly babes and toddler group for pre-school children and their carers and parents runs in Peter Street Rooms on Tuesdays 10.30 - 12.00 during term time led by a core team of four church members.Together they enjoy free play, a bible story, songs, craft activities and healthy refreshments.

Youth Bible Fellowship
This runs weekly on Wednesday evenings for young people of secondary school age.

Contact Emma Hunter Dunn for more information
emma@sheptonbenefice.org