St Peter & St Paul Muchelney

The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul in the beautiful little village of Muchelney welcomes visitors and is open daily approx 10am to 4pm, weather and daylight permitting.

Initially part of The Levels Arc Benefice, we began a Vacancy in November 2020  but in 2022, the Diocese of Bath and Wells announced some major pastoral re-organisation would be undertaken throughout the Diocese.  The result is that our small benefice of Drayton, Long Sutton with Long Load, Pitney and Muchelney is to be split to join bigger neighbouring benefices.  It will take time to complete the legal processes but in the meantime from 1 January 2024, the parochial parish of Muchelney will be forming new ties with our neighbour to the south, the parochial parish of Kingsbury Episcopi together with Martock and Ash.   We will continue to provide a monthly service of Holy Communion in Muchelney church - please see ACNY calendar for details.   For those who already love Muchelney Church, you can now donate online to keep it looking beautiful and open for all visitors, every day - go to 'News & Notices' for more information and a link.  

The Church St Peter & St Paul is situated between Muchelney Abbey (English Heritage) and The Priest's House (National Trust), and although the church was never part of the abbey, the Abbot was the patron.

Muchelney is a small and friendly village and is rightly proud of its church and looks after it with diligence.  There are not many homes around the church but the village runs south from the church and also encompasses the hamlet of Muchelney Ham. There are a number of working farms in the parish and a celebrated Pottery.  Muchelney folk prefer traditional language services and a BCP Matins is most popular with the most senior worshippers!  The congregations of Muchelney and Drayton often join together, sometimes led by one of our Lay Worship Leaders.

Muchelney became famous in the floods of 2014, when the village became an island for over 10 weeks!  In that time, the church acted as post office, doctors surgery, shop, information hub and an essential cafe for the crew operating the 'ferry boat' link to the mainland.  With the vicar arriving by boat, the Sunday services welcomed everyone and were often followed by popular 'flood lunches'.  Despite being surrounded my murky flood water, dedicated church members brought all that was needed into the ancient church building including clean drinking water!  Hosting lunches in the church has continued since the floods throughout the year, sometimes with a sizzling BBQ in the church porch and it is since then been the intention of the Church Council to improve the basic facilities of the building and in January 2020 full permission for an external WC was granted - the first stage in bringing a new life to the old beautiful building and providing a community space for the village!

SAFEGUARDING: The parish of Muchelney is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Bath & Wells’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

Get in touch

Mrs S Nicholas, Churchwarden

(01458) 252866
What's on

8am BCP Holy Communion

Monthly. Every Fourth Sunday at for 1 hour
All Saints' church, MARTOCK
All Saints' church, MARTOCK

A quiet early morning Service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer at 8am in All Saints' church, Martock.


9.30am Service of Holy Communion
10.30am refreshments
11.00am APCM
11.30am Recital on Barrel Organ

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