St Peter & St Paul Muchelney
The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul in the beautiful little village of Muchelney welcomes visitors again, and is open daily approx 10am to 4.30pm with hand sanitiser available for use!
We are now in a Vacancy but we are still providing a service of Holy Communion in Muchelney church once a month with the other three churches in our benefice offering Holy Communion on the remaining Sundays in each month. Please see ACNY calendar for details.
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 Assistants.
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!
In the meantime, the church has held several 'Pop-up Pubs-with-a-Question' on summer Friday evenings. The Harvest Lunch is often held in a real barn in the village and in 2017, the annual 'Plant Sale' expanded to include the 1st ever Scarecrow Haybale Competition - a period when the imagination of Muchelney people runs riot and an extraordinary variety of people/animals/creatures appear along the roadside! An amazing sight to see!
Muchelney Church also proudly hosts the most quintessentially English Summer fete each year on August Bank Holiday Monday in the grounds of The White House with the nostalgic sounds of local Kingsbury Episcopi Brass Band playing as people browse the stalls.
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.