For over 800 years, the Parish Church has been a place of worship and served and supported the community of Martock. Today prayers continue to be said in Church morning, noon and evening. Its services are accompanied by a splendid organ rebuilt in 1994. Its peal of eight bells was repaired and rehung in 2009.
Our general pattern of services
Wednesday 10.15am - Holy Communion or Morning Prayer
First Sundays 0930 - Holy Communion (Common Worship - Contemporary)
Second Sundays 0930 - Morning Praise (or Baptism Service)
Third Sundays 0930 - Holy Communion (Common Worship - Contemporary)
Fourth Sunday 0800 - Holy Communion (said)
Fifth Sundays - when they occur - are usually Benefice wide services held in rotation at Ash, Kingsbury Episcopi or here.
Every Sunday 1830 - Evening Prayer or Holy Communion
All Saints events include charity lunches, concerts, fairs and markets, coffee mornings, cream tea afternoons and various other fundraising events!
About the Church
The present building dates from the 13th century after the then Bishop of Bath retrieved it from the Abbot of Mont St. Michel in Normandy. (Martock’s Church, lands and tithes were given to him by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings.) Since then the church has been constantly cared for, enlarged, and served by its parishioners.
The tower, originally placed at the central crossing, was moved for reasons of safety to its present position at the west end of the nave. A shield in the vestry still records that of the magnificent “angel” roof completed in 1513. Losses from the heraldic glass and removal of statues in the clerestory, thanks to Cromwell’s snipers being billeted in the church in July 1645 ahead of the battle of Bridgewater; and the beautiful rood screen and loft sold in the 18th century to pay for much-needed repairs. All Saints’ has a uniquely complete depiction of all twelve apostles in the clerestory niches.
The church was restored by Benjamin Ferrey, who was architect to the Diocese of Bath and Wells from 1841 until his death, and also in 1883–84 by Ewan Christian when a new pulpit was installed. The interior includes a stucco plaster altar and an organ which was previously in Wells Cathedral.
We are presently without a vicar (as of 10 May 2018) and, as a benefice, are actively seeking a new minister. In the meantime, the church wardens and the rest of the ministry team are keeping things going. The church office should be contacted for any pastoral matters such as wedding, baptism and funeral enquiries; or to arrange an appointment if you want to talk to an ordained minister in confidence. Our administrator, Sarah, can be spoken with during office hours which are Wednesday 1000-1600, Thursday 1430-1830 and Friday 1000-1400 on 01935 826113 or she can be emailed at: [email protected] The office has a voicemail facility. If you have an urgent matter that cannot wait until the office next opens then one of our volunteer team will be monitoring 07513 104777 on which there is also a voicemail facility.
We have trained, DBS checked pastoral visitors who can visit those who would appreciate contact or who are lonely, frail or unwell at home or in hospital. They also take home communions to those unable to get to church. Please contact the benefice office if you would like a visit yourself or on behalf of someone else with their agreement.