St. Andrew’s forms, together with the Parishes of St. Martin’s in Fivehead and St. Catherine’s in Swell, a ‘United Benefice’ within the Ivelchester Deanery ('moved' to this deanery from the Deanery of Crewkerne on 1 December 2015). St. Andrew’s has a loudspeaker & loop system installed for those with difficulty in hearing. Wheelchair access is via the North door. If transport is a problem, lifts can be arranged.
As a church family we welcome Christians of other denominations and none, as well as seekers and visitors. We aim to grow in personal relationship with God, through his Son Jesus Christ, and in supportive relationships with each other. We value prayer and Bible study, seek God’s spiritual gifts and his courage in sharing the gospel with others.
Who do we welcome at St. Andrew's? Well we rather liked this:
'We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay. Confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing’, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas 10 years ago. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60, but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit Mums, football dads, staring artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not that keen on it either!)
We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost in the Somerset Countryside and wound up here by mistake.
We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters …and you!'
We'd love to meet you.