Welcome to St Martin's!
"God coming in the shape of Jesus to share our life, pain, and joy in the greatest rescue mission from sin and selfishness that the world has ever known . . . and now our Heavenly Father has sent his Holy Spirit to give us the power to live for Him."
Our general pattern of services (please check Services and Events Sections for changes)
First Sundays 1115 - Morning Prayer
Second Sundays 0930 - Holy Communion (Common Worship - Contemporary)
Third Sundays 1115 - All Age Family Friendly Worship
Fourth Sundays 0930 - Holy Communion (Common Worship - Traditional)
Fifth Sundays - when they occur - are usually Benefice wide services held in rotation at Ash, Martock or here.
A Time of Silence followed by Morning Prayer :
We gather in silence from 8.40am and celebrate Morning Prayer at 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in St Martin's (or in warmer Church Rooms during colder months, October to March) - all welcome.
About our Church
Please join us for worship in this fine building, the origins of which lie in a much older Saxon church, now long gone. This is a place which saw the ravages of Cromwell's soldiers and later fell into a parlous state before being renovated between 1845 and 1849. We are a welcoming congregation of about twenty regulars who worship God with a mixture of liturgy. Many services at St Martin's begin with the six bells being expertly rung or at least chimed in a glorious call to worship. All morning services end with coffee and a chance to chat. Anyone wishing to join us will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.
We don't currently have any activities for the young apart from Family Service on the third Sunday but are looking forward to reactivating them when the need arises. However, we have a toy and activity chest on a carpeted area and we are glad to see youngsters at any service. Having children present helps us remember Jesus saying that we need to let the little children come to Him so please feel welcome!
We are presently without a vicar (as of 10 May 2018) and, as a benefice, are in the process of 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.