St Michael the Archangel was built in 1903 as a Chapel of ease to serve the growing population of Alcombe and is close to the boundary of Exmoor National Park. Historically part of the Parish of Dunster it became a distinct Parish in its own right in 1953. Since then significant reordering has resulted in the provision of a large meeting room, parish office, oratory, kitchen and toilet facilities. In the nave chairs have replaced pews, the choir area opened up and the altar moved to west facing. There is a lady chapel.
Every part of the building is used and offers a welcoming, accessible and flexible worship and community space. We serve the ever-growing community of Alcombe and the church is used by many community groups. The hall is available to rent.
Our tradition is inclusive modern Catholic and we continue to develop a variety of worship styles to ensure we cater for the widest response. There is a tradition of musical excellence here; music alternates between organ, keyboards, guitar and classical strings. Music styles include Iona, Taize, Celtic and traditional hymns.
We offer lunch, regularly, [Jan, Apr, Aug, Sept excepted] to the elderly or those living alone in the parish, giving the opportunity to partake of a simple meal and socialise with others. The West Somerset Food Cupboard, which is supported by churches and communities around West Somerset, is facilitated and administered from St Michael the Archangel. Since its inception to date over 11,000 boxes have been prepared and delivered to those in need and this number is growing.
Our church is usually open from early morning until late afternoon and offers daily prayers and a space to be still and contemplative. However, in light of Government guidance our activities have been reduced and open times restricted.