St Andrews Church
(Part of the Lakeside Group)
The Revd. Victor Barley 01275 331086
Andrew Troup 01275 333002
Alison Hoddell 01275 332421
Church Hall bookings:
Di Abrahams 01275 333173
Presence and Witness
St Andrew’s Church has witnessed to God for many centuries and today remains at the heart of the spiritual life of the parish. There is a warm welcome for all ages with a varied and developing pattern of worship. The Church is part of the Lakeside Group of Churches under the direction of the Revd. Charles Roberts.
The normal pattern of services is as follows but check the details in the Parish Magazine delivered to all households:
10.30am Parish Communion + Children’s Group or Family Service
10.30am Family Worship (jointly with Methodists at the Methodist Church Hall)
10.30am Family Service for all ages + Children’s Group (jointly with Methodists at St Andrew’s)
6.30pm Songs of Praise
A service of Holy Communion (BCP said) is also held at St Andrew’s Chew Magna every Sunday at 8.00am.
During the Family Service, activities are organised for children between the ages of four and eleven. A supervised play area for younger children and babies is also provided.
In our work for children, St Andrew’s works ecumenically with the Methodist Church. The churches also join each other on occasions for other services. The church works closely with the CofE V.C. Primary School in the village, holding services in school and church.
An alternative approach to worship is adopted at ‘The Filling Station’ held at 7.30pm on the last Thursday of each month at the Old School Room, Chew Magna.
Prayer sessions are held in the Church on Mondays at 12.00 noon. Please write in the prayer request book at St Andrew’s or contact one of the clergy. Throughout Lent we hold a joint Anglican/Methodist study group.
The Grade II* listed building on the west side of the village, was constructed in the 15th Century and stands at the head of a quiet cul-de-sac. It underwent extensive renovation in 1862 when the interior was unusually decorated with 156 angels in wood and stone. The churchyard is lovingly cared for and provides the perfect setting for this beautiful country church.
Chew Stoke had a remarkable family of bell founders and clockmakers who lived and worked here for more than 200 years, from the late 1600s until the 1800s. The Bilbie family produced more than 1,350 bells, which are hung in churches all over the West Country. Edward Bilbie’s first and oldest surviving bell, cast in 1698, is still giving good service in St Andrew’s Church today. The bells were tuned and re-hung in 1996 with a new bell replacing the Bilbie treble. The redundant bell is now on display in the nave as a tribute and memorial to this famous family.
We have a band that rings for evening services as well as for church festivals, other special services and weddings. The captain of the bell ringers is John Bone 01275 332328 so please contact him if you are interested in learning to ring.
The Church Hall, on the corner of Church Lane, is licensed for 100 people. It is used for all church events, including a very popular monthly Soup Lunch, but also by other village organisations. These include the Parish Council, the WI, the Film Club, Baby Clinic, Choral Society and the Dramatic Society. Wedding receptions, children’s parties and private events are regularly held in the Hall. Bookings are arranged by Di Abrahams 01275 333173.
If you would like to be part of or know more about anything described above, please contact Revd. Victor Barley or the churchwardens.