Upcoming Events and News
Welcome to The Benefice of The Huntspills and Mark.
In addition to the schedule of events shown on the right, you can find further details about upcoming events below and a monthly calendar at the bottom of this page.
Monthly recordings of services held throughout the Benefice are available via our Recorded page
If you are looking for social events planned for the year ahead visit our Social Calendar
Why not check out our Gallery page for a snap shot of village life
We look forward to seeing you soon.
9th July Community Garage Sale
Make a donation of £5 and simply email your address to be added to the map. All participants must be in by Friday 1st July.
Any questions please email [email protected] to contact Sara 788665
27th August East Huntspill Summer Fayre and Fun Dog Show
Fun Dog Show run by Pightie Paws, from 12 noon, with classes for Prettiest bitch, Most Handsome Dog, Best Trick, Waggiest Tail, Fastest Down, Best 6 Legs, Best Veteran, Best Rescue, Best treat catcher and Fastest recall through temptation alley. Entries £1 per class
Downing Street has announced today (10am, 28 April 2022) that the Rt Revd Michael Beasley will be the next Bishop of Bath and Wells. He is currently the Bishop of Hertford, a role which he has held since 2015.
Prior to taking a fulltime role with the church, Bishop Michael was an epidemiologist, a background he was called on to use during the pandemic as a member of the Church of England’s Covid task force.
Bishop Michael is already familiar with Somerset. His wife Lizzie is from a farming family from Somerset and prior to Bishop Michael being interviewed for the role of Bishop of Bath and Wells, they both undertook a 60 mile walk around the county.
Speaking in advance of today’s announcement, Bishop Michael shared his joy in becoming the 80th Bishop of Bath and Wells and said he was looking forward to getting to know the people of Somerset.
He says, “I am delighted to be coming to be the Bishop of Bath and Wells and to joining with everyone in the diocese as together we live and tell the story of Jesus.
“We have strong family connections with Somerset and I’m very much looking forward to working alongside its people, communities and churches.
“We have all been through a challenging few years. The Covid pandemic pushed us all apart. Now is the time to come back together. Our churches have an essential role in helping us rebuild communities and in facing the challenges present to us both internationally and at home.
“Jesus’s message is one of peace – a peace I’m looking forward to sharing and pursuing as I join you as your bishop.”
Before his ordination as Bishop of Hertford in the Diocese of St Albans, Bishop Michael served as Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford. A scientist by background, he was an epidemiologist specialising in infectious diseases of children in low-income countries.
As well as being a member of the Church of England’s Covid task force he also worked with UNICEF, the NHS, the Government and leaders of different faiths to launch vaccinaid.org which has raised more than £10 million in support of vaccination for low-income countries.
Commenting on his work on the taskforce he says, “I thought I’d left science behind but God never wastes anything! So in the last few years the skills I gained before have been of use to the Church now.”
Commenting on the news Bishop Ruth said, “I am very much looking forward to having him as my new colleague and to welcoming him and his family to Bath and Wells in due course.” Bishop Michael will spend the day meeting people from across Somerset.
Brought up in rural Staffordshire, Bishop Michael attended a small Church of England primary school and a rural church. Bishop Michael was ordained in 1999 and until his appointment as Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford in 2010, he combined his scientific work 50:50 with work in Christian ministry as a missioner and theological educator.
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans said, “I am delighted to receive the news that Michael Beasley is to be the new Bishop of Bath and Wells. Michael has served with distinction as Suffragan Bishop of Hertford in this diocese since mid-2015, and he will leave an impressive and long-lasting legacy here.”
Bishop Michael and Lizzie have two young children. In his spare time, he enjoys tending his garden and his bees.
Due to the improvements being made to St Peter & All Hallows Church the café will be suspended temporarily from mid February.
We will reopen with our new kitchen and toilets as soon as possible.
Look forward to seeing everyone again soon.
Watch this space!
A tree was planted adjacent to the common in West Huntspill on the 28th February 2022 to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, development of this project is underway and we are pleased to announce work has begun.
Join in the celebration of The Benefice of The Huntspills & Mark with the recorded service of The Licensing of The Revd Christine Judson as Rector
The Huntspill News is now available in printed form or an electronic version View this month’s publication (PDF)
In order to keep yourself and others safe, please do use hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the church.
…and allow others the space they feel comfortable with.
The wearing of masks is now optional, but please do continue to be mindful of the needs of all those around you.
In our services we are sharing Christ’s peace without physical contact and providing hand santatiser for use before receiving communion.
We will be delighted for you to join us for worship however only come if it is safe for you to do so.
See how they love one another (Jn 13:35)