BIDDISHAM CHURCH





News from St John the Baptist Church, Biddisham kindly shared by Churchwarden Claire Talbot. 


Dear Friends,
Just to let you know that we have a harvest service at 10am on 20th September.

If you would like to bring along food for the local food bank as a gift I am sure it will be well appreciated.
In the past it has been difficult to get organisations to take perishable food and so please bear this in mind.

Thank you.

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Did you know? Biddisham is a village because it has a Church. If we did not have a Church we would be a hamlet!

"Dear All

I am honoured to confirm the announcement made at the 10:00am service at Compton Bishop this morning that the Reverend Judith Jeffery is the new Rector of Crook Peak United Parish.

Please pray for Judith and her husband Michael as they prepare for the move into the Rectory at Weare, probably around the end of September.

A Service of Installation is provisionally planned for 7:00pm on Wednesday 14 October formally to receive Judith into our communities as our new Rector. Time and venue (at one of our 6 church buildings) to be confirmed. Do try to come along to meet Judith. This will also be one of the first duties of the new Bishop of Taunton once he or she is appointed later in the Summer.

Today is the feast of Pentecost, which recalls the very start of the Chiristian church. It all seems very appropriate to share the good news that our new minister and spiritual leader that we have waited so long for is on her way to join us!

With kindest regards,

Stephen McColgan
Churchwarden to St. Andrew's Church
Compton Bishop
In Crook Peak United Parish"

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- We have 2 Church Wardens. 
Claire Talbot in Biddisham Lane and Alan Sealey in Tarnock. Contact details can be found in the 6 weekly publication – Contact which is delivered to every home and copies can also be found at the back of the Church.

St John the Baptist Day – 24th June. This is our Churches birthday.
It is a tradition that we distribute gift day envelopes throughout the village around this time. The money which is collected goes towards the up keep of the Church. There is a 10am Service on Sunday 21st June.

- Friends of St John the Baptist Church Biddisham.
The friends are a collection of villagers who are keen to keep the Church in good repair and a pleasure to visit.
This is achieved in two ways:
Firstly, a monthly giving of between £5 and £10, secondly just helping out with the occasional small job or thirdly volunteering for one of the following rotas: grass cutting, church cleaning, flowers, silver cleaning and delivering the Contact magazine.

The Friends also run a 50 Club This is a once a year £10 donation which gives you a special number to enter a prize draw. The draws take place at Easter and Christmas – anyone can join.

Prizes:
First
£30

Second
£15

Third
£10

If you would like to know more please contact Claire on 750531.


- Would anyone be interested in forming a craft group? 
A new alter cloth was made last year and we have been considering making runners for the front for different times of the year – like for harvest / advent?


St John the Baptist Church, Biddisham 

The present church is a perpendicular building. Original there was a small two cell Norman church which was rebuilt in the 13th Century. The lower stage of the tower and the chancel arch date from this period.




The beautiful windows are 15th Century and the south doorway is 16th Century. The church was restored in about 1860 when the upper stage of the tower and the chancel rebuilt and the vestry added.
The font is the only remains of the original Norman church with three scallops on the underside. The wooden pulpit is an interesting example of Jacobean craftsmanship and is similar to that of Weare dating to around 1617.
The decorative green textiles were completed recently in 2014 by the villagers of Biddisham.

Outside the remains of the Medieval scratch dial (the early time piece) can be seen opposite the south wall buttress. Near the south doorway are the remains of a medieval church yard cross.




The Church still holds services on a Sunday as part of the Crooks Peak United Parish and welcomes all denominations. Other churches in the parish are Christon, Loxton, Compton Bishop, Weare and Badgworth.

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