Kingsdon has since 1981 been part of the United Benefice of Somerton with Charlton Adam and Charlton Mackrell. There is no resident priest in Kingsdon and the three clergy, consisting of the Priest-in-Charge, the Assistant Priest and the Curate share the work of the four churches along with help from retired clergy living in the area.
Historically, the Church was first mentioned in 1242 and the name of perhaps the first Rector, Adam Hildebrand, is first recorded in 1309. The building is of blue lias stone with hamstone dressings and the earliest part of the church is believed to be the nave which is of 12th century origin. The 70 ft church tower was added at the west end in the 15th century but had originally been built above the north chapel. The pulpit dates from 1627 and the font bowl is of 12th century origin.
Benefice Church Services – September 2020
- Sunday 30th August – No Service, pre-recorded only
- Wednesday 2nd September – No Service, pre-recorded only
- Sunday 6th September 9:30am Kingsdon – 11:00am Somerton
- Wednesday 9th September 10:00 am Holy Communion Somerton
- Sunday 13th September 9:30am Charlton Adam Holy Communion – 11:00am Somerton Holy Communion
- Wednesday 16th September – 10am Holy Communion Somerton
- Sunday 20th September 9:30am Kingsdon – 11:00am Somerton
- Wednesday 23rd September 10am – Holy Communion Somerton
- Sunday 27th September 9:30 Charlton Adam – 11:00am Somerton
- Wed 30th 10am Holy Communion Somerton
- Sunday 4th Oct 9:30 Holy Communion Kingsdon – 11am Holy Communion Somerton
ADVANCE BOOKING In order to keep to Government guidelines it is necessary at the moment to book your place at all services in advance. To make a booking for either Kingsdon or Somerton on Sunday 6th September please call James and Jan on 01458 270096. To book for any other services please call Alan on 01458 272029 or e-mail him on Somerton.email@example.com .
Booking for Wednesday 9th September opens on Saturday 5th September but otherwise booking is open from 8 days prior to the service. Services in Somerton Church will also be available simultaneously by video or telephone link Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7813178193? pwd=iaYfTNuc9IO4IiTrSELxRoeBhq8eNA Meeting ID: 781 317 8193, Passcode: 776870 Or Join the free conference call meeting join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/ somertonvicar Or call 0330 606 0403 from your home telephone and when prompted put in the access code 769 354 followed by the # key.
Calls are at local landline rates. Audio recordings of the services, a service sheet, and some talks are available in advance by e-mail. To join the circulation list please e-mail Alan on Somerton.firstname.lastname@example.org At the moment services in Wessex House, Laburnum Drive and Parsonage Close remain suspended.
The Prayer Tree at All Saints Church Sometimes when life is difficult, and we don’t know what to do or where to turn, writing down our thoughts, hopes, fears, or simply the name of a loved one can be helpful.
At All Saint’s, our Village Church, we now have a Prayer Tree placed in St Catherine’s Chapel. Shaped cards are provided on which anyone is welcome to write their prayer requests to then hang on the Prayer Tree.
It may just be a word or a name you wish to leave and there is no need to identify yourself if you’d rather not.
Prayer is an important part of Christian life and worship. It can take many forms e.g. prayers for ourselves, for others, thanksgiving or praise, although none of these labels need to apply. Your prayer requests will be included in the prayer life of the Church.
The Church is open 9.30am – 5pm each day. We invite you to discover the quiet and reflective space of St Catherine’s Chapel.
Sponsors needed for Rebecca..
A big thank you to all those kind residents who have given so generously to sponsor little Rebecca Silau`s education in Ken- ya. The sponsorship of Rebecca is now in place and our contact with Rebecca is through Helen Parnnel who works closely with the Osiligi and following regular visits to their township will advice us on Rebecca`s progress throughout the years ahead.
Last year the Osiligi Maasai Warriors performed in our church to raise much needed funds for their school and community. We are now aiming to raise just a small annual amount to sponsor Rebecca Silau Ole Taota (pictured below) so she can attend school and complete her education. Can you help?
Click here to find out more…
General information on services
- 1st Sunday: A family service at 11:00.
- 2nd Sunday: 9:30 service alternating between a Communion service and a modern Mattins style service (without communion).
- 3rd Sunday: Evensong at 18:00.
- 4th Sunday: Communion at 9:30.
- 5th Sunday: When there is a 5th Sunday there is a 10:00 Benefice service rotating round the four churches.
There are some additional services on Saints’ days and other Holy Festivals. The times of the services are always shown on the notice-boards in the Church porch and on the gate pillar at the entrance to the Church path, as well as being published in the Kingsdon Chronicle.
Further information can be obtained from the Priest-in-Charge, Rev Alan Symonds (01458 272029) or the Churchwarden Mrs Bel Allan (01935 840878).
More about All Saints’
Click here to download more information about All Saints’ Church.
Click here to download the Memorial Transcriptions.
Click here to download information about Kingsdon War Memorials.