The Parish Church of St John the Baptist

The Parish Church serves as both a place of worship and a focus for many other aspects of Village life.  During its long history, hundreds of couples have been married within its walls, large numbers of babies have been baptised and generations have found their final resting place in the churchyard or have made their farewells from this Church. 

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Our lovely little church is a Grade I listed building, part of our national history and, as such, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) has a duty to maintain it to a certain standard. Parishioners have supported the church throughout the ages and members of the Village continue to do so today, but the congregation is small and the task is great.

 

The Church was built around 1120 with later additions and it stands in a prominent position to the south of the Village. 

 

The main south doorway is Norman.  It has an inner moulding of lozenges, the second of a zigzag design &, a great rarity in Somerset, an outer depiction of beak-heads or biting beasts.  The base of the font is upturned & believed to be late Saxon (an earlier wooden Saxon church on the site was probably burnt down before our present stone church was erected).  The font has a plain Norman top & a Jacobean cover. There are box pews with hat pegs and three-sided altar rails.  The tower & roodscreen are both 15th century.

 

In 2012 we were fortunate in receiving a grant from the Landfill Community Fund for external repairs & refurbishment of the church.  This entailed removing the old cement render, re-rendering & lime-washing the walls, repairing the dressed stonework, re-roofing the tower & attending to drainage problems.  We were grateful to receive a legacy along with further grants from the Headley Trust & All Churches Trust Ltd.

 

In 2014 the old 17th century turret clock, which had not been in use for over 80 years, was restored & placed in the porch.  This was made possible by the generosity of a long-standing church member together with the expertise of a  well-wisher whose family lie in our churchyard.

 

 

‘A Short History’ of the Church by Geoffrey Smith is available in the Church, should you wish to read more.

Service Times

1st Sunday of the month

  8.00am  Holy Communion

10.00am  Morning Prayer

 

2nd Sunday of the month

10.00am  Holy Communion

 

3rd Sunday of the month

  8.00am  Holy Communion

10.00am  All Age Worship

 

4th Sunday of the month

11.00am  Holy Communion

 

5th Sunday of the month*

10.00am  Benefice Service

 

*Service alternates between Pawlett and Puriton.

 

Wednesdays at 10.00am

Holy Communion (BCP)

Rev’d Doris Goddard

The Vicarage,

1 Rye, Puriton

Tel: 01278 683500

Email: rev.doris.goddard@btinternet.com

Associate Priest –

Rev Rosalind Sellers

Tel: 01278 661279