Church

Details of Churchwardens as follows:
Jane Pemberton - 01275 472213 - janej.pemberton@gmail.com
Becky Patch - 01761 463863 - beckypatch2@gmail.com

St Michael and All Angels Church is beautiful, maintained to a high standard and appreciated by the whole village community. It is of 15th-century origins with Victorian additions, including some fine Victorian stained glass windows. A delightful window of mediaeval date was restored some years ago using some of the original glass and the Victorian organ was fully restored only last year.

There is a ring of six bells which is rung as often as possible, depending on available bell ringers. In the churchyard is a fine mediaeval preaching cross which was restored in 2001.

In Butcombe, Churchmanship is broad-based, a blend of traditional and ‘liberal’ C of E, Baptists, Pentecostal, Congregational (free Church), Roman Catholic and young families seeking a more informal way of worship. New initiatives are embraced and given prayerful time to flourish. A service is held each Sunday.

EXPLORE is on the first Sunday of the month. Alternate PARISH AND FAMILY COMMUNION, monthly EVENSONG during summer, an occasional ‘alternative’ service on the fifth Sunday. Weekday EVENING PRAYER (said). Rogation walks, Hugging the Church on Mothering Sunday, Good Friday workshops, Children’s Harvest Festival, Harvest Festival, Christingle, Carols, and Nativity are well attended. Home Communions are by Licensed Reader, Intercessions and Readings led by laity.

Advent and Lent House groups are held jointly with Redhill. Pastoral visiting is of paramount importance locally and within the Benefice. Weddings, baptisms and funerals are very occasional (but memorable in such a special rural setting).