St Barnabas Church dates from the 14th century and is at the heart of the community in Queen Camel, a village in south Somerset equidistant from the towns of Yeovil and Sherborne to the south. We form part of the Cam Vale Benefice (together with West Camel, Sparkford, Weston Bampfylde, Sutton Montis and Corton Denham) within the Bruton & Cary Deanery in the Diocese of Bath & Wells. The church is open each day and we are always delighted to welcome visitors.
We are currently in a Vacancy but, in spite of that, the church community strives to offer support and fellowship to everyone through a wide range of services and formats each month which cater for young and old alike supported by a number of retired clergy who live within a few miles of the village. These services are always followed by refreshments and fellowship which form an integral part of our time together.
For those contemplating weddings, baptisms and funerals, we offer guidance and support to families and individuals throughout our community and also to the younger members through Camel Club and to mothers and small children with Bumps, Tots & Toddlers. When people are facing particular challenges in their daily lives, we offer practical support.
Continually we try to discover new ways of taking the church to the people by holding Songs of Praise style services outside during the summer; taking our Rogation Service on a local farm; having an outside Pet Service during the Summer; visiting groups of the elderly in their community centre and carol singing around the village in December.
Looking after our church building and churchyard in as environmentally-friendly manner as possible is continually at the forefront of our minds. Much of the impetus for this has been led by the children in the parish. Currently we have two areas within the churchyard which are kept unmown to encourage wild flowers to flourish which, in turn, attract butterflies and bees.
See more of our beautiful church in this aerial video.
SERVICES AT ST BARNABAS
Sunday 3rd April @ 10.00 am : All Age Benefice Service to include two Baptisms. The Ven Anne Gell, Archdeacon of Wells, will preside. Everyone is most welcome.
Sunday 10th April @ 10.00 am : Together at Ten Benefice Communion Service at Weston Bampfylde. Prior to the start of the service there will be a procession with donkeys from the Village Hall at 9.45 am.
Thursday 14th April @ 7.00 pm : A Service of Seven Actions around the Last Supper at Sparkford.
Friday 15th April : Good Friday Pilgrimage: The approximate timetable for this annual pilgrimage is as follows:
9.30 am Depart Corton Denham; then 11.00 am Sutton Montis; 12.00 noon Weston Bampfylde (where lunch will be taken); 1.30 pm Sparkford; 2.30 pm Queen Camel; 3.30 pm West Camel.
Also on Good Friday @ 10.30 am, there will be an Open Air Service on the Green at West Camel followed by Hot Cross Buns in the church.
Easter Sunday, 17th April @ 11.30 am : Holy Communion with an Easter Egg Hunt for children in the churchyard afterwards.
At 6.00 am there will be the annual Dawn Holy Communion on Corton Beacon.
Sunday, 24th April @ 10.00 am : Together at Ten Benefice Communion Service at West Camel.
Lord’s Larder: The demands upon this service increase with each day and any non-perishable items of food as well as toiletries are always most welcome. We have a collection box to the right inside the glass doors of the main entrance and contributions can be left there. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
The History of Our Church
The first mention of a church consisting of just a nave was in 1291. This was the forerunner of the present Church with extensive rebuilding taking place in the 14th and 15th centuries. The stonework is in Blue Lias and carved work in Hamstone.
The Tower (c1380) was built up against the earlier nave and is unique in Somerset being the only one created in five stages to a height of 96 ft. On completion of the tower, the nave roof was lifted to its present height and the north and south aisles constructed. This took place around 1400 as well as windows inserted on each side, greatly increasing the amount of light inside the building.
Within the nave can be found several notable features including the font, pulpit and lectern as well as the impressive Rood Screen.