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 within the Bruton & Cary Deanery in the Diocese of Bath & Wells. We are currently seeking a new Rector – and if you are visiting our website because of this, please click here
We strive to offer support and fellowship to everyone through a wide range of services and formats each month which cater for young and old alike. These 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; 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.
See more of our beautiful church in this aerial video.
Together at Ten (at West Camel)
Our monthly Benefice Service led by Rose Hoskins which, this month, will take place at
West Camel. If any Queen Camel residents would like to attend but need a lift, please
get in touch with one of the Church Wardens.
Sun02Feb20209.00 am for 9.30 am
All Age Service
Everyone is invited to our All Age Service led by Julie Ebsworth which starts at 9.30 am with milk shakes, croissants, toast and coffee served from 9.00 am. Families and small children are particularly welcome. As usual this will be an activity-based service with plenty of help from Camel Club.
BCP Holy Communion
BCP Holy Communion in the Thacher Chapel taken by Revd Rose Hoskins. This is a spoken service (no hymns) and refreshments will be served at its conclusion. Everyone is most welcome.
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.