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.
The Revd Katharine Hawksley joined the Benefice in June 2020 and, thanks to the pandemic, has not had the easiest of starts with social distancing, church closures and lockdowns to navigate. In spite of all this, she has come through this difficult period with great fortitude and resolve and her ministry continues to grow and be welcomed not only in Queen Camel but among all the parishes within the Benefice.
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.
SERVICES AT ST BARNABAS
Our weekly service this week will be held via Zoom and Katharine and the Ministry Team invite everyone from the Benefice to join them if they are able. The following week St Barnabas will be hosting a socially distanced BCP spoken communion service lead by the Rev’d Diane Barrett – details below.
Sunday 18th April 2021 : Benefice Service at 9.45 am for a start at 10.00 am
Meeting ID: 856 2319 7496
Sunday 25th April 2021 : BCP Spoken Communion Service at St Barnabas Church starting at 9.30 am lead by Rev’d Diane Bennett.
If you would like to attend this service you would be most welcome. However, because of social distancing, we would be grateful if you could contact one of the Church Wardens (Paul Davis : 01935 850 139 or Morwenna Ford : 01935 850 300) by Friday 23rd April to let them know you will be attending. Face masks will be required to be worn.
The church remains closed during the current lockdown but either of the Church Wardens will be more than happy to open it up for private prayer for anyone who cares to make contact. Please get in touch with Paul (01935 850 139) or Morwenna (01935 850 300).
Lord’s Larder: Since the Coronavirus outbreak, people are ordering their supermarket supplies online with the result that donations for the Lord’s Larder have diminished dramatically. At the same time, demand is increasing with each day. For the moment we have had to suspend our collection of items. We understand, however, that the Lord’s Larder would greatly appreciate donations of money at this time. For further information please contact the Church Wardens.
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.