Merriott Parish Church

    Church background (taken from the Victoria County History)
    There has ben a church existing in Merriott since earliest times (some say from Saxon times), but certainly there was a church in Merriott before the time of the Domesday Book. 
    The Church of All Saints was originally built in the 13th Century by Sir John de Meriet, next to his manor house. His infant son John was the first to be baptised there in 1276. The Church was dedicated as All Saints by the middle of the I3th century. Merriott's first incumbents were Rectors not Vicars. The Lords of the Manor then held the appointment of the incumbent, and all the tithes were devoted towards his upkeep. One John de Meriet sold the right (later called the 'gift of the living') to the Bishop of Bath and Wells who, in turn, sold it to Mulchelney Abbey.
    The parish church of All Saints so dedicated by the mid-13th century, is built of rubble and ashlar and has a chancel with north and south chapels, aisled nave with south porch and west tower. The earliest surviving feature is the tower which has thick walls tapering externally. Its date is not certain but its arch may be of the later 13th century and the parapet, semi-octagonal south vice, buttresses, and west doorway and window are all additions of the 15th and I 6th century. Also of that date are the porch and the three western bays of naves and aisles. The old chancel, which was perhaps 14th century and had no side chapels, was demolished by faculty of 1860, and the nave was extended one bay eastwards and the new chancel and chapels were added to the designs by Benjamin Ferrey. The nave roof was renewed, probably at this time and the entire church was refurbished.

    Church Officers and contact numbers
    Rectors
        Reverend Julia Hicks and Reverend Bob Hicks  
                    Telephone; Rectory 01460 76406 
        Benefice Office  01460 73226            
                           
    Services and events
    Come and join us at any of these occasions

    Merriott Church Services

    Sunday 26th November
    10am
    Sung Communion, Merriott Church. There will be refreshments served after the service

    Sunday 3rd December 
    8.30am
    Holy Communion, Merriott Church

    Monday 4th December
    7pm
    Christingle Service. Arrive at 6.30pm to make your Christingles, Merriott Church

    Saturday 9th December
    10am-1pm
    Advent Quiet Morning, Merriott Church. You are most welcome to come for as little or as long as you like! 

    Sunday 10th December
    9.30am
    Parish Communion, Merriott. The service will be followed by refreshments

    Tuesday 12th December
    7pm
    Football Carol Service, Merriott Church

    Sunday 17th December
    10am
    All Age Carol Service, Merriott Church. The service will be followed by refreshments

    Sunday 24th December - Christmas Eve
    4pm
    Crib Service, Merriott Church
    11.30pm Christmas Eve Communion, Merriott Church

    Monday 25th December
    10.30am
    Christmas Communion, Merriott Church

    Sunday 31st December
    10am
    Benefice Communion, Merriott Church. The service will be followed by refreshments

    Everyone welcome to come along to any of the church services


    Merriott Church Diary of Events

    Merriott Coffee Stop dates:
    Tuesday 
    28th November; 5th, 12th & 19th December
    10am-11.30am  in Merriott Church. Come along for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of home made cake. 

    Merriott Church Christmas Fayre
    Saturday 25th November from 12noon-3pm in Merriott Church, Church Street, Merriott.
    There will be various stalls and Father Christmas will be there. 
    There will be refreshments available during the afternoon

    Carols and Classics Concert
    Saturday 16th December, Merriott Church. Refreshments will be available from 7pm and the concert will start at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 are available from Osborne’s Store, Broadway, Merriott; Crewkerne Information Centre or contact 07870 404631 / 01460 76360

    Fridays
    Rectors' Day Off

    Saturdays
    Curates Day Off

    More information on Church events can be found in The Church Link publication. Copies can be purchased from Merriott Church or by phoning the Benefice Office 01460 73226. For information about hiring the Tithe Barn contact Ann Down on 01460 72316.