The Benefice of Sherborne Abbey with Castleton, Saint Paul's, Sherborne, Lillington, Longburton and the Gryphon School.
" To know God and to make Him known in wonder, love and praise."
Rev'd Jane Craw
The Vicarage, Abbey Close, Sherborne, DT9 3LQ
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A warm welcome awaits you at the Abbey. Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral into the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England's parish churches. For many it is still the 'cathedral of Dorset', and our Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.
If you have never visited the Abbey, we hope that you can do so soon. Marvelling at this glorious building, may you also catch a glimpse of the Glory of God - so that, having arrived as our welcome guest, you will leave renewed, as a pilgrim.
CASTLETON - St Mary Magdelene
Since Norman times, a church has stood where St Mary Magdelene's stands today in Castleton. Sir Walter Raleigh demolished the original and built a very inferior alternative. The current building was finished in 1714 thanks to the 5th Lord Digby.
the curtain wall of his 12th century castle, Bishop Roger of
Salisbury built a Norman church to be used by his tenants and
little Norman building was still standing in its tiny churchyard when
Sir Walter Raleigh first came to Sherborne in 1592. Raleigh
demolished the old church and he built a new one where the present
church of Castleton now stands. The new building, finished in 1601,
appears to have been structurally a very poor substitute for the 450
year old church he destroyed, since it was described as very ruinous
a mere hundred years later (a lesson to PCCs everywhere today).
is possible that the new church may have suffered damage in
the two sieges of Sherborne Castle during the Civil War. Whatever the
cause the 5th Lord Digby built the present church in 1714.
The layout of
the new church showed a break with earlier tradition. Now the object
was of emphasis is the Bible and preaching. Chancels at this period
disappeared or became, as at Castleton, mere recesses. To begin with
the new church had an east window, but soon after this was blocked;
its outline is still visible on the outside. The church is remarkable
in that, while it was planned as a preaching church, it continued the
Gothic tradition in its arcades and window arrangement; it must have
been one of the last to be built like this. More than a hundred years
were to elapse before Gothic was revived as a church style in this
part of the country.
The church is
full of character, and was justly admired by Alexander Pope who
wrote: ‘The next pretty thing that catched my eye was a neat chapel
for the use of the town’s people (who are too numerous for the
cathedral). My Lord modestly told me he was glad I liked it, because
it was of his own architecture’.
Castleton Historic Church Building
St.Paul's at the Gryphon
St Paul's is a lively and growing evangelical, Anglican church for all ages. Since 2006 the main Sunday service takes place in the Gryphon School but there is also a wide range for both young and old, many of which happen in the church building in St Paul's Close. We believe that faith isn't just for Sundays and that God is interested in - and wants to be involved in, the whole of our lives.
St Paul's is a group of people who have discovered that God loves them with no strings attached, has a purpose for their lives, and is a faithful friend trhough all the ups and downs of life.
Saint Paul's Historic Church Building
at The Mermaid
Contact: Tim Bagwell. 07980 660912 or 01963 250375
ST PAUL'S CHURCH
St Paul's is a lively and growing Evangelical All-Age church that represents the community in which we live, work and worship.
As a community we are committed to becoming increasingly God honouring, Christ centred and Spirit led in every aspect of our discipleship.
We believe that this is possible through:
Studying God's Word
Engaging in mission
Openess to the Holy Spirit
We operate from two venues
ST PAULS @ THE GRYPHON
We meet to WORSHIP on Sundays, 10.30am
A fairly informal service with worship led by a band, relevant bible teaching, opportunity for prayer and a full Children/Young People's programme
1st Sunday Morning Worship
2nd Sunday Holy Communion
3rd Sunday Morning Worship
4th Sunday All-age Worship
5th Sunday Holy Communion
The Conference Centre at the Gryphon School, Bristol Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4EQ.
4th Sunday of the month 9am
A more traditional spoken service of Holy Communion
St Paul's-in-the-Close is also home to a number of activities running during the week which aim to support the local community - find out more.
Sherborne Food Bank
To contact Food Bank
07854 163 869.
St James The Great. Longburton
Chaplain to Longburton.
Reverend Lesley McCreadie.
5 Kings Close, Longburton, Sherborne, DT9 5PW.
T: 01963 210548.
For info on any of these church building go to http://www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk/
For further information on church buildings of Dorset go to http://www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk/
The Abbey, Castleton and St.Paul's share the same Church Council and are thus grouped together below. Lillington and Longburton are separate parishes.
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- Rev Tony Gilbert
- The Rectory, Church Road
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