The Upper Culm Valley Group of Churches is situated on the west end of the Blackdown Hills, close to the Devon/Somerset border, around 5 miles south of Wellington and 12 miles south-west of Taunton. The Mission Community consists of three individual parishes, covering over 22 sq. miles. Each parish has its own church, Hemyock also has a separate chapel of Ease. We are part of the Diocese of Exeter.
• Hemyock, including Culm Davy Chapel
Hemyock, where the rectory is conveniently situated, is the geographical centre of the Group.
Both Hemyock and Clayhidon churches have their own church rooms close by; all three parishes have larger independent parish halls within easy reach.
The Upper Culm Valley Mission
The Upper Culm Valley Mission Community has been united since 1991. Each of the 3 parishes maintains its own Parochial Church Council (PCC), chaired by the Rector, to administer their individual affairs. There are meetings of the churchwardens of the 3 parishes with the Rector, Lay Readers and the Parish Administrator when joint discussions are required.
Agreed in 2016, the Mission Statement for the Mission Community is:
‘To love God and to love our neighbour’.
Services and other activities are currently arranged on a MC-wide basis, with a regular rotation of services in individual churches together with regular whole-MC events including group Holy Communion services. Some people also regularly attend services and events outside their own parish, including meetings for bible study etc.