As you explore this website you will discover that Axbridge Deanery is an interesting and exciting place to be. We are releasing the gifts of all people throughout our deanery as we seek to be the people God wants us to be. We enjoy working together across parish boundaries to support key events in our deanery year. We actively encourage training and learning together. We share our experiences from across the deanery to learn from each other in our different contexts.
The deanery is at the heart of tourism in Somerset. Our population rises by tens of thousands throughout the summer. We are seeking ways to be supportive and welcoming to our visitors in the hope that their journey may become a time of pilgrimage and discovery. Agriculture and farming are also key industries. Highbridge also hosts a small but significant industrial area. Every parish in our deanery has a link with a school, and our ministry with young people and families is very important to us. We also help run two foodbanks in our area to cover the whole of our deanery with collection points in all of our churches.
Our Area Dean managed a sponsored marathon walk, thirteen times around the picturesque Cheddar Reservoir on a cloudy day in August 2016. The event raised hundreds of pounds in support of training for members of our churches across the deanery to encourage Lay Pastoral Assistants, Lay Worship Assistants and much improved communication; like this website. Each parish has contributed to this central fund and we seek to encourage each other to resource effective ministry for effective mission.
We take safeguarding very seriously in the churches of the Axbridge Deanery. If you have a safeguarding concern about a child or vulnerable adult, please click
here to find your local safeguarding officer (via church websites),
or click here to contact the safeguarding team at the Diocese of Bath and Wells.