General Information About Us

Demography

The Wellington and District Team Ministry comprising the Parish Churches of Ashbrittle, Bathealton, Bradford on Tone, Kittisford, Langford Budville, Nynehead, Rockwell Green, Runnington, Sampford Arundel, Stawley, Thorne St Margaret, Wellington and West Buckland covers an area about fourteen miles wide by ten miles deep in the Vale of Taunton Deane, Somerset. Wellington Town itself is some six miles from Taunton and Tiverton, Honiton and Minehead are within easy reach with Bristol, Wells and Exeter all within one hour's drive.

The well-known landmark of the Wellington Monument, visible from miles around, is situated in the Team area on the Blackdown Hills and was erected to commemorate the Duke of Wellington's 1815 victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The Duke took his name from the town as his family owned lands here.

The major part of the Team Ministry area is within the Vale of Taunton Deane bounded on the south by the Blackdown Hills (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and on the north by the Brendon Hills. The River Tone and the M5 motorway (junction J26) pass through the area. The Somerset County boundary with Devon forms the limit of the Team's area to the south and west. The area is essentially rural with mixed dairy, sheep, cereal and horticultural farming with Wellington Town being a small market town of some 12,000 persons with significant industries.

The Team Ministry

The Team's Vision statement is:

"Growing Together in Christ"

The Team's thirteen Parish Churches are formed, for pastoral purposes, into four Groups each with its own Team Vicar. The East Group has five parishes, the Ashbrittle Group, four, the Holywell Group, three and Wellington Town Parish is on its own. The Rector, who has overall responsibility for leadership of the Team, is also the Team Vicar of Wellington Town Parish. Details of each of the thirteen Churches can be found by going to their individual web pages.

The Team Staff comprises three stipendiary, one non-stipendiary Clergy and three Readers all assisted by a Team Administrator. There are also a number of retired Clergy and Readers living in the Team area.

There is a Team Forum that meets three times a year on which every parish has a representative. Its purpose is to discuss and decide how best the Churches of the separate Team parishes can work together and be informed of matters relevant to the Team. Whilst each parish has its own PCC and meetings, certain PCC officers from each parish in a Group also meet together periodically to decide on how to share resources and seek ways forward.

The Deanery and Diocese

The Wellington & District Team Ministry is part of the Tone Deanery in the Diocese of Bath & Wells with the Cathedral Church of St Andrew and central offices in Wells.

Worship

Within the Parish Groups worship varies from contemporary language (Common Worship) to traditional language (Book of Common Prayer). It is predominantly Eucharistic with a combination of sung and said worship. The pattern of worship is designed to meet the current needs of the parishes within each Group. There are some lay-led Services as well as healing and special Services. All the congregations meet twice a year for shared worship. Periodically the Team Clergy exchange churches on a Sunday.

Overseas links

The Team is linked with the Parish of Mwenda with its five daughter Churches in the Diocese of Luapula in northern Zambia, the Anglican Church in Zambia being linked with the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Prayer and Study Groups

Within the Team Churches there are a number of Prayer and Bible Study groups details of which can be obtained from the Team Vicars. Additional study groups take place during Lent.

Schools

Of all the many schools in the Team area (which include a secondary school and an independent school) there are four Church of England Primary schools details of which can be found on the Schools web page.

Youth and Children's Activities

There are a number of toddler groups, children and youth activities in various Parish Groups details of which can be seen on the Youth web page. Such groups are supported by the Deanery Youth and Children's Work Coordinator.