Church Weekend At Home

Renew - A springtime weekend of practical, inspiring teaching


Stephen Backhouse from Tent Theology has been delivering real theology to thousands of Christians around the world in churches, universities, schools, festivals, political party conferences, youth camps, newspapers, magazines, television, radio and podcasts. He has a doctorate from the University of Oxford and multiple master’s degrees from McGill University in Montreal and Oxford, where he also did his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology.


Through Stephen’s unique style of teaching we will be exploring one of the earliest sources - the Gospel of Mark. As we walk through this amazing gospel with Stephen, we will encounter the living Christ, and be renewed in our walk with him.

So join us as we, like the first disciples, learn to do the things that Jesus did and live the life that Jesus lived!

People can attend as much or as little of the programme as they wish. There are no essays, exams or assignments!


Friday 13th April

Session 1: 7.30pm – 9.45pm

Saturday 14th April

Session 2: 9am - 10.30am

Session 3: 11am  - 12.30pm

Bring and share lunch

Session 3: 2pm  - 3.30pm

Session 4: 4pm - 5.30pm - Worship and renewal

Sunday 15th April

Stephen Backhouse will be speaking at

10.30am - St John’s Church, Peasedown

4.30pm - Soul Food at Peasedown Youth Centre, Bath Road, Peasedown.


The Church Weekend At Home will take place at St. John's Church, Church Road, Peasedown, BA28AA.


School aged children are welcome to attend a special session during session 3 on Saturday 14th April from 11am - 12.30pm. Then they can stay on for the bring and share lunch. Children’s work will also be provided at the 4.30pm Soul Food service on Sunday 15th April.


  • Tent Theology is a new old way of bringing theology to the heart of the local church.
  • All teaching happens within the context of fellowship and worship: eating and praying together is genuine theology!
  • People who participate in the weekend will gain a greater appreciation for the width and depth of 2000 years of the Christian conversation.
  • Tent Theology provides safe spaces to talk about complex topics that are sometimes difficult to explore in traditional church environments. Through Tent, Christians learn how to agree and disagree Christianly.
  • Participants learn how Bible, theology, evangelism, prayer and worship do not have to be kept separate.
  • Tent Theology acts as a bridge between the excellent work of the academy and the vibrant life of the faithful community.


  • Tent does not require prior study of academic theology.
  • Tent Theology is for anyone: long term Christians, new Christians and people claiming no Christian faith at all have enjoyed our programmes.
  • People who are already educated in scripture and theology will find new ways to help activate their faith. Activated Christians will find their faith fed by their new education.
  • Tent is good for people who are exploring a call to ministry or formal study of theology.
  • Tent is good for people who are NOT seeking a call to ministry or study: theology belongs to every Christian as part of their discipleship and faithful witness.
  • Tent Theology is flexible and can be tailored for all ages and stages of life.


Who is this for?

Everyone. Anyone from any of three parish churches (Peasedown, Wellow or Foxcote with Shoscombe) are welcome to come along. Please do invite friends or neighbours or people from other churches too.

Do I need to attend all the sessions?

No. You can just attend the morning session and stay for lunch on the Saturday for example.

What is the provision for children? 

There will only be provision for school aged children during session 3 on the Saturday and they can stay for the Bring and Share Lunch. There is no provision for Pre-School children but they are welcome to be brought and use the area set up for small children including some small toys and books.

There will be full children’s provision at the 4.30pm service on Sunday.

What is the format? 

The format varies from session to session. Activities can include lectures, small group discussions, practicing prayer, bible studies, Q&A sessions and one to one conversations.

Will there be written work? 


Do I have to book?

Please do book in for the Saturday to help us know for catering purposes.


Contact Rev. Tom Benyon on (01761) 752453 or email


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Celebrate Christmas with the St J’s Group

Churches in Peasedown, Wellow and Shoscombe will be hosting a range of Christmas services this coming festive season to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. St John’s Church in Peasedown, St Julian’s in Wellow and St Julian’s in Shoscombe are all part of the St J’s Group of Anglican Churches, which are led by Revd Matthew Street.

Between them, nativity services, Midnight Communion, Christmas Celebrations and carols in the pub will take place in the three villages.

Revd Matthew Street commented:

“Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Christmas with us this year. Our services will explore the miracle of Jesus’ birth and prompt us to think more about its significance for us today.

For Christians, we remember that Jesus’ birth meant so much more than a baby in a manger. It was God coming to live amongst us. Come and find about more about this amazing truth this Christmas in the St J’s Group.”

Over the run up to Christmas, and on the day itself, these events will take place:

Sun 17th Dec, St John’s Church, Peasedown St John  Carol Service, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Sun 17th Dec, St Julian’s Church, Wellow Traditional Carols by Candlelight, 6.30pm

Wed 20th Dec, St John’s Church, Peasedown St John  St J’s Christmas Holiday Club, 9am - 3.00pm,  Followed by  Family Nativity Service, 3pm, St John’s Church

Sat 23rd Dec, Red Post Inn, Peasedown St John  Carols, 8pm – 9pm

Sun 24th Dec, St Julian’s Church, Wellow Children’s Christmas Service, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Sun 24th Dec, St Julian’s School, Shoscombe Children’s Christmas Service, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Sun 24th Dec, St John’s Church, Peasedown St John Midnight Communion, 11.30pm - 12.30am

Mon 25th Dec, St Julian’s Church, Wellow Christmas Day Communion, 9.30am - 10.15am

Mon 25th Dec, St John’s Church, Peasedown St John Christmas Day Celebration, 10.30am-11.30am

Sun 31st Dec, Joint Service at St John’s Church, Peasedown, 10.30am

For more details visit the website for the St J’s Group,, which includes details of future events, the church’s work in the community, activities going on during the week and live recordings of Sunday sermons. Readers can also get all the latest news updates by following the St J’s Group on Twitter: @stjsgroup

Villages set for Remembrance Sunday services

Churches around Peasedown St John, Wellow and Shoscombe will be holding special services on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November. Peasedown St John’s annual Remembrance Sunday service will be held in St John’s Parish Church, Church Road.

Starting at the new time of 10.45am, the service will feature presentations from members of the Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides and other uniformed groups.

Last year over 200 people packed the church to remember those who have given their lives in conflict.

Revd Matthew Street, who is chaplain to the uniformed groups in the local area, will be leading the service. Last year, the service remembered the Battle of the Somme in recognition of its 100th Anniversary. This year, there will be a special focus on ‘Surviving the trenches in World War 1’ with an emphasis on the mud that killed so many in the Battle of Passchendaele: 31st July to 6th November 1917

Revd Street said:

“Each year it is important to collectively remember those that have laid down their lives for the freedom and civil liberties we all enjoy today.

At this year’s village remembrance service, we will especially remember those who fought and gave their lives fighting in the trenches of World War I, as next year marks 100 years since the end of the Great War.

We shall also take time to read aloud the names of the fallen from Peasedown St John, one by one.”

Wreaths will be laid during the service at the war memorial in the church by members of the uniformed groups, B&NES Cllr Sarah Bevan, Cllr Kathy Thomas – Chairwoman of the Parish Council, and Captain (Retd) Dick Beath late of the Light Infantry.

Prayers will be led by Revd Matthew Street, with Cllr Sarah Bevan reading out the Names of the Fallen. Cllr Kathy Thomas will be reading a passage from the Bible.

Meanwhile in St Julian’s Church, Wellow, a trumpeter will lead the Last Post during the Remembrance Service which also starts at 10.45 am.

In St Julian’s Church, Shoscombe, the Remembrance Service will start at 10.00 am, a two-minute silence will be observed with Revd Matthew Street speaking.

Churches give over £10,000 to good causes

Thanks to the generous giving of church members in Peasedown St John and Wellow, parishes have given away more £10,000 this year to local, national and international causes. St John’s Church in Peasedown has adopted the biblical principle of giving away the first 10% of its income each year in a bid to practice what it preaches. This year £8,420 was set aside for the church’s Tithing Committee to make decisions about where the money should go. In the past 12 months the committee has received applications for funding and financial assistance from a range of organisations.

Church Leader, Revd Matthew Street said;

“This year we have been able to support international projects such as Flame International and People Against Poverty – an organisation that works with grassroots projects around the world to alleviate poverty. St John’s is part of the child sponsorship scheme where we support families in Africa – enabling children to go to school and have opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise. The oversees projects we support often have a personal link for our church so we can receive regular feedback on how our donations are being spent.

We are also extremely pleased to be supporting local initiatives such as the Timsbury-based charity Bibles for Children, Autistic Eye and Somer Valley Foodbank– an essential project that supports local people in food crisis.”

Meanwhile, St Julian’s Church in Wellow has given almost £2,000 away to a number of charities, including:

  • Tear Fund
  • The Children’s Society
  • The Carers’ Centre
  • The Woodwork Project

Revd Street added;

“All of my churches feel extremely blessed to be in a position to donate this money each year.

As we move further into a culture of collaborative working, with grassroots organisations running services, the church can play an increasingly key role in supporting projects which in the past would have received their support from elsewhere.”

For more information about Mission and Outreach giving in the St J’s Group contact the benefice administrator Rob Bubyer on 01761 300410 or email

Alternatively, visit the website for the St J’s Group,, which includes details of future events, the church’s work in the community, activities going on during the week and live recordings of Sunday sermons.

World famous Christian singers to visit Peasedown

They’ve travelled all over the world, and have written some of modern-day Christianity’s most popular and well known hymns. And now, they are coming to Peasedown St John!

Noel and Tricia Richards, originally from Wales and South West England respectively, now live in Mallorca, Spain, and are inspired to write inspirational songs thanks to their strong Christian faith.

Revd Matthew Street, Leader of St John’s Church in the village, said:

“We’re hugely blessed to be able to welcome Noel and Tricia Richards to our church. Their gifted ability to write songs has inspired thousands of people throughout the world. Some of their biggest ‘hits’ are sung regularly in churches every Sunday.”

Noel and Tricia have written ‘All Heaven Declares’, ‘To be In Your Presence’, ‘You Laid Aside Your Majesty’, and ‘Our Confidence Is In The Lord’, and many more.

On Monday 30th October they’re perform at St John’s Church at a café-style event, starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm).

For further details, and to have your name put on the guest list email Yvonne at


CDs will be on sale, along with drinks and nibbles. St John’s Church is located in Church Road, Peasedown St John (BA2 8AA).