Public Meeting: Have your say about the future of Peasedown’s Youth Hub

Residents in Peasedown St John are invited to an open meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 18th June in the Youth Hub to discuss its future.

A group of people from St John’s Church are working with B&NES Council’s Youth Connect team to find a way to keep the Youth Hub in the heart of the village open and to ensure the future of youth work there.

The Youth Hub is under threat due to budget cuts to B&NES Council’s Youth Connect Service. Some residents would like to develop the Youth Hub as a community centre, available for hire for activities from sports, dance, creative arts, internet café to name a few ideas. The centre could also be used for services such as debt advice, health and well-being classes, a jobs club etc.

This is an opportunity being presented to the community to run its own centre and to have clubs and activities based there for the whole community to enjoy. The facilities are very good and should be used more’ says Joy Fraser, who is chairing the committee looking at the possibilities.

She says: “There is much to consider but it is important in our planning to hear from residents and young people about what they would like to see happen in the Youth Hub.”

All residents are welcome to attend along with anyone who might like to start a community activity based in the Youth Hub.

Future of Peasedown Youth Centre: Give your views at Peasedown Party in the Park

For over a year community and council leaders have been discussing what future Peasedown St John Youth Centre might have.

Following the announcement in February 2017 from Bath and North East Somerset Council that youth services were to be commissioned out to third sector providers, a number of organisations have been exploring how Peasedown’s youth hub could continue to offer community-based youth work.

At Peasedown’s Party in the Park festival on Saturday 9th June, there will be an opportunity for members of the public, young people, parents and interested residents to have their say.

St John’s Church, who have made an Expression of Interest in managing the youth centre, will be running a consultation stall and want to hear from as many people as possible.

Joy Fraser, Churchwarden at St John’s Church, said:

“Peasedown Youth & Community Centre has played an important role in our village for the past 40 years. So many thousands of young people have walked through its doors, spanning several generations.

As users of the building for the last 7 years, the team at St John’s Church want to ensure the building stays open and remains as a safe place for youngsters to go to.”

St John’s Church will be putting up a marquee at the festival, so local people can come along and share their views on the future of the youth centre, and what services they’d like to see provided there.

Peasedown Councillors Sarah Bevan and Karen Walker, who have been campaigning to keep the youth centre open since the council’s announcement over a year ago, said:

“We welcome the Expression of Interest from St John’s Church to manage and run the youth centre. We set out at the beginning of 2017 to save the building from closure and ensure another provider was found that would continue to offer open-access youth work to teenagers.

We’d like to encourage anyone and everyone to come along to Party in the Park on Saturday 9th June to share their views at the St John’s Church marquee.”

Peasedown Party in the Park will be held on Saturday 9th June, 12 noon – 7pm at Beacon Field, Peasedown St John.

Peasedown church welcomes new Worship Pastor
Rob Doble.jpg

A man who spent 25 years helping to direct one of the city of Bath’s most successful design agencies has taken up a new role at a Peasedown St John Church!

Rob Doble, originally from Keynsham, has been appointed as St John’s Church’s new Worship Pastor.

He said: “I was involved in the local church choir as a teenager and have always had a love of music and listen to a wide variety from new wave to classical, blues to hip-hop. I have played in all sorts of bands from punk & indie to recently playing bass in a function band.

I’ve been involved in worship at St John’s Church for quite a while and have been leading worship for a few years. It feels like the natural step to becoming the Worship Pastor and is something that I think God has called me to. The role is much more than singing on Sunday afternoon. I’m responsible for looking after all the musical worship at St Js including Sunday morning and afternoon. It involves the admin side - organising musician's rotas, rehearsals and building a strong team culture - to helping people grow spiritually & musically through music lessons, encouragement and events.”

St John’s Church has bucked the national Anglican trend over the past 13 years and seen an increase in parishioners coming through its doors. With over 100 people attending Sunday worship each week, since 2011 their Sunday afternoon worship service ‘Soul Food’ has been held at Peasedown St John Youth Centre.

Church Leader, Revd Matthew Street commented:

“Our ambition has always been to serve the community. We run a wide range of activities throughout the week in both our church building and at the youth centre.

It’s been great to welcome Rob to our staff team at St John’s. He replaces Jerry Curd who served as our Worship Pastor for many years, and knows the church family extremely well.”

Rob took up his new role in April and says he is most excited about “seeing how we can take the worship/music beyond the walls of the church and into the wider community - people are often surprised by the quality of musicians and the songs are much more engaging than they remember!”

New district church team for Church of England
MSN Deanery Logo.jpeg

A new district team of Anglican Vicars and lay-church members has been sworn in at a recent meeting of the Midsomer Norton Deanery Synod.

The Synod, which covers 18 parishes across the Somer Valley area, meets several times a year to oversee and guide the activities of the Church of England in our area.

Revd Matthew Street, Leader of the St J’s Group of parishes; Peasedown St John, Wellow; and Foxcote with Shoscombe, has been named as the area’s new Rural Dean.

The Rural Dean has the important responsible of facilitating Christian Mission & Outreach, and supporting the work of other clergy.

Matthew commented: “I’m grateful to my peers for their support and look forward to fulfilling the duties of Rural Dean of the Midsomer Norton Deanery with the upmost dedication.

The Church of England across our local towns and villages works extremely hard to provide practical and spiritual support to anyone who asks for it. We run children’s groups, coffee mornings, counselling services and support a range of community-led projects.”

In March, the Bishop of Taunton, Bishop Ruth Worsley visited Peasedown St John where the new group of 9 people were commissioned as the Midsomer Norton Deanery’s new leadership team:

·     Lay Chair, Lucy Barnes (Priston)

·     Deputy Lay Chair, Mary Dolman (Timsbury)

·     Treasurer, Barrymore Dando (Westfield)

·     Secretary, Jane Street (Peasedown St John)

·     Lay Member, Nigel Wood (Stratton on the Fosse)

·     Lay Member, Gwen Sales (Paulton)

·     Rural Dean, Matthew Street (Peasedown St John)

·     Deputy Rural Dean, Christopher Chiplin (Midsomer Norton)

·     Deputy Rural Dean, Clarissa Cridland (Coleford and Holcombe)

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


LatestSt J's IT