Benefice of Woolavington with Cossington & Bawdrip (Soon to expand)

Woolavington, Cossington and Bawdrip are three villages situated at the western end of the Polden Hills in the heart of rural Somerset and in the Diocese of Bath & Wells ( ).  Our nearest large town is Bridgwater, but we are close to Taunton, Weston Super Mare, and Street.

Our vicar is Revd Kirsty Wells Tel: 01278452656 [email protected]




I have recently taken up the post as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Woolavington with Cossington and Bawdrip and I am also overseeing the Benefice of Puriton with Pawlett until I can be licensed to all 5 churches.

While we are unable to meet in person at this time due to the on going pandemic we will be meeting to worship together on Zoom and via Facebook live Monday – Thursday at 9.30am, and Sundays at 10.00am. If you would like the Zoom link, please email me. The Facebook Page is called ‘Woolavington, Cossington, Bawdrip, Puriton and Pawlett Churches’

Prior to this appointment I was chaplain at Musgrove Park Hospital having previously worked in Salisbury Diocese.

I am looking forward to getting involved in village life and hope you will find me to be open and approachable as we share together in life in the villages. I will be looking to hold a safe space in which everyone feels able to ask questions.

While everyone is welcome to attend the churches for worship, I don’t expect this to be the only place for meeting with you – I am passionate about working in schools and being involved with activities in the community. If you bump into me (well may be not literally – as we’re still social distancing as I write) please do introduce yourself.


The Rev’d Kirsty Wells                  [email protected]

Our villages are served by the parish churches of St Mary's Woolavington, St Mary's Cossington and St Michael's Bawdrip - small, beautifully kept medieval churches which are home to active worshipping communities.

The Churches work together as a United Benefice and are  open, inclusive and very welcoming Anglican Churches. The ministry of the parish churches extends beyond the church buildings and the mission of the church families is to demonstrate and share the love of Christ in their village communities.

We hope shortly to amalgamate with the Parishes of Pawlett and Puriton to form a five Parish Benefice.

Our 2020 Parish Profile can be accessed here in pdf or WORD format: /content/pages/documents/1598357531.pdf 


There is a lot going on across the benefice, from traditional church Holy Communion to All-Age lively worship, from quiet meditations to family workshops, from coffee mornings to home groups and discussions.

Details of online services during Covid restrictions: /content/pages/documents/1610632252.docx

We are a ‘people on a journey’ and we are very aware of new things. Jesus can do amongst us if we travel together. It’s an exciting time and we’d love to share the journey with you too.

Incidentally, there is no dress code for church, some people dress up others wear jeans; it’s all fine. God loves us just as we are.

Everyone is welcome. None of us is too bad (or for that matter too good) for church.

We endorse the statement below from Coventry Cathedral.....

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down at heel. We especialy welcome wailing babies and exited toddlers.

We welome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or hven’t been to church since Christmas ten yers ago.

We extend a speical welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet and to teenagers who are growing up to fast. We welcome keep fit dads and football mums, starving artists, tree huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like organised religion.’ ( We’re not that keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because Grannie is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a speial welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved dow their throat as kids or got lost on their way and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters..and you!

St Mary's Church, Woolavington          St Mary's Church, Cossington  

                     St Michael & All Angels Church, Bawdrip


For a location map of each Church, please see the relevant Church page.

Our Safeguarding Lead is Trish Lewis on 07799145317


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