St Nicholas is situated in the foothills of the Quantocks overlooking the Bristol Channel. The grounds have many wild flowers, there’s seating to enjoy the sun and views. Decommissioned in 2004 this beautiful rural church was scheduled to become a controlled ruin with roof removed and walls capped! This was not to be. St Nicholas is now up and running as a Drop in Prayer, Daytime Retreat Centre with activities which compliment the spreading of the Gospel message and how this relates to everyday life. A non-denominational approach is followed.
There is a small but growing library. Folders exhibit a record of visitor’s photographs and professional poets have kindly written about how they have found the experience of visiting. There is an extensive photographic record showing restoration and renovation undertaken between 2005 – 2010; together with events that have taken place up to the present time. These include such activities as might be expected: short retreats for several local house groups, parish groups, the WI and other such groups, plus talks of a Theological nature.
An Epiphany celebration has been celebrated annually together with a now annual Remembrance Service on the first Sunday of Advent for those whose relatives are buried in the Churchyard. Other visitors are welcome to attend such services and partake of the celebratory refreshments that always follow. Events have included craft for young people and exhibitions of local artists; pottery and sculpture. Ideas are regularly sought for other uses.
A social area in the West end of the Nave provides for reading, an information point, and celebrations. Celebrations such as those of wedding and birthday anniversaries coupled with a thanksgiving service and followed by refreshments is an ideal way of using St Nicholas on a personal basis. Do come along! Experience a relaxing and rejuvenating visit.