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Bath and Wells Diocese

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Founded: 909
Parishes: 463
Churches: 560
Geography: Somerset; north Somerset; Bath; north-east Somerset; a few parishes in Dorset
Overseas Link Dioceses: Luapula, Lusaka, Central Zambia, Northern Zambia and Eastern Zambia
Population: 947000
Area Square Miles: 1610
Full time Stipendiary Parochial Clergy: 192
Benefices: 178
Source: The Church of England Year Book. For more information visit the Diocese page on Crockford's here
The Diocese of Bath and Wells is one of 41 Church of England dioceses in the country. The diocese stretches from Portishead in the north to Crewkerne in the south, Minehead in the west to Frome in the east.
The diocese loves and serves the 940,000 people who live here through its family of 463 parishes, 181 church schools, 600 clergy and 350 lay ministers. This family works for the good of local communities in a range of practical as well as pastoral ways; caring for the vulnerable in our societies, supporting local families and encouraging children and young people.
Everything the diocese does is underpinned by prayer and worship and is driven by its vision that:
“In response to God’s immense love for us, we seek to be God’s people, living and telling the story of Jesus.”