“The calling of the Exeter Coast and Country Methodist Circuit is to respond to God’s love in Jesus by sharing our lives through Christian discipleship in worship, mission and service.”
Our name reflects our geography: our churches are distributed across the city of Exeter, towns along the coast of East Devon, and market towns and villages around Exeter.
See where on this map.
We officially came into existence on 1st September 2011, formed from the Exeter Circuit, the Exmouth & Budleigh Salterton Circuit and nine churches from the Sidmouth Circuit. In total there are 27 churches plus an ecumenical church in the new town of Cranbrook, east of Exeter.
Our Superintendent Minister, Rev David Easton, and our Circuit Administrator have their office base at Alphington Methodist Church.
ECCC’s governing body is the Circuit Meeting, which comprises the ordained ministers of the Circuit, the Circuit Stewards and representatives of each of the churches. Together, these people form the trustees. The Circuit Meeting meets several times a year to review the life of the Circuit and decide matters of policy. A precis of the minutes of meetings is available here.
Between meetings of the Circuit Meeting, Circuit business is carried forward by the Circuit Leadership Team (CLT) which comprises Ministers and Circuit Stewards. There is one Circuit Steward corresponding to each minister and that minister’s group of churches, so that both ministers and stewards are representative of the circuit as a whole and there is a balance between ordained and lay people on the CLT. In addition there is one steward with particular responsibility for finance. The CLT has several sub-groups whose terms of reference may be found here: Finance Group, Strategy Group, Property Group, Manses Committee, Communications Group and Office Management Group. The Circuit Meeting has a World Church committee.
A key document for each Methodist Circuit is the Preaching Plan which shows who is leading worship at each church for each Sunday over a three-month period.