Tedburn St Mary with Whiddon Down

Address: EX6 6AA

Minister:    Rev Alison Richardson

Circuit Steward:   Dr Sue Jones

Sunday service at 11.00 am
except on the 2nd Sunday of the month when Alternative Worship begins with coffee and pastries at 10am

Address EX20 2QS

For details,
see Circuit Preaching Plan

Tedburn St Mary and Whiddon Down are now combined fellowships, on the Tedburn St Mary site, where we have recently reopened for weekly worship.   The service is held at 11 am most weeks, but we open at 10am for Alternative Worship service on the 2nd Sunday of each month. This service often uses Messy Church resources, and is good for  those who find a ‘conventional’ service not to their liking.                 
The village of Tedburn St Mary lies seven miles west of Exeter and has no obvious centre but, set beside the school, the Methodist Church certainly feels itself to be at the heart of the community.

Opened for worship in April 1930, the building was erected as a typical Methodist Church of the day, but with chairs and carpet laid, there is an open and welcoming atmosphere which lends itself to different forms of worship.

We have an average congregation of twenty adults, with a regular Junior Church.  We hold regular ‘united’ services with our friends at the Parish Church and enjoy a close relationship with the local school.  All our activities are for those of faith or none. Our fundraising activities include local and worldwide charities, and we are now a depot for all kinds of recycling, as well as one of two outlets for the Community Larder.  Fresh food – otherwise going to waste – is added to the larder most weeks.      In addition, we host the Tedburn Church Kitchen.  This initiative has established a network of cooks from within the church and the wider community to cook an extra meal or two (from time to time), when they cook their own, so that it can be frozen, and enable us to deliver to individuals and families, who unexpectedly find themselves in times of difficulty – such as bereavement, illness, coping with a seriously sick child, and who could do with a meal over a number of days (or weeks) to tide them over their period of trouble. The meals are stored in a freezer at the Methodist Church.  Anyone can contact TCK and ask for assistance – for themselves or another – and a member of the group will collect and deliver as many meals as necessary.     

The Youth Leadership Team members have been taking craft and bible stories out into the community, visiting toddler groups in nearby villages.  This team also forms the nucleus of a group drawn from the wider village population who are working with Open the Book, to present bible stories in the Tedburn Primary School.

The members of Tedburn Methodist Church with Whiddon Down are always prepared to raise funds for other causes, offering occasional lunches and coffee mornings.

We work closely with our friends from the Anglican church, and have shared bible fellowships, services and other activities with them for many years.

During the various Lockdowns and restrictions of the Covid Pandemic, our normal social activities as well as our bible fellowship have not been held, although we did do a Zoom bible fellowship for several weeks.

In normal times we open the schoolroom Library on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, and most Saturdays a Craft Group meeting was held. As the Covid restrictions are lifted, we are exploring ways of developing these, possibly in new ways

Being an agricultural community harvest time has always been an important part of the church calendar. We have taken harvest out into the community  and updated the celebration,  by holding a barn dance.  Funded by the two churches, entry is free to all, but donations to Christians Against Poverty have been welcomed.