Minister: Rev Alison Richardson
Circuit Steward: Heather Gould
Sunday service at 11.00 am. For details, see Circuit Preaching Plan
Cheriton Fitzpaine is situated 10 miles from Exeter and 5 from Crediton. The Chapel has an active history extending over 150 years, and although few in number we continue to try to reach out to the community in many ways. The premises are wheelchair friendly and have good kitchen facilities. We are expecting this to again be used by the Welcome Club for meals twice monthly, by the end of 2021.
We have a strong fellowship group meeting weekly, they have braved the weather and met outside prior to being allowed back indoors. A Grans and Grumps group hope to restart soon, enthusiastically playing table games after school. Several services each year are normally shared with our friends at St Matthews, as well as some study groups. Between the Churches Together we give out Welcome Packs to all newcomers, with info about the village – these are very well received.
The Village Shop, sited on our drive, has been invaluable during the pandemic. It continues to deliver goods to those stuck at home, and has an amazing selection of products for sale; as well as delivering and selling newspapers. This is run by a part-time manager and a host of volunteers: it is a friendly centre for the community.
During these past, many difficult months we have endeavoured to show the love of Jesus through our outreach: from flowers outside – for show to spread cheer, as buttonholes on Mothering Sundays, and as decoration along the railings at festivals; by providing activity packs for children to take away, including competitions; information boards about the different items and highlights of the Christian year; visits to housebound and lonely (often through windows); sharing baked goods, phone calls, notes and other small but significantly cheering ways have all been done with love.
Once allowed to resume worship, we have been blessed with people wishing to share our faith together. What a joy!
Arrangement on our doorstep during lockdown closure
Cake cutting on the third anniversary of the Community Shop at the top of our drive.
Pentecost flags on our railings to represent flames.