St John The Baptist Sampford Peverell
St John the Baptist Church
Sampford Peverell EX16 7BP
Vivienne Heeley (Tel 01884 822936)
Location and overview
Sampford Peverell is a popular, thriving village. It has a mixed population, ranging from the very elderly to families with young children. There are many organisations and people in the village who work very hard to make it a supportive environment for everyone.
The church of St John the Baptist lies centrally in the village and is in good condition. It is well supported by the community; for example the church clock face was refurbished in 2016 sponsored by financial contributions from both church goers and other villagers, showing the importance of the church for all.
There is a mixture of church services, supported by a choir on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays which also helps make up the Team Choir. A band plays for the All Age Service on the second Sunday and the lay-led service on the fourth Sunday. Alongside the church services there is much going on. In 2013 a kitchen servery was built in the South Aisle so that the church can now offer hospitality in the building. We have hosted harvest lunches, charity breakfasts, and teas. There is a Café in the Church every Wednesday as well as refreshments for large numbers after concerts or services. The church's Social Committee organises these and other events in the community.
In the village is an historic Methodist Chapel, the oldest in Devon still open for regular services. The Team Administrator's office is in the Methodist Chapel and relationships between the two are very good, with shared services at both chapel and church. A joint initiative is a Christmas lunch for senior citizens, in the Village Hall.
Another exciting Ecumenical outreach is Messy Church which takes place in Sampford Peverell Village Hall on the 4th Sunday of most months (not August and December). This is planned and run by people from St John's and the Methodist Church and in December we have held Sights and Sounds of Christmas Events in Church at which our Messy Church families are involved and attend.
Please visit our Messy Church page to find out more.
Every Wednesday 2.30pm - 4pm Cafe in the Church, an opportunity for a cup of tea or coffee, cake and a chat. Resuming after Easter.
2nd Thursday of the month Coffee Morning in aid of Church funds at different venues around the village. Some photos from our December Coffee Morning.