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St Philip & St James Church, Escot

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St Andrew's Church, Feniton

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St Mary the Virgin Church, Payhembury

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The Churchwardens of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury are pleased to say that a new vicar has been appointed for our three parishes. He joined the Otter Vale Mission Community of which we are a part on 1 August 2018.

Welcome to the Parishes of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury, known as the EFP Churches,

The Parishes of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury, known as the EFP Churches, have a joint vision 'To promote Christian example and worship by encouraging a greater knowledge and love of Christ amongst those who live in our rural communities, and to support each Parish Church and our Church Schools to grow in and share their faith in Christ'.

Our joint Mission Action Plan is based on the diocese’s three guiding principles, growing in prayer, making new disciples and serving the people of Devon with joy.

For the past twelve years the parishes of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury have worked closely together within the Otter Vale team ministry. This consists of a combination of ten parishes with twelve churches, centred upon Ottery St Mary, and known as the Otter Vale Mission Community (OVMC)

Three times a year the clergy and churchwardens of OVMC meet to share in the activities of each parish and to cement its unity. To foster ecumenical relationships OVMC is a member of “Churches Together in Ottery”.


EFP churches, being at the northern end of the Community share a 0.5 appointment of a Team Vicar

Each parish has its own identity and character. As a group of three parishes we aim to encourage our congregations to move between parishes if service times or type of service meet the needs of particular worshippers. We hold joint services on our Patronal Festivals and on the fifth Sunday of a month we support Escot. Joint activities include Prayers for the Three Parishes, Lent Study groups, a Bible Study group, monthly Worship and Praise and Café services. When possible we support the social activities of our neighbouring parishes.

Our 3 Parishes of Feniton, Escot and Payhembury are working on their responses to the Diocese's call for us to base our Mission Action Plans on three strands:

1. Growing in Prayer

2. Making New Disciples

3. Serving the People of Devon with Joy

Please return from time to time to see how we are getting on and to join with us in our Christian journey.


We welcome you to the Church of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury in East Devon. We have tried to provide a flavour of our worship, Church buildings and Church family in our local community and would be delighted to welcome you in person.

Please see our Calendar, Worship or Special Events sections for details of forthcoming services and events.

Hoping to see you soon.