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Wings for Worship

With Andrew Maries

Andrew is the consultant to the Diocese of Exeter for Liturgy and Music is leading a 5 week course entitled ‘Wings for Worship’ starting on the 30th January at 7pm, to be held at Feniton Church. It is open to members of the three parishes of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury as well as other parishes in the Mission Community

It is a hands-on course, aimed at developing confidence and equipping those who would be interested in leading lay led services, leading intercessions, taking a part in the service, lesson reading, in fact covering all aspects of worship in our church.

People can attend all 5 sessions or dip into ones which are of particular interest to them.

Most of the ministry that takes place within the diocese is done by lay people. While there are a few hundred ordained ministers there are thousands of lay people who use their gifts of teaching, preaching, listening, administration, music, leadership and others to minister to others and to further God’s mission in Devon.

Please join us to give you confidence, to ask questions, and to offer help to others with your ideas and experience. See what Andrew can offer us and what we can offer our church by being participating members. None of us are professionals and we will all be in this together so there is no embarrassment in attending and we don’t know where it may lead.

There is a charge but the PCC believe that if you are willing to give of your time, we, the PCC should take that cost.

Please note that our normal service schedule (and the young children's 'Storytime') will continue even though Rev. Cate has now left the village. please see the 'Service Times' tab on the 'Worship' menu.

Our Youth Groups, BBC1, 2 and 3 as well as YPOD will also continue despite Rev. Cate's departure. More information on who is leading each group will follow shortly.

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.

Still going strong...

Since the Autumn Term 2016 is Tea and Toast (nice coffee also available) has been provided at Feniton Sports and Social Club.

This is for parents and carers and pre-school children after school drop-off 8.50-10 am on Fridays, still happening on Fridays.

Afterwards why not pop along to Toddler Group in the Youth Centre from 10 am?