Welcome to the website of the Escot, Feniton and Payhembury trio of churches. We are situated in a beautiful area of East Devon, east of Exeter and about ten miles from the sea. We are part of the Otter Vale team of twelve churches, which includes nearby Ottery St Mary and villages further south.
Each of our three churches has its own distinct character. Payhembury church sits in a picture-postcard setting, nestled on the village green beside the pub with the village school nearby. Feniton is a village of two halves. The larger, newer part centres round the railway station, and the old part, where the church is, is just under a mile away. Escot’s history is tied into that of the Escot Park estate. The church building is hidden away up a short bumpy track off the old A30 in the hamlet of Fairmile and within a stone’s throw of the A30 dual-carriageway.
Three churches, seeking to reflect three attributes: faith, hope and love*. As church communities we seek to grow together in these three qualities, to serve the wider communities of which we are part, and to help them be rooted in these qualities too. Being rural, our churches are an integral part of the villages. We are closely tied as well to the church primary schools in Feniton and Payhembury.
I hope this website will give you the information you need – about worship, people, and groups for young and old(er). Activities include the ‘Bible and Biscuit Clubs’ (BBCs), YPOD youth group, Little Wonders for toddlers, and Tea and Toast, a relaxed, open social time each Friday morning. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information, and we would be delighted to see you at any time. We will be refreshing the content of the website early in 2019.
I arrived here as part-time Team Vicar for the EFP churches in August 2018. I can testify that the villages are wonderful communities, and that there is a deep love in the church communities for their villages, grounded in the love of Christ.
Rev David Carrington
* faith, hope and love – St Paul’s famous trio from his letter to the church in Corinth, read in many a church wedding.