St Paul, Sticklepath with Roundswell, Barnstaple

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We are a medium sized modern Parish Church of about 50 adults and a few children, which seeks to be welcoming to both the fit and the frail. Just over half of our adult membership attends the weekly main service on Sundays at 10am. We have a large 'fringe' of families connected to our work with children and young people either directly or through uniformed groups. There are occasional 'Parade' services or worship at Harvest or Mothering Sunday when the attendance is far greater. Our Seedlings mid-week Parent/Toddler group is growing and we have a strong presence in the local community school through an ecumenical  "Open the Book" team. We have a modern style Sunday service in varied formats using both recent worship songs and traditional hymns. We seek to be inclusive of all traditions, and include some members from denominations other than the Church of England. There are more traditional formats of worship either at 6.30pm or on Wednesday at 9.30am. There is usually a united Prayer and Praise service on the 3rd Sunday in the month, in our church as 6.30pm.

Details of our services and events can also be found on this site. Our church and community magazine is available on-line via our website and both have much more information about us.

Our purpose as a church is "Together, changing lives for good!" expressed in four ways: As a church we are committed to:  

1) continue our personal growth as Christians, especially through developing faith, worship, prayer and practical ministry;
2) effective action that seeks to meet spiritual and practical need, both locally and globally;
3) be welcoming to families and individuals, encouraging them in the Christian faith;
4) work for the good of our community with other churches, groups and organisations.

our hashtag on Twitter is  #ChangingLivesForGood

Being built relatively recently, and internally refurbished in December 2012, our church building is comfortable, warm and well equipped. During the week, as well as church services, it hosts our "Seedlings" group of parents/carers & toddlers (Thursdays 10-11.30am), the Christian Union of nearby Petroc (formerly North Devon College) on Wednesday lunchtimes, and "Open Doors" a monthly social gathering (first Thursday 2-4pm), as well as occasional concerts, meetings, and workshops on personal and church spiritual growth. There is an on-site car park, with nearby free on street parking available at weekends & late evenings. We have large print materials and a full hearing loop available, but our toilet in church does not have wheelchair access. 

The Church was one of the first in the world to register an Alpha Course, which we continue to offer occasionally, often with a few other local churches. We also offer The Marriage Course occasionally, which encourages deeper relationships between married couples. We are members of the Evangelical Alliance.

Although a settled and happy church family, with the same vicar for 25 years, we are genuinely welcoming to newcomers. Our teaching is both Biblically based and progressive, creative, and we encourage real spiritual encounter and individual personal growth in faith and discipleship. We have a strong desire to help people engage with God as and when they are ready to do so, to grow in relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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The Revd Guy Chave-Cox
St.Paul's Vicarage
Old Sticklepath Hill
EX31 2BG
(01271) 344400 (Vicar, & Parish Administrator (Tues am)) or (01271) 371650 (Pastoral Team Coordinator)

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All-Age Service with Communion
A more informal communion service led by the music group in which on 5th Sundays the children and young people are present and involved in the worship throughout.
Every first and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Worship with Communion
On the 2nd & 4th Sundays, our 10am service is usually includes Communion, and sometimes (rarely) might include sung responses led by a singing group. During school Holiday periods the service is less formal as our Seekers groups remain in church.
Every second and fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
All-Age Worship
Informal worship suitable for all ages led by a music group and usually engaging the children present as well as the adults.
Occasionally ,if there are only very young children present, the talk will be slightly extended to suit adults more - service time increases to just over the hour.
Every third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 55 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
Based on the old Prayer Book, with hymns and a sermon. Congregation sits in the Choir pews in the Cancel.
Occasonally may swap with 4th Sunday Evensong (BCP)
Every second Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Traditonal language based on Prayer Book, chants sung but psalm said. Hymns and sermon.
Occasionally swaps with 2nd Sunday traditional Prayer Book Communion.
Every fourth Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Community Cafe
Fresh Coffee or Tea (Fairtrade) and a sweet bite for £1.50 in the church.
Every Monday at 12:20 PM for 1½ hours


Mid-week Communion
A traditional language communion service based on the Book of Common Prayer. There is usually a psalm used between the readings and a short homily after the Gospel.
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM
Book of Common Prayer Common Worship



(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome

Stained Glass Wall Paintings



Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Audio-Visual Hall for Hire Our hall is used by a wide number of community groups but there is usually some availability: contact via the vicar.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 8999
Built: 1956
Style of worship: Open Evangelical
Our Patron: Barnstaple Area Patronage Board 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th turn, Lord Chancellor 3rd turn
Archdeaconry: BARNSTAPLE (153)
Deanery: BARNSTAPLE (15301)
Benefice: Barnstaple (15/024DT)
Parish Legal Name: Sticklepath with Roundswell (150424 )
CofE Church Info: (615424 15/424)
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The current editor is: Guy Chave-Cox

This page was last updated on Saturday 1st April 2017
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