St John the Evangelist, Tipton St. John

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St. John's is a welcoming family of all ages, aiming to share God's love with our community. We use a variety of styles of worship, reverent, relaxed and relevant. We hope that you will find here a spiritual home for offering worship to God and support and encouragement to grow in your Christian faith.

We particularly value our links with Tipton's Church of England Primary School, and seek ways to develop our ministry and outreach to children. Lay ministry is also a developing area of our life together and we encourage our members to discern and use their gifts.

The parish also includes St. Gregory's Church in Venn Ottery, where we worship together on the first Sunday of the month at 9.30 am. There is also an 8 am Said Communion service at Venn Ottery on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Two small, friendly, informal goups of people from the whole parish meet most Thursdays (one in the afternoon, one in the evening)  for fellowship, Bible study and discussion and prayer. We always welcome newcomers and those who just want to 'test the water'.

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The Revd Mark Ward
The Vicarage
Newton Poppleford
EX10 0HB
Tel: (01395) 568390 (Vicar)
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First Sunday: no morning service at Tipton, See Venn Ottery Church
9.30 am Sung Eucharist service (Common Worship Order One) at Venn Ottery Church.
Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Service of Holy Communion
Eucharistic service from Common Worship, partially sung, with congregational hymns too. Robed choir. Small, carpeted play area, with books and toys at the back of the church for babies and children.
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Family Worship
Informal, accessible worship for those who don't attend church regularly, and for those who do! Usually lay-led, often experimenting with different styles of worship. Projected audio-visuals, usually interactive. Small, carpeted play area, with books and toys at the back of the church for babies and children.
Monthly every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 55 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee
Family Communion
A less formal eucharistic service, with the expectation that children attending will find something to keep their interest. However, there is a play area at the back of the church if they would like to play there at any point in the service. After the service there is an opportunity for individual prayer ministry in the Sanctuary with trained members of the Prayer Ministry Team.
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship


Prayer meeting
Small, informal group meet in Church to pray for the parish and the wider world
Monthly every second Saturday at 9:15 AM for ¾ hour
Coffee morning
The church coffee morning takes place in Tipton Community Hall and you can also buy cakes and produce there. Come for a friendly chat!
Monthly every first Saturday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
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Lay-led non-eucharistic service from the Book of Common Prayer with robed choir: sermon, sung liturgy and psalm and hymns
Sunday 29th June 2014 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
All Souls Service
A reflective service when we remember loved ones who have died, including lighting a candle for them. Hymns, Bible reading, prayers, talk. Tea and cake afterwards.
Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 3:00 PM for 50 minutes
Service of Remembrance
Lay-led, non-eucharistic service of morning worship, including an Act of Remembrance for those who died serving their country. There will also be hymns, prayers and a talk.
Sunday 9th November 2014 at 10:50 AM for 1 hour
Christingle service
This special service is particularly for children, though villagers of all ages enjoy it, especially the magical moment when all the christingle candles are lit and the main lights dimmed and we sing a Christmas carol. There will be hymns/carols, prayers, a talk and a collection for the charity, the Children's Society
Friday 12th December 2014 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Candlelit carol service
A worship service of carols, readings (Biblical and secular), prayers, a talk, robed choir and lots of candles. Although light levels will be low, the carol words will be projected onto the wall at the front of church. Afterwards, mulled wine, mince pies and chat!
Sunday 21st December 2014 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Crib service
This lay-led worship service is a retelling of the nativity story, with the children (of all ages) invited to get involved in setting out the nativity scene at the altar. They can come dressed as a nativity character if they wish. There will be child-friendly carols and a short talk.
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Eucharist
This formal service of Holy Communion marks the start of the Festival of Christmas. There will be hymns/carols, robed choir, liturgy, prayers, a sermon and a celebration of the Eucharist, during which everyone is invited to the altar rail to receive Communion or, if not your usual custom, a blessing.
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 11:00 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Common Worship
Christmas Day Communion
The family service for the Festival of Christmas. We shall sing hymns/carols, say and sing a little liturgy, prayers, a talk and celebrate Communion. Those who don't usually receive the bread and wine are invited to the altar rail to receive a blessing. Children can bring along a Christmas gift if they wish. At the back of the church, on the carpeted area. there are toys and books to entertain younger children, either there or brought back to their pew.
Thursday 25th December 2014 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Patronal Festival with Family Communion
A service of Family Communion (an informal, parish Communion using Common Worship Eucharistic Prayer H) for the Patronal Festival of St. John the Evangelist. This service will be led by our Vicar and include congregational hymns and a robed choir, some said liturgy, prayers and a sermon. There will be celebratory refreshments served after the service.
Sunday 28th December 2014 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Youth Group Regular Choir Grade 2 Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Floodlighting Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Audio Visual Facilities Church Open Nurture Courses Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Visitor Parking Available

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Nurture Courses

Alpha and Christianity Explored courses are available within the Otter Vale Mission Community, together with annual confirmation courses

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The Rectory, Station Road
(01404) 851401
A Church Near You ID: 8805
Built: 1839
Architect: John Hayward
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Otter Vale TM Patronage Board
Archdeaconry: EXETER (151)
Deanery: OTTERY (15107)
Parish Legal Name: Tipton St. John with Venn Ottery (150209 15/209)
CofE Church Info: (615209 15/209)
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