Cockington Parish Churches

Welcome to Cockington Parish Churches - the Church of England Parish of Cockington with Chelston, located in beautiful Torquay. We aim to be a church without walls, but have three church buildings - St George & St Mary, Cockington; St Matthew's, Chelston; and St Peter's Church Centre, Chelston. The parish includes beaches, a country park, local shopping centres and, most importantly, a thriving and diverse community. Cockington church is 950 years old this year - a chance to celebrate - yet we are not stuck in the past. We focus on community and long to engage more with all our local residents.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update: 28 March 2021


From Maundy Thursday (1st April 2021) there will be Communal Worship in St. Matthew’s Church, St. Matthew's Road, Chelston every Sunday.

The parish church of St. George & St. Mary in Cockington Country Park will continue to open for personal prayer only, from 10:00 till 16:00 Wednesday and Sunday each week.

As we understand that not everyone is ready to come back into our church buildings we will continue to offer access to our 'Worship Together at Home' online services Monday - Friday for Daily Prayer, and on Sunday's for our main act of worship, via livestream from the 10am service at St. Matthew's on Facebook; and at 11.30 on You Tube and our free Telephone-Conferencing number. Our Facebook and You Tube Channels are available at any time by searching 'Cockington Parish Churches'.

We ask all of those entering St. George & St. Mary's and St. Matthew's to follow our guidelines and procedures to ensure everyone's continued safety. The wearing of a face-covering is mandatory in our church buildings, unless you are exempt. We now have sanitizing gel, and Track and Trace QR scanning via the NHS Covid-19 app, available in all of our buildings.

For further details of our live, online and pre-recorded services together with information on opening times for Personal Prayer, please see our other information on this website.

Safeguarding: The parish of Cockington: St George & St Mary is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Exeter’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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