St John the Baptist, Witheridge
Welcome to St John the Baptist, Witheridge.
We offer a more formal type of service grounded in Church of England liturgy with the love of God at the heart of all we do and offer. The services are in modern language using Common Worship resources to mark every season of the church year.
As of Sunday 1st of August 2021 the PCC have agreed there will no longer be any need to book/reserve a place in church.
We would like to encourage you to continue to wear a mask while in the building to protect each other.
The central nave area is now available to sit where you like and mix with others if you are comfortable to do so. The side aisles and back of the nave are marked out for social distancing if that is what you would prefer. Sue will be available to assist you to a seat of your choice.
We will be singing again with hymns reinstated and the Gloria, we will however be sitting to sing to reduce the power of your voices, it will be wonderful to be able to rejoice in song again.
To reduce moving about during the service the readings and prayers will be led by Adrian with Sue’s help. Adrian will continue to distribute communion to you in your seat in one kind only - bread, Adrian will receive the cup on behalf of us all.
We have agreed to, tentatively, bring back refreshments - they will be brought to you in your seat, so if you would like a tea or coffee after the services please stay in your seat and it will arrive.
From the 17th of August the church will be open all day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
While life is still not back to ‘normal’ it is good to see it opening up further. For those still uncertain about coming back to church we have online resources available and be assured you are all in our prayers whether you feel able to join us again yet or not. We have a Facebook page for Witheridge and surrounding churches. It is a closed group but please feel free to ask for access. ‘The church of St John the Baptist, Witheridge’. We are continuing to record a service every Sunday which is available on the Facebook page and via email from [email protected] or call 01884 861383.
There is also a 24/7 telephone line available called ‘Daily Hope’ which is free and has a selection of hymns, short reflections and prayers call 0800 804 8044. This may be of use to your friends and neighbours who have no access to the internet. Please share it with them.
The services to mark and celebrate, in the sight of God, the important life events are now possible again. Baptisms and weddings can be booked. Please contact Adrian 01884 861383 to discuss dates.
We are part of the Little Dart Mission Community, a group of 12 churches under the leadership of our Team Rector, The Reverend Tony Rockey 01769 581712
The parish of Witheridge with Creacombe and Romansleigh 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 Representative (PSR) - Sue Wells, Tel: 01884 861383
The Diocese of Exeter’s safeguarding pages https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/ contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSRs.
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA - Mr Charles Pitman Tel: 01392 345909 and / or your local authority Children or Adults Services.
If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police.
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11