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 weeks (one on Tuesday afternoons, one on Thursday evenings)  for fellowship, Bible study and discussion and prayer. We always welcome newcomers and you don't have to commit to attending every week.

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The Revd Mark Ward
The Vicarage
Newton Poppleford
EX10 0HB
(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.
Every second Sunday at 10:00 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
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, sometimes second-hand books and Traidcraft items. Come for a friendly chat!
Every first Saturday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
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Outdoor worship service
This lay-led service will be held on the playground of the lower site of Tipton St. John primary school and will have hymns/songs, prayers and a short talk. All ages are welcome and we hope everyone will stay after the service to help set up the school playing field for the church fete on Monday - no heavy lifitng required. Many hands make light work!
Sunday 28th August 2016 at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Annual Church Fete
12 noon till 4 pm on the school playing field in the middle of Tipton St. John. 50p entrance (children free). The annual fete is the main fund-raising event of the year for the parish churches at Tipton St. John and Venn Ottery but it is a real community event and many villagers join in manning the stalls, sideshows, BBQ and cream teas room. As well as sideshows, there will also be a bouncy castle for the children and the most popular stalls in the past have been home-made cakes, plants and books. Prize Draw tickets are available in advance.
Monday 29th August 2016 at 12:00 PM
Family Friendly Coffee
Outdoor Communion service
This service of the year is to be held on the lower school playground and will be led by our Vicar, Mark Ward. There will be hymns/songs, prayers and a talk, then an informal celebration of Communion. Afterwards please join us for coffee (in the Community Hall next door if wet). Children are very welcome and they can play on the play equipment whenever they want to, if supervised by an adult.
Sunday 11th September 2016 at 11:00 AM for 55 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Harvest Praise and Thanksgiving
This lay-led service is a "songs of praise" for Harvest service, with a reflection and some secular readings as well as Biblical ones. There will be hymns/songs and prayers. The church will be suitably decorated and there will be the opportunity to bring to the altar your donations of food or other items requested by St. Petrock's centre for the homeless in Exeter (see link). There will also be the opportunity to donate money to the charity, Farm Africa either during the service, or at the harvest lunch which will follow on afterwards, in the Community Hall (see separate event details). As with all our family services, you are welcome to take your children to the back of the church to play with the toys and books on the carpeted area there at any point during the service, or to bring them back to your pew if you would prefer, for your children to play with there.
Sunday 25th September 2016 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Harvest lunch
Please sign the list at the back of Tipton Church in advance to state what you are going to bring to the lunch, so that we have a balanced meal! There will be a short presentation about the charity, Farm Africa, and an opportunity to make a donation to their work during this event. (See link for more information about this charity)
Sunday 25th September 2016 at 12:15 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Coffee
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 6th November 2016 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 13th November 2016 at 10:50 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee
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 18th December 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Eve around the crib
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.
Saturday 24th December 2016 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.
Saturday 24th December 2016 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.
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

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


Alpha and Christianity Explored courses are available within the Otter Vale Mission Community, together with annual confirmation courses
Church Open Daylight hours or about 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 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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