Our church is at the heart of the vibrant town of Chagford, in the Dartmoor National Park, Devon. We are part of a family of churches, the Whiddon Mission Community, which seek to show God’s love in this beautiful part of the country in real and practical ways, learn more of the ways of Jesus and be inspired by what the Holy Spirit is doing among our communities.
Everyone of whatever tradition, and none, will find a warm welcome here.
Our church family is made up of all types of different people, some who have been Christians for many years and others who are just beginning the messy journey of faith. We believe that everyone is equally important to God, regardless of age and gender, including those who may not regard themselves as ‘churchgoers’. St Michael’s is a part of the Church of England (ie. we are ‘Anglican’) in the Diocese of Exeter.
It is an exciting time for us as we look to build on the work and witness of past generations and learn new ways of nurturing faith – not least with our young people, and through variety in the ways we worship – and supporting our community.
Our beautiful church building, dedicated to St Michael the Archangel, has been a place of prayer, peace and hospitality for close on a millennium. In 2011 we celebrated its 750th anniversary as Bishop Branscombe consecrated it in July 1261.
Our worship embraces both traditional services, led by our choir, and more contemporary and informal worship where the music is led by our instrumental group The Elastic Band. As you’ll see on the following pages, there is opportunity to join us in Morning Prayer and a short service of Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) during the week. Our evening worship on Sundays includes both informal, reflective gatherings and choral evensong (usually the 1st Sunday of the month). There are also opportunities to meet in small groups for discussion, questions and good company.
St Michael’s is open every day of the week and we look forward to welcoming you here.
‘my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples’ Isaiah 56:7
Revd Paul Seaton-Burn Rector of the Whiddon Parishes
Our Vision Statement for the Whiddon Mission Community:
Communicating the good news of Jesus
and demonstrating care for the vulnerable,
our communities and the wider creation.