The Meeting Room at 

St John in the Wilderness

The church was re-ordered in 2005 allowing the addition of facilities that have helped the church to provide amenities, not previously enjoyed, for the greater use of the church. These facilities include not only a meeting room, but also a much needed toilet with baby change, kitchen and storage arrangements.

The Meeting Room provides the church with the opportunity to use this space for many activities other than just meeting space.  As the pictures show children and young families are able to enjoy activities that are provided for their enjoyment and learning as part of their church experience.

The small kitchen area provided means that the church is able to cater in church, which was not previously possible.  All the Sunday services are always followed by coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits.  After the 11.30 am service there are activities for the children linked to the liturgy of the day.

The new facilities are modern and extremely well utilised, but they do not in any fight with the historic and traditional feel of the church, they complement the church and make it comfortable and 'fit for purpose' in the 21st century.

The Church of England (Anglican) Parish of Withycombe Raleigh with Exmouth in the Diocese of Exeter (Devon) in the UK. Our three churches are the Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist, Withycombe Raleigh; St. John in the Wilderness and All Saints’ Exeter Road, Exmouth.

The Parish Office,
The Parish Church Hall
Withycombe Village Road
Exmouth EX8 3AE​

Tel.: 01395 272239 (Monday -  Friday 10.00am  -  11.00 am)

Please see our Safeguarding Policy here

If you have a concern about the safety or someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Mrs. Amanda Longbottom who can be contacted on Tel: 01395 272309 or email:

Please ONLY use this number and email address for safeguarding concerns and NOT general enquiries. Thank you.

The link to the Exeter Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details is –

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 1111