Services at St John in the Wilderness

During Lockdown - Zoom Service of the Word

Due to the third national lockdown there will be no services at St John in the Wilderness until further notice. Instead, there will be opportunity to join via ZOOM with the congregation of St John the Evangelist, Withycombe, for a Service of the Word, every Sunday at 10.30 am GMT. Please make contact via our website ( for the link, ID and password.


9:30 am, every Sunday: A traditional celebration of the Eucharist, with hymns and sermon.

The Eucharist (also called ‘Holy Communion’, ‘The Lord’s Supper’ or ‘The Mass’) is the principal act of Christian worship. At the Eucharist we obey the command given to his disciples by Jesus at the Last Supper when he took bread and wine, thanked God, and gave it to his disciples saying ‘This is my body… This is my blood’, telling them to ‘Do this in remembrance of me’. In the Eucharist we proclaim the Lord’s saving death and resurrection, we are assured of his living presence among us, and look forward to the coming of the kingdom and the heavenly banquet, of which the Eucharist is the foretaste.

The 9.30 am Eucharist is a traditional – though modern language – celebration, with hymns and sermon, following Order One of the Church of England’s service book Common Worship. It is dignified but simple, and many people appreciate the opportunity it affords for quietness and reflection, as well as the friendliness of the welcome.

11:30 am, every Sunday: All-Age Eucharist.


At St John in the Wilderness we make the inclusion of children a very high priority because not only are they ‘the Church of tomorrow’ - they are members of the Church today, and deserve to be placed at the heart of our life and worship. They are our teachers, as much as we are theirs!

Children and families are welcome at all events and services, however the 11.30 am Family Service has been evolved especially to reflect and cater for the needs of families with young children. The services are themed, reflecting the Church’s liturgical year, with appropriate extension activities in the form of colouring/work sheets to take away. Musical instruments are provided for children to enable them to participate during the hymns. ‘Show-and-tell’-style talks, stories and plays are used for teaching. ‘Dressing-up Services’ are a regular feature, with everyone attending encouraged to come in fancy dress (e.g. a ‘pirate service’ on the theme of ‘treasure in heaven’)! It is our conviction that fun and laughter are essential ingredients in our worship together – after all, the Christian Gospel is supposed to be Good News!

The service lasts approx. 40 – 45 minutes, after which refreshments are available in the Meeting Room at the back of church. (There is a toilet in church, equipped with potty and baby-change unit).

During the course of the year a range of activities for children and families also take place, as well as occasional joint-services with the 9.30 am congregation.


10:00 am, every Tuesday: A Holy Eucharist following the Order of The Book of Common Prayer.

A more traditional service.

10:00 am, every Friday: Holy Eucharist.

On the first Friday of every month A Requiem.

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