Skip to content

Okehampton All Saints Church

Serving the community of Okehampton and outlying areas

Greetings…

From Reverend Stephen Cook

Although the church is on the edge of the town we seek to be at the heart of the community and to serve it in the best way we can. We are a growing church, with a good range of ages and backgrounds.

We have an active social programme and are trying to expand the range of our activities. On the first Sunday of the month, we have a family service in the morning at 11.00. This is designed to be a shorter service and although primarily is for the younger ages, there is something for everyone.

In the evening of the first Sunday, there is Holy Communion. Our Sunday School, or “Jam” meets on other Sundays. We try to offer a range of worship to suit all tastes from informal to formal, from modern to traditional. If you would like to join us you will be most welcome.

Team Rector:
Reverend Prebendary Stephen Cook

Why not take a moment to consider your faith?

Faith Guide
Faith Guide…
Faith Guide
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9

Regular Church Services at Okehampton All Saints Church

Church Services
There is a service every Sunday at 11:00am

Church Services Calendar & other Church events

Please be patient while the calendar loads…

 

Wise words from figures in history…

Notable Quotes
Notable Quotes…
Notable Quotes
Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He’s sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.

Charles Stanley

Contact the Okehampton All Saints Church team

Reverend Stephen Cook

Team Rector: Reverend Prebendary Stephen Cook

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden: Anthony Wood

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Alex Just

All safeguarding enquiries are treated with absolute privacy and discretion.

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Admin: Ruth Cartlidge

Telephone: 07551 655424‬

Reverend Gillian George

Team Curate: Reverend Gillian George

Help for Visitors

Opening Times, Accessibility, Worship, & MUSIC & ABOUT THE BUILDING

Regular opening times

Monday to Sunday: The church is only open for services.

If you wish to visit inside the Church at any time, you are most welcome to do so, but please contact the Rector or Churchwarden prior to your visit in order to request access.

Closing times

When are we closed: Sometime, when?

Accessibility

Wheelchair friendly access

Removable ramp to allow access to the church

Toilet with disabled access

Assistance dogs welcome

Hearing induction loop

We have a car park adjacent to the church

Worship & Music

Organ & piano

Occasional small worship band

Common Worship

Occaisonal Choir

Miscellaneous help for visitors

Church Guidebook

We have available to buy at a cost of £4, a fully illustrated guide book detailing the history of All Saints Church and St James’ Chapel; written by Alan Endacott, a local historian and stained glass expert. Copies are available in All Saints Church and St James Chapel; alternatively copies can be obtained from the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.

About the building

Grade II Listed

Find the Church & more information

Okehampton All Saints Church
Church Path
Okehampton
Devon EX20 1LE

Church hall hire

Apologies, we do not have a church hall for hire in Belstone.

Events & activites

Address
All Saints Church Hall
4 Market St
Okehampton
Devon EX20 1HN

Google Maps

© 2023 Google
© 2023 Google
Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Hall hire admin: Peter & Val Brayne

Telephone: 07775 878343

Hall details

Weekday Hire: £9 per hour to include setting up and clearing away.

Weekend Hire: £10 per hour as above. No part hours.

Available to hire from 8am to 11 pm by arrangement subject to existing regular bookings.

The hall is available to hire by individuals, organisations, community or charity groups for, coffee mornings, AGM’s, baby and toddler/ childrens’ groups/classes, exercise classes, dance classes, wellbeing classes, social fundraising events, private parties (no bouncy castles allowed). The hall may not be hired by commercial organisations for the sole purpose of commercial selling or buying.

We have a Spacious kitchen

Th kitchen is included in the hire charge with hot water heaters for coffee/tea making and a separate water heater for washing up, two ovens, a hob, fridge, crockery, cutlery for a large number, first aid kit.

A large selection of large and smaller collapsible tables and 100 chairs

Ambient heating provided by convector heaters on a timer

Additional heating when required by coin operated overhead heaters.

Accessibility

Wheelchair friendly access

Ramped Entrance

There is front double door access to the building and double doors to access the main hall.

Assistance dogs only are  welcome

Separate female and male toilets

Free Wifi code on display

We have a small car park for 2/3 cars on the private drive

No hearing induction loop

Okehampton All Saints Church history

A Church has stood on this hill since Saxon times when the little hilltop village of Ocmundtune was closely grouped around its (probably wooden) Church and surrounded on all sides by dense forests.

With the building of Okehampton Castle soon after 1066, present day Okehampton began to develop in the river valley and the little Saxon village was progressively abandoned.

It is certainly known that a Church existed here prior to the first recorded consecration by Bishop Bronescombe of Exeter in 1261. The lovely medieval building, which resulted from a further re-building in 1447, was destroyed by fire in 1842. It was rebuilt again to this plan, by Hayward. The 80 foot granite ashlar tower alone survived the blaze and was incorporated into the rebuilt Church which, although somewhat larger, was designed, more or less on the lines of the previous one. There are remains of the old stone reredos against the west wall of the south aisle. The organ is reputed to be one of the finest in Devon. The reredos is of stone and was built in 1891 by Hems and the choir stalls and altar rails date from 1892. The pulpit is a little older, having been installed in 1872. There are several fine stained glass windows in the church, notably one south window by Morris and Co. depicting St Cecilia and the Angels. The North Window is by the Kemp studios and others are by Ward and Hughes. In the Lady Chapel there is a small section of medieval glass displayed in a cabinet beside the altar.

Although the church is on the edge of the town we seek to be at the heart of the community and to serve it in the best way we can. We are a growing church, with a good range of ages and backgrounds. We have an active social programme and are trying to expand the range of our activities. On the first Sunday of the month, we have a family service in the morning at 11.00. This is designed to be a shorter service and although primarily is for the younger ages, there is something for everyone. Our Sunday School, or “Jam” meets on other Sundays during the 11:00 service. We try to offer a range of worship to suit all tastes from informal to formal, from modern to traditional. All Saints, apart from being a lovely place to spend a quiet, reflective time, also has the distinction of having it’s own resident Church Mouse together with a dedication to someone with “a deep love of God’s animal world” who was “killed whilst out hunting.

Church Guidebook
We have available to buy at a cost of £4, a fully illustrated guide book detailing the history of All Saints Church and St James’ Chapel; written by Alan Endacott, a local historian and stained glass expert. Copies are available in All Saints Church and St James Chapel; alternatively copies can be obtained from the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.

Safeguarding Policy

We take the safety of everybody in these parishes very seriously.

If you or someone you know is being abused, is at risk of being abused, or presents a risk to others, or if you have concerns but are not sure, our Safeguarding Advisor is here to give advice and support in confidence.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Alex Just, Email me.

You can also contact the Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Team on safeguardingenquiry@exeter.anglican.org or phone 01392 294929.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to you or anyone else please call 999 and report your concern to the police. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer Alex Just can support you in this.

Our full safeguarding policy is explained here on this page, along with information about a range of local and national organisations that can help.