Situated in the idyllic Exe Valley, eight miles north of Exeter and thought to be one of the oldest villages in the county with its constantly flowing leat, picturesque cottages, cob walls and thatched roofs. This Devon village is midway between two National Parks, Exmoor an hour to the North and likewise westerly to Dartmoor.
The Wesley Connection
Tarmac replaces the old cobble stone turnpike road in Silverton, along which John Wesley himself rode in November 1730 to visit his bereaved sister-in-law at Blundell’s in Tiverton. What fame! Come and walk the hallowed tarmac outside the present building, erected 1914 and now part of the Exeter Coast and Country Circuit within the Plymouth & Exeter Methodist District.
Methodism in Silverton
Early records are sketchy but in 1834 John Norman, a basket maker, obtained a licence to preach in his house in Parsonage Lane (demolished 1964). The present Church seats 100, is compact and comfortable, of Gothic design with Bath stone dressing and leaded glass windows.
Sunday Services of Worship are currently 10:30 am and 6:30 pm and are usually around one hour in length. There are regular innovations in alternative worship and evening fellowships.
Young People meet alternate Fridays for a lively programme of activity – Christian teaching, music, craft, drama. (See Friday Club page)
A monthly mid week House Group meet for Bible study and discussion and also you will find the church open each Saturday morning, a retreat for prayerful reflection and quiet contemplation.
There is a Loop System for those with hearing aids and ramped access for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
The Three Village Churches together plan and share Christian Festivals including the World Day of Prayer, the Village Lenten Course, Harvest Festivals, Christmas Celebrations. We join together for the annual Christian Aid Coffee Morning with cakes, plants and bric-a-brac available to buy, plus good company too.
Working to its strengths, the local Church seeks to play an active role in the Community: the annual Cream Tea is a date not to be missed; in August there is the Silverton Street Market when the Methodist Church is again a hive of activity as a refreshment centre plus exhibition area. In May, the Christian Aid activities and September the month for widespread work for the charity Action for Children.
Silverton Methodist Church is a collection point in respect of overseas Work Aid, Spec Aid, Book Aid and we collect used stamps for Hospiscare. We also give regular support to the Exeter homeless charity, St Petrocks.
The 1st Thursday of each month (10.30 to Noon) there is a welcoming Coffee Morning (and fascinating stall) supporting a variety of charities; whilst the 4th Wednesday each month Ploughman’s lunches are served from 1 pm and at 2.30 The Afternoon Fellowship meet with a guest speaker.
We enjoy welcoming visitors on Sundays and weekdays, also arrangements may be made for refreshments and/or a leisurely guided tour of this historic and interesting village. There is a car park at the side of the church and the main village car park is just a short walk away.