St. John the Baptist
The Church of St. John the Baptist, Stowford
Friendly and accepting, sharing God's love through worship, fellowship and service, we follow Jesus' teaching and welcome everyone, wherever they are on their spiritual journey.
St Johns' is a warm and inclusive Church. Come and see for yourself!
Our parish has a beautiful 14th century church with a loyal, hard-working and talented small group of supporters. The church was restored and the north aisle rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1874. We are about a fifteen minute drive from Okehampton & Launceston, 2 miles from the new A30 and 35 miles from Exeter.
The Village of Stowford
Stowford is a small rural village neighbouring Lewdown, which has a Church of England school. A decent pub in The Blue Lion. And a Shop / part-time Post Office. Lifton (a bigger village) is 3 miles to the west, where St. Mary’s Lifton is the lead Benefice Church and where we have Strawberry Fields, a renowned Farm Shop & Restaurant. Stowford has a reputation for an open welcoming atmosphere, Sunday Eucharist’s and social gatherings.
The wider parish of Stowford has a population of about 300, an active community, supporting a wide range of village events.
We undertook several well attended parish events last year connecting church with community and raised substantial amounts of money to help keep the church open. These included the Stowford Church Lunch, Harvest Festival, a Christmas Tree Festival and a Music & Magic event at Hayne Manor. These were advertised in our local Community Newslink magazine. Similar events are planned for 2019. We also have a biannual Open Garden Event which includes the wider, not necessarily churchgoing, community & raises additional funds.
On Christmas Eve we have a Christingle service which for many years has had a large following raising money for the Children’s Society. We give out around 100 Christingles and the congregation numbers about 120 people. Local children perform a nativity play within the service.
St. John the Baptist, Stowford - Christmas Tree Festival 2018