The United Benefice of Lifton, Broadwoodwidger, Stowford, Lewtrenchard, Thrushelton & Kelly

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St. George
Thrushelton
Okehampton
EX20 4QY

The Church of St. George, Thrushelton
Thrushelton lies in a peaceful valley to the south east of Roadford Lake. The 650-year-old church, established as a Chapel of Ease on the Packhorse Trail from Minehead to Plympton, has traditionally been known as 'The Farmers’ Church'.

Until 1922, St George's Church was a daughter church of St Mary, Marystowe, but in that year it became a daughter church of St Peter, Lewtrenchard which it remained until the two parishes were formally separated in May 2010. It has been in the Benefice of Lifton since April 1999. Since that date, worship has been in the main the Eucharist, with some Morning Prayer services monthly, taken by a member of the congregation.

Special services are held for the main family festivals at Christmas, Easter and at harvest time. There is a strong historical tradition of broad churchmanship, which has been strengthened as the units into which the wider Anglican Church is organised become ever larger. The parish would welcome the appointment of a woman priest.

During the year we organise several fund-raising events including a very popular hot Sunday roast lunch. We are also well known for our harvest festival celebrations with unique pillar decorations following a tradition passed down through the generations. Each year we are joined for this occasion by a notable guest preacher, invited from across the denominations.

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For the past two years, under the enthusiastic leadership of a member of the congregation, a dedicated team has been using wool donated by sheep farmers in the parish to make an impressive series of pew runners of individual design. This voluntary work has attracted attention and support from outside the parish. The congregation is proud of what the volunteers have already achieved and can expect to see the whole church equipped with new runners by the end of 2019.

The project has generated some well-supported social occasions, including notably a summer barbecue attended by local neighbours and well wishers, which is likely to be repeated each year.

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Volunteers with one of the pew runners


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