CHRIST CHURCH EXMOUTH
The Christ Church Community
Loving and serving God and the people of Exmouth
At Christ Church, we're passionate about Jesus, His mission and how we live that out in our wonderful town of Exmouth. We're a family church, where we value all ages and backgrounds, caring for one another and cheering each other on. We're a worshipping church, where we value the presence of God and ministering to Him in our worship. We're a Bible-teaching church, where we prize the truth that has been revealed to us in the scriptures.
In April 2018 the members of Christ Church adopted a VISION STATEMENT which was influenced by a prophecy given in July 2015. We believe God wants the Church and its members to be 'fertile soil' out of which good things will grow. You can access the full statement and the prophecy here together with the Identity and Commitment Statements that the Church also adopted.
Free Church of England
Christ Church is a member of the Free Church of England, a small but long-established, main-stream protestant denomination, which is actively planting new churches and looking to bring new life to others.
Christ Church's governance is in line with FCE practice, with a Leadership Team, a Church Council dealing with finance and fabric, and Minister's and People's Wardens.
You can see more about the FCE on its website.
Development of the Church
The original congregation established itself in the building that is now The Savoy Cinema in the Strand, Exmouth, and was among the very earliest Free Church of England churches. The present building was built in the 1840's by the Methodists who outgrew it and built their present church in Tower Street, Exmouth. The Free Church of England bought the North Street building, which Christ Church has occupied continuously since.
To make it the attractive and warm building it is today it has undergone many changes: an extension on the north side, a false ceiling, new heating and new lighting, the removal of choir stalls and fixed pews, new windows and the addition of a stage, the enclosure of the porch and the addition of the Coffee Bar. The organ remains though it is used only very occasionally.
The Church has had numerous ministers over the years to bring it to where it is now. Its worship has changed from formal Prayer Book liturgy to the more Spirit-led worship of today. However, the Free Church of England's strap line - 'Holding Fast the Faithful Word' - remains crucial.
Whilst our oldest member joined the Church in 1947 we now have children, families and a mix of ages. We believe God has plans to prosper the work of Christ Church in Exmouth and so look forward to growth over the next decade.