About

WELCOME  We offer you a very warm welcome. The church lies just outside the city of Exeter’s ancient walls, within the county of Devon. In addition to the regular calendar of services, the church is also used for concerts, recitals, lectures and community events which you can find out about through this website’s music and events pages.

At St Michael’s we seek to know God’s presence in the world through worship, prayer, community celebration and meditation. We rejoice in the richness of this heritage in word, music and ritual. We are called to be an outgoing, welcoming, diverse, inclusive and friendly community of faith and service.

We hope your visit to St Michael’s itself and to this website inspires a sense of community and friendship, and an encounter with wonder and mystery.

You can keep in touch with St Michael’s on Facebook and Twitter. The Parish Magazine, New Leaves, is shared with St David’s Church, Exeter. Read the current and recent editions here.

CLERGY  We are delighted to welcome Preb. Nigel Guthrie from Crediton to be our new Vicar. St Michael’s church is also served by our Assistant Curates, Fr. Christopher Durrant and the Revd. Alison Whiting, with occasional visiting priests.  You may contact the clergy and other office-holders via our contact page.

The late Canon John Thurmer served this church for 24 years until January 2015. His joyful life and insightful work has deeply informed the character and worship of St Michael’s.

THE REVD DR JOHN HUGHES  We joined many individuals, communities and congregations across the country in mourning the death in June 2014 and remembering the life of the Revd Dr John Hughes, Dean of Jesus College Cambridge and former Curate of St Michael’s and this Parish. His obituary can be found via the main link at the foot of this text and more tributes are on our blog. The sermon at his funeral at Ely Cathedral can be read here, and his Burial Service at Kenton Church, here.

PROJECTS The Heritage & Music Development Group of St Michael’s secured Heritage Lottery Funding in 2012-5 to share its music and heritage more widely. Key projects included the installation and restoration of a historic pipe organ,  a webcam located on our Peregrine falcons’ nest within the spire and the creation of this website with designers from Yello Studio.

In 2015-6 we secured a Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund project to tackle water ingress issues and replace and improve our guttering and rainwater goods.

Read more about these projects, our Music Recitals Series, Lectures Series, Exhibitions and new publications around this website and on our Blog.

We are delighted to share Jonathan Neale’s recent landscape of St Michael’s, below, to illustrate this page. Jonathan writes of his work
“… best of all I love to see how light illuminates the beauty of creation, the way it warms rocks, glistens in the leaves, dances in the surf and as night falls watch it fade in the clouds”.

Revd Dr John Hughes, Obituary