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 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  Preb. Nigel Guthrie is the vicar of this Parish, which is also served by Assistant Curates, the Revd. Alison Whiting and the Revd. Belinda Speed-Andrews. St Michael’s is also regularly served by the Venerable David Gunn-Johnson and also Fr Dominic Cyrus. Fr Dominic is the Vice Principal of the South West Ministry Training Course and Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The clergy and other office-holders may be contacted via our contact page.

The late  Canon John Thurmer served this church for 24 years until January 2015. He was Chaplain of the University of Exeter and Canon of Exeter Cathedral. His joyful life and insightful work has deeply informed the character and worship of St Michael’s. Canon Thurmer’s contribution to this website includes the Glossary, which explores the rich vocabulary of this and other Anglo-Catholic Churches.

St Michael’s also honours the lasting memory of the Revd. Dr John Hughes, former Curate of St Michael’s and this Parish and Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge, whose enthusiasm, encouragement, vision and love inspired ours and many other communities through the development of theology, heritage, music and the arts. 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 in 2014 can be read here, and his Burial Service at Kenton Church, here.The John Hughes Arts Festival takes place every year at Jesus College in Cambridge.

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 a Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund project secured funding to tackle water ingress issues and replace and improve 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 iconic photographic 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