St. Mary's Church - Mortehoe
St. Mary’s Anglican Church is part of the Coast and 'Combe Mission Community together with the churches of St. Sabinus’ Woolacombe and St. Matthew’s Lee.
Mortehoe village goes back to the Domesday Book - and beyond. The haunt of smugglers and wreckers in years gone by, its more recent history is as a farming village; and now, like Woolacombe down the hill, Mortehoe is centred on tourism. For a fascinating overview of the village, its history and its surroundings, visit the Mortehoe Museum.
The Norman church of St. Mary has been added to over the centuries - with a thoroughgoing Victorian restoration, and then with Selwyn Image's remarkable chancel-arch mosaic and archangel window - but the ancient bell-tower, the de Tracy tomb, and the carved pew-ends are among its medieval glories. The church is open daily from Easter to the end of October, and attracts more visitors, and more appreciation, than any other locally.
Apart from the 4th Sunday each month, when St. Mary's holds a Family Communion service at 10.00 am, the regular Sunday service is at 6.30 pm - normally Evensong, but with Holy Communion on the 2nd Sunday. In the school summer holidays, extra Family Services are held at 11.30 am. All are welcome to join us in worship.
A reminder of our regular pattern of services:
- 1st Sunday: 6.30 pm Evensong
- 2nd Sunday: 6.30 pm Holy Communion
- 3rd Sunday: 6.30 pm Evensong
- 4th Sunday: 10.00 am Family Communion
- 5th Sunday: 6.30 pm Evensong