St. Matthew's - Lee

St. Matthew's church exteriorSt. Matthew’s Anglican Church is part of the Coast and 'Combe Mission Community together with the churches of St. Sabinus’ Woolacombe and St. Mary’s Mortehoe.

The parish of Lee is the smallest of the three, with less than 200 people living in Lincombe (up the hill), Lee (the lower part, winding down to the sea at Lee Bay) and a number of outlying farms and houses. The parish is served by the church of St. Matthew and St. Wardrede, dating from 1835 - a little gem, seating 90 at a push, with Victorian wall-stencils, Jacobean carved oak woodwork (taken from the old Manor House) and a musicians' gallery.


St. Matthew's church interiorSt. Wardrede is an obscure figure, possibly a Celtic saint who came here to preach the Gospel as far back as the 6th century. A medieval chapel bearing his name stood on the site of the present Chapel Cottage, and, until World War II, the craft shop beside the church was St. Wardrede's Church School.

The church (normally known just as St. Matthew's) is open daily from Easter to the end of October. Our regular Sunday service is Holy Communion, starting at 8.45 am, with a more informal All-Age service on the second Sunday of each month.  Morning Prayer is said is said on Thursdays at 9.00am. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome to our worship.

Three times a year we hold special services which involve a wide cross-section of the village community: Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival, and our Christmas Carol Service. St. Matthew's people look forward to your visit!

A reminder of our pattern of services:

  • Every Sunday: 8.45am Holy Communion
  • Every Thursday: 9.00am Morning Prayer
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