St. Sabinus' Church - Woolacombe

Exterior of St. Sabinus ChurchSt. Sabinus’ Anglican Church is part of the Coast and 'Combe Mission Community together with the churches of St. Mary’s Mortehoe and St. Matthew’s Lee.

Woolacombe, a tiny hamlet until the mid-19th century, grew rapidly with the advent of mass tourism, on account of its glorious setting and superb beach, and by the early 20th century needed its own Anglican church.

St. Sabinus' was designed by W.D. Caroe, built of local red sandstone, and consecrated in 1912 - though the north wall was not completed till 1965, for lack of funds! Despite the legend of an Irish bishop shipwrecked in Morte Bay, depicted in one of the north windows, the dedication is almost certainly to the 5th-century Bishop of Canosa in Puglia, southern Italy. The interior is spacious, well-proportioned, and adaptable for all kinds of worship and social events. The church is open every day, all year round.

St. Sabinus' church interiorSt. Sabinus' offers a warm welcome to our many seasonal visitors (as well as to locals!). The main Sunday service is Parish Communion at 10.00am, followed by a chance to meet over tea and coffee. On the 2nd Sunday of the month, we have a more informal All-Age Communion. At present we have no regular Sunday School, but there is a children's corner at the back of the church.

Every Wednesday, between 10.00 and 12.00, the Lower Room is the venue for our "Open Door" coffee morning and drop-in, for locals and visitors. Then, at 12 noon each Wednesday, we move upstairs for a Celtic-style midweek Communion service, which lasts half an hour.

A reminder of our regular pattern of services:

  • Second Sunday: 10.00am All-age Communion
  • Other Sundays: 10.00am Parish Communion
  • Wednesday: 12.00 noon Holy Communion.


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