Welcome to St John’s Church, in the heart of Bridgetown.
St John’s, Bridgetown represents a marked and complementary contrast to St Mary’s in that, although there is a weekly sacramental service, there is no choir, and services are less formal – although undertaken in compliance with Common Worship. St John’s has developed a friendly informal and flexible style of worship, and all are welcome.
(Times of services can be found here.)
All the furniture within the worship area of the church is moveable, with the exception of the organ, so that the space lends itself readily to the introduction of different forms of worship, such as Taizé services, more intimate meditations ‘in the round’, or those themed with support from multimedia presentations or backdrops.
The church is well aware of its important role as a community focus and facility for the use of various support groups. The worship area itself and the foyer support rehearsals, concerts and larger meetings.
A video of Bishop Robert’s visit to St John’s Community Café in early 2018:
The Café has been highly praised by the local MP Sarah Wollaston, the Bishop of Exeter (see video above) and the Totnes Town Council. The Town Mayor often has a resident’s surgery at the Café.
Following the fire in 1976, considerable vision and realism were utilised in the rebuild, resulting – on the one hand – in a modern light, informal place of worship, carpeted with moveable seating which lends to flexible, less formal worship; on the other, providing a most useful and adaptable community centre – much used and appreciated by local organisations, providing the PCC with a major source of income.
St John’s was built in 1832, to meet the spiritual needs of the growing community of Bridgetown, situated on the east bank of the River Dart. Today, Bridgetown is home to around 3,000 people, multiple small businesses, one primary school and the historic Steamer Quay. (More about St John’s early history can be found here.)
St John’s is the only church in Bridgetown, and is the largest community meeting space on this side of the river. Around 17,000 people used the building in the last year. As a congregation, we are committed to sharing the tangible, practical and unconditional love of Jesus Christ with all the people of our community, with no strings attached.
Currently, St John’s Church building is temporarily closed, as renovation works are being undertaken to replace all ten of our side windows, and to create a new state-of-the-art kitchen, and accessible toilet accommodation on the ground floor.
This project, which is financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have entitled Windows of Opportunity. You can find out more about this project here.
We are now also planning to take the next bold step forward in equipping the St John’s facility to adequately serve our community for the next 25 years.
This new development phase, which we have just embarked upon, we have entitled The Uplift Project. You can find out more about this new phase of development here.
While the renovation work is being undertaken at our building, we are meeting together in two new locations, as follows:
Morning Prayer – Mondays at 8.30am at St Mary’s Church, High Street
Sunday Worship – 9.15am each Sunday at St Mary’s Church, High Street
St John’s Community Café – 10am to 12noon each Wednesday at Totnes Boating Association, Steamer Quay Road, Bridgetown
Parent and Toddlers Group – 10am to 12noon each Monday at Totnes Boating Association (term-time only)
• quick link: How to find St John’s Church