The Parish of Central Exeter

The Parish of Central Exeter comprises the churches of St Stephen, St Olave, St Petrock, St Pancras and St Mary Arches. All date from medieval times. St Martins Church was also at one time part of the parish, but is now in the care of the Historic Churches Preservation Trust. The parish is part of the Diocese of Exeter ( within the Church of England.

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Our weekday and Sunday services draw people from across Exeter who seek a Christian community in which the gospel of love, forgiveness and compassion overrides all else, and where doubts as well as faith can be explored.

The parish is responsible for these five ancient churches in the heart of the city, details of which can be found on this website. It is our wish to see these buildings used appropriately for the benefit of the whole community, and we are working hard to achieve that goal.

Service times and locations are subject to occasional variations. Please see notice boards.


Being part of God's mission of love and reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ, we are committed to:


Giving breathing space

• Providing an open, inclusive and non-judgemental atmosphere
• Providing a range of opportunities for worship and prayer
• Informing others about us
• Encouraging innovative use of our church buildings


Living the values

• Growing & developing our numerous & varied groups and congregations
• Supporting ourselves and others on the spiritual journey
• Supporting our work through prayer
• Responding to the needs of others
• Being open to the call of the spirit


Engaging with the city

• Discovering what others need from us
• Integrating the St Stephens Project (
with our overall mission
• Working with other agencies and churches
• Within our buildings through shared use making these
historic buildings available to all