Newton Poppleford Church

Church of St Luke

Parish of Newton Poppleford

Looking towards the north-side of Newton Poppleford church
A photo of the congregation of Newton Poppleford church

Welcome to church

CofE worship is often judged as ‘High’ or ‘Low’. On a scale of 1 to 10, if High churches are 10 and Low is 5, St. Luke’s at Newton Poppleford would possibly be a 4! We are a small friendly congregation with an average attendance of 25 to 30. Most of us have silver or white hair but we are an active group. We hold a range of services including Holy Communion, Service of the Word and Lay led Cafe style church. We are told the church is very friendly and we love to welcome visitors. All are invited to worship with us.

 

 

 

Location and information

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Address

Church of St Luke
High Street
Newton Poppleford
EX10 0EG

Nearest defibrillator

Outside wall of the adjacent church hall

Latitude / longitude

50.6998317035988 / -3.29607009887695

Church Officers

Churchwardens (or if vacant the parish priest) can help you with general enquiries about the church, and if you are researching your family history. PCC Secretaries can help with information about the work of the Parochial Church Council and any correspondence should be directed to them. PCC treasurers deal with the finances of the church and are always pleased to discuss giving to the church or making a legacy in your will.

  • Haylor Lass

    Churchwarden

  • Jaclynn Baker

    Churchwarden

  • Mike Gunn

    PCC Treasurer

  • Chris Burhop

    PCC Secretary

Contact an officer

Newton Poppleford contact form

Church accessibility

As a Mission Community we are very aware that our ancient buildings are not always the most accessible. Where possible we have made changes to make them more user-friendly but there are some limitations that we are not able to work round.

  • Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Car park

  • Toilet (for services only)

  • Church wheelchair friendly

  • Hearing loop

A photo of the path to church from the carpark and main road

Church features

All of our churches are unique many date back many hundreds of years. Each building tells a story and highlighted below are some of the features that are especially noteworthy.

  • Children's area

  • Oak carved screen

  • Modern embroidered hangings

A view of the right side of the screen in Newton Poppleford church showing carved ladies from the Bible

History

There has been a church here since Saxon times. The oldest part of the present building is the tower, thought to be 14th Century. A south aisle was added in mid-Victorian times and the whole of the nave, chancel and south aisle was rebuilt about 1870. Changes have been made since: a vestry (now the church office) and a sacristy were added in the 1930s, and the interior was reorganised in the 1990s with the removal of pews and the fitting of carpets and chairs. An adjacent ‘Meeting Place’, with toilets and catering facilities was completed in 2020.

The one unusual feature is that on the carved oak screen separating the organ corner, the figurines are all ladies from the Bible. They are wearing or carrying clues as to their identity – an interesting challenge!

 

 

 

For a more detailed history please visit the Historic England page.

Gallery

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