The season of Lent

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is the period of 40 days – a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is traditionally marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.

The Christian churches that observe Lent in the 21st century use it as a time for prayer and penance. Only a small number of people today fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the practice on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Whatever the sacrifice, it is a reflection of Jesus’ deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline.

For details of Sunday services, please click on SUNDAY SERVICES in the menu at the top of this page.

During lockdown when services in church buildings may be reduced, there are many services which can be followed on television and radio and online. The online services for our own group of parishes are available on the Chagford Church website ( Exeter Cathedral similarly provides on line services (, as do many others.

All our benefice churches are OPEN for private prayer and reflection, but check opening times given in the item under LATEST NEWS at the top left-hand side of this page – and note that, following Government guidelines, it is mandatory for clergy and congregations to wear face coverings when attending church services


If you are in need of any sort of help, please use the CONTACT button at the top of this page, and your message will be conveyed to the most appropriate person as soon as it is picked up – certainly the same day.

If the matter is sufficiently urgent and you would rather telephone, then please ring Lionel Holmes on 01647 440113.

We can put you in touch with a member of the ministry team, should you wish to discuss church or personal matters, find out more about online services or just chat.


Let our churches inspire you!

The four parish churches and one chapel that comprise this benefice are all cultural icons of the communities they serve and are of considerable heritage importance.

Much more than that, however, except during the present emergency, they are also living centres of Christian worship, offering peace and solace to all who enter them, and the Good News of Jesus Christ – as relevant as ever to the needs of a turbulent world.

So please come and explore our website and find out more.

If you’d like some information about our Christian faith, please click here.

Many of the beautiful photographs taken for our website are the work of Mike Rego whose work may also be viewed on his website at

St Andrew’s is a Fairtrade church