Welcome to Exeter Vineyard Church
We’re a friendly church based in the lovely city of Exeter in Devon.
We believe church should feel like extended-family; a loving and supportive community, which is fun and life-giving, while we try to make the world around us a better place.
If you’re looking for a church family, you’re really welcome to check us out. Look at the “I’m New” page of the website for how to start.
Please Note: Due to the Coronavirus situation we have suspended all public meetings - but our community is still very active... just more distant. You can find out details in the News section.
What We Do
Church is a family, and just like natural families, we're always part of our family, even when we’re not together at an organised activity.
This is the same for Exeter Vineyard. We see ourselves as being God’s church all week long. Because of this, we tend to think of being ‘church’ in two environments; gathered and scattered.
We ‘gather’ most Sundays in our Sunday service, where enjoying spending time together while we focus on God.
On the first Sunday of the month we ‘scatter’ across the area to meet in Hubs.
And, during the week, we are scattered in homes, workplaces, schools and so on, and in all these places we are still God’s church, with a role to bring his goodness wherever we are.
We meet every Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month, at St Leonard’s Primary School.
Our Sunday service starts at 10:30am and ends around midday. Our atmosphere is relaxed and down-to-earth. You’re really welcome to sit and observe or to join in. Our Sunday service is a great place to start if you’re wanting to check us out.
During our service we're led by a band to sing songs that help us focus on God and express ourselves to him. Someone will look at the Bible and think about how it impacts our everyday lives today. There is also an opportunity to receive prayer.
We have fresh coffee and tea available before and after the service, with cookies and fruit served at the end. This opportunity to hang out, meet people and catch up with friends is an important part of our time together.
Children are fully part of our church family and we really want them to enjoy their time as they learn about God. There are activities for children of all ages.
Children over 3 have their own groups that go on during the service. We have Little Launch for ages 3-6, Launch for 7-11, Elevate for 12-14 and Elevate+ for 15-17
Hubs are like mini-churches within the church. They are a smaller group of people, often multi-generational, who form around a purpose to ‘bring God’s goodness to’ a place or people outside of the church.
They meet at least twice a month, including on Hub Sunday.
The aim of Hubs is to provide a place for us to learn and practice living a Jesus-sized life. Hubs help us focus on what we think are three vital ingredients of living a Jesus-sized life; (1) being God-centred, (2) part of a loving community and (3) co-working with God in his mission.
God’s plan for the church isn’t a club for Christians. He started the church as the way he wants to make the world a better place. We see church as a place to bring transformation and make a difference in people’s lives, whether this is practically or spiritually, but usually, both.
This process of experiencing this difference, and being the sort of person who God uses to bring it to others, has four elements, which we constantly cycle through. We want to learn to live this cycle in every area of our life, which we call this learning to live a Jesus-sized life.
We want to help people discover, develop and enjoy a connection with God; something that we’re made for and is an essential element of being human. This is true whether you’ve been around church for ages or you’re still exploring what you believe.
At Exeter Vineyard we centre everything we do around God; in prayer, acts of worship and the Bible, not just to repeat tradition, but to help us develop our relationship with God.
The Bible says God thought of each of us even before he created the universe. His saw us as a perfect version of ourselves, but one that now is lost under all the mess in our lives and our broken world. However, God wants to work in and with us to help us become the person we were created to be.
We see this happening as God helps us understand we are loved and significant, and we discover the purpose for our lives.
God has given each of us unique skills, talents, personalities, opportunities and resources. These gifts are meant to be used for God’s kingdom and we want to help people learn how we each use our distinctive gifts.
At Exeter Vineyard we want to encourage uniqueness and initiative, rather than expecting people to fit into a ‘cookie-cutter’ culture. Hubs are a great place to experiment and innovate, according to people’s interests, passions and giftings.
Church is not a club for Christians. We want to make the world a better place and believe we do this by planting Kingdom-seeds in the people and situations around us; friends, family, neighbours, colleagues. The Bible says we’re God's best instrument to bring his light to the world around us.
At Exeter Vineyard we believe that as we connect with God, grow towards the person he created us to be, learn how to use our gifts… this all means we are able to make a difference to the people and situations around us.
Dave & Sarah
Dave & Sarah lead the team at Exeter Vineyard. They met while studying art in Exeter and have been involved in Exeter Vineyard since it started. They took on the role of senior leaders in 1995 in some sort of divine hijacking of their own plans! They have two children. Dave is a Spurs fan and loves kebabs. Sarah is very artistic and enjoys peace and quiet.
Alan is our Assistant Pastor with a focus on our Sunday service. Alan also works as a head teacher of a local secondary school. He is married to Jane and they have two grown up boys. Alan is a fan of F1 and definitely drinks too much tea.
Adam is our Assistant Pastor with a focus on Hubs. He also oversees our under-18 activities. He works for us one day a week and spends the rest of his week as a Marine Biology researcher. His speciality is micro-plastics and their effect on the environment (spoiler: it’s bad). He has a Phd, so technically he’s a doctor, but don’t show him any suspicious rashes or expect help if you’re choking. He is married to Hannah and they have cats as child substitutes.
Rachel is our Operations Manager. She works 2 days a week, making sure everything works smoothly behind the scenes. She is married to Alex and they have two teenage boys and one overexcited dog. Rachel is the master at getting the coolest clothes in charity shops.