Bishopsteignton Methodist Church
Fore Street, Bishopsteignton TQ14 9QS
Minister: Revd. Catherine Wagstaff; Telephone: 01626 774598
Morning Service: 10.30 am
Bishopsteignton is a friendly, lively, picturesque village nestled in Little Haldon Hills situated alongside the Teign Estuary, between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth.
Our present Church, situated in the centre of the village, was built in 1908, though the history of Methodism in Bishopsteignton goes back at least to the Teignmouth circuit in 1823, with the first chapel in Bishopsteignton apparently erected in 1850. Primitive Methodists are recorded in the village in 1860, and the Torquay Circuit registered a building for worship in 1867. A hall, at first wooden, and later brick, was built beside the church, and an extension was added in 1986, the hall is used by the local community for various activities, as well as the church in the winter, as it’s warmer!
In past years there was a Girls Brigade which ran for a number of years, as did a Sunday school and evening club for young people, also the Women’s Bright Hour. Regrettably, these activities have now ceased.
Although our congregation is small, it is outgoing and holds a number of events to raise the profile of the church in the village and circuit, which are always well attended.
Contact with other churches in the area is excellent with a first class ecumenical relationship.
Visitors are assured of a warm welcome whenever they visit us.
Some reminiscences by Betty Bardell:
The first time I worshiped there was in 1976 when the congregation consisted of just 7 ladies, one of whom, a Mrs. Harris, was President of the Bright Hour meeting. They had worked to raise money and provided a good path leading to the church from the gate, and had, piece by piece, built a hall to replace a tin hut. Their faith was an inspiration.
Gradually this faith inspired a number of other folk, like me, to worship there and over the next 7 or 8 years 20 people came and formed a very lively congregation. A Sunday School was formed, a Girls Brigade and a Youth Club started and all seemed set for a very lively church. However most of the congregation were pensioners and gradually many passed on or went into care homes and 4 or 5 years ago we were down to a membership of about 13, some of whom were physically unable to come to church.
Again there was concern about the continuing of the church, when one Sunday morning a Methodist from Cornwall joined us, later two more from Surrey came and another lady from the village joined us, all of these were active young pensioners, and with these few active members of the church, Bishop became a lively church again. So come and visit this little gem of a church in our village, with its super stained glass window, modern chancel, one large hall and a smaller room, parking space, seats outside to look over the estuary but most of all a very warm welcome from all who worship there.