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Welcome to St Mary the Virgin a parish church set in the heart of the village of Down St Mary in the Devon countryside. We seek to worship God. to warmly welcome all those who come to His Church and we are here to support our community.


North Creedy Team Ministry


Rev. Kingsley Cross  Tel: 01363 860263 


Parish Magazine

Cross Country

Contact: Rev Lindsey Starrs


Churchwarden: Nigel Fidock

Tel: 01363 84071



March 2020

Sunday 1st March: 4:30 pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 4th March: 4:30 pm Evening Prayer for Lent 

Sunday 8th March: 9:00 am Common Worship

Wednesday 11th March: 4:30 pm Evening Prayer for Lent

Sunday 15th March: 10:00 am Morning Prayer

Wednesday 18th March: 4:30 pm Evening Prayer for Lent

Sunday 22nd March: MOTHERING SUNDAY: 10:30 am Morning Prayer. Children of all ages are invited to give thanks for mothers present and past. There will be tea and cake afterwards.

Wednesday 25th March: 10:30 Common Worship

4:30 pm Evening Prayer for Lent

Sunday 29th March: PASSION SUNDAY

10:30am at LAPFORD: Mission Community Eucharist


For Lent, Mid-Week Evening Prayer will  be held on Wednesdays in March & April:

4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March and 1st and 8th April- all at 4:30 pm


Our regular services are:

1st Sunday: Evening Prayer at 4:30  pm [Lay Led]

2nd Sunday: Eucharist Service at 9:00 am [Priest Led]

3rd Sunday: Morning Prayer at 10:00 am [Lay Led]

4th Wednesday: Eucharist Service [said] at 10:30 am [Priest Led]

4th Sunday: Morning Prayer at 10:30 am [Lay Led] 


All are warmly invited to any of the services


The AGM of the Church and the PCC will be held on Monday 30th March in the Village Hall at 2:00 pm. All parishioners are welcome.



The Down St Mary Parochial Church Council fully recognizes and accepts the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy Statement “Promoting a Safer Church 2017”, and commits to complying with the current Church of England and Diocesan safeguarding policies and practice guidance.  In so doing we will comply with the secular multi-agency safeguarding procedures relating to children and young people and adults experiencing or at risk of harm, abuse or neglect.  


For general safeguarding enquiries, please use this email address.

Exeter Diocese Safeguarding Team:


If you are unable to reach a member of the Safeguarding Team and wish to report an urgent concern, please contact the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) helpline on 0303 003 11 11.

 IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you state clearly that you are calling from the Diocese of Exeter when using this facility. Please also note that this out of hours facility is for calls that are urgent and cannot wait until the next working day. Callers should also be aware that the Diocese has an Information Sharing Agreement in place with CCPAS and that details of calls and advice given will be shared with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.