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Who are you?
Very many people have come to Explore since 2006 and discovered who Jesus is and can be to them. We’re a family and a place that feels home. Explore is really for anyone who’s curious. These days there’s about twenty five to thirty five of us any one Sunday, from young to old, enjoying life and God together. We come together on Sunday mornings and share life through the week too. We’re part of the Ottery St Mary Parish Church, and share its vision to Know Christ better and make Him better known.
Your life was planned before the beginning of time and you were created on purpose. God’s desire for your life is that you would know Him and live life as part of His family – the church – living out the purpose you were born for. We’d love for you to find out more and find out what life is really all about. If you would like to explore more about Jesus then join us at 11.15 one Sunday. It doesn’t matter how much you know already – whether you’ve been to Church before or not – you will find a warm welcome here.
Are you weird?
Ooh, good question! Well in some ways we’re just like you, so take that how you want! But in other ways, coming to know God has been pretty counter cultural and turned our lives around, so we aren’t like we were before. You could get to know some of us through this blog, and we’d love to meet you if you live nearby.
Where and when do you meet?
The Ottery St Mary Parish Church, at the top of the hill North of the Square. The Explore service starts at 11.15, although Tea and Coffee is served from about 10.45.
1st and 2nd Sundays of each month: 11.15am Informal service including separate meetings for the children halfway through.
3rd Sundays of each month: 11.15am Informal communion followed by a bring and share lunch.
4th Sundays of each month: 4.30pm Cake and Bible Study at someone’s home in the town. No morning Explore meeting.
What goes on?
The meeting will last an hour. For the first half an hour any children you bring will be with you and all ages together will sing, have some fun and explore whatever we’re looking at together. It’s specifically designed with you in mind if you’re not used to Church, and it’s planned that both you and your children will have a good time and feel welcomed and at ease. We’ll sing a bit with some singers and a piano or guitar, beautiful violin playing sometimes. The activities are designed to encourage dialogue and later there will be a couple of short optional discussion groups to choose from. At the end tea and good filter coffee is served. We’ve found this to be a great opportunity to get to know one another better and share our lives together.
What are people saying?
I love coming to Explore. Whenever I come God seems to move.
Rev Richard Allen, April 2015
Explore has given me a family in God and really propelled me along in my Christian journey along with my daughter.
Lorna, June 2015
You do wonders to further God’s Word in our Church.
Helen, October 2015
It was great to see so many families in the Church. Keep up the good work in His name.
Fiona, November 2015
I could feel the warmth and love of the people as I came through the door.
Bridie, December 2015
It has enabled me to meet with and experience God in a new and incredible way.
Alex, August 2016
Lots of things were pertinent this morning, and the things you said all fitted together. Thank you very very much.
Jackie, May 2017
What will happen to my children?
Halfway through the children go out to their own meetings, and it’s accepted they are going to have a better time than we do! They come back in for squash and biscuits when we’re having tea and coffee.
On the third Sunday of each month the meeting’s only about 45 minutes, the children stay with us the whole time, and we have communion (bread and wine) informally together. Then we stick around for a bring and share meal afterwards.
On the fourth Sunday of any month, we don’t have a morning service, and instead we meet at someone’s house in the town, eat cake and biscuits, drink tea and study a Bible passage together. We meet 4.30pm and study 5-6pm. Children come too and play with an adult supervising.
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