Welcome to Powderham Church



See Services here.

Plans to minimise the risk from Covid-19:

Please do not attend if you are unwell. Feel free to wear a mask or other discreet face covering if you wish to. Please enter the church via the South door and exit via the Bell Tower (hand sanitisers will be provided). If necessary you will be asked your name (for tracking purposes). Please use the prayer book provided in your pew and leave it there when you leave. Please follow signs to maintain social distancing. There will be a collection plate by the west door: if you wish to make a donation please leave a cheque or notes rather than coins. Unfortunately the toilet will not be in use.

St. Clement’s, Powderham is a beautiful old church on the Exe Estuary, adjacent to the grounds of Powderham Castle. Our liturgy is taken from the 1662 Prayer Book, our readings from the King James Bible. We are the only church in the Exeter Diocese which uses this traditional form of worship exclusively, and some members of the congregation travel from far afield to enjoy our services. We muster 20 or 30 most Sundays. Powderham has long been the home church of the Courtenay family, the Earls of Devon, and the 13th, 15th and 16th Earls respectively were all Rectors here. Members of the family regularly join us in the congregation. We are part of the Deanery of Kenn and the Benefice of Exminster, and have strong links with the churches of Kenton, Starcross and Mamhead. We have a number of excellent regular priests and lay readers who conduct our services throughout the year, and create a varied but happy spiritual home.

We would be delighted if you would come along and join us.

There are services at Powderham every Sunday, at 11.00 am. Services last for about an hour, and alternate between Morning Prayer and Holy Communion.

The church has a large free parking area with level access to the bell tower and into the nave. Communion can be brought to those unable to go to the altar rail (please inform one of the vergers before the service starts).

Powderham Church also benefits from a lovely setting. People regularly park outside the church to enjoy the spectacular bird-watching, or to wander down the estuary to the wonderful Turf Pub. If that’s you, please don’t be shy. If it’s a Sunday, you’d be very welcome to come and join us. If it isn’t a Sunday, why not contact us anyway and get a key to look around? We’d love to see you.


If you have a concern about the safety of someone, or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer is Hilary Browne. 01392 833445

You can reach the Diocesan Safeguarding Team via this link:


If you are a young person and feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 1111