Generations of Seafarers and their families have been invovled in the development of the Christain Curches in Brixham.
Events such as `Harvest of the sea` and the recently restored `Blessing of the Fleet` give an indication of the churches continued connection to the fishing industry here, whilst Christian groups such as ‘The Fishermen’s Mission’ have supported generations of seafaring families and still continue to do so.
Today with a population of diverse backgrounds the range of Christian Churches throughout the town continues to support, organize and provide locations for a wide variety of community events whilst offering different forms of worship and ways of praising the Lord Jesus Christ, to which all are welcome
As you look into Brixham from the harbour, you see the tower of All Saints ‘ Church standing guard over the town. It was founded in 1815, and its most famous vicar was the Rev. Francis Lyte,
The main church in the town is St. Mary’s, about a mile from the sea, it is the third to have been on the site, which was an ancient Celtic burial ground
Apart from St. Mary’s and a small Victorian chapel, all the other Brixham churches and chapels – and once there were seven of them – were built near the harbour.
St Mary`s Church
The main church is St. Mary’s, about a mile from the sea. It is the third to have been on the site (which was an ancient Celtic burial ground). The original wooden Saxon church was replaced by a stone Norman church that was in its turn built over in 1360. Many of the important townspeople are buried in the churchyard.
Picture by Christine Ellis
The original parish church of Brixham`s is St Marys in Higher Brixham. The present church is probaly the third on the site, the first possibly a Saxon wooden church. The second was a Norman church. The foundations of this are inside those of the present church. The third church dates from the late fourteenth century, and was possibly built outside and over the old one.
In 1892 the church was re-foofed between 1905 and 1908 and the interior was restored and reseated.
In 1931 the exterior was refaced and repainted. At the same time the clock, which dates from 1740 was replaced and three new faces added.
Sunday 8am Holy Communion. 11am Parish Communion.
Sunday 6.30pm Evensong.
Wednesday 10am Holy Communion.
Saturday 10 -12Noon Coffee morning in Church Hall.
Visitors are warmly welcomed.
All Saints Church
All Saints started with the building of a chapel=of-easein 1816. Although built by subscription and supported by rent of pews and sittings, the debt was such that a grant=in-aid was sought from the church commissioners in 1821.It was consecrated as a parish church in 1824, the year that Henry Francis Lyte arrived as curate-in-charge.
The church was enlarged in 1825 when trancepts were added and again in 1872 when the chancel and other parts were built as a memorial to the Reverend J.R. Hogg, the son-in-law of the successor of Lyte. In 1877, however the roof of the nave was blown off in a gale and therefore complete rebuilding was advised, this was to be in memory of Lyte himself, as his hymns had by now become world famous.
The new church took some years to be built, the northern aisle in 1892, the tower and side chapelbeing completed in 1906. Rededication took place on 24th April 1907.
The carillon which plays the hymn tunes was installed in 1928-29
The tower of All Saints’ Church, founded in 1815, stands guard over the town. The composer of Abide with Me, the Rev. Francis Lyte , was a vicar at the church for 23 years. He lived at Berry Head House, now a hotel. In 1847 while he lay dying of tuberculosis, he looked out from his garden as dusk fell over Torbay, and the words of that hymn came into his mind, he survived only a further three weeks after its completion
All Saints Church is also known as the’ Abide with me Church’, where countless generations have sung, what is now a world wide anthem. This included the local fishing community who drew strength from its words. Other hymns penned by Henry Francis Lyte include Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven and Pleasant are Thy Courts Above,
Picture by Christine Ellis
Sunday 9.30am Parish Eucharist.
Every 1st Sunday of the month Family Service.
Tuesday 10am Holy Communion.
Roman Catholic Church
This church was completed in 1968 and has the unique distinction of being the only church, possibly in Europe with a carpark on the roof.
Sunday Service at 10am
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Church service at 9.30 am
Saturday Evening service at 7pm
The Baptist movement dates back to about 1797 and when the site of the frist church had been purchased, so great was the opposition to non conformity in the town, that no one would supply the stone for the building. So a small quarry had to be purchased. The church was completed in 1801, and rebuilt in 1858 and re-stoned in 1895.
Sunday 10.30am Worship Service. 6.30pm Evening Service.
The first services were held on Brixham Quay and the first Methodist Chapel was in Bolton Street.
The erection of the church in Fore Street followed in 1816, it was enlarged and improved in 1871
Sunday 10.30am Worship Service 6.30pm Evening Service.
Junior Church runs with morning service and crèche.
Monday and Thursday Mother & toddlers 10-11.30am.
Monday. Brownies 6pm.
Wednesday and Friday. Church coffee morning’s 10-12 Noon.
Thursday Bible Study afternoons 2.30pm.
Friday fellowship 10.30am – 11-30
What does the Salvation Army do locally?
Give sleeping bags and food to the homeless.
Put people in touch with our missing persons dept.
Public House Ministry.
Distribute toys at Christmas.
Also give Christmas gifts and food to the homeless.
If you feel drawn to visit the Salvation Army then all are welcome.
Sunday 9.45 -10.45am Children’s Sunday Club.
Sunday 11am Church Services in the Army Hall.
June to Sept 3pm Church Service on the Quay.
Tuesday Bible Study open to all
Tuesday Open air service on the Fish Quay 7.45pm.
Wednesday 2pm Over 50’s Club.
Thursday 10-12noon Coffee Mornings.
Sept to June:
Every 2nd Sunday of the monthFree & Easy Cafe Church 3pm.
All other Sundays : Afternoon Service 3pm