ROCKBEARE PARISH CHURCH:
>> Rockbeare's Parish Church
Rockbeare Parish is one of five linked together in a United Benefice. The Church, dedicated to St. Mary with St. Andrew, is now more accessible, thanks to the recent provision of a disabled access path leading through the churchyard to the church porch from the base of the steps at the inner lych-gate.
The building, like all churches, needs constant maintenance, but because of hard work on the part of the PCC and other local people, it is in good shape.
We have a pattern of united services alternating with services in each of the churches of the Benefice (including Rockbeare) every other Sunday. Details of the Sunday services and other events are available on the noticeboard in the porch, and everyone is very welcome to come at any time.
We are developing stronger links with the local Primary School, and the vicar leads a school assembly every other Monday morning (alternating with the school at Clyst Honiton). On special occasions the school comes to worship in the church.
We also have good links with Rockbeare Court; the vicar takes a monthly Holy Communion service there, and some of the residents attend some of the church services.
We like to think that Rockbeare Church stands as a reminder to the people of the parish that God loves each of us and longs for a response from us.
Some Historical Notes
St. Mary with St. Andrew Church, is Rockbeare's Parish Church, in the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.
Parish Registers going back to 1645 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1645 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1645-1837, and Marriages 1645-1837. Sellman, R.R. Parish registers 1644-1837: edited transcript with family reconstitutions. Typescript (1991) 111p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/ROC/1644]