St Germans, Germansweek


Church Services

First Sunday of the month, 11.15am
BCP Communion
Third Sunday of the month, 4pm
BCP Evensong

Church Information:

In the ancient West Devonshire village of Germansweek St German's is a Norman church founded on an earlier settlement. It was dedicated in honour of St. German (or Germanus), a 5th century missionary and Bishop of Auxerre, who visited the South West of England in 429 and 443 and established numerous churches in the region. The small church, sheltering in a hollow on the southern edge of Germansweek, has undergone numerous changes over the centuries, and was extensively modernised and restored in 1875.

Today St German's is a member of the Northmoor Team of Churches in the Okehampton area on the north-west edge of Dartmoor. There is a Sunday service every fortnight at St German's, to which visitors are welcome. The bells are rung regularly, and the church is a beautiful venue for baptisms, weddings and other special services. The Team clergy welcome enquiries about baptisms and weddings - see links for more details. Do come to Germansweek and visit St German's - a place of peace where prayer can come easily and healing may be found.

Germansweek takes its name from St Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, who came to these shores in AD 429. Did St Germanus visit our village? No detailed records survive, we think it was possible, which would make Germansweek one of the earliest a Christian sites in this part of the world. The oldest parts of the present church were built not long after the Norman Conquest with additions dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. There is Tudor stained glass in the North aisle showing the arms of Frithelstock Priory plus the Kelly and Rolle families.

Our name has undergone variations over the years - 1086 Wica, 1242 Wyk, 1458 Wyke Germyn. At other times it has been Wyke Langford and Week St German.

The village grew until the mid eighteen hundreds, when the population reached 450. Today we are Just over 100, which makes survival of the church exceedingly difficult The loss of our farming community has been devastating and we have to find new ways to restore the social awareness

Many visitors to the church say we have a unique and special sensitivity about the building and grounds -perhaps the Lord is showing us a new holistic healing ministry as a way forward. Early in the new year we have plans to hold a few 'Healing and Wholeness' services at Germansweek. Watch for more on this.

Alan Smithers

Germansweek Church website

Germansweek Church - June 2018

Germansweek Church Wins National Lottery Support

Germansweek church has received National Lottery support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Thanks to National Lottery players, essential conservation work can be carried out to the roof and tower. Parts of the church date back to Norman times and it has been a focal point for the local community for many hundreds of years.

Commenting on the award, Churchwarden Jon Walker said “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. St. German’s church has played an important part in people’s lives over the centuries and it’s good to know that we can now help to keep it here for future generations.”


August 2016 - a recent wedding


Photos ? Emily Fleur Photography

Harvest Festival 2015



Thank you to Adrian for a lovely service and for drawing our attention to the farmers milk prices and to encourage us all to pay a fair price for our milk.

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Germansweek, Devon

      EX21 5BQ

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