Sunday of the month, 11.15am
Third Sunday of the month, 4pm
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.
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
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.