Fore Street Topsham, Exeter

Minister : Reverend Paul Collings BTh (Hons) : email : : Telephone : 01392 206229 : Mobile : 07941 880768

About Us

St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Wednesday, 30 November 2022


A ten-year old, who was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible because of her grandmother’s teaching, asked her grandmother: “Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus? The Virgin Mary or the King James Virgin?”

Perhaps another Advent issue is that we may hear all the words but do not understand. It was Benjamin Franklin who enquired, “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.”

In Isaiah 7:14  we read “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

‘Immanuel' - a mantra for Advent and Christmas prayer. If we speak it from the heart we are in touch with God who is near. In our faith in the mystery - Emmanuel, God is with us - we are close to God who is present in our hearts. God is as near as the air we breathe. With each breath in prayer, just say ‘Emmanuel'. It is our Christmas welcome to the child who is our God.

Immanuel, God with us; 

In muscle and sinew, breath and bone. 

In vulnerability and risk, escape and refuge. 

In parable and healing, encounter and sign. 

In suffering and death, word became flesh. 

In resurrection, ascension, and spirit come down. 

In justice and grace, patience and peace. 

Immanuel, God with us, 

Creator, Son and Spirit. 

Glory be to God. Amen.

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Community Groups Regularly Usiing the Church

Regrettably, due to the current restrictions, there are no community activities at the church premises.

Watch this space for news of when activities will restart.