Bishop Sarah re-opens St Petrock’s church
After closing for a year for redevelopment, St Petrock’s church in Exeter was re-opened by Bishop Sarah earlier this month. The opening included the ringing of St Petrock’s bells.
St Petrock’s is one of the early medieval churches within the walls of the city of Exeter. It served a small but prosperous community of merchants and was also known for its charitable works, helping the city’s poor. Over the centuries the church has grown and in the late nineteenth century, it was re-orientated to face south looking towards the cathedral.
Together with five other city centre churches, St Petrock’s is part of the Parish of Central Exeter. Part of the church is leased to St Petrock’s (Exeter) Ltd, which provides advice and support for homeless people through the St Petrock’s Centre.
The replacement of the old wood porch by a new glazed entrance, covering the stone floor with wooden flooring, new heating and lighting together with an improved colour scheme have all helped to create the feeling of a much lighter, spacious and more user-friendly church. It is hoped that the church will be a suitable venue for small groups for meetings and for worship.