A Church has stood on this hill since Saxon times when the little hilltop village of Ocmundtune was closely grouped around its (probably wooden) Church and surrounded on all sides by dense forests. With the building of Okehampton Castle soon after 1066, present day Okehampton began to develop in the river valley and the little Saxon village was progressively abandoned.
We come from hundreds of ethnic and language backgrounds, yet we are united by common goals. Above all, we want to honor Jehovah, the God of the Bible and the Creator of all things. We do our best to imitate Jesus Christ and are proud to be called Christians. Each of us regularly spends time helping people learn about the Bible and God’s Kingdom. Because we witness, or talk, about Jehovah God and his Kingdom, we are known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Okehampton Baptist Church is a group of people committed to Jesus and each other. Some have been in Okehampton since they can remember and others are from further away. We are from a variety of backgrounds and are all ages - from 1 to 90! Okehampton Baptist Church is a group of people committed to Jesus and each other. Some have been in Okehampton since they can remember and others are from further away. We are from a variety of backgrounds and are all ages - from 1 to 90!
Fairplace Church is in the centre of Okehampton opposite the Post Office. It is a United Church representing both the Methodist and the United Reformed Churches. As a member of Christians Together in Okehampton the Church shares with Christians of many denominations in the town. The Church building was opened as the new Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in 1904 and was refurbished the late 1990's reopening in 1999. During the refurbishment the pews were taken out to be replaced by chairs, a new entrance porch was added and the schoolroom and the Gratton hall were refreshed. A new venture, a coffee bar called the Terry Bennett Centre was created at the same time.
The Assemblies of God is made up of over 550 churches of various sizes located throughout Great Britain. We are a Pentecostal movement who believes that every individual can and should have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and have the opportunity to be part of a local, vibrant church. We seek to build churches that are relevant to people of all ages - many of our churches attract a large number of young people. In our local expression of church and our corporate identity as a whole, we are committed to transforming communities by reaching out to all individuals regardless of age, race or gender.
The Catholic Church didn’t re-emerge in Okehampton after the Reformation until the late 19th century, when the Military Camp was established on Dartmoor. All denominations were now legally entitled to access to religious services, and a priest from St Boniface College in Plymouth was appointed as the visiting chaplain for Okehampton Camp.