St. Pancras, Exeter
A small church in the heart of Exeter; of Saxon origin, still used for services and especially for private prayer and quiet. It is a spiritual oasis in the wilderness, somewhere to breathe and take stock - and is an ancient place of worship, a still pool of quiet in the midst of restless city and busy shopping centre.
Regular times of prayer maintain and replenish the depth of the atmosphere. Focal points are provided by a simple table altar, the windows, wall decorations and displays, in particular an explanation of Christianity in recognition that many visitors will not be deeply familiar with the tradition or modern interpretations.
Standard opening times: Usually open Mon-Sat 10am-4 pm.
Holy Communion (BCP) 2nd Sunday of the month. 8.00 am; Midweek Eucharist every Tuesday 1:15 pm.
Sacred Space, a led meditation group 1st Wednesday of the month 5.30-6.30pm
Prayers around the Cross with readings, prayers, and Taizé music 3rd Friday of month 7 pm.
A visitor writes "This is a veritable Dr Who's Telephone box, seemingly much bigger on the inside than its small, ancient, beautiful but unpretentious exterior would suggest. This oasis in the midst of a 1960's shopping centre literally links the distant past with the more recent past and quietly points to the future."
The Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3HP, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SX 919 927
St Pancras Church is in the middle of the Guildhall Shopping Centre in the heart of Exeter. It lies just north of the High Street behind the Guildhall.
By car: Guildhall and Mary Arches car parks.
By train: to St. David’s Station. Change to Exeter Central, or H Bus (every 15 minutes|) to the High Street.
Displays in the main body of the church.
Disabled access is good with only one small step into the chancel, otherwise all on a level.
Toilets on first floor of the Guildhall shopping centre opposite the staircase. Numerous cafés and restaurants close by.