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Who are we?

We are an active bible-based church of around 60-70 people, located in the village of Black Dog in rural Mid Devon. Our Sunday services offer a mix of traditional hymns and more modern worship songs as well as activities for young people and children. We are blessed with a variety of visiting preachers as well as regular sermons from our minister, Rev John Wiltshire.

We hold regular events in our community such as youth and holiday clubs, monthly community meals (Fourth Friday Feast) and Keep Fit as well as celebrations such as Harvest Suppers, seasonal coffee mornings (Cuppa Chat) and of course Carols and Mince Pies at Christmas!

If you’re just visiting or are local to the area, we would love to see you at one of our services.

We usually have two services on a Sunday, one at 11:00 for an hour or so that’s attended by the majority of the congregation and incorporates singing, Bible readings and a sermon plus activities for our children and young people. The second service is in the evening at 6:30, again for an hour or so but tends to have a smaller congregation in attendance and is often more traditional.

During the week there are usually home groups meeting to study the Bible and encourage each other plus various youth and community activities.

See our Calendar to find out what’s on.

Meet our staff

My name is Rev'd Ken Gowland. I'm the Superintendent Minister for the Ringsash Methodist circuit. As a Christian I'm passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and helping others to find faith for themselves.

If you would like to explore the Christian faith, have any questions or if you would like to know more about how you can also have this new life promised by Jesus, please get in touch (01363 877281, [email protected])
We extend to you a warm Devon welcome, whether on your holiday journey or your journey of faith
Rev Ken Gowland
Sherrin Neenan is our full-time Children, Youth and Families worker, in conjunction with Emmanuel - Morchard Bishop, engaging with communities in the area. Click on Sherrin's picture for more information.

Youth and Children

At Hele Lane we whole-heartedly welcome children and young people. They are welcome to stay in the service or join one of the Junior Church classes that take part in various locations around the church after around 15 to 20 minutes joining in with the main service. All Junior Church teachers have been through enhanced DBS checks and undertake regular safeguarding and first aid training so they really are in safe hands.


Babies are very welcome in the service, but should parents wish to take them out, we have a crèche available every Sunday.


Pre-school aged children can join Bubbles, where they hear stories from the Bible and do craft, activities and play games related to the story.

Splash and Grid

Splash and The Grid are the two classes for Primary school aged children. Children in these groups will do all sorts of activities, games and crafts as they start to explore the Bible and learn about Jesus’ love for them.

The Shed

Young people of Secondary school age are welcome to join our teenagers in The Shed where they will study God’s word with a focus on life application. The topics discussed are very varied, often taking some bizarre tangents and usually accompanied by much laughter and of course biscuits!

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