St John in the Wilderness has a lively, active and mission-oriented church community. This community reflects the local population in comprising people of a wide range of age and backgrounds, worshipping in a variety of styles.
St John in the Wilderness has a modern catholic tradition centred on the eucharist. Through liturgy and worship, faith exploration, social events, community concern, and outreach, our aim is to grow together in likeness to Jesus Christ.

St John in the Wilderness is one of three churches in the Parish of Withycombe Raleigh with Exmouth (Church of England), the others being the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, Withycombe Village Road, and All Saints' Church, Exeter Road.