2nd April at 10:30 am.
(Fifth Sunday of Lent and Passion Sunday)
The next village event will be Lent Lunch on 29th March 2017 at 12:30 PM in The Ingle, Landkey
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The tranquil village of Landkey is situated just three miles from the busy market town of Barnstaple in North Devon. With a growing population in excess of 1800, a strong sense of community exists within the village and, of this, the church is an important part. As well as offering regular Christian worship, the church provides valuable links to other areas of the community such as the local Primary School and the Mothers' Union.
St Paul's is a friendly church in which the Christian message is heard regularly by a congregation of around 30 worshippers. All are welcome to attend our services.
The organ in our church, which has been gradually falling into a state of disrepair, is now the subject of a fund-raising campaign.
Built in 1877 by Peter Conacher & Co. of Huddersfield and brought into use on 29th October of that year, the organ replaced a harmonium which seemed to have reached the end of its useful life. The organ comprises 56 pipes and 19 stops, with a musical range from CC to G. It has an electrically-driven blower which was installed at a later date but its very complexity means that its restoration will be a costly undertaking.
It is estimated that it will cost £25000 + VAT to carry out the restoration but, already, half that amount has been raised.
A considerable amount of work has already been undertaken with preparing an application for estimates and for advice. In order for major work such as this to be done, the Diocese of Exeter needs to issue a "Faculty", or authorisation. This is only given if the application for it is submitted in such a way that the Diocese believes that the intended work is achievable.
We are pleased to report that the St Paul's Church has been awarded a recognition by the Diocese for the quality of the application that was made to them for the Faculty and our sincere thanks go to Eric and Hazel Price who worked very hard to make this application.
If you would like to make a donation to the organ restoration fund, please get in touch with us by using the contact form on the Contact Us page, or call us using one of the telephone numbers also listed there.
Alternatively, you can download and fill in a sponsorship form by following this link: Organ sponsorship form.
Your help will be greatly appreciated!
The Way of the Cross was the theme of our service on Sunday 19th March 2017. Led by Revd John Ewington, eleven Stations, illustrated by images depicting the stages of Jesus' final journey leading to his crucifixion and resurrection, were visited in turn by the congregation. At each Station, time was allowed for prayers, meditation and readings relevant to each stage.
With acknowledgements to the Church of England for this description, The Stations of the Cross have formed part of Christian devotion at Passiontide for many centuries because they enable us to engage actively with the path of suffering walked by Jesus.
They originated when early Christians visited Jerusalem and wanted to follow literally in the footsteps of Jesus, tracing the path from Pilate’s house to Calvary.
They would pause for prayer and devotion at various points. Eventually those pilgrims brought the practice back to their home countries and ever since then Christians of differing traditions have used this form of devotion.
The members of our congregation found this service moving as it enabled them to reflect on the reality of Jesus' final earthly journey and to realise what that means to us today.
A series of three question-and-answer sessions is planned to be held in Swimbridge over the next few weeks. Mark Haworth-Booth, who has conducted many life story interviews for the British Library, will be in discussion with personalities local to this area who will talk about the achievements and interests in their lives.
Although this has been organised by the Friends of St James Church, residents of Landkey might be interested to go to one or more of these sessions as the personalities all have connections to the churches in our Four Ways Mission Community.
Arnold Bradbury is deputy warden of The Chapel of the Holy Name, Gunn, Paul Ellis is churchwarden of St Peter, West Buckland while Michael Gee worships at St Paul and is involved in church life.
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