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Churchwarden, Mike Foster, lays a wreath at the village war memorial during the Act of Remembrance on 8th November 2020. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 8th November 2020.
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Amid the gloom of the ongoing pandemic, we were delighted that St Paul's was chosen as the venue for the wedding of Tim and Chloe Chamings on 17th October 2020. Despite the number of attendees being limited to 15, it was clear that this was a special day for the young couple, and brought some cheer to many others, including members of St Paul's Church. This image has been reproduced with the permission of Tim and Chloe. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th October 2020.
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In Brief

Next Service:

6th December at 10:30 am.

Morning Prayer
(Second Sunday in Advent)

Diocesan Magazine

Click here to visit the Exeter Diocese website

A link to the magazine is available on the Home page.

Safeguarding

View our Safeguarding policy

Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding contacts

Recent Images Highslide JS

Churchwarden, Mike Foster, lays a wreath at the village war memorial during the Act of Remembrance on 8th November 2020. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 8th November 2020.
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Amid the gloom of the ongoing pandemic, we were delighted that St Paul's was chosen as the venue for the wedding of Tim and Chloe Chamings on 17th October 2020. Despite the number of attendees being limited to 15, it was clear that this was a special day for the young couple, and brought some cheer to many others, including members of St Paul's Church. This image has been reproduced with the permission of Tim and Chloe. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th October 2020.
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26th Oct 2020 - 15th Nov 2020

Wedding at St Paul's

With the Covid-19 pandemic dominating our lives at present, a wedding at St Paul's would seem one of the less likely events to take place. However, that is just what did take place on Saturday 17th October 2020 when Tim and Chloe Chamings held their wedding service in our parish church.

The weather favoured them, being dry, warm and sunny if a little windy. While the number of attendees was limited to 15, several more were able to gather outside (socially-distanced) to greet the newlyweds as they emerged from the church.

The circumstances in which Tim and Chloe begin their married life would not have been ones that they could have imagined, but it is clear that the day was very special for them and we wish them all the best for their future together.

Two photos of their wedding day have been uploaded to this website and may be viewed on this page or on the Church Life page.

Tim sent this message along with his permission for us to use their photo: "We would like to thank all of the team at St. Paul's for making our day so special. God Bless, Tim."

20th Oct 2020 - 8th Nov 2020

Gift Days - thank you

We are very grateful to all who contributed financially to the church on our Gift Days which were held over the Harvest weekend of 26th-27th September 2020. The welcome sum of £1455 was raised and will go a long way towards enabling St Paul's to pay its way for the remainder of the year.

18th Oct 2020 - 1st Nov 2020

Annual Parochial Church Meeting - elections, reports and appointments

These are the main actions that were taken at our APCM on 12th October:

• Hazel Price and Mike Foster were re-elected churchwardens

• The Annual PCC Report and Financial reports were approved

• Jean Loveridge and Adrian Ley were both re-elected to the PCC. Ann Rumble was co-opted to the PCC.

• Eric Price and Ann Rumble were elected Deanery Synod representatives

• Sidespersons were appointed, these being Jean Loveridge, Elizabeth Nunn, Margaret Perryman, Hazel Price and Ann Rumble

At the PCC meeting which followed the Annual Meeting, Eileen MacCaig was elected PCC joint Chairman, Charles Waldron Vice Chairman, Ann Rumble Treasurer, Charles Waldron Secretary and Peter Elder Electoral Roll Officer. It was agreed that the Fabric Committee would comprise Mike Foster (Convenor), Eric Price and Adrian Ley.

3rd Oct 2020 - 3rd Oct 2020

Josie to become a licenced Reader

In a welcome break from the pandemic, it is good to be able to report that church member, Josie Foster, is to become a licenced Reader at a remote ceremony on 3rd October 2020 in Exeter. She has worked very hard to attain this role, which will allow her to lead church services, and we warmly congratulate her on this achievement.

In normal times, congregation members would have wanted to join her at the ceremony but it will be live-streamed on Exeter Cathedral's Facebook page. Josie has let us have the link to the service and says that we are welcome to watch online. The link is given below.

Josie says that the formalities begin at 1:45pm but she not sure what time the streaming will start. The actual service is from 2:00pm.

3rd Oct 2020 - 18th Oct 2020

Congratulations, Josie!

On Saturday 3rd October 2020, St Paul's Church member, Josie Foster, became a licenced Reader at a service held at Exeter Cathedral.

Covid-19 restrictions meant that only a few people could attend the service in support of the, approximately, twelve candidates and those who did had to be socially distanced.The service was live-streamed on the cathedral's Facebook page, though, allowing others from the candidates' home churches to watch.

The service  started at 2pm with the licencing taking place from around 2:40pm, and Josie was the first to be called. It was a dignified service and included Holy Communion, in the form of bread only, being offered to all present. It was a moment of joy and recognition of the hard work and dedication of the candidates involved who will now be able to return to their churches and lead services.

If you missed the service and would like to watch it, the link to the recorded version is available on the link below:

17th Sep 2020 - 20th Sep 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 17th August

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to the latest letter to our churches in which we update you on news from our Mission Community and the Diocese.

As you all know, we are now holding services in our churches again. At the moment, we are doing Morning Prayer and not full Communion: our PCCs and many of our congregation members still feel a little uneasy regarding the Communion service and the difficulty of social distancing and handling of the elements to avoid cross-contamination.

We are listening to you and taking that into account, so until we feel with you that it is now safe to offer Communion, we will stay with Morning Prayer. I am still broadcasting a Communion service on Wednesday morning so you can join me at that service on our Facebook page Mission Prayer Programme.

The link to Mission Prayer is https://www.facebook.com/mission.prayerprogramme

We have been streaming live from our services on a Sunday and they are being watched by so many: at our Landkey service we had over 300 people join us. This is a wonderful advancement for us in our outreach and mission: after all, our main job before anything else is to proclaim the good news to as many as we can.

We are examining the possibility of adding internet connections and live stream cameras to our churches so that we can do a better, more professional, job and hopefully attract larger groups of people. This would also help develop better services for people who have weddings and funerals in our churches. Those unable to attend could view the service online, bringing much joy to many. I hope that you will support us in this effort.

I need once again to thank our wardens who are working in very restricted conditions to maintain the churches and keep them Covid safe for all of us.

Our PCCs are trying all manner of ingenious ways to keep our buildings open for the future. We are experiencing many challenges and are desperate to keep the long term opening of our church buildings viable. Our finances are depleted and we are trying to focus on the future, doing things to keep us open not only as a church but for the communities that we serve.

The whole church throughout the country is in the same position as us, however: we are not alone. With faith, determination and looking forward to growing, we will survive. Like every other organisation, change is upon us: if we don’t change to meet the new way of doing things all our church buildings are under threat.

Have you ever seen that old poster “we need you!”? Well that needs to be put on our church doors! We need you, we need our communities to work with us, we need to adapt to meet the world as it is today in all its technological wonder - or nightmare which ever view you take of it! Change and growth are our only way of securing a bright future. If we do it with prayer, if we do it for God’s purposes, not our own, we will succeed.

So, we have been challenged. We have been challenged to grow. We have been challenged to do new things. We have been challenged to adapt. So far, we are meeting the challenges, but we must move ever forward: not stand still, not go backwards. We walk with God and in him nothing is impossible.

May God’s blessing be with each of you this day and every day.

Fr Shaun