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Next Service:

23rd May at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Pentecost)

The next village event will be Parish Council Meeting on 2nd June 2021 at 7:00 PM in The Old School Centre, Manor Road

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In church on Sunday 16th May 2021: plenty of space, even with social distancing! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 16th May 2021.
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Prevailing Covid-19 rules permitted the singing of hymns only outside the church when our Easter Sunday service was held on 4th April. Congregation members gathered outside the building - socially distanced, of course! - to sing the final hymn, which was "Thine be the Glory". Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 5th April 2021.
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In Brief

Next Service:

23rd May at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Pentecost)

The next village event will be Parish Council Meeting on 2nd June 2021 at 7:00 PM in The Old School Centre, Manor Road

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
In church on Sunday 16th May 2021: plenty of space, even with social distancing! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 16th May 2021.
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Prevailing Covid-19 rules permitted the singing of hymns only outside the church when our Easter Sunday service was held on 4th April. Congregation members gathered outside the building - socially distanced, of course! - to sing the final hymn, which was "Thine be the Glory". Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 5th April 2021.
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5th May 2021 - 10th May 2021

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

All will be welcome to join us as we hold our APCM on 10th May at 7pm by Zoom. The link for this will be available beforehand on this page.

The routine business of the meeting will involve the presentation of the Annual Report on the operation of the church during the difficult pandemic-dominated year 2020 as well as the accounts for the same period. Elections will include two Churchwardens, two members to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) as well as sidespersons. Anyone who is registered on the church Electoral Roll may vote in these elections.

Officers who will be responsible for running various aspects of the church will be appointed.

We hope, also, to be able to discuss how St Paul's can best serve its parish in the years ahead.

The Zoom link, agenda and the Annual Report and Financial Statement for 2020 are available here:

2nd May 2021 - 16th May 2021

Christian Aid Week

St Paul’s, in common with other churches, will be supporting Christian Aid Week, 10th - 16th May 2021.

Christian Aid aims to reduce poverty wherever it is encountered around the world. This year, it will be focusing its resources on regions where there is a lack of clean water, brought about by climate change.

We will not be making door-to-door collections, but we would welcome any donations to this cause. If you would like a donation envelope, please let us know via the Contact Us page.

Further information can be found on http://www.caweek.org

 

25th Apr 2021 - 2nd May 2021

Back in church!

Our Easter Sunday service on 4th April was held in the church, the first to take place this way since early January.

Significant planning had been carried out in advance to ensure that it would be a Covid-safe occasion. These measures included the use of a booking system to facilitate social distancing as well as making attendees aware of the need for the wearing of face masks and that singing inside the church was not permitted.

It was, though, a joyful service, with a full Easter Holy Communion liturgy being presided over by Revd Shaun. Shaun offered Communion "as one kind" (i.e. as bread only) which was allowed within the rules, an offer which most congregation members took advantage of.

The final hymn was "Thine be the Glory" and Hazel invited anyone who so wished to go outside into the glorious sunshine where singing was permitted and sing along as Bob Loveridge played on the organ.

4th Apr 2021 - 4th Apr 2021

Sermons We See

Josie Foster has been running Lent courses in recent weeks and the one on 18th March included this poem, "Sermons We See", by Edgar Guest. Its message is that people follow our actions more readily than our words and that we should strive to be "authentic Christians".

"I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travellers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honour learns to hold his honour dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day."

 

28th Mar 2021 - 4th Apr 2021

Mothering Sunday service

We took a break from our Lent services on 14th March to celebrate Mothering Sunday, and it proved to be a wonderful occasion! Even though our churches are not fully open for worship yet, Shaun was able to be assisted by a few in St Paul’s to deliver a service via Zoom which could be appreciated by other congregation members.

Josie Foster led the service and gave a sermon in which she focused on the role of women as described in the Bible. She drew on Matthew 23:36-38, “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing”, to illustrate how God can be seen to have maternal characteristics, as well as being known as Our Father.

In advance of the service, Josie had invited Mission Community members to make suggestions for hymns which they might associate with their mothers. She received several responses and among those that she chose were: “Love Divine All Loves Excelling”, “Make me a Channel of your Peace” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. Mike Foster obtained the words and shared them on his screen enabling us to sing along at home. It was uplifting to be able to share this moving service with others even if we were not actually in the church together.

After the service, bunches of daffodils were distributed to the ladies present as well as in the village.

7th Mar 2021 - 14th Mar 2021

Online services becoming more like the real thing!

Nothing will replace the experience of actually being in church and sharing the service with other congregation members. However, we have become more practised at holding online services via Zoom since they began on 10th January 2021, with the result that the feeling of taking part in real communal worship has grown.

Our service on 7th February 2021 was led by Revd David Chance, with Revd Shaun managing the technical aspects of the live stream to the participants joining in by Zoom. From within the church, Josie Foster assisted with some elements of the liturgy, while Mike Foster and Hazel Price gave two of the readings. Hymns were played using Shaun's music player, while those of us who were "Zooming" were able to follow the liturgy from a file which had been sent out with the meeting link.

All in all, it felt almost like a real service. Soon, perhaps it will be!