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In Brief

Next Service:

1st August at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Ninth Sunday after Trinity)

The next village event will be St Paul’s Family Service on 5th September 2021 at 10:30 AM in St Paul's Church

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Chris James led our service of Holy Communion on 25th July 2021, the first service held after the lifting of most Covid restrictions on 19th July. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 25th July 2021.
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Sheep graze peacefully under a glorious blue sky near the church in an almost timeless rural scene captured by Heather, daughter of Hazel Price at the end of May. Image courtesy of Heather Atkinson 1st June 2021.
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In Brief

Next Service:

1st August at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Ninth Sunday after Trinity)

The next village event will be St Paul’s Family Service on 5th September 2021 at 10:30 AM in St Paul's Church

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

Chris James led our service of Holy Communion on 25th July 2021, the first service held after the lifting of most Covid restrictions on 19th July. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 25th July 2021.
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Sheep graze peacefully under a glorious blue sky near the church in an almost timeless rural scene captured by Heather, daughter of Hazel Price at the end of May. Image courtesy of Heather Atkinson 1st June 2021.
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21st Jul 2021 - 21st Jul 2021

A delayed return to normality

Note: We will be updating this article shortly with our plans for returning services to as close to normal as possible by September! 20th July 2021

The news that the lockdown will not be lifted before 19th July means that we continue to hold services in the same way as we have since they resumed in church on 4th April 2021. They are held at 10:30am and are also streamed on Zoom for the benefit of anyone who finds it more convenient to take part in worship remotely and the link for this is available above. We are now (since Pentecost) in the period in the liturgical calendar known as Ordinary Time and services for the next few months will use the "normal" Holy Communion liturgy. A copy is available above to be downloaded for use with online services.

We are looking forward to the time, hopefully now just a few weeks away, when will be be able to take part in services without wearing face masks and will be able to sing!

Services are also accessible on Revd Shaun's Mission Prayer Programme Facebook page. The link to this is available in the St Paul's Coronavirus Procedures document below.

13th Jun 2021 - 20th Jun 2021

Annual Parochial Church Meeting - elections, reports and appointments

These are the main actions that were taken at our APCM on 10th May 2021:

• Hazel Price and Mike Foster were re-elected churchwardens

• The Annual PCC Report and Financial reports were adopted

• Eric Price and Peter Elder were both re-elected to the PCC

• Sidespersons were appointed, these being Margaret Perryman and Hazel Price

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

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."