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Harvest Service
(Today we give thanks for this year's harvest.)

The next village event will be Gift Day on 26th September 2020 at 2:00 PM in St Paul's Church

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After 19 Sundays without congregations gathering, St Paul's held its first service in church on Sunday 2nd August 2020. It was in the format of Morning Prayer and the 11 worshippers all wore face coverings - but it was good to be back in church! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 2nd August 2020.
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Coronavirus restrictions eased from 13th June 2020, allowing the church to reopen for private prayer for the first time since March. Here, on Wednesday 24th June 2020, Hazel Price (left) and Emma Waldron wait in the porch to welcome anyone wishing to come into the church and to ensure that social distancing and hygiene rules are observed. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th June 2020.
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In Brief

Next Service:

27th September at 10:30 am.

Harvest Service
(Today we give thanks for this year's harvest.)

The next village event will be Gift Day on 26th September 2020 at 2:00 PM 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
After 19 Sundays without congregations gathering, St Paul's held its first service in church on Sunday 2nd August 2020. It was in the format of Morning Prayer and the 11 worshippers all wore face coverings - but it was good to be back in church! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 2nd August 2020.
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Coronavirus restrictions eased from 13th June 2020, allowing the church to reopen for private prayer for the first time since March. Here, on Wednesday 24th June 2020, Hazel Price (left) and Emma Waldron wait in the porch to welcome anyone wishing to come into the church and to ensure that social distancing and hygiene rules are observed. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th June 2020.
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16th Aug 2020 - 17th Aug 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 28th July

Dear All,

A warm Invitation to Morning Prayer at our Churches from 2nd August

Well, we finally have the good news that we have completed all the requirements to hold church services again! I say a huge “thank you” to all who have been part of the cleaning, roping off and preparation for this moment: we are now Covid-safe and are ready for services to resume.

It is my intention, along with the blessings and support of your PCCs, to RESTART SUNDAY WORSHIP ON 2ND August. Services will initially be in the format of Morning Prayer, just to get everyone back into the swing of things and, of course, these services are usually short. We hope to progress to services of Holy Communion as our confidence in holding services again grows. We have followed all the Church of England and Government guidelines and even gone a little further to ensure you will feel comfortable as you return.

Sadly, we are still not allowed to sing, but we will provide downloaded hymns that we can listen to together. We still can’t share a cup of tea and, at first, church will look and feel a little different, but we are coming to worship our God with joy and we can be together even if we have to sit further apart then we normally would. We will be asking you to wear a face covering for the service in accordance with current guidelines.

We are also very keen to hear from you in your individual churches. You can ask us anything or make suggestions for improvements: we are willing and keen to hear your thoughts.

We will continue to broadcast every day on our Mission Prayer Facebook page at 10am for those who are unable to come to church, just as we have throughout the lockdown.

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

It is a tentative beginning. We are doing our best and we warmly invite you to come and share the services together. This Sunday our services are to be held in Swimbridge and Landkey, next week West Buckland will be holding their service on a Friday evening and East Buckland will be at the normal time of 9.30.

Whilst we warmly invite to you come to church services again, we recognise that some of you will not feel ready to take this step yet. It is important that no-one feels under pressure to come to church immediately and, if you are concerned about doing so, please take a little longer to assess when the time might be right for you. Everyone is appreciated, whether they are in church or not!

So, come, let us pray together. With every blessing,


Fr Shaun

29th Jul 2020 - 29th Jul 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 18th July

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to our latest letter to the churches of our Mission Community. As you may be aware, the government have given permission for us to re-open our churches for public worship, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. It has been a long and difficult journey that we have undertaken together.

We have met as your PCCs and have made plans for reopening. Our main priorities are to make our buildings as safe as we possibly can, and we are and will be Covid compliant: your safety is our paramount concern and will continue to be as long as this virus is present in our society.

These are the measures that we are adopting for church services:

1. Social distancing will be in place; we are keeping to 2 metres.
2. The churches will be marked with seating arrangements: you should maintain this distance. If you attend in a family “bubble”, you may sit together.
3. Sanitiser will be provided for your use both entering and leaving. We ask you to avoid congregating in groups to limit contact.
4. At present, we are not permitted to use hymn books or service books. Instead, we will project the service on to screens.
5. Currently, singing is not allowed but music will be played by electronic method.
6. The peace will be shared by a gentle nod of the head.
7. Unfortunately, no refreshments will be available for the time being.
8. The church will be cleaned on a regular basis and closed for 72 hours between openings.
9. A one-way system will be in operation, with the exit door likely to be different from that in use at the entrance.
10. To begin with, services will be as Morning Prayer until we develop a system to safely have communion. When we do, it will be in “one kind only” - no wine, just bread. When the priest prepares the bread, they will be sanitising hands between handling and, when distributing, will be wearing a mask.
11. We will be recording names and contact details of all who come as part of the government’s track and trace scheme so that, in the event of an incident, all can be made aware.
12. We will be adapting how we “do church” as the situation changes, and new guidance is put in place.
13. Most importantly, we will be putting you first in every decision we take. We want you to feel in control and that you are entering a building which provides everything to meet your needs, both physically and spiritually.

Your input is very important to us and, if you have any concerns or are worried, please let us know and we will do our best to adapt to your needs. We ask that those who are vulnerable think hard about what they need. I, too, am on the vulnerable list so it’s important even for me to ensure that we maintain a Covid best-practice environment.
And at this point, I would like to bring before you the wardens of our churches who have worked tirelessly throughout the lockdown on your behalf to do all that was asked of them. The dedication and strength that they have put in is exceptional, and in saying that, a huge thank you to our PCCs who are working with me and the wardens to get an environment ready for us all to return to our buildings. Thank you also to all who continue to support us financially and physically to keep the churches going for our communities.

We are hoping and planning to open our churches for worship in the first week of August. This gives us preparation time, and I hope to see as many of you returning as feel able. However, for those who do not yet feel ready for church worship, please let us know how we can support you at home. We will continue to live-stream our services for those who can access the internet. Services can be watched on the Mission Prayer Programme on Facebook and YouTube and we are trying to find other outlets.

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

Always remember that you are in our prayers and thoughts. We are the body of Christ; we are the church of God - in or out of the building.

In anticipation of worshipping together again soon

Every blessing
Fr Shaun

18th Jul 2020 - 18th Jul 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 5th July

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to our weekly letter to the churches in our mission community. We have been on quite a journey together over the last few months and it has challenged us in many ways. I hope that, as restrictions are further relaxed, you are finding a new renewed freedom to do a little extra, whether that be meeting some family or friends or simply just getting out into the outside world for a walk.

As you may have heard, churches are now (since 4th July) being given the green light to restart services as long as they are Covid safe and that congregation members are happy to return. Over the next week I am hoping to hold meetings with PCCs to discuss how we can achieve this. The virus has not gone away and, I think you would agree with me, that we must still be cautious. Our proposal is to look at all our churches individually, and as a group, and see which is the best option for us to take. We will discuss at our meetings how best to do this and will present it to you all. Your views on this are important as it will be helpful to know how many of you will feel confident in returning to services in the near future.

I hope you are all well and please do not forget that, should you know of anyone who needs a phone visit for a chat, or if unwell please let me know. I am continuing with our daily broadcasts of Celtic Morning prayer and our regular Sunday service at 10am every morning and thank you for joining us. Some of our services are now attracting 200 people a day and as, I said last week, I intend to keep that going daily and broadcast our Sunday service from one of the churches each week. We are building up others in the Christian faith, which is our primary responsibility to God, our father. Please continue to join us and share with this wide variety of new people seeking a relationship with God.

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

Also, remember we are not on a time clock to open and we will take our time and fully open when it is acceptably safe, and all guidelines are in place. If you have any worries or would like to know more, please email or phone me or the wardens and have a chat. You are the most important consideration as we prepare to open the doors.

Until next week, may God keep you all in the palm of his hand and bless and keep you in his peace.

Best wishes

Fr Shaun

27th Jun 2020 - 5th Jul 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 20th June

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome each of you as we try to keep connected without meeting up.

The good news this week is that our churches are beginning to open up for private prayer. To start with, this will be just twice a week as we need to keep at least 72 hours between openings to help manage cleaning in the most appropriate way. It is so good to be able to at least open our doors for our personal use and the use of the wider community.

As lockdown continues to ease, we will be given more scope to open and, hopefully, will be able to have services once the risk level has fallen sufficiently. I long for the day when we can finally meet up to pray and praise together. It is so important to remember that the church is not closed, and we are not on lockdown with our prayer life or our commitment to God. No matter where we are, we are still Christ’s body; his church in the world and we are still connected through him, so we are never alone.

I hope and pray that each of you is safe and well and please don’t forget that if you, or anyone you know, needs a chat, a prayer or just a moan or laugh about life please get in touch so we can get something organised.

Remember also that we are still broadcasting our services every day on our Facebook page, Mission Prayer, including a full service every Sunday morning at 10am. Even if you can’t join us you can pray at that time and join the eternal prayer that rings out every Sunday when the whole Christian world prays together as one.

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

So may God keep you and bind us together this day and every day.

With blessings

Fr Shaun

21st Jun 2020 - 21st Jun 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 12th June

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to our weekly letter. Much has happened over the last week and we have the possibility, if we meet the requirements, to open our churches for private prayer.

I must make clear that this is not opening for public worship as we are still not allowed to meet in groups to pray. One of the most striking realities to come from this pandemic is that the church has never been closed down: our buildings are restricted and shut, but the body of Christ - the real church, us - has marched forward ever more committed to our faith and finding new ways to be the church. Many have worked for their communities providing help and support. Many priests have been exploring new ways of worship and finding that we are reaching the fringe of our communities. This is something the church has been trying to do for years and, through live streams (e.g. Mission Prayer) and new ways of presenting church, our evangelism is growing. We must keep doing this when we do reopen our buildings: after all, passing on faith and telling the people about faith and God is our primary goal. We cannot abandon those who have searched for God in these troubled times.

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

Yesterday, I had a Zoom meeting with all the clergy of Exeter - over 150 of us - and our Archdeacons to clarify what we need to do in the coming weeks before we can open our church buildings. Our main concern is for the welfare and safety of those who come into our buildings for private prayer. The decisions that the church makes are going to be challenging for us, but we have a duty of care to our communities and each other and we will achieve what is being asked of us. I will be meeting with our wardens next week, hopefully as a group on the internet, or by phone to discuss our way forward. We will let you know what is happening, where and when, once it has been thrashed out and planning and meeting our requirements have been met, so be ready for the outcomes.

Wishing you all a blessed week ahead

Fr Shaun

12th Jun 2020 - 12th Jun 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 5th June

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to what is now our 10th weekly “Lockdown Letter” and it comes with my hopes and prayers that you are all keeping well and safe at this time. I understand many are worried by the fast easing of the lockdown but remember that you do not have to rush into anything too quickly.

It feels like the world is going mad at the moment with civil unrest as well as the virus. Thankfully, North Devon has always been a place of stillness and quiet. Right at this very moment in time it is so important for us to maintain our ability to pray, both for ourselves and for our family around the world. We need to pray that the stillness and quiet enjoyed by us here might be felt around the world. We can be grateful that we are connected to the rhythms of life that sit in all creation, in our wildlife, our farms and all that lives and swims in the sea. We are blessed by the very place where we live and, on our long walks in the beauty that surrounds us, we make that connection stronger. Keep that connection strong in your prayer life.

All of us want to see our churches open, but it will be some time yet before we can join together in public worship. Every day we are getting discussion papers on how to achieve that safely. However, as with other walks of life, opinions on this can change from moment to moment. We promise to let you know, though, when we have in place all that needs to be done to make it safe to return to church worship.

Many of you are in situations, due to health conditions, that even when we first open you may not feel that it is safe to return. We will, though, continue to broadcast our Mission Prayer Sunday services as we do now as well as our daily prayer every day at 10am, even when our churches begin to reopen. If you have a computer laptop, iPad or mobile phone with internet connection you can join in or watch at a later time. You are not, nor will not be, forgotten and we will do all we can to ensure that you can join in and be part of the service. If you need any advice on how to get the services just let me know.

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

Please don’t forget that, if you or someone you know needs a call, a chat about life, or prayers said with you, let us know so we can make arrangements for you.

Keeping each and every one of you in my prayers.

Fr Shaun