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In Brief

Next Service:

26th February at 9:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Midweek Holy Communion. The church will be open from 8:30am.)

The next village event will be Landkey Horticultural Society meeting on 25th February 2020 at 7:30 PM in Landkey village hall

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Our Candlemas service on 2nd February 2020 was a very enjoyable occasion. Angela Bellamy (second right) gave a talk on the meaning of this important time in the Christian calendar, with assistance in readings and lighting of candles from the young people present. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 2nd February 2020.
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January is a busy month for birthdays at St Paul's and Angela Bellamy went to a great deal of trouble to make two cakes to celebrate the occasions. From left to right, Wendy Steggel who was shortly to reach her 70th birthday, Angela Bellamy whose birthday falls later in the year, organist Bob Loveridge, churchwarden Hazel Price and Emma Waldron whose birthdays were imminent. Church members Chris James and Michael Gee also celebrate in this month but were not present for the cake cutting! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 19th January 2020.
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In Brief

Next Service:

26th February at 9:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Midweek Holy Communion. The church will be open from 8:30am.)

The next village event will be Landkey Horticultural Society meeting on 25th February 2020 at 7:30 PM in Landkey village hall

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
Our Candlemas service on 2nd February 2020 was a very enjoyable occasion. Angela Bellamy (second right) gave a talk on the meaning of this important time in the Christian calendar, with assistance in readings and lighting of candles from the young people present. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 2nd February 2020.
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January is a busy month for birthdays at St Paul's and Angela Bellamy went to a great deal of trouble to make two cakes to celebrate the occasions. From left to right, Wendy Steggel who was shortly to reach her 70th birthday, Angela Bellamy whose birthday falls later in the year, organist Bob Loveridge, churchwarden Hazel Price and Emma Waldron whose birthdays were imminent. Church members Chris James and Michael Gee also celebrate in this month but were not present for the cake cutting! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 19th January 2020.
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Service Times and Themes

Services are usually held in St Paul's Church at 10:30am on Sundays. Variations to this routine occur occasionally so we publish our services diary here to give more precise information. The services shown are those that we expect to take place during the next month.

Whenever a fifth Sunday falls within the month, our congregation joins with those of the other churches in our Mission Community for a service of united worship. The church in which this service is held is selected on a rotational basis.

Service Times

Date (2020)TimeAtTypeTheme/Notes
26th February09:30 amSt Paul, LandkeyHoly CommunionMidweek Holy Communion. The church will be open from 8:30am.
26th February06:30 pmSt Paul, LandkeyHoly CommunionAsh Wednesday service
1st March10:30 amSt Paul, LandkeyFamily ServiceFirst Sunday in lent
8th March10:30 amSt Paul, LandkeyHoly CommunionSecond Sunday in Lent
15th March10:30 amSt Paul, LandkeyStations of the CrossThird Sunday in Lent. The stages (or stations) of Christ's sorrowful journey to the cross will be recalled at this service led by Revd John Ewington.
22nd March10:30 amSt Paul, LandkeyMothering SundayFourth Sunday in lent

Service Themes

Our services, like those organised in other churches, usually have a theme associated with them and the chosen theme is inspired often by the current date in the Christian calendar. Easter and Christmas are the two most notable dates in the Christian calendar but there are many more which we celebrate at the appropriate time. In the article below, we explain briefly the main theme that is featured in our listed services in order to help worshippers unfamiliar with Anglican services to better understand the meaning behind each one.

Service Themes

Lent

Lent is the period of forty weekdays which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday at Easter. The name "Lent" comes from the Old English word "lengten" which refers to the lengthening of the hours of daylight as spring approaches.

Lent is preceded by Shrove Tuesday (known as Mardi gras especially in the southern US) which marks the end of Shrovetide, a short period when Christians were traditionally expected to confess their sins in preparation for Lent. The custom of eating pancakes on this day has its origins in Christians' desire to indulge in "fatty" foods for the last time before Lent during which fasting or the giving up of indulgent foods is called for.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent and is so called because of the tradition of marking the foreheads of Christians with ashes derived from the burning of the palm crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday as a sign of repentance.

The biblical basis for Lent derives from the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness (desert) prior to embarking on his missionary life. Matthew (ch 4) tells us that, after Jesus was baptised (by John the Baptist), he "was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights and afterwards he was famished". The "tempter" approached Jesus and challenged him to turn stones into bread in order to show that he was the Son of God. He then tried to lead Jesus away from his calling twice more but Jesus refused each time. Jesus finally said, "Away with you Satan!" For it is written, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him."

The message of Lent to us in this day and age is one of encouragement to commit ourselves to God and the purpose that He has for us. Anything that might hinder this purpose being achieved should be removed from our lives. A period of self-denial can help us to hear more clearly the message that God is telling us while confession of sins can help to remove obstacles in our path.