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In Brief

Next Service:

25th April at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Fourth Sunday in Easter)

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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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Celandines in St Paul's churchyard suggest that spring may not be far away! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 26th February 2021.
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In Brief

Next Service:

25th April at 10:30 am.

Holy Communion
(Fourth Sunday in Easter)

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
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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Celandines in St Paul's churchyard suggest that spring may not be far away! Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 26th February 2021.
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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.

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Service Details

St Paul's Church at 10:30am

Sunday before Advent

Service Times

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  • 25th April 2021
    Fourth Sunday in Easter
  • 2nd May 2021
    Fifth Sunday in Easter
  • 9th May 2021
    Sixth Sunday in Easter

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

Easter

During April we, in common with Christian churches around the world, will be celebrating Easter. Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar because it marks the time when Jesus rose from the dead.

As the period that we know as Lent draws to a close, we recall the sombre events that took place in Jerusalem shortly before Jesus was condemned to death. Palm Sunday marks the occasion when Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem to the acclaim of crowds of believers who knew that he was the true son of God. As a sign of respect, palm leaves were thrown onto the road.

Shortly after this, though, Jesus was condemned to die by crucifixion on "trumped-up" charges brought by the official religious leaders of the day, foremost among whom were the Pharisees. The Roman governor at that time, Pontius Pilate, was reluctant to pass sentence on Jesus but felt that he had little choice, as the crowds were implacably calling for his death. On Good Friday, we solemnly remember Jesus' death.

Immense sadness fell upon Jesus' disciples and followers as they had expected him to be able to save himself. However, the real purpose behind Jesus' death was yet to unfold. Three days later, the tomb in which Jesus' body had been laid was found to be empty in spite of a heavy stone being placed at the entrance, and Jesus appeared in person to some women who had come to tend to his body; he had risen from the dead!

The significance of Jesus' resurrection gradually became apparent to his believers: by taking on the sin of human beings, being tried for these sins and receiving a death sentence, his resurrection showed that sin could be overcome and that those who were baptised in his name could look forward to life beyond the grave. This is why Easter Monday is such a joyful occasion for Christians of all denominations.