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Bible Readings:

For 31st May 2020
(Pentecost)

1: Acts 2:1-21
2: Numbers 11:24-30
G: John 20:19-23

The next village event will be Parish Council Meeting on 3rd June 2020 at 7:30 PM in The Old School Centre, Manor Road

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Revd John Ewington (pictured) led our Stations of the Cross service on Sunday 15th March 2020. He set up 11 stations representing stages of Jesus' journey to the cross with each being marked with an explanatory reading and meditation as well as a poem or music. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 16th March 2020.
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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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In Brief

Bible Readings:

For 31st May 2020
(Pentecost)

1: Acts 2:1-21
2: Numbers 11:24-30
G: John 20:19-23

The next village event will be Parish Council Meeting on 3rd June 2020 at 7:30 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

Revd John Ewington (pictured) led our Stations of the Cross service on Sunday 15th March 2020. He set up 11 stations representing stages of Jesus' journey to the cross with each being marked with an explanatory reading and meditation as well as a poem or music. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 16th March 2020.
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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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Welcome to the website for St Paul's Church, the Church of England church for the parish of Landkey.

The tranquil village of Landkey is situated just three miles from the busy market town of Barnstaple in North Devon. With a growing population in excess of 2000, a strong sense of community exists within the village and, of this, the church is an important part. As well as offering regular Christian worship, the church provides valuable links to other areas of the community such as the local Primary School and the Mothers' Union.

St Paul's is a friendly church in which the Christian message is heard regularly by a congregation of around 25 worshippers. All are welcome to attend our services.

Business as Unusual

Doing church differently - but is a slow return to normal church worship in prospect?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we, like other churches, have had to suspend the holding of services and events. We have even had to suspend, since 23rd March 2020, the opening of the church to visitors.

However, we have not gone away! The clergy, church leaders and members of the congregation are all, like everyone else, following the government's advice to reduce the risk of spreading this disease but looking forward to the day when normal services will resume.

Whilst we await that day, we will be "doing church differently". Among the things that we will be doing to keep in touch with church members will be:

  • A weekly letter from Revd Shaun. The text of his latest letter, dated 23rd May, is reproduced below under "News" with a printable copy available via the link provided lower in this section. In this letter, Shaun outlines the steps that are likely to be taken to enable a phased return to normal church worship. These steps are based on guidance issued by the Church of England and this guidance may be viewed in documents provided by the Diocese of Exeter, later in this article.

  • Revd Shaun's Mission Prayer Programme on Facebook. Shaun live streams a service of Morning Prayer each day at 10am with a Eucharist service at the same time on Sundays.

  • Anyone in the parish (or beyond) may feel free to contact us about matters to do with the church, by using the Contact Us page on this website.

  • Visitors might like to visit the Church of England website where recorded services may be viewed. A link to their site is available below.

  • Christian Aid week took place from 10th -16th May 2020. Normally, we would have organised a door-to-door collection throughout Landkey but, because of current coronavirus restrictions, this was not possible. However, St Paul's Church supports Christian Aid and invites anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause to do so at any time via their website: https://www.christianaid.org.uk

  • Financial matters. During this period while the church building is closed, congregation members will be unable to give to the church via the collection plate. However, the church continues to have bills to pay and we are grateful to anyone who is able to maintain their contributions by other means. We are happy to receive payment by any method but, in order to reduce the need to bank cash and cheques, St Paul's encourages giving by bank transfer or Standing Order. Please feel free to contact us for bank details. Again, many thanks for payments which either have been made or are intended to be made.

  • This website will be updated as regularly as possible with information on church matters including readings from the Bible and brief explanatory text on the current period in which we find ourselves in the church calendar

  • Plans for our Garden Party, which had been arranged to be held on 30th May, have been put on hold. When it is safe to do so, we will review the holding of events but, at present, that seems some way off! 

Updated 23rd May 2020

News

23rd May 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 23rd May

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to our weekly update to the churches of our Mission Community. First of all, I hope you are all keeping safe and well, as lockdown is slowly unfolding before us.

Many of us are waiting for movement on opening our churches but we must be cautious and take our time as we have much to prepare for. Today (Friday 22nd), I received updates and suggestions from the Diocese of Exeter on how we are to prepare for this and, although it is a huge amount of information, with technical do’s and don’ts held within it, I would like to give you all a flavour of what it contains. It proposes a phased reopening along the following lines:

Phase One: Clergy allowed back in church for personal prayer and broadcasting of recorded services. This has been allowed since 7th May.

Phase Two: As well as the above, permission will be given to reopen churches for personal prayer. The priest and PCC will need to decide whether and when to open their churches for private prayer. Anyone will be able to enter an open church, provided hygiene and social distancing measures are observed. This could happen from mid-June.

Phase Three: As well as the above, clergy will be allowed to take small Sunday services. National guidance will be issued about numbers in the congregation and social distancing requirements. The date for this is as yet unknown.

Phase Four: Larger services will be allowed in church but when this could be feasible is also not yet known.

It is likely that our churches will begin this process by the PCCs deciding if and when their buildings could open. There is no insistence for us to open if we do not feel able to. However, it would be good to start meetings to prepare for this possibility even if this will present some challenges as we cannot meet without social distancing and many within our churches fall into an-risk group.

Among matters that PCCs will have to consider will be whether we can provide adequate hygiene and the ability for social distancing. Roping or taping off parts of the building could be a means of limiting the area required to be maintained for worship, if that is feasible.

Churches will need to be cleaned regularly once opened for public private prayer and this will raise practical issues such as whether a cleaning rota can be set up. Protective equipment and knowing how to clean heritage items without damaging them will also need to be taken into account.

Later on, when services are permitted, ways will need to be found to avoid using order-of-service booklets. Hymn books will not be needed as singing will not be allowed until the risk of passing on the virus is negligible. Likewise, it will be some time before it will be possible to share the peace and to take Holy Communion. We are currently allowed to ring a single bell, though!
These measures may seem harsh, but we are responsible for public buildings and will have to comply with the new regulations while they are in place.

We have been asked to continue the new ways of worship that we are doing now, especially with providing services on the internet (e.g. Mission Prayer). One benefit of the lockdown is that people who are unable to attend church in person have suddenly felt themselves to be included as they can watch online! It has been suggested that church services could be recorded in future so that these valued congregation members do not feel excluded when things get back to normal. We are asked to look to the future to seek new ways to attract people again new and old.

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

These are just some highlights for you to digest. The most important thing is that we remember we are all in this together and we will return and will be stronger when this is behind us.

I long for the day we can gather together, worship, sing and ring our bells and be part of our church community and our communities we serve.

Thank you all for being patient. I pray that each of you keep healthy safe and blessed by God.

With prayer

Shaun