Beacon churchesWelcome to our website. It contains a wide range of information about our churches and activities, including Weekly Notices, information on upcoming Services and Events, Videos of Services, The Beacon magazine and a host of other topics.  Have a look through the menu!

On this page are some current highlights:

The Beacon

For the current issue of The Beacon magazine, click on the image:

Zoom services during lockdown

November 22nd service:

Recording of  Morning Prayer November 22nd. Missing the first bit!

Well done Rachel for organising!

Morning Prayer during November:

Morning Prayer will be said at 9am Monday – Thursday during this second Lockdown via Zoom. If you wish to join in please email Andrew at rev.andrewdown@gmail.com

Here is the form of prayer which will sometimes be used for Morning Prayer:      Morning Prayer from the Northumbrian Community

Celebrating and Marking Christmas

A note from Andrew about plans for Christmas, which will be going into the village and Beacon magazines:

At the time of going to print we are in the middle of the second lockdown.   We are yet to discover what restrictions or freedoms will be in place over the Christmas period.  One thing is for sure that Christmas will happen and our churches will be marking and celebrating it in whatever ways are possible.  Keep an eye on the church and village notice boards, Facebook pages and websites for arrangements as what is possible becomes clear.  We look forward to celebrating the  Christmas story with you.  Do remember our church buildings are open  for individual prayer and reflection. We provide a space to come and simply be when you need to and we will be decorating our churches so you can come to think about and mark the Christmas story.

Remembrance Sunday

Here is a video of the Remembrance Service in the square at Ipplepen

Remembrance Service at Ipplepen – 8th November

Churches open during lockdown

Three of our church buildings remain open for individual prayer. We provide a SPACE to come and SIMPLY BE when you need to.

Ipplepen              9.00am to 5.00pm            Daily

Denbury              10.00am to 5.00pm          Daily

Broadhempston 9.00am to 4.00pm          Sundays & Wednesdays

The Church of St John the Baptist in Woodland will be closed.

Coronavirus update – 1st November

A message from Andrew:

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last night I attach below the statement from the Bishop of London and the specific section In the government guidance relating to public worship.

Over this week we will work together on the provision we are able to offer during these restrictions  e.g. keeping churches open for private prayer, use of notice sheets and their distribution, recorded services, phone support and checking in with people etc…

From next week we can start to think about what plans we might be able to make regarding Advent, Christmas etc… creativity will be key. Let’s open our minds to imagine what might be possible within the restrictions which will save lives.

Church of England Statement following last nights announcement:

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister of new restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, chair of the Church of England’s Recovery Group said:

“We have heard with others the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening of a second national ‘lockdown’ in England and how this will affect the life of our communities and public worship.

“We will study the detailed regulations and continue to liaise with Government departments to offer clarity to churches.

“This is a time of real uncertainty for everyone and the Church will continue to be central to the life of our communities in bringing light and hope.”

Government guidance on places of worship: coming into force on 5th November

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and Funerals

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups

For the latest guidance please see :

The latest Government guidance


The Church of England Website


How to Grow?


Grow lay learning courses, from the Diocese of Exeter, are designed to equip God’s people in Devon to serve with joy. They are a series of tailored courses created by Lay Discipleship Project Manager, Jon Curtis, to help people develop in roles they already fulfil, for example leading worship, doing the finances, preaching, administration, pastoral care, children and youth work and more.
They are also a good way of exploring NEW roles. They will be taught online for the time being. Whatever stage you are at on your Christian journey, Grow aims to help you fulfil your God-given calling.
Have and look at the Grow video.
Course dates are:

Autumn 2020
• Pastoral Care (4 evenings online 15/10, 22/10, 5/11, 12/11)
• Leading Worship (5 evenings online 3/11, 10/11, 17/11, 1/12, 8/12) – requires FiCM or equivalent
• Small Group Leadership (2 evenings online 3/12, 10/12)
• Administration (2 evenings online 19/11, 26/11)

January – March 2021
• Children’s work
• Stewardship
• Preaching – requires FiCM or equivalent

April – July 2021
• Pioneering – requires FiCM or equivalent
• Youth work
• Evangelism and Mission – requires FiCM or equivalent

To find out more and sign-up go to: https://exeter.anglican.org/ministry/lay-ministry/lay-learning/ 

The Beacon

For the current issue of The Beacon magazine, click on the image:


Pray for Lebanon                             


Please find a link to a short film to aid people’s prayer for Lebanon at this time – thank you Rachel for the song.

Facebook pages  facebookimage

We now have Facebook pages for three of our parishes. Please have a look at them and recommend to your contacts:

Ipplepen:     www.facebook.com/StAndrewsIpplepen

Denbury:     www.facebook.com/denburyworship

Broadhempston:   www.facebook.com/Broad20/


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Update on Safeguarding Training during this time

Following consultation with the National Safeguarding Team (NST), we have been advised of the updated position on Safeguarding Training requirements in light of the current isolation and social distancing advice to tackle the Covid-19 virus. Read the guidance here.

The Beacon Parishes Safeguarding Policy can be found on the following link: Safeguarding Policy 2019

If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

  • The Beacon Mission Community Safeguarding Representative for each parish is:
    • Ipplepen:   Sheila Sheldon – 01803 814227
    • Denbury: Tessa Amies – 01803 813993
    • Broadhempston: Paul Russell – 01803 762928
    • Woodland: Jane Usher – 01626 353454
  • Our Local Advocate for Children and Adults who may be at risk is Ann Holroyd. Contact number 01803 411373
  • The Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details can be obtained on the following link – https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11

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