The Covid-19 virus means that our churches are closed. See below for details about on-line and broadcast services. Church and community life still goes on!
Services on-line from the Beacon Mission Community
There are services and reflections from Andrew on YouTube and these can be found at: Beacon Parishes – Services on-line
The order of service for communion is: Simple Communion
The orders of service for Morning and Evening Prayer can be found at: Simple Acts of Worship
The readings and reflections are:
Easter: A Festival of Love
Youtube services and reflections Maundy Thursday – Easter Sunday
An introductory video is now on the YouTube channel Beacon Parishes – Services on-line introducing the materials ‘Easter: A Festival of Love‘ . Andrew streamed short acts of worship with reflections as follows, starting on Maundy Thursday.
Maundy Thursday – the one who washes our feet
Good Friday – It is finished – sitting at the foot of the cross
Holy Saturday – Keeping vigil – the light comes in the darkness
Easter Sunday – we come to see and then believe
This year as we celebrated Easter in our own homes and in difficult times we still celebrated the great festival of God’s love. From sundown on Maundy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday we celebrated the great mystery of God’s love in the person of Jesus. Andrew put together a set of prayer resources for people to use in their homes to celebrate the Easter season: ‘Easter: A Festival of Love‘. Please have a look!
The contents are:
1 How to pray with this resource
1.1 Reading scripture prayerfully
1.2 Prayerfully reflecting at the end of each day
2 Maundy Thursday
3 Good Friday
4 Easter Eve – Holy Saturday
5 Easter Day
Live and recorded services from around the Exeter Diocese
The Diocese of Exeter will be broadcasting a variety of services and reflections via their Youtube and Facebook channels. View services here. They broadcast a ‘service’ on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
St. Andrew’s now have a Facebook page: ‘St. Andrew’s Church, Ipplepen‘ in order to enhance communications with the village. Please have a look at it and recommend it to your contacts.
Help others, stay safe
National Day of Prayer and Action
The National Day of Prayer and Action was on Sunday 22nd March. The form of prayer is also suitable for use throughout the Covid-19 epidemic. Go to Prayers-for-National-Day-of-Prayer-for-Coronavirus-
BBC Radio Devon Sunday Service (0630 Sunday and then on BBC Sounds) and daily Pause for Thought (0635 weekdays, 0735 weekends) Available here
The Diocese of Exeter will be broadcasting a variety of services and reflections via their Youtube and Facebook channels. View services here. They will be broadcasting a ‘service’ on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Services to use at home – anyday
The Exeter Diocese has prepared two simple acts of worship for people to use at home.
These two simple acts of worship, and some selected prayers, have been created for you if you are unable to attend church. Christians across the world say Morning and Evening Worship daily, so you will be taking part in these acts of worship in company with many others! If you are well enough, why not pause for a moment in the morning and evening to spend a few moments with God. Go to:
For the current issue of The Beacon magazine, follow the link or click on image below:
Notice sheets will replace our usual weekly pew sheets whilst our churches remain temporarily closed due to coronavirus.
Please see the main menu tab ‘Weekly Notice Sheets‘ at the top of this page.
The Diocese of Exeter has put out the following information:
FAQs for Church Leaders regarding the latest coronavirus guidance
There are many questions you may have about funerals, weddings, pastoral care for clergy, PCC meetings, bell-ringing and so on. Please see our FAQs web-page for guidance on all these issues and more.
Resources for Churches during the coronavirus outbreak
The Church is not shutting, it is just doing things differently. There are plenty of resources available including a poster for your church door, advice on live streaming, reaching out to the isolated and downloadable prayers.See the resources here
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.
Andrew’s article in The Beacon
Video message from the Bishop of Exeter
Doing church differently but not shutting up shop
Business as UNusual
Coronavirus Advice – 4th March 2020
The Beacon Parishes Safeguarding Policy can be found on the following link:
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 is The Rector Rev Andrew Down. Contact number 01803 813403
- 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