Wearing of face coverings at our church services
The wearing of face coverings during services is required
Let us all show mutual respect.
Suggested services, not within our church buildings
The Covid-19 virus means that although our churches services are starting to take place in our buildings again, some people may choose to continue to shield at home. See below for details about on-line and broadcast services. Church and community life still goes on!
Open for Private Prayer
On Monday 15th June, St John the Baptist in Woodland opened for private prayer.
On Sunday 21st June, St Andrew’s in Ipplepen and St Mary the Virgin in Denbury opened for private prayer.
On Sunday 28th June, St Peter & St Paul’s in Broadhempston opened for private prayer.
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
Rev’d Andrew Down’s YouTube Channel of Services and Reflections
Please click on this link: Beacon Parishes – Services on-line
Live and recorded services from around the Exeter Diocese
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
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:
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