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Periodic contributions from Revd. Giles King-Smith, Vicar of the three coastal parishes. We also continue to show contributions from the late Associate Minister Revd. Linda Walters

News from the three Coastal Parishes of  Lee, Mortehoe and Woolacomber

Revd. Giles King-Smith

Coming up...

Church Closures - sadly, following government guidelines, all our churches will be closed until further notice. The earliest date at which we may be open for public worship is July 4th. Hopefully, we may be able to open our doors for individual visits and private prayer before then...

 

Thy Kingdom Come is the worldwide prayer initiative from Ascension to Pentecost (May 21st to 31st). See below for ways to join in:                

Pray for 5 is a suggested way of praying for others to know the love of God. How? Simply take time to decide on 5 people you know, then make time to pray regularly for them, each day, in your own way.                                                                                                                                                                                              

- Pause and pray is a reflection posted on the Diocese of Exeter website, each day at 11.00 am.                                                                                                          

 Evening Reflections is a series of short videos, posted on this website at 6.00 pm each day from Ascension to Pentecost, with a reading from Psalms, a reflection and a prayer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 - 24/7 Prayer is a virtual Prayer Room set up by the Diocese, to run continuously during Thy Kingdom Come, with hourly slots available for churches to do their own thing. Our Mission Community has booked from 9.00 to 10.00 pm on Saturday 30th May. Instructions on how to join will be sent nearer the time to all for whom we have an email address.

 

A Candle in the Window

We are all being encouraged to light a candle each Sunday and place it in the front window of our homes - ideally, at 7.00 pm - which will become 8.00 pm from March 29th. (It will still be daylight at 7.00!) You may like to use this opportunity to pray for the doctors, nurses and other staff who are working so hard, and selflessly, to care for all who are sick. Please pray also for all staff in care homes, struggling to look after elderly and vulnerable people - and for those still working in essential roles, including teachers, delivery drivers, binmen, and staff in supermarkets, food shops and pharmacies.

 

Ilfracombe Food Bank

The Food Bank is still operating, but our church collection points in Mortehoe and Woolacombe churches are no longer accessible. If you have donations of food or other items for the Food Bank, please bring them to the Vicarage at Woolacombe, either leaving them in a bag at the end of our drive (2nd on the left as you drive up Springfield Road) or putting them in the marked box in our garage. We will arrange for them to be transported to the Food Bank. Thank you!

 

Resources for prayer and worship

You will find plenty of helpful ideas on both the Church of England website - www.churchofengland.org - and the Diocesan website - www.exeter.anglican.org. Each day at 11.00 am, the Diocesan website will have a "Pause and Pray" reflection.

On the Diocesan website, there are also helpful ideas for worship at home under "Coronavirus Guidance and Resources".

If you'd like help with a pattern of daily prayer, you can download the Church of England's Daily Prayer app.

 

Parish Support Fund

This is a new initiative, set up by St Sabinus' Church, to make small grants available for anyone in Mortehoe and Woolacombe who may be struggling to meet immediate financial needs. The scheme is administered by St Sabinus', on behalf of the churches in both villages, and in collaboration with Mortehoe Parish Council. Please contact Giles (870467 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to donate to the Fund, or if you would like to apply for a grant. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

 

Archdeacon Mark

Some of you will already have heard that the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, Ven. Dr. Mark Butchers, will be leaving North Devon to take up a new post as Director of the South West Ministry Training Course (on which both Linda and Ann trained for Ordination). Mark's leaving is a big blow for us "up here"; he has worked so well with parishes and clergy, and has become a familiar and trusted face to us all. But he has felt clearly called to this new role, and I'm sure he is the right person to lead SWMTC in training future ministers.

The (unexpected) consequence of Mark's departure is that Giles has been asked to be Acting Archdeacon until the new Archdeacon arrives, probably early next year. This will not mean him leaving our parishes, nor will it entail the volume of work that would be expected of a full-time Archdeacon. It's more a matter of providing some continuity, and a familiar face, for North Devon - holding the fort, essentially. This new role will start at the beginning of July - prayerful support, please!

 

St. Sabinus' Roof Project

A big thank you, on behalf of the Roof Group, to all who have already donated to our Roof Appeal. As you know, we cancelled the Launch and suspended the Appeal at the onset of the current restrictions.

But the Roof Appeal is not dead! We're still working on costings and specifications, and when the time is right we will be ready to re-start the Appeal - hopefully with a Launch Party! But now is not the time to be appealing to individuals and businesses, many of whom are hard pressed financially. Like everyone, we're looking forward to a time when some kind of normality returns - but none of us knows when that will be...

In the meantime, there may nonetheless be some of you who would like to contribute to the Roof Fund, and we're not going to say no! We have set up a separate bank account for the Roof Appeal; BACs details are given below. If you'd like to talk to someone about donating - or if you'd like to GiftAid your donation - please contact our Finance Officer, Colin Hood, on 871077 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Account name:         PCC of Woolacombe Roof Account

Sort code:                  53-61-21

Account number:    63107813

Reference:                your surname 

 

Friends of God

Meetings suspended till further notice

 

Agnostics Anonymous

Meetings suspended till further notice

 

Earthed!

Meetings suspended till further notice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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