Clergy Blogs

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 Woolacombe

Revd. Giles King-Smith

News and Events

Our worship

All our churches are open for worship, and we look forward to welcoming you.

You may be aware that, although Covid restrictions were eased on July 19th, the Government still advises the use of face coverings in public indoor spaces.

So we are asking our congregations to show consideration towards those who are vulnerable, or who may feel anxious, by continuing to wear face coverings for worship (unless you have a health condition which prevents this), and by observing reasonable social distancing in church. We will also continue to provide hand sanitisers for optional use. We consider these measures to be particularly important in view of the rising number of infections in North Devon.

Thank you for your co-operation. We believe that a cautious approach at this time is in line with the command we have received to love our neighbour.

We will be reviewing our advice in mid-August.

 

Services for August 1st - Tenth Sunday after Trinity

  8.45 am            Holy Communion at St. Matthew's, Lee

  9.00 am            First Sunday Service at St. Mary's, Mortehoe

10.00 am            Parish Eucharist at St. Sabinus', Woolacombe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Online Services

Our Sunday online services will continue for the foreseeable future. Now that we have Sunday services in all 3 churches, as well as the Wednesday midday service at St. Sabinus', the Wednesday online reflections have ended.

 

Ilfracombe Food Bank

The Food Bank is still operating, but our church collection points in Mortehoe and Woolacombe churches are only accessible on days when each church is open. 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.

 

St. Sabinus' Roof Project

A big thank you, on behalf of the Roof Group, to all who have already donated to our Roof Appeal. In view of the present difficult financial climate, it has been decided by St. Sabinus' PCC (Church Council) to limit the initial scope of our Appeal to essential repairs to the roof. So we are calling it the Roof Restoration Appeal. 

We will be applying to a range of grant-giving organisations, in the hope that some of them will be able to support our Appeal. And we would be very grateful for any donations that individuals might be able to offer (regardless of the amount). We have set up a separate bank account for the Roof Appeal - BACs details below:

Account name: PCC of Woolacombe Roof Account

Sort code: 53-61-21    /    Account number:   63107813

Reference:  Roof Appeal, plus your surname (unless you wish to remain anonymous)

- If you'd like to talk to someone about donating, please contact our Finance Officer, Colin Hood, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

- If you'd like to GiftAid your donation, please contact our Planned Giving Officer, Colin MacPherson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

- For any other enquiries, please contact the Vicar, Giles King-Smith, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

And finally ... the St. Sabinus' Roof Group would like to record their thanks for every contribution to the Roof Appeal - whether already made or in the pipeline!

 

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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