Latest update from the Revd KC 13th January 2021
As before, we are allowed to meet together for church services in this lockdown, using face masks, hand gel and keeping 2m distance. However, many churches have decided that the best way to be safe is to close for these few winter weeks.
– Bampton will continue to hold worship at 11.00am on Sundays. Morebath and Huntsham will run one service in the next few weeks – do check the “Service times” section to see which service is running.
– Private prayer in church can be arranged, contact your church warden.
We are praising God for the different vaccines becoming available; for those who are being invited to be inoculated and those involved in health care.
We are praying for those who are isolating, who are in hospitals and care homes and of course, for those who are grieving.
The Bishop of Exeter has given a short video message:
Message from Bishop Robert Atwell | Lockdown #3 on Vimeo
Thank you for those delivering supplies and food, writing letters and making telephone calls, keep it up!
Blessings upon you, Revd KC
27th November 2020
We will be able to run church services again from Sunday 6th Dec. We will need to continue wearing masks, keeping our distance and using sanitisers as before. Christmas services have been given the go ahead, although singing together is not allowed, we will enjoy the music anyway. Our list is available in the service times part of this site and we hope to continue in January subject to UK Gov restrictions.
There is a carol singing online event run by South West Carols Live which will run Sat 5th and Sun 6th Dec at 7pm.Link to their website HERE
The Children’s Society who use the Christingle Service as a focus for their work, are proposing an online Christingle Celebration Sun 13th Dec:
Christingle Celebration Link
Thank you for those of you who are praying through November, thanks too for all of you who are looking out for neighbours and working hard to keep things moving. Revd KC
Blessings upon you, Revd KC
Thank you to those of you who turned out for Remembrance Sunday. We gathered (within regulations) and observed the two minute silence at the five churches and the bells rang to invite our parishes to stand at their doorways too. Please do donate to the Royal British Legion and help in supporting those grieving and recovering after war:
28th October 2020
With the many changes in policies and restrictions, we have found other ways to mark Remembrance Sunday this year. Our church bells will be ringing a few minutes before 11.00 am on Sunday 8th November and then at 11, they will fall silent as we stand at our gates or doorsteps for the 2 minute of quiet. Then at 11.02, the bells will ring out again to mark the end of the silence and we can use the familiar words from Lawrence Binyon’s poem:
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them:
We will remember them.
We are remembering those whose names are written on our memorials, those who have served and have died and those currently in post in our armed forces. Christ came to bring peace to our lives, for each of us and our communtities and nations, in His love.
(An update from The Reverend Kevin Chandra, posted 10th August 2020)
There have been many changes to guidance in recent weeks, it has been quite confusing at times.
For our churches, we are able to meet for worship and masks should be worn by leaders and congregation members (see the Service Times listings).
We are not permitted to sing hymns, we can receive bread at Holy Communion services and we are asked sit appropriately spaced and hand-sanitise on entering and leaving at least.
Our Zoom services have been a regular way of keeping in touch and praying online and if there are any needs or requests, please do send them through.
There are many resources to use for prayer and finding out about how Christian faith in other places is strengthening and encouraging and here are some links:
and the Church of England website carries many other links:
For those of you who are not attached to the internet (!) there is a newsletter which can be posted out each month, let me know if you would like a copy. There is also the very informative Signpost local magazine
In the coming months, faith will be an important constant in the ups and downs of advice and news.
Blessings upon you all,
TAKING A STAND AGAINST RACISM AND TACKLING INJUSTICE
(Posted 3rd June, 2020)
The Diocese of Exeter says it stands against racism in all its forms and wants its churches to be at the forefront of creating a more just society and tackling socio-economic inequalities.
The Bishop of Exeter, Bishop of Plymouth, Bishop of Crediton and the Reverend Tanya Hockley-Still, the BAME Advisor for the Diocese of Exeter, have issued a joint statement in response to the protests in America over the killing of African-American George Floyd in police custody.
It also references new research which shows people from ethnic minorities in the UK are more likely to die from coronavirus.
Here is the statement in full:
The Diocese of Exeter stands against racism in all its forms. We are shocked and saddened by the events in USA and support the joint statement from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
We believe that God created us all equal and are disturbed at the disproportionately high number of people from ethnic minorities who are dying from Covid-19 in our own country.
We want our churches to be at the forefront of creating a more just society, working with local government, charities and community groups to tackle socio-economic injustices both at home and abroad.
We pray that our leaders will make wise decisions that build social cohesion.
We pray that our eyes may be opened so that together we can each play our part in transforming society and bringing God’s Kingdom here on earth.
Bishop Robert Atwell, Bishop Nick McKinnel, Bishop Jackie Searle and The Reverend Tanya Hockley-Still (BAME Advisor for the Diocese of Exeter.
A statement from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu in response to events in the United States of America:
“Recent events in the United States of America have once again drawn public attention to the ongoing evil of white supremacy. Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world. Our hearts weep for the suffering caused – for those who have lost their lives, those who have experienced persecution, those who live in fear. God’s justice and love for all creation demands that this evil is properly confronted and tackled. Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity.
“As Dr Martin Luther King Jr said, ‘In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Therefore, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’
“We pray that God’s abounding wisdom, compassion and love will guide leaders across the world to forge a better society.”
An update from The Reverend Kevin Chandra for the 1st June 2020;
I hope that you are coping with the strangeness of our times. The reactions have ranged from some people just carrying on as before, others taking time to relax, still others feeling locked in and isolated and yet others feeling trapped with relatives (be they children, parents or others). We have had cases of illness and there are many who are anxious and need encouragement, practical care and prayers.
It is possible that we will be opening churches in July. There will need to be careful cleaning practises, no shared books or leaflets and we might not even be allowed to sing. It will need to be one step at a time. We are planning how we might gather during summer, for Harvest and Remembrance and then through into Christmas.
As we meet together, we can encourage one another. As Pentecost empowered the disciples to become apostles, so we will listen to those around us and to what has been learned. We will share the faith in Jesus, it is the ministry of the Spirit of Jesus that has made the Church the long-lasting strength for people and the hope of eternity with God. That is our mission.
Blessings upon you, Revd KC
Here is the LINK to Archbishop Justin Welby’s Mothering Sunday recorded service.
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