Church of England Diocese of Exeter Topsham

REOPENING OF ST MARGARET'S CHURCH BUILDING

St Margaret's is open for an hour of personal prayer each Friday from 9.00am to 10.00am and each Monday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Re-opening the church building is a big and joyous step for us. Even though the church building was prayed in and prayed for during the past months, it is wonderful to throw the doors wide and let a new wind of the spirit blow through it - and not just because good ventilation is one of the safety features we are asked to ensure!

Churches symbolise so much to us, hold our community's history, and contain our collective memory. We have the chance now to lay down in them all that we have lived through, continue to live through, symbolically at the altar.

Remember...it is important for each person to assess their risk before venturing into church. If you are in a high risk category, please know that we always pray as a body in Christ, and so we collectively hold up before God our prayers, even when we can't be physically present ourselves. In fact, don't hesitate to pass on to me prayers that you may wish to be prayed in the church building, if you can't make that journey through the church doors yourself. And your prayers at home or indeed wherever you draw close to God, they are just as valid; God draws so close to us in our time of need, and prayer ministry made by those who are sheltering continues to be a powerhouse in the church through this time of trial.

We are making plans for starting to hold some public worship services in the church building from September, subject to all the necessary safety restrictions. We will keep this page updated with information about this. Rest assured, though, that our online services via Zoom and via telephone link will continue for the foreseeable future, even once our church buildings start to be used more. So, wherever you are and whatever your circumstances, we will do our best to ensure that you can join in our services in whatever way works best for you.

God bless,

Louise