Keeping in Touch (17 Sept)
Revd Jane writes: It’s been a rich, few months on the sporting front, with the remarkable achievements of tennis player Emma Raducanu as a recent highlight. In his time, the apostle Paul repeatedly likened the Christian life to a race with a prize at the end of it with the ‘cloud of witnesses’ - godly characters who have gone before us & who act rather like cheerleaders in the stands of the stadium of our lives- and Jesus, who is coach, pace setter and finishing post, as Team assets.
So whenever you started the race; whatever lap you’re on; we jog on together as Team: exploring our faith together; living our daily lives in the community; as Christians in the making - God’s work in progress.
Sunday 19 September
8am Holy Communion at St James', Teignmouth
9am Holy Communion at St John's, Bishopsteignton
10am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth
10am Village Worship at St John’s, Bishopsteignton
10.30am Holy Communion at St James’, Teignmouth
10.30am Holy Communion at St Mary's, Ideford
When coming to church please remember and be considerate of the fact that some people may feel vulnerable or anxious. Therefore, so that everyone can feel safe and welcome, we strongly encourage you to continue to sanitise your hands and wear a face mask whenever possible. Please respect other people’s space by not sitting too closely to your neighbour unless explicitly invited to do so. We will continue to ask for details for NHS Test & Trace. If you are experiencing any symptoms you are kindly asked to stay away - even if you have been doubly vaccinated.
Our next Online Service will now be available on Sunday 26 Sept. There will also be services available from the Diocese of Exeter and the Church of England. To watch and join any of our previous Online Services please visit our YouTube Channel
Serving the People of Devon with Joy - a 5 minute video showing all the wonderful achievements of our churches over the last couple of weekends.
During the coming week
Saturday (18th) 10am-11.30am Exploring Our Faith at St Michael's, Teignmouth (see below)
10am-10.30am Julian Group at St James', Teignmouth
Tuesday 9.30am Holy Communion at St Michael's, Teignmouth
Thursday 5pm Evening Prayer via Zoom (click link to join).
Open for Personal Prayer - Some of our churches are open for personal prayer:
St Michael’s, Teignmouth is open 10am-12 noon on Tuesdays & Saturdays
St Mary’s, Ideford is open 10am-4pm on Wednesdays and 2nd & 4th Sundays
St Nectan's, Ashcombe is open 9.30am-3pm on Wednesdays and 1st & 3rd Saturdays
There is also a Quiet Space in the churchyard at St John’s, Bishopsteignton which is open all day, every day for anyone to use. St John's is now open again between 9-5 every day.
In other news...
Exploring Our Faith<Maybe you’re new or have been coming to church for years but are unsure about some of the things we do? Or you’re wondering about how it all relates to our Christian faith? Led by members of the clergy and ministry team, these sessions offer an opportunity for us to learn more together. Click here for more details
Devon Open Studios St John's Luton is once again pleased to be one of the host venues for this opportunity to see the work of local artists and crafts people including Vicki Gardner, Angie Carter-Woodwark & Paul Freestone. The event runs from 11-26 Sept. Click here for more details.
Dedication of Plaque for Martin Dodd Julia Brett, Tower Secretary of the Teignmouth Band of Ringers would like to invite all who knew Martin and others to this special ceremony followed by tea. Staring at 2pm on Saturday 25 Septemberat St Michael's. The dedication is part of day of a celebratory ringing day with ringers from all over Devon visiting a total of 8 churches during the course of the day in order to ring the bells in memory of Martin. 'It's our way of celebrating his contribution to ringing and his much missed friendship,' says Julia, who can be contacted by anyone interested in bell ringing.
St James 200 Fun Day 2021 marks 200 years since St James' Church, Teignmouth was rededicated: a big THANK YOU to all who made last Saturday's event a great success. THANK YOU also to those from St John's, Bishopsteignton who along with our Methodist Church friends were available to talk to visitors at the Bishopsteignton Village Festival. And CONGRATULATIONS to Andy Harding, Treasurer at St James' and David & Janet Aylmore from St Mary's, Ideford who took part in last weekend's <strong>Ride & Stride 2021 - click here for more details.
News from the Diocese As we begin to emerge cautiously out of the pandemic restrictions so the Diocese of Exeter is developing its on vision of its Next Steps. Do take a look by clicking that link. Every parish church in the land contributes towards the Common Fund (the 'Parish Share' as it used to be called a few years ago). It's the source of much discussion so do take a look at this publication Common Fund Explained from the Diocese of Exeter. Please also look at how you can support your church.
Praying at home - If you have a specific prayer request please send details to Mervyn in the Team Office. He will pass it to the clergy on in strict confidence. The clergy will also be happy to pray over the phone so please do contact them. Information and resources can be downloaded here and Compline (Night Prayer) is available every day. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the clergy.
We appreciate this is a time of concern and please be assured of our prayers and support.