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Church of England Diocese of Exeter Cockington

St Peter's Church Centre

Welcome to Cockington Parish Churches - the Church of England Parish of Cockington with Chelston, located in beautiful Torquay. We aim to be a church without walls, but also have three church buildings - St George & St Mary, Cockington; St Matthew's, Chelston; and St Peter's Church Centre, Chelston. The parish includes beaches, a country park, a local shopping centre and, most importantly, lots of houses. One of our churches is 950 years old this year - a chance to celebrate - yet we are not stuck in the past. We focus on community and long to engage more with all our local residents.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update 16th May 2020: Some of the measures we put in place to prevent spread of the virus have been superseded by today's announcement from the Prime Minister. To avoid all unnecessary contact, tomorrow's 9.45am Holy Communion at St Peter's has been cancelled. We are currently looking at alternative ways to provide spiritual, pastoral and practical care, and will continue to update here, and on social media.

Safeguarding: The parish of Cockington: St Peter's Church Centre is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Exeter’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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Every day at 7 p.m. for 15m

Join us for Compline each evening, 7pm. Compline is an ancient office traditionally held at the end of the day, before retiring. (We may adjust the time in future, if feedback indicates it's a little early at 7). The text we are using this week is below, and is also available as a download from this page.
Night Prayer
You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the
The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Deuteronomy 33.27
Opening Sentences
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.
Pause and reflect on the day that is past.
Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
Bible Reading
You may wish to say here the psalm given below, or Psalm 27, or another chosen
Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High ♦︎
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2 Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, ♦︎
my God, in whom I put my trust.’
3 For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler ♦︎
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers; ♦︎
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, ♦︎
nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, ♦︎
nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, ♦︎
yet it shall not come near you.
8 Your eyes have only to behold ♦︎
to see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge ♦︎
and the Most High your stronghold,
10 There shall no evil happen to you, ♦︎
neither shall any plague come near your tent.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, ♦︎
to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands, ♦︎
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; ♦︎
the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 Because they have set their love upon me,
therefore will I deliver them; ♦︎
I will lift them up, because they know my name.
15 They will call upon me and I will answer them; ♦︎
I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy them ♦︎
and show them my salvation.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
You may wish to use one of the following short readings or choose a passage of
your own.
Sunday Evening
You, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; leave us
not, O Lord our God.
Jeremiah 14.9
Monday Evening
Thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall
be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
Isaiah 30.15
Tuesday Evening
Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy
burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11.28-end
Wednesday Evening
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you
in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5.6,7
Thursday Evening
Jesus said, ‘I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the
world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’
John 16.33
Friday Evening
God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our
Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we
may live with him.
1 Thessalonians 5.9,10
Saturday Evening
Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in
darkness but will have the light of life.’
John 8.12
Merciful God,
we entrust to your unfailing and tender care this night
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.
Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
The Conclusion
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen.
Materials in this booklet are drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Common Worship: Pastoral
Services, and Common Worship: Daily Prayer, all of which are copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.

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