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Bible Readings:

For 12th July 2020
(Fifth Sunday after Trinity)

1: Genesis 25:19-34
2: Romans 8:1-11
G: Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

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Coronavirus restrictions eased from 13th June 2020, allowing the church to reopen for private prayer for the first time since March. Here, on Wednesday 24th June 2020, Hazel Price (left) and Emma Waldron wait in the porch to welcome anyone wishing to come into the church and to ensure that social distancing and hygiene rules are observed. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th June 2020.
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Revd John Ewington (pictured) led our Stations of the Cross service on Sunday 15th March 2020. He set up 11 stations representing stages of Jesus' journey to the cross with each being marked with an explanatory reading and meditation as well as a poem or music. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 16th March 2020.
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In Brief

Bible Readings:

For 12th July 2020
(Fifth Sunday after Trinity)

1: Genesis 25:19-34
2: Romans 8:1-11
G: Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Diocesan Magazine

Click here to visit the Exeter Diocese website

A link to the magazine is available on the Home page.

Safeguarding

View our Safeguarding policy

Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding contacts

Recent Images Highslide JS
Coronavirus restrictions eased from 13th June 2020, allowing the church to reopen for private prayer for the first time since March. Here, on Wednesday 24th June 2020, Hazel Price (left) and Emma Waldron wait in the porch to welcome anyone wishing to come into the church and to ensure that social distancing and hygiene rules are observed. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 24th June 2020.
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Revd John Ewington (pictured) led our Stations of the Cross service on Sunday 15th March 2020. He set up 11 stations representing stages of Jesus' journey to the cross with each being marked with an explanatory reading and meditation as well as a poem or music. Image courtesy of Charles Waldron 16th March 2020.
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Welcome to the website for St Paul's Church, the Church of England church for the parish of Landkey.

The tranquil village of Landkey is situated just three miles from the busy market town of Barnstaple in North Devon. With a growing population in excess of 2000, a strong sense of community exists within the village and, of this, the church is an important part. As well as offering regular Christian worship, the church provides valuable links to other areas of the community such as the local Primary School and the Mothers' Union.

St Paul's is a friendly church in which the Christian message is heard regularly by a congregation of around 25 worshippers. All are welcome to attend our services.

Business as Unusual

Doing church differently - but a slow return to normal may now be in prospect as we open for private prayer (see below).

Please note that news items updated recently are highlighted in yellow.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we, like other churches, have had to suspend the holding of services and events. We have even had to suspend, since 23rd March 2020, the opening of the church to visitors.

However, we have not gone away! The clergy, church leaders and members of the congregation are all, like everyone else, following the government's advice to reduce the risk of spreading this disease but looking forward to the day when normal services will resume.

Whilst we await that day, we will be "doing church differently". Among the things that we will be doing to keep in touch with church members will be:

  • The church is now (since 17th June) open for private prayer twice per week between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesdays and from 10am until noon on Sundays. All are welcome, but visitors should be aware that social distancing and hygiene rules will apply.

  • A weekly letter from Revd Shaun. The text of his latest letter, dated 5th July, is reproduced below under "News" with a printable copy available via the link provided lower in this section.

  • Revd Shaun's Mission Prayer Programme on Facebook. Shaun live streams a service of Morning Prayer each day at 10am with a Eucharist service at the same time on Sundays. This can now be accessed through YouTube by searching for "Mission Prayer Programme".

  • Anyone in the parish (or beyond) may feel free to contact us about matters to do with the church, by using the Contact Us page on this website.

  • Visitors might like to visit the Church of England website where recorded services may be viewed. A link to their site is available below.

  • Online services are also available on the Diocese of Exeter's website. A link to this is also given below.

  • Financial matters. During this period while the church building is closed, congregation members will be unable to give to the church via the collection plate. However, the church continues to have bills to pay and we are grateful to anyone who is able to maintain their contributions by other means. We are happy to receive payment by any method but, in order to reduce the need to bank cash and cheques, St Paul's encourages giving by bank transfer or Standing Order. Please feel free to contact us for bank details. Again, many thanks for payments which either have been made or are intended to be made.

  • This website will be updated as regularly as possible with information on church matters including readings from the Bible and brief explanatory text on the current period in which we find ourselves in the church calendar.

Updated 5th July 2020

News

5th Jul 2020

Letter from Revd Shaun - 5th July

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to our weekly letter to the churches in our mission community. We have been on quite a journey together over the last few months and it has challenged us in many ways. I hope that, as restrictions are further relaxed, you are finding a new renewed freedom to do a little extra, whether that be meeting some family or friends or simply just getting out into the outside world for a walk.

As you may have heard, churches are now (since 4th July) being given the green light to restart services as long as they are Covid safe and that congregation members are happy to return. Over the next week I am hoping to hold meetings with PCCs to discuss how we can achieve this. The virus has not gone away and, I think you would agree with me, that we must still be cautious. Our proposal is to look at all our churches individually, and as a group, and see which is the best option for us to take. We will discuss at our meetings how best to do this and will present it to you all. Your views on this are important as it will be helpful to know how many of you will feel confident in returning to services in the near future.

I hope you are all well and please do not forget that, should you know of anyone who needs a phone visit for a chat, or if unwell please let me know. I am continuing with our daily broadcasts of Celtic Morning prayer and our regular Sunday service at 10am every morning and thank you for joining us. Some of our services are now attracting 200 people a day and as, I said last week, I intend to keep that going daily and broadcast our Sunday service from one of the churches each week. We are building up others in the Christian faith, which is our primary responsibility to God, our father. Please continue to join us and share with this wide variety of new people seeking a relationship with God.

The link to Mission Prayer is https://www.facebook.com/mission.prayerprogramme

Also, remember we are not on a time clock to open and we will take our time and fully open when it is acceptably safe, and all guidelines are in place. If you have any worries or would like to know more, please email or phone me or the wardens and have a chat. You are the most important consideration as we prepare to open the doors.

Until next week, may God keep you all in the palm of his hand and bless and keep you in his peace.

Best wishes

Fr Shaun