Due to unforseen circumstances, we regret that St Disen’s Church will not be open for private prayer and reflection this Advent Sunday, 29th December. We hope though to reopen for Holy Communion on the 6th December, the first Sunday in Advent.
The Archishops of Canterbury and York have invited us to come together at 6.00pm [or when we can] each day during this lockdown month of November to say a short prayer. A weekly cycle of prayer has been designed with a different theme for each day including the bereaved, the NHS, our families, schools and local businesses. The prayers can be found on the Church of England website together with other prayer resources for use at this time.
‘O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last and our eternal home.’
Isaac Watts paraphrasing Psalm 90
Bradninch Together is a community group established to support local residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. As we head into another period of lockdown their team of volunteers are there, ready to support you, whatever your circumstances.
They can offer practical help with tasks like shopping, picking up prescriptions and dog walking. There is also the BradAid Hardship Fund offering grants of up to £50 to help residents of Bradninch and Hele experiencing hardship to meet an immediate need. This is a new fund that can exist thanks to donations from local people and organisations
For more information on how you can get help with your shopping or apply to BradAid and for all the latest news and information on the projects that Bradninch Together are running please visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Bradninch Together – Offering Support, Neighbour to Neighbour
In accordance with Government guidance we regret that our services for the rest of November have been cancelled. The good news, however, is that the church will remain open for private prayer and reflection on Sunday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am.
(Face coverings must be worn and hand sanitisation and social distancing rules apply)
Many churches though are still streaming services online. See our Altogether Not Together page for more information.
A quite reflective candlelit service to remember those close to use who have died will be held in St Disen’s Church on Sunday afternoon, 1st November at 4.00pm.
Please note that there will be no official Remembrance Service on Sunday, 8th November. We will be holding a service of Morning Praise instead which will be at the later time of 11.30am.
Our harvest praise was rather different this year with no beautiful displays of fruit, flowers and vegetables. However, we had a special collection of items for CHAT (Churches Housing Action Team), based in Tiverton. As well as having a food bank, CHAT provide free, impartial support and advice on housing and homelessness issues, tenancy, and debt and money problems.
Please note that in a change to our advertised services, our All Age Worship tomorrow, 4th October will now be a service of Morning Praise for harvest. The service on 1st November will now be Holy Communion.
This time of Covid 19 has raised questions for all of us. What’s life really all about? What is most important and precious to us? If you’re asking questions then we’d love to invite you to try our on-line Alpha course, which we’re running in conjunction with St Andrew’s Cullompton. It’s a great opportunity to explore the Christian faith, whether you’re a non-believer, new to faith or wanting a refresher.
The first session is on Wednesday 30th September at 7.30pm. For more information or to book a place please contact Revd Olly.
Good news. There will be more services at St Disen’s from the beginning of October. The first Sunday of the month, 4th October sees the reintroduction of our All Age Worship at 10.30am. This will be preceded by Holy Communion at 9.00am. Then on 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 14th October we will be starting our mid-week communion services again, at 10.00am.
For those who are unable to join us on a Sunday or Wednesday service, please do join with us if you can by saying the Lord’s Prayer at those times. Do take a look also at our Altogether not Together page for ways in which you can access services online, not just on a Sunday but anytime.
(Please note that all may be liable to change or cancellation, depending on changing coronavirus advice.)
The Devon Historic Churches Trust helps fund repairs and maintenance to churches across the county. Their main fundraising day this year is Saturday 12th September, a special day dedicated to supporting and celebrating the work of all Devon churches and the communities they serve and which incorporates the national Ride & Stride event.
We regret that our church is not open to visitors at the moment but there is still much to see around the outside. And, of course, you are more than welcome to come back and join us for one of our new, socially distanced, Sunday morning services at 10.30am.