Condolence book for HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
Photo: Press Association

Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace of the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Church of England has opened an online condolence book.  To sign the book please go to the Church of England website.

A statement and prayer by the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter can be seen here

There will be also be three commemorative services across Devon on Thursday, 15th April.  Please see the Exeter Diocese website for more information on these.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

 

 

 

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ is Risen

The Easter Garden

Singing in the churchyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A day of glorious sunshine to celebrate the risen Lord, a day made even more special by the fact that not only was it our first service in church for some time but we also all came out into the churchyard to sing that lovely Easter hymn, ‘Thine be the glory, risen, conquering son’.

We were then all ready in position for the ‘official’ opening of our new toilets.  Our thanks to all involved in the project, in particular Russ, Ross, Viridor and, of course, our fabric officer, Bryan.

Tom cuts the ribbon

Good News!

We are pleased to announce that St Disen’s will be open again for services on Sundays from Easter.  Our first service will be Holy Communion on Easter Sunday at 10.30am.  See What’s On for details of future services.

Please note that (Covid 19) Coronavirus restrictions regarding social distancing and mask wearing etc for Places of Worship will apply.

The Canterbury Connection

On 21st February 1173 Thomas Becket was canonised by Pope Alexander III.  So what has this to do with the parish of Bradninch?  Well, one of the four knights responsible for his murder in Canterbury Cathedral just over two years earlier  was William de Tracy, Baron of Bradninch.  Read more on our new Connections page.

Church closure

We deeply regret that St Disen’s is now temporarily closed.  We will re-open as soon as we feel it is wise to do so.

In the meantime please do join us in saying the Lord’s Prayer at 10.30am on a Sunday morning.

Many churches and cathedrals continue to stream their services on-line.  Our Altogether Not Together page has some links that you can follow.

Jesus Emmanuel, God with us

Our Lady and Child

‘The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.’  ‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ (John 1.14, 4-5).  As we move forward into an uncertain new year during this dark time of pandemic we take comfort and hope from Jesus our Emmanuel, God with us.  ‘Your word [Lord] is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path’ (Psalm 119.105).  Happy New Year.

Changes to advertised services

It is with deep regret, that due to to the recent increase in cases of Covid 19, our services on Christmas Eve and on subsequent Sundays until the end of January have been cancelled.

However, St Disen’s will still be open for private prayer and reflection from 7.00-8.00pm on Christmas Eve and from 10.30-11.30am on Sunday mornings.

Many churches and cathedrals will be streaming their Christmas services and carol services and suggested links can be found on our Altogether Not Together page.

We take comfort from the fact that we have taken this action in order to protect our congregation and hope that you will take comfort from this too.  We wish everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

Special Collection for The Childrens Society

We were very pleased to welcome Jess Meale, Relationships Manager with The Children’s Society to St Disen’s last Sunday to speak to us about the work of the Society.  It is our particular Christmas charity, one that we have supported for many years, and so we will be having a special collection this coming Sunday, 20th December.

To find out more about The Children’s Society and how you can donate on-line please take a look at their website.