Opening of Churches for Personal Prayer and Reflection
We are now in a position to tell you when church buildings across the Haldon Mission community will be open for personal prayer and reflection.
From Wednesday 24 June
- St Michael’s, Teignmouth will be open 10am-2pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays
From Wednesday 1 July
- St Mary’s, Ideford will be open 10am-4pm on Wednesdays and Sundays
- St John’s, Bishopsteignton will be open 10am-12 noon on Wednesdays & 3-5pm on Sundays
Whether you normally worship in church or not, you are welcome to go into any of these churches at the days and times shown.
You will be able to go into the building to sit in the quiet and stillness of the church to pray and reflect as you wish. All we ask is that you observe social distancing, follow the safety guidance inside the church and clean your hands before and after entering. If you are suffering any symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not enter but seek medical advice.
Before lockdown, the churches in Ashcombe, Luton and St James' in Teignmouth were not normally open and the PCCs there have decided that will continue to be the case for the time being.
It also continues to be the case that there will be no public church services for the foreseeable future but we will be continuing online services for you to join – they are available at www.haldonteam.org.uk.
There is also a new Quiet Space (with resources to use) in the churchyard at St John’s in Bishopsteignton which is open all day, every day, for anyone to use. You are also welcome to use St James churchyard to enjoy a moment of quietness.
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Finding Stability in Times of Change
In these rather strange and disconcerting times, it is good that there is a plethora of resources and information available to enable people to pray and worship from home.
Richard Frost, one of our Readers, has put together 3 films which could be used to provide a basic structure for a personal Quiet Day. These were developed from a Quiet Day he led at St Lawrence's, Biddulph in January and was due to led at St Luke's Bath just last Saturday. The topic 'Finding Stability in Times of Change' has perhaps taken on a new relevance in this current period.
The films can be watched through http://workrestpray.com/films/
May God bless you and reassure you in the current times.
Life with St Benedict offers daily reflections to help enable personal spiritual growth and prayer.
‘In a time when many are seeking space, silence and spiritual depth,’ says Richard, ‘the Rule of St Benedict retains relevance in a world where change is often feared, stability can be elusive, and busyness interferes with listening to God.’
‘In this companion to the Rule, Richard Frost shares his own experience as a Benedictine oblate. He offers a distilled wisdom for daily reflection to help us deepen our love of God and neighbour,’ writes Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter.
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