Return of Church Services

Hello my friends,
From this Sunday it is our plan to have a Mission Community service each week. This one service will rotate around the three larger parish churches. There will also be a BCP Prayer service at Clyst St Lawrence twice a month, one evening and one morning.
We will be organizing the practicalities of these services to allow for social distancing and with other measures in place to keep all of us as safe as possible:

  • There will be hand-cleaning facilities before people enter the church.
  • Sides-persons will be on hand to direct people to their seats.
  • There might be music played but no singing at the MC services.
  • There will be a retiring collection so no plate will be passed around.
  • People will be asked to leave in a controlled fashion at the end of the services.
  • There will be no refreshments served.
  • We will be recording who attends so we can update folks if anyone who has attended then shows any virus symptoms.
  • We will be asking you inform us in advance if you plan to attend so we can keep track of numbers we need to plan for. 

Please print out and bring your own order of service. (see Below)

This is a basic morning worship service which we may vary slightly but this sheet will give you the bare essentials for each service.


N.B. No one should feel under any pressure to attend services if, for any reason, they feel uneasy about the risks to themselves or those they care for.
At the moment it is anticipated the service pattern should run like this:


Sunday 5th July        Mission Community Service                                    St Mary’s, Whimple                        10.30am


Sunday 12th July      Mission Community Service                                   St Andrews, Clyst Hydon                 10.30am

                                    Evening Prayer (BCP)                                             St Lawrence, Clyst St Lawrence             6.30pm


Sunday 19th July      Mission Community Service                                  St Mary’s, Whimple                         10.30am


Sunday 26th July      Morning Prayer (BCP)                                             St Lawrence, Clyst St Lawrence             9.30am

                                    Mission Community Service (Patronal Service) St James the Great, Talaton            10.30am

                                    (outdoors – weather permitting)




Currently discussions are ongoing around what might happen in August and obviously the nature of this virus makes it essential we remain vigilant and flexible.
*******Please remember we also have a number of telephone services available, run by one of our Whimple Wardens, Ian Spicer:
A weekly prayer service on each Thursday morning
A Mission Community Prayer meeting in the evening on the first Tuesday of each month


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Churches re opening

In all this strangeness this week we have some good news. Even as I was lamenting no news in my last email the government announced our churches could re-open for private prayer. Hallelujah! My friends this is such good news, these buildings have stood as quiet places of sanctuary for hundreds of years and even if we cannot hold our regular services the reopening of them is such a blessing. From15th June, three of our churches will be open (those in Whimple, Talaton and Clyst Hydon). We would ask that if you use them you use the hand sanitisers provided on entry and exit, you only use the area of the churches marked out (to reduce cleaning) and respect the social distancing rules if others are using them.
Further good news: Some of you may have been in the habit of placing flowers on loved ones’ graves in our churchyards and have been unable to do this during 'lockdown' or 'self-isolation'. If this has been the case, I am pleased to announce that we now have one very kind member of our congregations, Bett Donald, who has offered to provide this service to any who need it, so if you would like flowers placed on a grave please email me at
I am also pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of our church wardens, Ian Spicer, from St Mary's, and Chris Jones from St Andrew's, Clyst Hydon, we have prayer boxes outside the church for anyone who might wish to make a prayer request at any time and not wish to come into the church.


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A Life worth living

A Life Worth Living – sequel to the Alpha Course – starts on Zoom on Monday evenings each fortnight

The follow up course for Alpha is called A Life Worth Living. It has not got fancy film videos (yet!) but it does have a good book by Nicky Gumbel. We aim to meet on Zoom on Monday each fortnight from May 25th. The first session may be more social as we make a start together.

We suggest getting the latest edition (2018) of the book (A Life Worth Living) which is only 3.99 on Amazon kindle or £7.87 including p&p from You can dip in and out as you wish! We'll just cover one chapter every fortnight so not too much to read  and Zoom discussion lasts only 40 mins. The book has 9 chapters and is based on a study of the book of Philippians in the Bible.

The first week (Monday 25th May) may cover just the Introduction to the book so we can also have time to meet each other. That will also give you time to order the book and read Chapter 1 for the following session! Don’t worry if you can’t make every session – just join us when you can! 

If you want to get a Zoom invite, please email Phil Dominy Any questions, just ask!


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Churches4All Administrator Vacancy

Are you proactive, organised and looking for

a great opportunity to support your community?

We have a fantastic opportunity for an administrator for the Churches4All Mission Community.  You will be supporting our four churches and the work we do in the villages of Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Hydon and Clyst St Lawrence.


We are looking for a great communicator, with good admin skills and a modern approach.  You need to be computer savvy and able to embrace social media. You need to be organised, creative, discreet and passionate about community life and what the Church can do to support that.


The contract will be for a minimum 5 hours per week with flexible hours and able to work from home, with some occasional evening meetings.   Pay: £10 per hour.  If you would like more information  do look at our website:  To apply  just drop a CV with a covering letter to  Closing date for applications: 31st May 2020.



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