But now Christ is risen from the dead!  Allelujah – he is risen indeed!

The note of victory over death and the hope of resurrection takes on immediate significance and poignancy following the news announced just after noon on Friday 9th April.

We join in the nation’s sadness at this time following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and we share in sending HM The Queen our heartfelt condolences.  The Archbishop of Canterbury has, on behalf of the Church of England – of which HM The Queen is head – added a personal note in a long statement, saying how the legacy His Royal Highness leaves is enormous: ‘I pray that God will comfort Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Family at this time.  May His Royal Highness rest in peace and rise in glory.’

A brief tribute and prayer by the Bishop of Exeter may be seen by clicking here (but if it doesn’t work, copy and paste this link into
your browser: Other updates following the Duke’s death may be found here. This also gives details of the online book of condolences which is open for signatures. The Government has advised that in order to observe current Covid-19 precautions, physical condolence books should not be offered at this time. Numerous other websites are available for viewing tributes, but one other may be mentioned – the link giving the appreciation by the Archbishop of Canterbury referred to above: please click here.

There will be civic commemorative services at Exeter Cathedral, and also at St Andrew’s Church, Plymouth and Paignton Parish Church, these to be led respectively by the Bishop of Exeter, the Bishop of Plymouth and the Bishop of Crediton. The dates of these services have not yet been confirmed.


For details of Sunday services, please click on SUNDAY SERVICES in the menu at the top of this page.

All our benefice churches are OPEN for private prayer and reflection, but check opening times given in the item under LATEST NEWS at the top left-hand side of this page – and note that, following Government guidelines, it is mandatory for clergy and congregations to wear face coverings when attending church services


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If the matter is sufficiently urgent and you would rather telephone, then please ring Lionel Holmes on 01647 440113.

We can put you in touch with a member of the ministry team, should you wish to discuss church or personal matters, find out more about online services or just chat.


Let our churches inspire you!

The four parish churches and one chapel that comprise this benefice are all cultural icons of the communities they serve and are of considerable heritage importance.

Much more than that, however, except during the present emergency, they are also living centres of Christian worship, offering peace and solace to all who enter them, and the Good News of Jesus Christ – as relevant as ever to the needs of a turbulent world.

So please come and explore our website and find out more.

If you’d like some information about our Christian faith, please click here.

Many of the beautiful photographs taken for our website are the work of Mike Rego whose work may also be viewed on his website at

St Andrew’s is a Fairtrade church