WELCOME to our group of four churches
on the eastern edge of Dartmoor.
The season of Advent takes us right up to Christmas Eve – though these days Christmas celebrations seem to take over, while the Twelve Days of Christmas which follow the feast day are almost a forgotten relic. Advent is in some ways similar to Lent: a time of penitence as well as preparation, and in former days accompanied by a measure of fasting. The altar cloth is purple, signifying the coming of the King. Advent calendars and the lighting of Advent candles in church are however a reminder of sorts that it is not actually yet Christmas.
Later this Advent – from the 17th – we will be portraying images of Christ as seen in Christian tradition,using the ‘Great O’s’ of Advent: seven invocations of the different names of Christ, looking towards his coming into the world under different titles. Each one, addressing Christ, begins with the exclamation ‘O!’ At Evening Prayer, they are used as antiphons (opening and closing threads of song) for Mary’s canticle, the Magnificat, from Friday 17th to Thursday 23rd December.
But for the first fortnight of this season, we continue to reflect on verses of Lewis Hensley’s hymn They kingdom come, O God, a verse of which was first placed here for the feast of Christ the King, the Sunday before Advent. The tune normally used for this hymn is called St Cecilia after the patron saint of music who is remembered in the week between Christ the King and the first Sunday of Advent. The words reflect the longing of all Christians for God’s rule to break through into the turmoil of this world.
When comes the promised time
that war shall be no more,
and lust, oppression, crime
shall flee thy face before?
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please use the button marked CONTACT US at the top of this page, and your message will be conveyed to the most appropriate person as soon as it is picked up – certainly the same day.
If the matter is sufficiently urgent and you would rather telephone, then please ring Lionel Holmes
on 01647 440113 or 07931 890255.
We can put you in touch with a member of the ministry team, should you wish to discuss church or personal matters
– or just have a chat.
Every church in the Moreton benefice now has its own Facebook page where a quantity of recent information is to be found in addition to what appears on this website. They may be reached by clicking on the links below:
For St Andrew’s in Moreton, please click HERE
For St Winifred’s in Manaton, please click HERE
For St John’s in Lustleigh, please click HERE
For St John’s in North Bovey, please click HERE
To locate our churches, the postcodes for each one may be found by clicking on SUNDAY SERVICES.
ALL OUR CHURCHES ARE OPEN for private prayer and reflection, but check opening times given in the item under QUICK LINKS at the top left-hand side of this page.
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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, 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 http://www.mikerego.photography
St Andrew’s is a Fairtrade church
A Fairtrade stall sells Fairtrade goods, mainly food, in church every second Sunday of the month