Online church services

Owing to the Covid 19 virus and on the advice of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, ALL CHURCH SERVICES ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Churches are also closed.

The Diocese of Exeter will be posting acts of worship for Sundays, and the Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist, Good Friday and Easter Day.
You can view them from 10 am on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They will also be uploaded to the Exeter Diocese’s main website

Announcements

If you are interested in applying for a place on the FOUNDATIONS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY course that starts in the autumn, please be aware that the closing date for applications (online) is this Easter.

At the foot of page 12 of April IN TOUCH, there is a welcome offered to any who wish to visit a series of gardens in Manaton. Obviously, this invitation is no longer appropriate and we therefore urge everyone to heed the Prime Minister’s advice.

At the foot of page 10 of April IN TOUCH, there is a note about food banks. Just after we went to press, it was pointed out that many people might be reluctant to handle goods or visit certain buildings for fear of spreading infection. There is an alternative!  If you are reading this on FORUM, you will obviously have a computer, so you can visit hitsfoodbank.org and simply make a financial donation online – ever so simple and totally harmless!

On page 7 of April IN TOUCH, it is insufficiently clear that meetings of U3A are SUSPENDED for the immediate future. Apologies for this omission.

On a brighter note, the Church of England attracted the largest ‘congregation’ ever with first virtual service Mothering Sunday, in spite of the suspension of public worship in its churches to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus and the Moreton Benefice

You will all be aware of the latest government guidance in relation to the increasing concerns about the impact of the virus on the population of the UK. This is a fast-changing situation and inevitably there will be many questions that we will not be able to answer. But today (19th March 2020) the Church of England has published new advice. This is available at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship

But the headlines are as follows:

  1. Public services of worship in the Church of England are suspended. This will have an immediate impact on Mothering Sunday on 22nd March and on the Benefice Service on 29th. The suspension will extend beyond the Easter holiday. So no Sunday services, no Passiontide service on 3rd April, no Good Friday Walk of Witness, and no public Easter celebrations. We are probably weeks away from the suspension being lifted.
  2. CHURCHES ARE NOW CLOSED. However, some prayer resources are available at: https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-resources/
  3. There are various attempts being made to create online worship resources. More information is available from the Exeter Diocesan website: https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-resources/
  4. You will all know people in the community who need extra support and it’s important that we continue to look out for those in need and share in our community responsibilities. We will do our best to update advice as the situation develops. Please look at the Moreton Benefice website. Our contact details are in IN TOUCH. So please do get in touch if you think we can help:

Wendy Ellis, Lionel Holmes & John Randall (Lay Readers)

Other Coronavirus updates

The situation with regard to the Covid 19 virus is constantly changing, and almost daily updates are being received by the benefice from the Bishop of Exeter and, through him, from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. A summary of some of these may be read by clicking on CORONAVIRUS in the banner heading which appears at the top of every page of this website.

Your Webmaster is working to keep our benefice website as up-to-date as possible but is constantly being overtaken by fresh announcements. You may therefore wish to go straight to the the Church of England website page yourself by clicking on this link: churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches