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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
On the 12th September a number of new priests and deacons will be ordained in the diocese. It is always hugely encouraging to see new ministry emerge alongside existing ministry and Rosie Illingworth and Hazel Butland will be ordained deacons at 3.00 pm in Exeter Cathedral to serve in our benefice. The ordination service will be live-streamed from the Diocese of Exeter Facebook page and, if you would like to see this, the link below has been provided by the Cathedral:
The service will be recorded automatically on Facebook so it can be watched again later. There will also be someone taking still photos at the service. Please hold all those being ordained in your thoughts and prayers:
God our Father, Lord of all the world,
through your Son you have called us into the fellowship
of your universal Church:
hear our prayer for your faithful people
that in their vocation and ministry
each may be an instrument of your love,
and give to your servants now to be ordained
the needful gifts of grace;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
If you would like to follow the service, the Ordination Service Sheet can be found on the St.Eustachius’ website.
Brentor Church: Open Day
Also on the 12th September, Christ Church, Brentor, is holding a socially distanced “Open Day” from 10.30 am until 12 noon to which everyone is invited. The open day will be held outside in the churchyard, although the church will be open for those who would like to go in and see a photo slideshow (please remember that, at present, masks must be worn in the church building and social distancing must be maintained at all times). This is an opportunity to see the churchyard and the pond area. Dogs are welcome. There will also be an opportunity to buy cakes, biscuits and preserves in aid of the churchyard wall and toilet projects. The open day is also in aid of the Devon Historic Churches Trust, a charity that supports repairs and maintenance to churches throughout Devon. Please support this event if you are able to do so.
Latest Fundraising Campaigns
I would like to reiterate my admiration for the extraordinary generosity of parishioners towards the various campaigns that we have run recently. The church website gives a summary of the amount that has been raised for each of these, and there are some very big figures there. Having raised significant amounts for external charities, we are currently running some campaigns to bring money into our own much depleted PCC funds, and these are:
· Pat Alexander’s lovely offer to do Pet Portraits
· The Fashion Fundraising Parade
· Vintage Green Teas
· Replace Our Dying Tree
We are also, as usual, supporting our Mission of the Month for September, which is the United Society Partners in the Gospel, by online donations and also with a retiring collection on Sunday 13th September.
All of these campaigns can be found on the front page of our website.
St.Eustachius’ Church: “Roundels”
At the beginning of September, “roundels” were placed on the footpath leading to the south door of St.Eustachius’ Church. Each roundel contains a Bible passage and words of welcome. They have been placed two metres apart to encourage social distancing. “Heritage” roundels are a familiar sight in Tavistock and those at the Church have been made by the same company. The project has been possible thanks to a private donation. The life of a roundel is approximately 6 months depending on wear. Please do come and take a look next time you are in Tavistock.
St.Eustachius: Further re-opening
We continue to review our patterns of worship and private prayer in all our four churches, and to follow Diocesan guidelines and update our risk assessments as Government guidelines are amended in order to remain COVID secure. From 20th September, the Sunday Eucharist at 9.45 am will return to the Nave, and although numbers will remain restricted, it will be possible to accommodate more people than previously. The organ will be played, although congregational singing is still not permitted. We are now also able to re-introduce the Mid-week Eucharist and the first service will be held on Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, at 10.30 am, again, in the Nave. The Church will remain open until 2 pm for private prayer on a Sunday and Wednesday in the Clothworkers Aisle following these services. The arrangements for Weddings and Funerals remain unchanged.
Since March, a tremendous amount of hard work has been taking place to address the issues presented by COVID-19, and I would particularly mention the steps being taken to re-open our schools this month, and to provide collective worship and pastoral support. I thank all those involved.
Please stay safe and well and be assured of my continued love and prayers.