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Sunday morning services have now resumed after the lockdown - each Sunday at 10.45am, with occasional other services - click here. The service will mostly take the form of Morning Prayer or Holy Communion. But on August 9th there will be an open-air service of Morning Praise at 11.00am followed by picnic at Staverton playing fields and there will not be a morning service in St Luke's. During our services we are continuing to maintain social distancing at 2 metres, we are using hand hygiene, and face masks (or similar) need to be worn. We welcome visitors and ask that you follow the guidance of the sidepersons when you arrive. Regrettably there can be no hymn singing, but music will be played during the service. Online services will also continue - see below.

St Luke's is usually open for private prayer from 11am to 3pm, weekdays only. Please note that to ensure we comply with the Government guidelines, only one person (or members of one household) at a time will be allowed in the prayer chapel, (though with another waiting area available), and there will be instructions about use of seats, the supplied sheet of suggested prayers, hygiene, etc.

Worship at home using online services - to watch any previous or upcoming services click here. (Scroll to left and right to find the service you want. If using a phone you may need to go to the YouTube app, home page, search for Laura McAdam and then click on her photo - the one with a clerical collar).
The current weekly programme is as follows:
Sundays: a pre-recorded service will be available by 10.45am. (There will be a Zoom after-church coffee
gathering from 11.30am).
Tuesdays: Bible Study (currently on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah - surprisingly relevant at the present
time! - and then moving on to the opening chapters of Genesis).
Thursdays: Night Prayer. (Also a Zoom coffee morning from 10.00am - see below)
Each midweek service is normally available from 11.30am.
There will also be an occasional Stories for Children.

Coffee mornings by Zoom - Thursday mornings at 10:00am. Drink coffee at home and chat with fellow church members. For details contact Laura McAdam on 01803 267613.

Other resources for prayer and worship from the Church of England website can be found here and from the Diocese of Exeter here.

Prayer - please pray for Tom (Rector) and Laura (Curate) seeking to provide resources and care in the present very difficult time. Further details of prayer needs and some suggested prayers for use at this time can be found here.

Support and care for our community - care for those in our parishes continues to be a priority, with care both for those who are church members and for those who aren't. So do get in touch with requests for prayer, or for support by a telephone call, via the details on the Contact page.
This also applies to the FOODBANK, which is not operating its usual Friday morning sessions, but is providing food etc. to a greatly increased number of people right through the week. Linked with the Foodbank is a Bookbank - for further details for Foodbank click here and for Bookbank click here.

We need your support - the present situation is putting a strain on many people, and we as a church are glad to offer help. But it is also putting a strain on our resources, and we would welcome any support you can give - click here for a letter from our treasurer.

Funerals - sadly deaths are occurring, whether from Covid-19 or from other causes. Only a limited number of mourners is currently allowed to attend the funeral service, and contact with clergy prior to the service has to be by phone or outdoors, not by the usual home visit. But various arrangements are in place and funeral services are still being held, including in St Luke's. Contact Rev Tom Benson on 07730575312 for support and help in your time of loss.

Helpline number on the Buckfastleigh Town Council website - if you need help please ring 01364 255819.

Stories for children

The story of how Jesus' friends found he was alive again - click here
Later stories can be accessed by then clicking on our curate's photo

Also Tom's motorbike story can be accessed here
Print off, back up as a booklet, and read to your child

Tom's motorbike book picture

For the Rector's letter,
(part of the monthly St Luke's News or the Parish News from the villages),
please click here

Bee and Butterfly Haven at Holy Trinity Churchyard

Part of the churchyard at Holy Trinity is being allowed to grow to provide a haven for bees, butterflies, etc - click here for more information. Photographs of the flowers and the churchyard can be found on the Facebook page "Haven at Trinity Churchyard".

The Cabell Tomb at Holy Trinity Church
The historic Cabell Tomb, which stands next to Holy Trinity Church, has recently been restored, (grille and coving). Many legends have grown up about the tomb, mostly of very doubtful veracity, but a recently produced brief history can be found here.

Problems with the church roof and with Holy Trinity Church
Unfortunately we are experiencing problems with our church roof being prone to leaks. These have been evident for some time but are now getting worse, and we are exploring how to deal with this issue. A small committee was set up to examine the cause of the problem and to consider possible future action. The committee undertook initial engineering study work, which indicated the current roof technical design is unsuitable, requiring complete renewal of the roof covering to a new specification. Committing to this would require a major financial commitment, and so plans are on hold at present as we see how things develop. Further details will be released as they become clear.
In addition in late 2019 it was found that the top of the walls of the ruin of Holy Trinity Church are unstable. Until repair work can be done, signs have been erected to stop people entering the main part of the ruin, though the tower is safe and so the bells can continue to be rung.

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