The Lympstone Worship Band plays at every ‘Service with no Name’ at Holy Trinity Church in Exmouth on the evening of the first Sunday of the month. On 6th March at 7pm Bishop Bob of Crediton will be the speaker and he is always well worth listening to, all welcome.

A MESSAGE FROM SID HUMPHRIES:

I am very pleased to say the Bishop of Exeter is sponsoring me to train for ordination. I will become (after further training) a self supporting priest, licensed to the Mission Community of Exmouth with Holy Trinity and Lympstone.

During the current vacancy, the P.C.C. and Revd Bill are glad for me to organise/lead the Easter preparations and services, as appropriate to my current responsibilities as a Reader. I have approached some village organisations that are willing to support me with some of the coming services and events. Would you, or your organisation like to be more involved in what the Church does in Lympstone? Lympstone Primary School is already planning to lead the Morning Praise service in March – would you be interested in taking part in our all age worship in the future?

In April we are having a special Palm Sunday Service for people of all ages, regular church goers and those who have never been to church before. The worship will include music from our Worship Band, free coffee and croissants before the service and a parade through the village. It would be great to have other groups and organisations represented in this and other services. If you or a village organisation would like to become more involved in church services and events, please contact me on 01395 274512, or one of the Churchwardens.

Mothering Sunday – 3rd April, Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week -17th April, Monday 18th – Stations of the cross with music, Wednesday 20th – a Taize Style service, Thursday 21st – Striping of the Altars, Good Friday 22nd – The Passion (crucifixion) of Christ, Saturday 23rd – Festival of Light,

Easter Sunday, 24th. April – The risen Glory of Christ. Further information to come and look out for the posters. All these services may well be different to what you might expect, please come along, give them a try; I hope they will open hearts and minds. The peace of our loving God be with you. Sid

POVERTY AND INJUSTICE

This year we are once again holding what we call ‘a Lent Course’ here in the Village. It will be an opportunity to seek an understanding and awareness of how choices create poverty and injustice both local, national and worldwide. It will be led by people from the community, and will take place in the Parish Church on five Tuesday evenings commencing on the 15th March, 7 30-9 00pm. With discussion of needs and adversity in our local area, gender issues, child poverty, and a report direct from Africa, we believe that these matters will be of interest and concern to many. Do come along! Geoffrey Wrayford

EVENTS

Lympstone Lent Lunches – From Monday 14th March until Monday 11th April inclusive, at the Methodist Hall, Chapel Road, from 12 noon until 1.30pm. Receive a simple lunch of home-made soup, bread, cheese and an apple for £3 in aid of local charities. Come and join us and enjoy.

The Parochial Church Council holds its annual open meeting on Wednesday 2nd March at 7.30pm. At this meeting the P.C.C. will report on the past year’s accounts and discuss the budget for approval at the Annual General Meeting, to be held on Wednesday 23rd March at 7.30 pm. Both these meetings take place in the newly refurbished West End of the church.

Brian Mather