We've got out weekend away together coming up and you can now book your place! It's time away together to listen to God.
We live in an age where there are so many loud voices we can listen to. As Christians, how do we hear God’s voice and what difference does that make?
We will be spending time together as a church family in the wonderful Sidmouth surroundings taking time to worship, to learn and enjoy spending time together. There will be something for all ages to enjoy including a full children’s programme.
After advice from the Diocese we need to postpone our APCM that was due for Wednesday this week until the Autumn, our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused and we’ll let you know of a future date in due course.
Our APCM a chance to celebrate what God has done, as well as to discuss, vote and pray for things going ahead, including who will be on our PCC.
It's a really helpful way to contribute and belong, so please join us.
We are delighted that after comprehensive preparations, following Church of England and Diocesan guidelines, we are opening the doors of St Swithin’s Church for people to come in for private prayer at a safe physical distance on Wednesdays from 12noon - 2pm.
In order to keep you and everyone else safe please take careful note of the following points:
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It was so lovely to see so many faces at coffee time last Sunday morning. Do join us again this Sunday at 11am via zoom.
The link will be the same as last week, and you can also access it through Tim’s weekly email. If you missed the email let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org .
Or, if you would rather not Zoom then why not take a moment at 11am to ring someone instead and see how they are!
If you would like to hear a bedtime story read by a member of the church family, please click the link below.
We want to continue to encourage one another and have decided to have a morning reflection at 9.30 am each day (no more than 15 mins) as we explore our vision together. If you can’t make it live on Zoom or Facebook, the reflections will be uploaded to the website, but do let us know if there are better times of the day.
Throughout this summer we’re looking at:
Why are we here? What is St Swithin’s all about? We’re looking at the St Swithin’s vision and values. When we started to look at the vision, last year at Sidholme, it was clear from all the feedback that somehow we weren’t communicating clearly enough that the church is here because of God. God is the central character, it’s not about us. We’re not the story.
St Swithin’s exists to display God’s splendour, that’s how Isaiah captures it beautifully in Isaiah 61.3 displaying God’s splendour. Jesus quotes these verses right at the beginning of His earthly ministry. The Westminster catechism states “ What is the chief end of humankind? To glorify God and enjoy God forever” – During the great Reformation the great phrase was “soli deo Gloria,” for the glory of God alone, We’re here to display God’s wonder, His majesty, His glory and His splendour. Our vision cannot be small and narrow, with the impression of shrinking, and being squeezed into a tight space but must reflect the vast expanse and great abundance of the fullness of God’s life.
To join us in our summer series visit our talks page...
Easter At St Swithin's
Easter 2020 is going to be different for all of us this year as we celebrate Easter in our homes.
The Easter story has dramatic highs and lows, with a compelling narrative and an unexpected but glorious outcome.
At the centre of the Easter story is the Death and Resurrection of one person, Jesus Christ. Why do Christians believe that an empty cross and an empty tomb show God’s extraordinary love for all people?
Join us this Easter time as we enter into that story of 2000 years ago and discover that it still offers us tangible hope amongst the darkness and confusion of our world.
Happy Easter from everyone at St Swithin's. Find out all our latest news here...