It’s been a tough year, and as we share this video we are still in lockdown and wondering what the next few weeks hold.
As followers of Christ, We trust that even when Covid-19 has brought disruption, grief, fear and anxiety across our world, “The light of Christ continues to shine in the darkness, and the darkness has not and will not overcome it.”
As such, this Christmas we would like to ask you to take part in sharing the light of Christ across our parish in two ways. Watch the video to find out more.
Dear St Swithin’s friends,
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15. 56-58
This Coronavirus Season
Since March the nation has been in this unique and challenging season of Coronavirus. As a
church we’ve sought to continue to worship and meet in our homes, on-line, in gardens and
parks, in groups, and over the last couple of months in the church building and gardens, all
the time seeking to listen to God and respond to what He is calling us to do. The church has
been doing this for 2000 years.
We believe the local church is God’s hope for the world and we believe St Swithin’s purpose
is to display God’s Splendour and join in God’s mission. Whilst in the midst of a crisis we
have felt that it’s not right to panic, hide, jump ship or get fearful but that we’re called to
learn to walk by faith in this difficult season and look for the opportunities God is providing
each one of us. At the same time we’ve tried to be wise, faithful and generous in being a
good and faithful employer to our staff, who have worked tirelessly and sacrificially on our
behalf. We’ve utilised the government Furlough Scheme to help us navigate this season
well, unsure what’s ahead, but committed to the life and work of the church.
This letter provides an update on the church’s Financial Position, which the PCC reviewed in
To catch up on what was discussed at our latest church council meeting, please click on the download button below.
Regretfully we have had to postpone the church weekend away until further notice. We will keep you posted as to when we know more.
When we get round to it we are hoping to spend some 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.
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?
Over this autumn we are journeying through the book of Exodus. It is an exciting and rich narrative with incredible highs and lows in which God leads his people from slavery into freedom.
To get stuck into this book in the Bible, please choose from the resource list below the things that will help you and get the most out of this amazing story.
Please join us on Sunday 13th September at 11.30am as we meet in the church building for our postponed APCM where we will reflect on the church’s ministry over the last year and look forward to the future.
Numbers will be limited in order for us to maintain physical distancing so please email the church office email@example.com if you would like to book a place.
We will provide a recording/ transcripts of the presentations for those unable to join us in person on the day. Don’t forget that we issued the booklet of reports in July. Do re-read this to remind yourself of all the things that took place in the church last year using the link below.
"How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!" - Psalm 133
We have worked hard to ensure that anyone who would like to gather to worship can join us this Sunday. We are committed to contend to be a whole church family, united and diverse, As One at 10.
To join us in person, you will need to reserve seats in advance by clicking the link below. With different services and age-specific groups, there is lots going on. So please ensure you book the right ticket(s) and read all the information.
It is deeply saddening that we may not all be able to gather on Sundays, either because of current capacity restrictions or because of the wellbeing of individuals. If you are unable to come for whatever reason, please make use of our service online.
Thank you to everyone who's been involved in helping us explore our vision. With everyone's help, we now want to sharpen the focus and look at the practical, hands on stuff. It would be hugely appreciated if you could fill in the questionnaire, by clicking the link below.
Dear St Swithin's friends,
Good Morning and greetings in the life-giving name of Jesus Christ
Stand firm, and you will win life. - Luke 21.19
Alongside ‘As 10 At 10’ online, we will also now be gathering some Sunday evenings for a socially-distanced, limited-capacity simple communion service.
Our As One at Ten services will continue online every Sunday throughout the summer. Do continue to join us as we worship together but apart! But as we continue our ‘easing out of lockdown’ we will also be gathering in some different ways on Sundays during August.
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: