Church of the Holy Spirit, Milton Combe &
St Andrew's Church, Buckland Monachorum
“Living in community as God's people;
serving the wider community in God's world”
A warm welcome to our churches in Milton Combe and Buckland Monachorum.
Set in a beautiful corner of Devon, skirting Dartmoor National Park, we are a community of imperfect people passionate about a perfect saviour, Jesus Christ. Our churches are friendly and welcoming; we would be delighted to see you at any of our services or events, whether you are a regular churchgoer or not.
"You are worthy, O Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."
Worship is not confined to our church meetings on a Sunday, but is an all-encompassing lifestyle, that seeks to glorify God in words and actions.
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thanksgiving."
We are reliant on the Holy Spirit, and God's revealed word in the Bible, as we seek to grow to be more like Jesus; loving and serving one another as he first loved and served us.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
As those who have received God's love, we want to share it abroad: We strive to serve our local community and support Christian missionary work around the world.
During these times...
Latest Church Arrangements:
At present, news of the newly-emergent Omicron variant of Coronavirus continues to cause concern and uncertainty. It is, however, too early to say what impact this new variant will have on the pandemic in the UK. We are likely to have much fuller information within a few weeks; in the meantime it is important that we exercise both patience and caution for the sake of one another.
Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship. While there are exemptions, this is a legal requirement. Of course, you do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to.
We also encourage those attending services to take a lateral flow test before coming to church on Sundays, if feeling at all unwell, and to consider joining us online rather than in person, if beneficial to the individual and to others.
We will maintain:
Signing in sheets on entry to church.
Hand sanitiser stations.
Spare box of masks kept at entrance.
No shared materials; where needed, single use service sheets may be collected by an individual, but taken home after the service.
Members must sit in family/support bubbles.
No refreshments served for the time being.
Congregation encouraged to leave the building promptly at the end of each service.
Building closure for 48hours after service
Signage updated at entrance to church and around building.
Communication of changes via notice sheet, website and in services.
Thorough cleaning of building between services.
Everyone has a different set of criteria by which they judge whether they feel safe in different situations. Therefore, care should be taken not to make assumptions about how someone else is feeling, and we should proceed cautiously and conscientiously. We will assess the safety and accessibility of services regularly.
Online for you...
Even as we are meeting carefully again in church, we are publishing here the link to our livestreamed services, together with recordings of services and messages when livestreaming may not be pratical.
To see our latest ‘virtual service’, please click on the button below.
Revd Andy Bowden