Our treasurer Maria has been working hard during lockdown, and has set up an account with GiveALittle which is a safe and secure way for you to give on-line to either All Saints Church, or to the Friends of All Saints Church.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched Daily Hope, which includes music, prayers, reflections and full worship services at the end of a telephone line. It is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 and has been set up to reach people unable to join online church services. Please publicise it to people you know who aren't on the internet. It is something very comforting to listen to at any time of day or night, and is so easy to access.
The May edition of East Budleigh Parish News is now available here. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we haven't been allowed to deliver hard copies by hand, so it is only available electronically. It is slightly different this month, and has plenty of information and a couple of people have written about their experiences of ‘life in lockdown’.
For practical support like help getting food, medicines etc, if you are unable to go out, why not look at the Budleigh Support Group here The website also has some useful information about what local businesses are offering everyone - many have now opened in some form or other. Click on "more" on their website, or download the current list of business that can deliver to you here.
We have collected all the information you need on a new webpage Support during Lockdown - do take a look!
Friends of All Saints Church have decided that due to the Covid-19 situation they have to cancel the Scarecrow Festival for this year. Planning is already in hand for 2021 - the dates are set for 12-13 June.
On this second Sunday of Easter, the readings feature the giving of the Spirit and how Thomas was absent from that gathering. I have recorded a YouTube reflection to watch it just click here.
Stephen has posted more videos on YouTube for you. They are Hymn Preludes which are based on much loved hymns sung at this time of the year:
Hymn Prelude on “Rockingham” - Rosalie Bonighton
(When I survey the wondrous cross)
Hymn Prelude on “Passion Chorale” - Andrew Fletcher
(O scared head sore wounded)
Hymn Prelude on “Easter Hymn” - Rosalie Bonighton
(Jesus Christ is risen today)
Hymn Prelude on “Savannah” - Stanley Vann
(Love’s redeeming work is done)
In these most extraordinary times when church buildings are closed, choirs and organists alongside musicians and artists everywhere are unable to perform live for the foreseeable future. Music however remains as powerful a source of inspiration as it always has and musicians have been exploring all sorts of ways and means to express themselves through the wonders of the internet. I hope to offer the Mission Community regular performances of organ music and the first is a selection of three pieces for Palm Sunday and Holy Week by J.S.Bach and Jean Langlais which can be found by following this link: https://youtu.be/EEcFuGyvbRc