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Periodic contributions from Revd. Giles King-Smith, Vicar of the three coastal parishes. We also continue to show contributions from the late Associate Minister Revd. Linda Walters

News from the three Coastal Parishes of  Lee, Mortehoe and Woolacombe

Revd. Giles King-Smith

News and Events

Back into lockdown

You may be aware that government guidelines permit communal worship in church during the lockdown. It has been left to each local church community to decide whether, on balance, it is safe to remain open - or not. This decision is affected by various factors, including the age and vulnerability of the regular congregation, the likelihood of many choosing to remain at home, and the resources needed to keep churches open safely. Of our 3 churches, St. Matthew's and St. Mary's will be closed during the period of lockdown (though St. Matthew's will open for private prayer each Sunday from 10.00 to 4.00), while St. Sabinus' will continue to open for regular worship on Sundays and Wednesdays, as below:

Every Sunday, 10.00 am: Parish Communion at St. Sabinus' (2nd Sunday - All-Age Service)

Every Wednesday, 12 noon: Midweek Communion at St. Sabinus'

Please note that St. Sabinus' will also remain open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm.

We are sorry that this is a more limited menu of worship than we normally provide, but we hope you will understand that keeping people safe is the priority at present. As before, we'll be providing a short online service for Sundays and a reflection for Wednesdays, both available on this website.


Ilfracombe Food Bank

The Food Bank is still operating, but our church collection points in Mortehoe and Woolacombe churches are only accessible on days when each church is open. If you have donations of food or other items for the Food Bank, please bring them to the Vicarage at Woolacombe, either leaving them in a bag at the end of our drive (2nd on the left as you drive up Springfield Road) or putting them in the marked box in our garage. We will arrange for them to be transported to the Food Bank. Thank you!


Resources for prayer and worship

You will find plenty of helpful ideas on both the Church of England website - - and the Diocesan website - Each day at 11.00 am, the Diocesan website will have a "Pause and Pray" reflection.

On the Diocesan website, there are also helpful ideas for worship at home under "Coronavirus Guidance and Resources".

If you'd like help with a pattern of daily prayer, you can download the Church of England's Daily Prayer app.


Parish Support Fund

This is a new initiative, set up by St Sabinus' Church, to make small grants available for anyone in Mortehoe and Woolacombe who may be struggling to meet immediate financial needs. The scheme is administered by St Sabinus', on behalf of the churches in both villages, and in collaboration with Mortehoe Parish Council. Please contact Giles (870467 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to donate to the Fund, or if you would like to apply for a grant. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.


St. Sabinus' Roof Project

A big thank you, on behalf of the Roof Group, to all who have already donated to our Roof Appeal. We are looking to raise an estimated £380,000 to completely re-roof St. Sabinus' Church in Woolacombe. This is a huge sum - but our beautiful building is listed, and so everything must be done correctly, using the right materials. As well as protecting the building and ensuring its integrity for future generations, this project will benefit the local economy, as the architect and contractors will all be local.

We will be applying to a range of grant-giving organisations, in the hope that some of them will be able to support our Appeal. And we would be very grateful for any donations that individuals might be able to offer (regardless of the amount). We have set up a separate bank account for the Roof Appeal - BACs details below:

Account name: PCC of Woolacombe Roof Account

Sort code: 53-61-21    /    Account number:   63107813

Reference:  Roof Appeal, plus your surname (unless you wish to remain anonymous)

- If you'd like to talk to someone about donating, please contact our Finance Officer, Colin Hood, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

- If you'd like to GiftAid your donation, please contact our Planned Giving Officer, Colin MacPherson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

- For any other enquiries, please contact the Vicar, Giles King-Smith, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

And finally ... the St. Sabinus' Roof Group would like to record their thanks for every contribution to the Roof Appeal - whether already made or in the pipeline!


Friends of God

Meetings suspended till further notice


Agnostics Anonymous

Meetings suspended till further notice



Meetings suspended till further notice











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