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Church Re-opening

Our three churches are now open for services each Sunday. Each church is also open two days a week for private prayer and contemplation:

St. Mary's - Wednesday and Sunday, 10.00-4.00

St. Sabinus' - Wednesday and Sunday, 11.00-5.00

St. Matthew's - Thursday and Sunday, 10.00-4.00

You will find various measures in place to limit the risk of infection - mainly social distancing and hand-sanitising. Please follow the printed instructions in each church; our churchwardens will be on hand to provide guidance.

It is now a legal requirement to wear face coverings in church. Please bring your own, but if you forget, don't panic - each church has a supply of disposable masks.

The Wednesday Communion services at St. Sabinus' will also resume, from Wednesday 15th July, at 12 noon.

For those unable to join us in church - our online services and reflections will continue, on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Church Services for Sunday 27th September:

St. Sabinus', Woolacombe:       Holy Communion at 8.00 am (Prayer Book service)

St. Matthew's, Lee:                     Holy Communion at 8.45 am

St. Mary's, Mortehoe:                Family Communion at 10.00 am

St. Sabinus', Woolacombe:       Harvest Thanksgiving (outdoors) at 5.00 pm



Ilfracombe Food Bank

The Food Bank is still operating, but our church collection points in Mortehoe and Woolacombe churches are no longer accessible. 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.

Now that the Coronavirus situation is beginning to improve, we are launching the Roof Appeal from 15th July. We won't be having the Launch Party we had planned - circumstances have changed dramatically, so that meeting in this way would be inappropriate and unsafe. We know that the economy of North Devon will need time to recover from the hardships lockdown has brought. Raising such a large sum was never going to be easy, but it will be much harder to achieve now, with so many households and businesses having lost precious income. So we open this Appeal in full awareness of these circumstances, and in the knowledge that it will take far longer to be successful. However, according to Lao Tzu, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so we have to start this journey...

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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