This Week:

Sunday 22nd November 10.00:  You can join our Eucharist from St Michael Stokenham online through our website / or YouTube.  This week we celebrate the kingship of Jesus; but it is a very different kingship than that expected by the world. 

Sundays 8th - 29th November

We received the very disappointing news that Public Worship in Church is to cease from 5th November - 2nd December 2020.  There will therefore be no public worship inside our Churches on Sundays during this time, but St Michael's and St Martin's will both be open for private prayer and reflection. 

We will be doing this between 10.00am - 12.00noon at St Michael's from 15th November and from 8th November 10.00am – 4.00pm St Martins. You are very welcome to come in for any period of time, however short. Bring your prayers, for others, for our world and for yourself, perhaps your Bible, and most importantly, an intention to simply be in God's presence.

 Gathering together to receive the sacraments is at the heart of our worship. While we wait for the time when we can do this again, I think it would be good to treat the time our churches are open on Sundays for private prayer each week as a time when we can be as close to the presence of Our Lord as we can possibly be and spend a little time in Church (subject of course to shielding). As we do on Maundy Thursday at the ‘watch’ in the chapel to keep close to Jesus sacramentally, I will place the Bread of the Eucharist consecrated at the earlier recording of the online Eucharist in view so we can be as close as possible to him as we pray.

Sunday 29th November: 10.00am Eucharist for the First Sunday of Advent from St Martin’s Sherford online worship through our website.  Advent is already upon us! But I think we will have to prepare for a quite different Advent & Christmas than we have been used to. But none of this detracts from the wonderful news that God in Jesus Christ wants to come and live among us as one of us and came to be born of Mary!

Wednesdays in Lockdown:  The Archbishops have asked us to make the month a month of prayer. They have recalled us to some of the fundamental disciplines of the Christian disciple – prayer, fasting and reading the Scriptures. 

If you are able to access Zoom, I would like to invite you to pray Morning Prayer and/or Evening Prayer with me on Wednesdays:

Wednesday 10.00am Morning Prayer and Bible Study

Wednesday 5.30pm Evening Prayer

You will need to have the Zoom software or App and to have registered with Zoom ( prior to the service, to participate.  You will not need any service booklet because I will share this with you online. The service consists of psalms, readings and prayers with which we can all join in and lasts about 15 minutes. We can then grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a short Bible Study followed by a chat, finishing in no more than 40 minutes.   The meeting ID is 560-019-2609. and the password is 1HBHiQ.

Daily Prayer was inherited by the first Christians from their Jewish brothers and sisters. From earliest times it has been made by coming together for worship at the 'markers' of daytime and the natural light – at daybreak, midday, and nightfall. The services are not meant to replace the Eucharist but to supplement it. We pray through the psalms and the Old and New Testament scriptures quietly and in an ordered way. We let them speak to us and our concerns; we make our prayers for the world and for others.

The services have been given many names over time: The Office, Morning Prayer, Matins, Evening Prayer, Evensong, Vespers, Compline.

We will be using Common Worship's daily prayer services which are found at

We can all benefit from the daily structure of the rhythm of worship in our lives to help us throughout the remainder of this time of pandemic. Do come and join us!

Reading the scriptures:

If you would like to use some notes to help you make a daily short reading of the Bible and reflect on it then you might try Bible Alive (a Roman Catholic publication but follows our daily and Sunday cycle of readings) at or

Bible Reading Fellowship

Fr Michael writes: Our public worship is absolutely at the heart of our Parish life. It is where we gather together around Our Lord as his family. It is the beating heart of the body of Christ, God's people. We cannot be properly sustained in our lives, in our acts of loving service, or in our very being without it.  It is particularly through the sacramental life, that is, through the offering of the Eucharist as Jesus commanded us to do, and through our receiving of the Bread of Life in Holy Communion that we do the work we are called to do in this world; the work of loving our planet rather than harming it; of forgiving all the sinfulness that we encounter and helping to replace it with new life; and of trying to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives as we let him change us into more of his likeness. The Sacraments, and particularly those of Holy Communion, Baptism and Absolution, are not optional extras, they are the source and summit of what we as Christians are all about.

In the meantime, we must be patient as we pray and yearn for the time when we can come together again and know that our hunger for the bread that only can satisfy, is a recognition of our dependence upon God.

Morning and Evening Prayer: Said daily at 9.00am & 6.00pm by Fr Michael with prayers for Parish and People. Please join him at these times in your homes. You might like to use the Form of Morning and Evening Prayer for Ordinary Time which is available on the website, or your own Book of Common Prayer.

'Daily Hope' is a free phone line of hymns, reflections, and prayers. Now that we have begun public worship again and have the streamed service online, the weekly reflection has come to a natural end.  But those unable to join us in either way can access this free telephone line to hear hymns, daily prayers and reflections: 0800 804 804

Our prayers this week for:

Bishop Nick...the coming of God’s kingdom…cooperation between nations to control the pandemic…medical researchers seeking a vaccine...those resident in care homes and their relatives…the depressed and anxious... .our home communicants...peace and unity in the USA...all who have asked our prayers including the sick and among them  Gill and Trevor Moore, Bobby Parsons, Dick Lloyd, Gill Mickel, Keith and Jackie Rollinson, Katherine Yandell, Jamie Cooke, Andrew Graner and Marjorie Godden.. those who have died and those whose anniversaries we keep at this time and among them Betsy Hadley.


Prayer for us to pray this week:

Loving God, you know us and all that we are facing. We thank you that we can come to you as we are – with all our fears and concerns, our difficulties, and challenges. Please draw close to each of us and those we remember before you now. Bring to us your peace and comfort. And fill us with your Spirit that we may be bearers of your grace and hope to others. As a country protect us, encourage us and keep us. In the name of your Son Jesus we pray. Amen.


Visiting & Home Communions


I have now sadly had to put visits (apart from in emergency) and home communions on hold again. I am deeply sorry about this. Can we all make a particular point of identifying people who are finding the isolation of lockdown really difficult. Keep in touch with them regularly, and do let me know if a phone call from me would help? Also make sure they are getting their groceries, prescriptions etc delivered…and if not help them to find a way to do this – perhaps you can offer to do it yourself if that is possible?


If you would like to contact me about any personal or pastoral matter please do so, I should be very happy to help you. Please leave a message on my phone 01548 580908 or send me an email.


Your Church remains here for you, please know we are praying for you, for those in need, and for all those you love.  Please do get in touch if there is anyone or anything I can pray for or if I can help you in any way.


With my prayers and very best wishes


Fr Michael

Priest in Charge: Fr Michael Berrett, The Vicarage, Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon  TQ7 2ST  01548 580908


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Public Notice

Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011

Draft Pastoral Scheme

10th November 2020

The Exeter Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee has prepared a draft Pastoral Scheme for:

the creation of the new parish of Buckland-Tout-Saints in the area of the benefice of Stokenham, Slapton, Charleton with Buckland-Tout-Saints, East Portlemouth, South Pool, and Chivelstone, for its parish church and for renaming the parish of Charleton with Buckland-Tout-Saints “Charleton”, together with altering the benefice’s name in the diocese of Exeter.


The draft Scheme is on the Commissioners’ website or you may obtain a copy from me.   Large print and/or audio copies are available on request.

·           Anyone may make representations for or against all or any part of the draft Scheme (please include the reasons for your views) preferably by email or by post to reach the Commissioners no later than midnight on Tuesday 22nd December 2020.   Send your representation to or by a letter marked for the attention of Rex Andrew, Pastoral Division, Church Commissioners, Church House, Great Smith Street, LONDON SW1P 3AZ.

·           If they have not acknowledged receipt of your representation before this date, please ring 020 7898 1743 or e-mail them to ensure it has been received. For administrative purposes, a petition will be classed as a single representation and the Commissioners will only correspond with the sender of the petition, if known, or otherwise the first signatory for whom they can identify an address – “the primary petitioner”.

·           When making a representation, please indicate the nature of your interest in the proposals (e.g. parishioner, member of parochial church council, etc) and whether you would like an opportunity to speak to their Committee regarding your representation if the Commissioners decide a hearing should be held regarding the case.

·           If they receive representations against the draft Scheme, they will send them, and any representations supporting the draft Scheme, to the Bishop whose views will be sought.  Individual representors and the primary petitioner will then receive copies of the correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and will be told whether a hearing is to be held.  They and individual petitioners may comment further to the Commissioners.  Copies of all of the representations received and associated correspondence will normally be published on the Commissioners’ website if the matter needs to be considered by them.

·           If a hearing is held, anyone may attend the meeting of the Commissioners that considers the case and representors may have an opportunity to speak to their Committee. Otherwise, if a hearing is not to be held, the case will be considered in private and you will be informed accordingly.

·           When they acknowledge representations the Commissioners will let individual representors (and the primary petitioner) know the next few dates of their Committee’s meetings. They will confirm the actual date if a hearing is to be held nearer the time.

·           The Commissioners’ will decide if the draft Scheme should proceed when they consider all the representations on the basis of a paper prepared by the Commissioners’ staff and any points raised at the meeting.

·           The Commissioners will notify all representors of their decision and give a statement of the reasons for it.

·           If they so decide, any representor or petitioner against the draft Scheme may seek leave from the Privy Council to appeal against the decision.

·           Please see the Commissioners’ website for further information about the procedure.

 Revd Dr Adrian Hough

Secretary Exeter Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

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