St John the Evangelist Church

 

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Welcome! As village churches, part of the Church of England, we welcome everyone to everything that we organise, whether they are social events or worship services. The Vicar can advise you on arranging baptism, confirmation, marriage or funeral services in church. 

The Vicar's contact details: Rev. Mark Ward. Phone: 01395 568390 or

e-mail: revmarkward@btinternet.com   (Day off: Tuesday)
Here is also link to Reverend Mark's facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/revmarkward


Please contact the Vicar, Rev. Mark Ward, if you would like Holy Communion in your own home .

If you would like someone from the church to visit you at home, please contact the Pastoral Visiting Team coordinator: Lizzie on 01404 815737. Home Communion is also available and the Vicar, Rev. Mark Ward is happy to visit you on request.

Web Site Administrator: Becky Williamson

 


NEWS FROM ST JOHN'S, TIPTON 

FORTHCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

Be Transformed

In our first evening service of 2020 well be taking as our inspiration for worship some of the words of the Apostle Paul when he wrote to the 1st century church in Rome. Our main bible reading will be from Romans chapter 12 in which Paul says: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. As we join

together in praise and worship well explore what that transformation might mean for us

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and Christs church. The service is on Sunday 2 February in Tipton Church at 6pm

and all are very welcome to join us, especially those who live in the village but normally worship elsewhere. The worship style is informal and uses appropriate multi-media resources to help us focus our praise on God and to learn more about how we can live out our faith in the 21st century.

Looking ahead, the next evening service after Februarys will be on Palm Sunday,
5th April
, and will be an opportunity for us to begin Holy Week in reflective mode, as we look ahead to the commemoration of the momentous events that took place in the days leading up to and following Jesusarrest and crucifixion. Again, all will be welcome to join us as we prepare for that very special week in the Churchs calendar.

celebration of Easter. This year is no exception, and our 2020

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Lent Course will be starting on Thursday 5 March at

7.45pm and will be held at St Marys, Hayne Close.

The course is entitled Daring to see God nowand builds on these verses from the opening chapter of Marks gospel: Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come,he said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’ ” (Mark 1:14-15).

The course has been written by Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, but also includes contributions from leading members of other Christian denominations. You dont have to attend Tipton Church to join with us on this faith adventure – all you need is the desire to meet with others to discuss what it means to follow Jesus today, and a willingness to put what we learn into practice. The course will continue on each of the following four Thursday evenings at the same time and place - before we then have the opportunity to join together in Holy Communion at Newton Poppleford Church on Maundy Thursday evening (9th April) at 7pm. If youre interested in joining us do please give me a call or drop me a line – all are welcome.

David Williamson Tel: 812493 davidhwilliamson@btinternet.com

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Charities this parish has supported over the last year:

Tear Fund (Lent lunches), the Donkey Sanctuary (Palm Sunday), the Mission to Seafarers (Sea Sunday), Farm Africa (Harvest collections), the Children's Society (Christingle collection),

Christian Aid (doorstep collection in Christian Aid week)

Devon Historic Churches Trust (sponsored walk or bike ride every September)

The Disasters Emergency Committee (Syria and the Philippines)

National Churches Trust

Church Housing Trust

Christian Alliance Housing (Grapevine Exeter)

Heartswell (used postage stamps - box at the back of Tipton Church)

St. Petrock's Centre for the homeless (Exeter) - large basket at the back of Tipton Church for jeans, trainers, waterproofs, sleeping bags, men's boots etc.; and Harvest collection

Traidcraft (Fairtrade goods available to order or sold at coffee mornings and on other occasions)


Fund-raising for the church

Monthly coffee morning with produce stalls, summer fete, occasional table top sales

Available to at the back of Church: Cross in my pocket; greetings cards, many home-made 

 

Church notices

Both churches have a car park for congregational use: at Tipton this is opposite the school so there is a bit of a walk up the hill to the church; at Venn Ottery the car park is accessed via Barton Mews and is next to the churchyard.


Access for all at Tipton Church

For disabled people we have ramp access at the main door, within which there is level access to the adapted toilet. There is also a wheelchair available and a loudspeaker system. A hearing loop serves those in the congregation with hearing aids switched to the 'T' position. There are large-print service booklets, hymn books and Bibles available for those who have difficulty reading small print and some services have hymn words etc. projected clearly onto the church wall.

If you have babies or younger children with you please feel free to make use of the carpeted play area at the back of the church at any time during the service, or to take back to your pew any of the toys or books for the children to play with there. Of our regular services, the Family Worship and Family Communion services are more suitable (less formal) services for children but we welcome all ages to every service.

 

 There are many ways in which you could get involved in our church, as little or as much as you would like:

We have a small choir, affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, always open to new members; people who read from the Bible or lead intercessionary prayer in services, arrange the flowers in church, make things for the church to sell (crafts, cakes or other home produce), clean the churches (on a rota basis), make coffee after church services or help cater for special events such as the Harvest Supper.

There are a variety of administrative jobs you could help with; or help with regular events such as coffee mornings or less frequent events such as the Shrove Tuesday pancake races. You may feel you could serve on the pastoral visiting team or contribute to a prayer team.

There are also a group of people who help to maintain the churches, including odd jobs.


To become a member of our church (only required if you wish to steward services, vote at the Annual Church meeting, or serve as a member of the Parochial Church Council) you need to join the Church Electoral Roll. A form can be obtained from the Electoral Roll Officer.

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Charities this parish has supported over the last year: Top of page

 

Tear Fund, the Donkey Sanctuary, the Mission to Seafarers, the Children's Society (Christingle collection)

Samaritan's Purse: Turn on the Tap campaign (Harvest) and Operation Christmas Child (the gifts in a shoebox scheme)

Christian Aid (doorstep collection in Christian Aid week)

Devon Historic Churches Trust (sponsored walk or bike ride every September)

National Churches Trust

Church Housing Trust

Christian Alliance Housing (Grapevine Exeter)

Heartswell (used postage stamps - box at the back of Tipton Church)

St. Petrock's Centre for the homeless (Exeter) - large basket at the back of Tipton Church for jeans, trainers, waterproofs, sleeping bags, men's boots etc.

Traidcraft (Fairtrade goods available to order or sold at coffee mornings and on other occasions)

 

 


 Fund-raising for the church   Top of page

Monthly coffee morning with produce stalls, summer fete, occasional table top sales

Available to at the back of Church: Cross in my pocket; greetings cards, many home-made