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Mystery is something which many in today’s western culture find difficult to live with. One of the downsides of living in a ‘post-Enlightenment’ culture and scientific age is that we are conditioned in our learning to require proof. Mystery is something we are not use to living with. We don’t like not knowing . For the Celtic Christians, mystery wasn’t a problem; but then there seemed to be less mystery for them than for the modern Christian, as God was there in every part and aspect of life. There was no separation in the mind of the Celtic Christian between sacred and secular, between spiritual and physical. For them, everything was spiritual and God was in everything.
As we prepare, through Advent, to encounter the mystery of the Incarnation, God in Christ born at Christmas. let us travel with this prayer ever before us.

A prayer from Celtic Advent by David Cole: Mysterious, unfathomable God, may I live in the awareness of your presence every day. As I go about every day, may I know the presence of Christ in me, my hope of glory. Amen

Helena Cermakova 


Sunday Services 

Sunday 28 November - Advent Sunday

10am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth

10am Holy Communion at St John’s, Bishopsteignton

10.30am Holy Communion at St James’, Teignmouth

10.30am Holy Communion at St Peter’s, Shaldon

4.30pm Advent Procession of Light – meet at RNLI Lifeboat Station, Teignmouth – followed by short service at St Michael’s, Teignmouth

Details of Advent and Christmas services and events across all the churches of the Haldon Mission Community are now available.



We are currently pausing our provision of online services. Online services are available from the Church of England. To watch and join any of our previous services please visit our YouTube Channel. And click here for recordings of our Exploring our Faith sessions.


During the week

Every Tuesday 9.30am   Holy Communion at St Michael's, Teignmouth

This Wednesday (1 Dec)  10am  Holy Communion at St John's, Bishopsteignton followed by Coffee Pot (10.45-12)

Every Thursday 9.30am  Holy Communion at St James', Teignmouth
5pm Evening Prayer with a special Advent Reflection via Zoom (click link to join. Download Advent prayer booklet). 


Tues 30 Nov 7pm  Plaque for Martin Dodd at St James' - see below

Thurs 2 Dec  10-1 Advent Quiet Morning at St John's, Bishopsteignton & 7pm meeting at St James' about Developing ministry among children and families.  See below

Some of our churches are now open every day for prayer during the week. 


COVID Precautions

You will be aware that there are very high levels of infections in the area. When coming to church please remember and be considerate of the fact that some people may feel vulnerable or anxious. Therefore, so that everyone can feel safe and welcome, we strongly encourage you to please continue to sanitise your hands and wear a face mask whenever possible. Please respect other people’s space by not sitting too closely to your neighbour unless explicitly invited to do so. Our Team churches will be well-ventilated so warmer clothing may be in order. If you are experiencing any symptoms you are kindly asked to stay away - even if you have been fully vaccinated. Thank you.


In other news...  

Advent Quiet Morning  Taking the theme, 'The Meaning is in the Waiting', this Quiet Morning offers a time for reflection on Thursday 2 December from 10am-1pm at St John's, Bishopsteignton. Times of prayer and silence interspersed with two short talks. Please book a place by contacting Revd Jane or Richard Frost. All are welcome.

Plaque for Martin Dodd. Revd Jane is looking forward to meeting family, friends, congregation members and bell ringers to dedicate a plaque to the late Martin Dodd at St James Church. Martin became Tower Captain in 1987 and a memorial plaque to him will be dedicated at 7pm on 30th November at St James. All are welcome to attend as  Jane leads us in prayers of dedication followed by the ringing of the bells and a nice cup of tea.

Developing ministry among children & families Do you have a heart for reaching out to children and families? There will be a meeting at 7pm on Thurs 2 Dec at St James, Teignmouth to explore ways in which, as a team, we can build upon the current activities and develop new ones, potentially by recruiting a children's & families' worker.

A Christmas Present For St James’ – 2021: St James’ Annual Gift Day, “A Christmas Present For St James’”, will be held on Sunday 12th December 2021. This is our annual opportunity to make a special gift to the life and work of the Church in our community, and to thank God for His generosity. Click here for more details.

Christmas Concert. On Saturday 11th December at 7.30pm, St. James Church will once again welcome Teign Choral Society and the League of Friends of Teignmouth Hospital for their popular Christmas Concert. Click here for more details

Praying at home  -  If you have a specific prayer request please send details to Mervyn in the Team Office. He will pass it to the clergy on in strict confidence. The clergy will also be happy to pray over the phone so please do contact them. Information and resources can be downloaded here and Compline (Night Prayer) is available every day. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the clergy


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