Week beginning Sun 26 April

Our Rector, Revd Clive Sedgewick, has notified the following services for Sunday and the coming week. They are followed by sections on Prayer and Communication.


A choice of three for Sunday

Sunday at 11 am – AVMC Live ‘Zoom’ Service online

A service of music, prayer and praise led by local church members. The Mayor of Axminster, Anni Young, speaks on how faith impacts on her life and work. The service will last about 30 minutes and will be an uplifting opportunity for fellowship and worship.

Sunday at 10 am — Uplyme church is running a service online each Sunday which you can access either live at 10 am or later at any time on YouTube.

Sunday at 10 am — Exeter Cathedral Live Sunday Service online

During the week

Wednesday at 3 pm — Coffee and Cake online

A fun meeting to chat and keep up to date with each other.  (Bring your own coffee and cake!).

Friday at 10.30 am – service by telephone

This is a dedicated service for our Mission Community churches. Give it a try and worship with those you know. Call 0330 606 0403 a couple of minutes before 10.30 and give the access code 484444#.


Our church buildings remain closed – but our churches are people and we continue to be active, to worship God and to support each other. Most of all we continue as a people of prayer. I am grateful to Roger for this prayer:

Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake. Amen

As a people of prayer please do send me any prayers that speak to you – and why not write your own prayers and poems and send them in to be shared? We would love to produce our own local book of prayers and poems.

Weekdays at 8.30 am — The AVMC Ministry Team is holding virtual Morning Prayer at 8.30 each weekday and hold all in prayer. Should you have specific prayer requests please send these to Clive.

Please e-mail clives1865@gmail.com or telephone (01297) 792120.

Please remember in your private prayers all those you know to be in trouble, sorrow or sickness



Talking to someone can be a real encouragement. Why not call someone and have a chat. Don’t be alone – please make sure you have telephone or internet contact with people each day. Don’t wait for them to call you!

Reflection, Sunday Service and News for this week

Low Sunday 19th April – Reflection


The Gospel reading is the familiar story of ‘Doubting Thomas’. (John 20 : 19 – 31)

The disciples had gathered in fear and despondency after the bottom had fallen out of their world. The promises of Jesus seemed to have come to an abrupt end with his death. They had not grasped the message of Jesus that he would rise again. They must have been asking questions, perhaps ‘where is God in all this’ and ‘why did God let it happen’.

They were gathered in a locked room when Jesus came and stood among them. They must have been astonished with his appearance. This was the same Jesus who travelled with them, who shared meals with them, yet he was a different Jesus in that he could appear at will. Perhaps some began to understand what had happened.

When they told Thomas, who was absent, it was one step too far. He could not believe the claims of the other disciples and said he would not believe until he could touch Jesus in the flesh. A reaction with which many of us might identify.

In times of crisis we too might ask those same questions, ‘where is God?’  and ‘why does God allow it?’ What is the human response to the present coronavirus pandemic? For many it might be similar to that of the disciples – fear and despondency.

However, if we remember that we are created in the image of God we might take heart from those characteristics of care and compassion shown in the life of Jesus. Perhaps we are re-discovering our need for each other. There is an outpouring of ‘Godness’ or goodness – an outpouring of compassion and care for our neighbour in many areas of life.

Local community networks supporting the vulnerable, large numbers of people volunteering to support the NHS, the dedication of front line or key workers, industry changing its manufacturing output to provide the immediate needs or shortages and people becoming a new ‘land army’ to support the farmers. As the hymn puts it, God is working his purpose out’.

God is not the source of the virus, but God may be seen in the compassionate action of people. Many will not look for the risen and living Christ as the source of this new love for our neighbour and sadly will not proclaim as Thomas did ‘my Lord and my God’.

We need to be reminded of the response of Jesus to Thomas :

‘blessed are those who have believed yet have not seen’.

As followers of Christ we have an opportunity to proclaim God’s love for the world shown through the human response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Online Service


If you missed it, there was a Service online at 10 am on Sunday 19 April.  It was led by our Rural Dean, Revd Canon Cate Edmonds .

You can follow the recorded service on the Exeter Cathedral Facebook page, where at the time of writing it is the topmost post.
all Cathedral videos are here for later viewing https://www.facebook.com/pg/exetercathedral/videos/
All the above information was extracted from the Cathedral website here https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/worship-music/live-services/ so please check this site for a much fuller experience.

Coming up this week


10.30 am AVMC Friday Telephone Service

This is our own dedicated service for AVMC each Friday. Take part on the phone. Call 0330 606 0403 a couple of minutes before 10.30. Give the access code 484444#

Weekday Morning Prayer

The AVMC Ministry Teammeets online for virtual Morning Prayer each weekday to hold all in prayer. Should you have specific prayer requests please email these to Clive on clives1865@gmail.com.

Don’t be alone – please make sure you have telephone or internet contact with people each day. You don’t know what a difference you might make to someone’s day. Call someone – don’t wait for them to call you.