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Coronavirus Update - A Message for you from Allerbridge Chapel and St Matthew’s Church

Our country is now in partial lockdown and the doors of the Chapel and Church are locked too, so we want to let you know where you and your family can find Christian words and music, should you wish.  

There are lots of programmes both online and on TV and radio you will already know about, such as ‘Thought for the Day’ on radio and ‘Songs of Praise’ on TV. Here are some other ideas:

Church of England  for daily prayers, links to ideas of faith and virtual services.  More options are available day by day, including a series of studies led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and information about taking care of mental wellbeing.

Exeter Cathedral   for keeping in touch locally and Sunday sermons, also a nice tour of the Cathedral.

Crediton Parish Church  for a regular Sunday Service.

If you have visited a chapel or church whilst on holiday, you could check out their website too. You may like to sing along to a favourite hymn sometimes, and these can be found on Youtube, by searching at the top of the page.      

A couple of other things ... Did you know that it takes the same time to say The Lord’s Prayer as it does to wash your hands?  Also you may have already seen that some people are lighting a candle in their window during the evening to remind them of Jesus, the Light of the World.

Here is a simple prayer that you may wish to make:  Lord Jesus, please forgive the wrong things I have done, and the good I have not done;   come into my life to be my Saviour and help me make a new start.  Amen

Thank you for taking time to read this.  If there is any help you need from either the Chapel or the Church, please contact John Smith on the SPOC in confidence and he will put you in touch with us.

Posted 28th March 2020


St Matthew's Church - Coronavirus Emergency Update

Message 18th March 2020:  All Church Services are suspended for the foreseeable future.

The Church will remain open daily between 10am and 4pm for anyone wishing to attend for prayer during this difficult time.

Posted on behalf of Sue Lawrence, Churchwarden at St. Matthew's Coldridge, 21st March 2020


World Day of Prayer 2020 at St Matthew's Coldridge

Friday 6th March, 2:30pm

At this year's World Day of Prayer service in St Matthew's we shall be part of a great wave of prayer encircling the globe, which begins as the sun rises over Samoa and ends some 24 hours later back in the Pacific as the sun sets over American Samoa. We will be joining with people in over 120 countries and islands around the world to pray for and with the people of Zimbabwe, and YOU will be very welcome indeed to join us in a gathering of people from our surrounding area.

World Day of Prayer Poster for St Matthew's Church, Friday 6th March at 2:30pm

Tea & biscuits will be served after the service.

For more information please contact Jo Dike.

Posted 29th February 2020


December 2019 & Christmas Services

The outline of services planned in St Matthew's for the Christmas 2019 period is as follows:-


Community Festival of Carols

Monday 16th December at 6.30 pm, followed by light refreshments

Christmas Eve Communion

Tuesday 24th December at 9.30 pm, with Revd Tony Connell

Other December dates:

Sunday 8th December -  Morning Prayer 10.45 am

Sunday 15th December -  Holy Communion 10.30 am, with Revd Tony Connell


Posted 13th November 2019


Coldridge Christmas Tree Festival, 2019 - St Matthew's Church

Once again we are holding a Christmas Tree Festival in Church this year and invite everyone in the Parish to join in.  Quite a few village organisations have already said that they will decorate a tree but there is room for more groups and individuals.  What about a children’s tree, a farmer’s tree, or even a tree for all pets? You just need to say yes by 30th November. 

Here are all the details you need to know:-

     > Setting up Thursday and Friday 12th and 13th December.

        o The Church will be open between 9.30 am and 6.00 pm

        o Trees and power sockets will be provided and available for decorating.

The trees will then on show to visitors to St Matthew's from 14th December until after Christmas. Details of Christmas services are available elsewhere on this page.


If you would like to join in then please contact Jo Dike (01363 83329) for further information by 30th November.

Posted 13th November 2019