St Edmunds Church. Re Opening soon?
You may have heard that the Government have said churches can now open. Perhaps we should emphasise it is for private prayer only.
The Church of England have a wide range of church communities and not all of them are able to provide a safe environment for worshippers and church workers. Our diocese recognises this and supports any decision taken by the Rector and The Parochial Church Council, on their way out of lockdown.
St Edmunds has a congregation made up for the most part of people in high risk categories, either because of age or underlying health problems often a combination of both. This is also true of the people who work in the church therefore we have chosen to remain closed until we are able to open for services. We will wait then for further guidance as to opening the building daily as we used to.
This will not be just yet. We will keep you posted.
Believe us, we will.
We will be undertaking a deep clean of the premises shortly.
There are contact details on the website and on the noticeboards for anyone in need of prayer or pastoral help in any way. Just in case, the contacts are Caroline Pye 804198 and Celia Howitt 804762 and of course the Rector herself on 804264.
This c13 church, which is nestled in the heart of Dolton village in North Devon, is open every day for quiet prayer and meditation from approximately 10.00am until 4.00pm and attracts visitors world-wide due to its wealth of interesting historical items.
The church boasts a wealth of excellent stained glass, which is shown in great detail in 'pictures' above, along with other pictures of the church.
There are regular services every week, check here for times and additional services.
The church also plays host to many musical and other special events, which are detailed here. It is also popular for weddings and baptisms.
The peal of 6 bells, restored in the 1990s, is rung on a regular basis by our bell ringing team, which are now a feature of local weddings.
The Saxon stone font is said to date between 800 and 1000 A.D. It is unique in not having been designed as a conventional font of its period, but made up of two blocks from two different Saxon crosses, likely to have been carved when St. Edmund was alive.
Dolton is situated between Dartmoor to the South and Exmoor to the North and you can find us using the map page.
Please enjoy your visit to our website and we hope to welcome you one day to our church. If you wish to leave a comment, please do.
Traditional Prayer of Saint Edmund:
O God, of unspeakable mercy, who didst give grace to the most blessed King Edmund to overcome the enemy by dying for thy name: mercifully grant until this thy family, by his example they may be found worthy to vanquish and destroy in themselves the temptations of their ancient foe, through Jesus Christ our Lord.