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Everyone is Welcome to Worship, we would love to see you!
Leaders (Commanding officers):
Majors Gordon & Margaret Fozzard
Sunday Programme times (unless otherwise stated)
9:40am Prayer meeting
Please enter quietly and join us at any time for prayer
10:30am Morning Worship
Crèche facility available for the under 3’s
Refreshments are served after worship in the Coffee Lounge
1 – 2 pm Community lunch still available during the current crisis, see details below.
Served in our community hall for those in need
( If you would like to help with our weekly meal for vulnerable people please get in touch with the Corps Officers, we are always needing more helpers )
All activities and events at Exeter Temple are currently cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic of the Coronavirus Covid 19.
WE WILL MAKE FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT POLICIES.
Please note. Meals for those who are vulnerable and in need, are still being served during this crisis, on Saturday evenings at 6pm and on Sunday lunchtimes 1-2pm, will be a takeaway service only, served Lucky Lane entrance.
If you are travelling to Exeter on holiday, or coming to visit the university, why not pay us a visit too - you will be most welcome.
Much of the on-road parking near the hall is for residents only.
Please ensure you are in a marked paying space and display a ticket from one of the
Parking charges apply 7 days a week and public holidays and the area is routinely patrolled by traffic wardens.
Local car parks can be found at
If you would like to see details of our Corps programme follow the link below
Temple Praise 2020 dates
Temple Praise, our quarterly musical praise event 3:30pm featuring our own sections and guest soloists.
Next Temple Praise will be (If the Coronavirus situation has changed)
Bible Study Group - Lent studies week 4 and 5
LENT STUDY COURSE 2020 -"TRANSFORMED BY THE PRESENCE OF JESUS"
The study is taken from Cover to Cover Series. Called Transformed by the presence of Jesus. It is a Lent study guide written by Liz Babbs and published by CWR in 2012
Study 4 Named by Jesus: John 20; 1-18
Do you have, or have you had, any nicknames? Or maybe there are people close to you who shorten your name...... I am usually called Margaret, but my close family often call me Mags ...or Magsie! My youngest sister is named Elizabeth and this is the name my mum always used - it was the name she was Christened with (or, in our case, Dedicated!) But she is almost always called Liz by everyone else....I used to call her Lizzy (or Busy Lizzy) but she really doesn't like that - she puts up with it from me reluctantly! Its only a term of endearment.
Lord, thank you that you have called us by name and we are completely yours, love and adored. Thank you that your care is everlasting. You know us intimately - every hair on our head is numbered by you. Help us to gain a greater understanding of what it means to be known by you and show us how much we mean to you. Amen.
Bible verses: Read
Isaiah 49:16 (NLT) "See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands."
Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT) "I have called you my name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I wll be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown."
Setting the scene
The Resurrection is pivotal to our faith, because without it Christianity is just another religion. To quote Paul, "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith". (1 Cor 15:14).
Jesus chose to make his first resurrection appearance to a woman called Mary Magdalene. She was present at many key events including the crucifixion. She, along with Mary mother of Jesus, even saw where Jesus was laid after the crucifixion (Mark 15:47). Mark tells us that this is the Mary from whom Jesus had 'cast out seven demons'. (Mark 16:9) It is incredible to think Jesus' first appearance as he risen Saviour was at the tomb with Mary Magdalene and she thought he was a gardener! It's rather like mistaking the Queen for a shop assistant! For Jesus to appear to a woman would have been shocking enough in that culture but to appear to a woman from whom he had cast out demons was incredible. But then, Jesus loved women and often broke with convention by ministering to the marginalised. Mary must have been overwhemed to see Jesus again. Imagine the significance of that moment she heard Jesus call her name!
Read the Bible passage. As you do relaax,and come and meet jesus at the garden tomb with Mary. As you look at the passage of Scripture read it several imes, see if any words or sentence stand out or beome highighteed in some way. If you have other translations of the Bible read them too to see if this brings a deeper understanding to you. At the end of the readings, spend a couple of minutes in silence asking God to show you what he might be saying to you through those words, or thoughts that came into your mind.
Bible Reading - John 20:1-10 (The empty tomb);vs 11-18 (Jesus appears to Mary)
Questions for you to ponder:
- Why did Mary recognise Jesus at first?
- Why wasn't Mary shocked to see the angels there; what part do angels play in this passage?
- Who was the disciple 'Jesus loved' (v2) and why was he referred to in his way?
- What might Mary's reaction have been to hearing her name spoken by Jesus?
- There are many ways Mary could have responded to Jesus. Why do you think she called him Rabboni' meanig teacher (v16)?
- Why did Jesus not want Mary to hold on to him?
Jesus could have said much at that first resurrection appearance in the garden, but he chose to say just one word 'Mary' . His greeting was personal and intimate, revealing his identityand restoring Mary's hope and joy.
Our names are important to us. When someone uses my name it means they know me in some way. They are talking to me rather than at me. Our names are important to God too, we are his masterpiece and all great masterpieces bear the artist's signature.(Eph2:10) Mary matttered so much to Jesus that he made her his first priority. She must have burst with joy when she realised it was Jesus calling her. Jesus meant everything to Mary so no wonder she wanted to hold onto him one last time. Jesus had rescued her from captivity and released her into the fulness of his love, and those who have been forgiven, love much.
Lord Jesus, thank you that through your death and resurrection we belong to you. Help us to understand the fullness of that priceless inheritance you died to give us. Amen
***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************Study 5 Faith and Jesus - Matthew 14: 22-36
Place a mustard seed in the palm of your hand, or look at a picture of one.What do you notice about its size and colour? Jesus said "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, ' move from here to there', and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matt 17:20)
Lord, help us to plant our tiny mustard seed of faith in you, knowing that in you it will multiply. And Lord, I pray that you will expand our vision and knowledge so we too will have the kind of faith that moves mountains and walks on water. Amen
"Peace I leave with you. My own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled)."
Setting the scene
After feeding the 5000 Jesus sends his diciples ahead of him in a boat across the Sea of Galilee, while he goes up a mountain to spend time with his Father in prayer. Some hours later, during the night, the disciples encounter a violent storm about 3 miles from the shore. Try picturing it. The disciples, who are very experienced fishermen, have been rowing for hours against the wind and are exhaused. Then Jesus, out of nowhere, walks to them on the water. No wonder they were shocked and started screaming, they thought they were seeing a ghost! So Jesus reassures them and tellls them it's him, saying in effect "Don't worry! I am Jesus. Don't be afraid."
Walking on water is not normal human behaviour and so I guess the disciples were very relieved to know it was Jesus. But Jesus demonstrates that water-walking isn't just for the Messiah, but for anyone he calls, like Peter. It is only when Peter begins to look down at the size of the wave, taking his focus off Jesus the he begins to sink.
Please read: Matthew 14:22-36
Questions for you:
- How woud you describe faith? And how does faith grow?
- Seeking solitude was a priority for Jesus. He often went across a lake or up a mountain to pray. How do you make time for solitude? Why is solityde so important?
- Why did Jesus call Peter out of the boat and not any of the other disciples?
- Why did Peter start to sink? What makes you 'look down at the water'?
- Prayers don't have to be long to be effective. Peter utters possibly one of the shortest prayers in the Bible: 'Lord save me!' (v30). Share with the group some of the short prayers you pray when you find yourself in a diffcult situation.
Faith is central to the Christian life. The key to faith, as Paul states, is to know the one in whom you are trusting (See Phil 3:10) . It is not self-confidence, but God confidence. It's about planting our tiny mustard seed of faith in a large God and expecting results. Hebrews tells us that '....without faith it is impossible to pleae God, because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists...' (11:16)
Faith is about having confidence and trust in the person we are believing in. The Bible gives this description of faith: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we dont see" (Heb11:1). So no wonder it feels like we're walking a tightrope at times.
Scripture also tells us that faith is a gift from God "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..." (Eph 2:8)
With this gift of faith we can speak to mountains and see miracles happen.
Faith requires us to take risks, but then living a risk. Every time we cross the road, get into a car, board a plane etc, we risk accidents, but then accidents can happen at home too! Peter walking on the water is a picture of us being willing to step out fully into God's plan for our life. Unfortunately, many of us are unwilling to take the risk because we prefer to stay in our comfort zones. But Jesus' life was far from comfortable. He embraced risk wherever he travelled. Faith, like a rollercoaster, can take us on quite a ride and if we don't hold on tightly to God, we'll struggle to survive, especially when we go upside down, looping the loop!
In order to overcome our circumstances, it is also essential we know the power and authority we possess inG od so we can stand firm against the devil who seeks to cause chaos by sowing doubt and fear in our minds. But God has given us spiritual riot gear to deal with the devil, inluding a shield of faith (Eph 6:17). Like Jesus in the desert we can brandish our swords proclaiming "It is written..." (Matt4) in God we have the authority to defeat the devil, provided we fix our eyes on God and not our cirumstances. Like David, when he killed Goliath using a simple sling and stone, we need to say to ourselves, "With God, how can I miss!"
Thank you, Lord, that you never let go of us, even when we lose trust in in you and begin to doubt in your promises. Help us to fully realise that no matter what we go through you will be there for us. Help us, like Peter, to have the faith to know that through us you can do even greater things, more than wwe ever dreamed or imagined. Amen
Mission To Men 2020
Throughout the year we arrange special interest events "Just 4 men"
26 June Redcoat tour of Exeter
12 August Quiz and food at the hall
23 September Visit to Haynes Motor Museum
21 November Breakfast at The Imperial New North Rad
Mission to Women 2020
Women's Fellowship meets the 2nd Wednesday in the month at 2:30pm (Please note new time)
(Please note titles or speakers may change - always check first)
13th May Holiday in Alaska - Major Gordon Fozzard POSTPONED
10th June TBA
8th July Cream Tea
New programme to follow after the break
Are you studying at the University of Exeter?
Students studying in Exeter are warmly welcome at Exeter Temple Corps.
University Carol Service at St James Football ground - with the Exeter Temple Band 18.30
"Fun - Raising" News & Events 2020
2020 Coffee Mornings (10 - 12 noon) St Stephen's Church in High St.
2 May POSTPONED
4 July Band and Songsters i/c
12 Dec Band and Songster i/c to include sale of Chrstmas items
17/18 Oct Salvation Brass
If you would like to get a team together to organise one of the coffee mornings please contact Major Alan Read firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: All activities are subject to change always check with leaders before attending - thank you
ALL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES POSTPONED OR CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT POLICIES
10am Little Treasures (Parent & Toddlers) – in our Community hall. Term time.
7pm Songster (choir) practice
8:15pm Band practice
10am Little Treasures - (Parent & Toddlers) Community hall - term time
2:30pm Women’s Fellowship (2nd Wednesday of the month)
6:30pm Monthly Bible Study in the coffee lounge last Wednesday of the month only
10am – 12:30pm War Cry ministry in High Street - Outside Tesco
Friday - CONNECT CLUB An activity club for adults. 10.30 - 12.30 A number of activities including board games, carpet bowls, craft activities, table tennis, pool. Or come and enjoy a chat and read the newspaper. Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits. £2
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides & Rangers - term time 6 - 8.45pm
7:30pm Response (contemporary group) rehearsal
Our Hall is used as a local 'Contact Centre' run by 'Bold Moves' so please check before attending the hall during the daytime. This is once a fortnight from 9am - 3.30pm
Community supper & study group 6pm (please see Mary Wannell if you can support) Please note this is not available on the 2nd Saturday in the month.
Various home groups meet during the week. If you would like to join one please ask the Corps officer for details for full details
If you are interested in any of these activities, or have any queries, please contact us: Tel: 01392 216553
2020/2021 Forward Planning
***********DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2020****************
ALL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
3 May Candidates' Sunday led by Major Fiona Broom - Retiring collection to be taken
3 May Response to conduct Corps Anniversary meeting at Tiverton
31 May Thy Kingdom Come 'Beacon Service' at Exeter Cathedral 6.30pm
6 June Songsters at Exmouth
21 June Band Songs of Praise at Holy Trinity Church Exmouth
27 June Divisional Fiesta Day at West Exe School Exeter
26 July Divisional Welcome and Celebration of leadership
17/18 October Visit of Salvation Brass
21 October Corps Council meeting
24/25 October Territoral Congress in Newport
November Advent Bibe study - Christianity explored
**********DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2021 **********
Jan/Feb Proposed Corps retreat.
6/7 March Music Ministries with Andrew and Sye Blyth
24 April concert by ET Band and Budleight Salterton Male Voice choir
KIT - Keep in touch
This group meets on the last Thursday of each month at the Imperial Hotel New North Road at around 10.15am. Come along for coffee and a chat, or treat yourself to a breakfast. Please ask our Corps Treasurer Phil Jones for further details.
MARCH EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
April 30th, May 28th, June 25th July 30th,
August 27th, September 24th, October 29th, November 26th
NO CONNECT CLUB UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Visit of International Staff Songsters 16th May 2020
In this time of crisis we pray for -
- Mothers and fathers who are anxious for the safety of their families
- Medical staff who are working long hours loking after sick patients and trying to keep us safe and well
- Scientists who are workng hard to find a vaccine that will stop the virus
- Our Government and leaders everywhere who are making difficult decisions in an effort to keep their communities safe and limit the spread of coronavirus
- Businesses and small companies that are closing their doors in repsonse to Government Guidelines, or because they have insufficent suppies to continue; we pray for their workforce who are worried about paying their bills and may not have a job to return to
- We pray, through it all that we will each be aware of a God who cares deeply for us nd who offers us His peace and His strength and the ability to copein difficult circumstances.
"In every circumstance of life,
You are with me Glorious Father.
And I have put my trust in you,
that I may know the glorious hope to which I 'm called
And by the power that works in me,
You've raised me up and set me free;
And now in every circumstance I'll prove Your love without a doubt
Your joy will be my strength, your joy will be my strength
At a time such as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.
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