• Posted on March 18, 2019 5:58 pm
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    Dove Church this month will be on Thursday 21 March at 7 pm in the Lower Hall of the Palace Gate Centre. We are currently looking at some of the psalms or songs of the Bible - ancient lyrics that still speak into our lives today. This month as we are in Lent we are looking at one of the most profound psalms - Psalm 22, which is a song of loss and despair. This is the song that Jesus quotes as he hangs in anguish on the cross - it expresses a sense of abandonment and hopelessness. It reflects deep despair and fear as we experience suffering and affliction. Yet the song also proclaims that though we may not sense his presence, God is with us even in our deepest despair. Dove Church is a different way of doing church - more informal and interactive. We meet around a shared meal as we seek to grow as a community seeking to know more about Jesus. A contemporary liturgy of prayers and responses is woven around the meal and instead of a sermon, we discuss a Bible passage. Dove Church seeks to be a welcoming and inclusive space, where we can ask our questions, express any doubt we feel and seek to deepen our understanding of the way of Jesus. Dove Church finishes around 9 pm - all are welcome to join us. If you can, let us know that you are planning to come along, especially if you have particular dietary needs. You can find out more by telephoning 01392 211132 or email minister@ssbcexeter.co.uk.

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  • Posted on January 29, 2019 9:06 am
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    2nd February is the celebration of a festival often known as Candlemas - its longer title is the Feast of the Purification of Mary. It marks the story in Luke 2.22-40 when Mary and Joseph take their baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to make the offerings required by Jewish law at the time. This day formally marks the end of the season of Christmas so really is the time to take down any lingering decorations or to put away the Nativity set. After Candlemas, we begin to look towards Easter and reflecting on the significance of the death of Jesus and the hope we find in the resurrection. As a Celtic Connexion special we have a short service for Candlemas at 1 pm on Thursday 31 January taking place in South Street Baptist Church. This will take place whilst Dove Cafe is serving people in the Lower Hall of the Palace Gate Centre. Our service is based on one written by the Revd David Adams, formerly the vicar of Holy Island and a writer of excellent liturgies. It lasts about 25 minutes and people can choose to share in it or just to listen and reflect. We will hear the story of the baby Jesus presented in the Temple and how some of those there saw the significance and wonder of this child. The association of this festival with candles comes because one of the characters in the story sees in Jesus the light of hope not just for his people, but for the whole world. Our service ends with everyone present invited to share this light by carrying a lighted candle - we close with the intention of taking this light out into the world to be a blessing to others. All are very welcome to join us at this informal service.

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  • Posted on October 16, 2018 6:41 pm
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    The next Dove Church will be on Thursday 18 October from 7 pm to 9 pm. We continue to think about the death of Jesus and take our theme this month from Paul's teaching in the book of Romans. Through the cross of Jesus we are invited to die to sin that we might rise to life with the Risen Jesus. Dove Church is a different way of being church. We join together around a meal and share in a contemporary Christian liturgy. Instead of a sermon, we study a Bible passage together, welcoming one another's thoughts and comments. It seeks to be a safe and inclusive place where faith in Jesus and trust in one another can grow. The shared meal is often vegetarian and people are invited simply to make a donation to cover costs. Freshly made bread is provided by our resident breadmaker Simon. Dove Church takes place in the Lower Hall of the Palace Gate Centre - please use the Palace Gate entrance to come in. November Dove Church will be on Thursday 15 November starting at 7 pm.

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  • Posted on July 11, 2018 12:03 pm
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    The Servant King is the theme of Dove Church at the Palace Gate Centre in July. It will be a little later this month - it will be at 7 pm on Thursday 26 July. We continue to reflect on the life of Jesus and especially how we understand his death and resurrection. The cross was a symbol that was imposed upon Jesus by the state; a symbol that Jesus chose to represent him giving himself was the towel and the basin when he washed his disciple's feet. Here Jesus shows himself to be the servant king, kneeling in humility to express God's incredible love for us. At July's Dove Church we will reflect on Jesus washing the feet of his disciples to see what it tells us about Jesus and the life he gives. Dove Church meets monthly in the Lower Hall of the Palace Gate Centre - it is a different way of doing church run by South Street Baptist Church in central Exeter. We meet around tables and have a shared meal - contemporary prayers are woven into it. Instead of a sermon, we reflect together on a passage from the Bible. We also suggest situations or people we would like to pray for. All are welcome.

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  • Posted on June 22, 2018 8:20 pm
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    Each month we hold a Celtic style service at South Street Baptist Church, often using prayers and songs from the Iona Community. In July, we are using the service of prayers for healing used each week in Iona Abbey off the West coast of Scotland. Iona is truly beautiful but is a long way away! We offer this service of prayer seeking God's nearness and peace a little closer to home. This service will be on Thursday 5th July at 6 pm in South Street Baptist Church - it lasts for around half an hour. From around 5.45 pm we will practice some of the songs we will use in the service - these are the shorter songs published by the Iona Community often using folk melodies. Although short, these songs help us focus on the God who brings to us his peace through the touch of his Spirit. In this service we do not determine how God may touch our lives but simply open our lives to his presence, trusting that in his love God will bring to us comfort, strength and hope. For some, God may bring a healing touch, freeing from pain or hurt, for others it may be the strength to carry on despite our wounds. We do not know how God may answer our prayers but we trust he will truly be alongside and with us. During the service, there is opportunity to seek God's healing and peace or to offer the name of someone we wish to pray for. You can leave the names of people you would like prayer for (or your own) in a box in the reception area of the Centre. You can also send the names of people you want us to pray for - go to our chaplaincy page and follow the email link; their telephone number is also there.

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