Welcome to Exeter Temple Corps
The Salvation Army in Exeter exists to please God and make Jesus known.
Where we are
01392 216 553
Major Robert Elliott
FCMI, FInstLM, FITOL CO Exeter Temple & DME Practitioner East Devon, Teignbridge & Torbay
Please note that there is limited on-street parking which requires payment and is patrolled regularly 7 days a week. There is a large car park at Cathedral and Quay. Pedestrian exit from top floor.
Prayer meeting 09.45 - open to all. Please join us at any time in prayer for the day ahead, the Corps and our wider world. No need to wait in the foyer!
10.30 - 11.30 Morning Holiness meeting
Our morning worship is followed by refreshments and the opportunity to meet and chat together. We would ask that you respect those who still prefer to wear facemasks and remain socially distanced.
Takeaway meals for those in need in the community, are served by volunteers in the lower hall from 1pm. Please speak to Major Sue Camp-Richards or Bandmaster Peter Woolway if you would like to be included in this service.
Monday and Wednesdays: Parents and Tots 10 - 12noon
Tuesday: Songster rehearsal 7pm Band rehearsals 8.15pm
Wednesday evenings Bible Studies. Will be announced as our programme is restored following Covid-19 restrictions
Thursday mornings 10.15 am KIT club, (Keep in touch) with coffee and/or breakfast at a local venue. We shall be meeting on the last Thursday of each month at the Imperial at 10ish to 12ish. Please contact Philip Jones. 07944389715
We are now pleased to be able to continue our ministry in the City Centre selling our publications on Thursday mornings. Marks and Spencer have welcomed our return to their forecourt in the High Street. Payment can be made in cash or using the contactless machine. Their are some new members joining the team which is very encouraging.
Friday mornings 10 - 12 CONNECT club. A chance to meet and chat with coffee and a cake or participate in a wide range of activities and crafts.
Also on Friday evenings BP sections meet.
Saturday mornings. Sale of coffee and cakes as part of our building fund at St Stephen's Church in the High street. More details are found in the Fun raising segment.
It has been good to welcome new soldiers and adherents to our roll in spite of the lockdown and the pandemic.
During 2021 we have welcomed people who have transferred into the Corps.
Please continue to support our Commanding Officer, the Leadership team and our congregation as we start to return to worship and other activities and embrace further our Building Scheme. It is hoped that we shall start to see some of the building plan coming to fruition later this year.
CSM - Nicholas Walton
CS - Major Lawrie Brown
CT - Philip Jones
BM - Peter Woolway
SL - Patricia Downie
RS - Major Sue Camp-Richards
Communications Sec - Jane Williams
Street collections totalled £5592.03 - Thank you to a wonderful general public.
On Christmas Day 60 hot meals were packaged and delivered alongside some "posh" bags containing afternoon tea and gifts. 20 takeaway meals were collected form the Lucky Lane entrance and on the Sunday a further 22 meals were collected.
Our Charity this Christmas was InFocus - formerly the "West of England School for the blind for children with little or no sight". InFocus supports young people who are blind but also have other needs - physical, emotional and mental. We are thrilled that to date we have collected £1291.24 and a cheque has now been sent to InFocus.
Every week around 15 volunteers from our Community Team make meals and sandwiches, prepare goody bags, food parcels and make deliveries to those in need. Currently, a total of 80 + meals are prepared and given out each weekend. We are still continuing to work throughout the lockdown offering practical support with meals and food parcels, and some clothing items, and spiritual support with a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on.
If you would like to help us financially please use our Just Giving page.
There is a QR code on the wall inside the foyer and one on the outside notice board. It is good to know that the QR code was used several times over the Christmas period.
Did you know that you can also raise money for The Salvation Army every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you?
If you shop through Smile.Amazon.co.uk you can nominate The Salvation Army as your chosen charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% on purchases. Please note this is not a local donation but one that benefits the wider Salvation Army.
Other retailers are available and we're sure many of you will want to shop local once lockdown is over but if you are purchasing from Amazon you can raise money at the same time.
Until the recent pandemic and Lockdowns, Exeter Temple held held quarterly Temple Praise meetings.
Temple Praise - the first since Lockdowns took place on Sunday 5th December and was very successful.
The next Temple Praise will be on Sunday 6th March You are warmly invited to join us in 2022 for a programme of music and praise followed by fellowship and refreshments.
For more details contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 07787568654 or 07824770676
Parking: On street parking in Colleton Crescent or Cathedral and Quay car park - exit by top floor
Our Mission Journal shows that in order to fulfil plans for the future for the Corps and the community we needed to set up a substantial building fund. It was accepted that this would be a lengthy process, and rather than let fatigue set in we would try to enjoy our fund raising and so entitled this "Fun" raising. Obviously Covid-19 and Lockdowns have curtailed this but we are starting to plan new "fun" raising events very shortly.
We are pleased to announce that we have been able to book dates at St Stephen's Church in the High Street for Coffee Mornings
Dates for 2022: 12th March,14th May, 23rd July, 24th September and 26th November
Dates for your diary
Homelessness day - Sunday 30th January Special service to be held at St. Petrock's Church , High Street, Exeter at 4pm. Doors open 3.45pm. Refreshments following the service.
Sunday February 6th 10.30am Launch Self Denial
Sunday 27th February 10.30am Theme: SatCol
Sunday March 6th 10.30am Self Denial Altar Service
4pm Temple Praise
Sunday 27th March Mothers' Day
Sat/Sun 16/17th July Commissioning, Congress and Symphony Sounds. Combined events in a new venue. More details from THQ to follow.
Sat 17th/18th September Visit of International Staff Songsters. Saturday evening Concert at Exeter Temple and Sunday the ISS will visit local prisons for the Prison Ministry. Details will be available shortly.
As a Corps we are currently working through the Development of our Missional Journal. We aim to become a Dementia Friendly place of worship. In the first stages towards this, alongside the current Government Guidelines, we have improved signage for entrances, exits and toilets, have a designated Welcome team and photographs of the Corps Leaders.
All Corps Council members and Senior Leaders have attended a Dementia Awareness training, and most have attended the SA Safeguarding course and this will be reviewed again shortly.
Please contact the Corps Office by telephone or email if you have specific needs or requirements.
Exeter Charity shop/Donation Centre
If you would like to donate second hand or used items, please call the Donation Centre just off Exe Bridges on 01392 458140. They will confirm what items they are able to accept.
If you have large items of furniture and live within a 25-mile radius, the Centre may be able to collect.
You are also able to Gift Aid your donations so that once sold the SA receive an additional financial bonus.
The shop will also receive cans of food and dried goods, as a food bank, which will resource our Corps. Please check use by dates.
If you would like to volunteer to work in the shop, please phone the above number and ask about the opportunities available. If Corps members volunteer to work in the shop the Corps can receive their "wages". In the last financial year the Corps received the total of £2764. If you are interested in helping both the shop and the Corps in this way please speak to Major Robert or Major Alan Read.
Students who are coming to study at the University, Education or Medical Schools are very welcome to join with us. We have a small number of students who occasionally worship with us and some who enjoy meeting up at band and songster rehearsals. We understand that your priorities are your studies but you are always very welcome.
If you are aware of any students who have made applications for the next academic year, please extend our invitation to join us. Please check the Weekly activities module to access times of regular meetings and rehearsals. As well as being part of our weekly worship it has been good to welcome students who have been able to offer voluntary services for community meals preparation. We thank them for this.
There are also opportunities to work with our BP sections on a Friday evening.
The Corps has a thriving BP group of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers and they meet on a Friday evening.
As part of our Missional Journal we are hoping very shortly to be able to offer this facility. Some of our Leadership Team undertook the required training a while ago and other Corps members have volunteered but more will be needed.
On Tuesday 21st September there was the opportunity to discover more about this in an open meeting. A Major Alan Read is happy to talk to those who were unable to attend and there will be more meetings as the weeks pass.
The official launch, in the new year, will involve people from DHQ, THQ, Regional Specialists, the Leadership Team, MP Ben Bradshaw, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, members of the Department of Employment and others.