Tuesday 24th March 9:00

Dear friends,

We live in interesting times!  As an international Community we live daily with the fact that the world is a small place.  From its very beginnings Lee Abbey has been a place where the nations of the world have come together to serve God and his people – in its early days even those who had once been enemies lived, worked, worshipped, prayed and served alongside each other.  It has also always been a place where we have shared the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and pains of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.  At this time, as the world faces the pandemic of coronavirus, this is as true as it ever has been and we continue to be people of worship, prayer and service.

Each week in our liturgy here we echo these words of Jacob at Bethel – ‘Surely the LORD is in this place’.  We know this to be true; we have been deeply encouraged today by the prayerful generosity of friends, even as this situation continues to unfold.  We also weekly, recommit ourselves to following faithfully the God who has called each one of us to this place as we say ‘So we go forward still by faith and prayer’.  This is what we will continue to do here, just as we always have done, and we want to encourage you, our guests, Friends and supporters to do the same in your communities.  The world needs us to be people of faith, hope and prayer more than ever; may it be so.

You will see below an important update regarding our bookings.

Blessings,

Barbara

 

Rev Barbara Carpenter

Acting Warden

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Bookings Update

On Monday 16th March 2020 the UK government issued instructions that people should avoid all non-essential travel and contact with others to help curb Coronavirus.  As a result of this, we have taken the decision that, for the time being, Lee Abbey Devon cannot welcome guests to come and stay with us.

We do not know the length of time the Coronavirus situation will impact us in this way.  In the light of this, please refer to the relevant section below depending on when you are due to be arriving for your visit.

I am due to arrive for my visit before 7th June 2020, what happens about my booking?

As you can appreciate the Coronavirus situation is having a significant impact on our income.
We would like you to prayerfully consider the following three options that we are offering you in relation to your booking :

1.    Transfer your booking to a future date

2.    Gift to Lee Abbey Devon all or part of the fees for your booking as a way of supporting us through this difficult time

3.    Receive a full refund

Please contact the office, preferably by e-mail (bookings@leeabbey.org.uk), or by telephone (01598 752621), to let us know what you would like us to do about your booking.

I am due to arrive after the 7th June 2020, what happens about my booking?

At this time we ask that you bear with us to see how long this situation continues to impact us in this way.  If you feel you need to cancel your booking at this stage anyway, then our normal cancellation terms apply. At this stage of more than 8 weeks before your arrival, you would forfeit your non-refundable deposit. Contact the office if you want to do this but we would encourage you to wait until nearer the time of your visit before making a decision.

 

Donations

If you feel in response to the situation that you would like to donate financially to support the ongoing ministry of the Lee Abbey Devon Community, you can do so from our donations page. We thank you for your support.

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