Fore Street Topsham, Exeter

Minister : Reverend Paul Collings BTh (Hons) : email : : Telephone : 01392 206229 : Mobile : 07941 880768

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St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Around the City - thoughts on Exeter’s past 14

 The Weir By Rev’d Paul Collings

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In 1564-6 John Trew of Glamorgan cut a 1¾ mile channel which became the Exeter ship canal, the first such, in England. The canal was only 16ft wide and 3ft deep but it made it possible for barges to bypass the shallow and unreliable river. The old St Leonard's Weir was replaced by Trews Weir to raise the river to feed the canal. The weir was used to provide water for a fulling mill, a cotton mill and a paper mill.

Ezekiel 47:9  And wherever the river goes,[a] every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea[b] may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. 

The constant flow of river streams

Speak of your blessings here that seems

To pour upon my arid soul,

Refresh, renew and make me whole.

As rain falls down on higher ground

Towards the coast as seaward bound,

The river courses ‘cross the land;

On, on it goes till reach shore strand.

Lord, source of life, come wash my heart

With flowing waters, there  impart

New purity of heart and mind

As in those waters, grace I find.

Help me dear Lord, to channel grace

To others there in arid place,

And in the waters you provide

Flow on for ever by your side.

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” - Rainer Maria Rilke


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