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Easter services, events updates & community news


stmarysseal1000pxHOLY WEEK & EASTER are approaching fast, and below (and on the Services page) is an at-a-glance list of services at St Mary’s and at St John’s.
This is an ‘extra’ news post, focussing on a variety of upcoming and newly-announced Community events. Please see the Events page for listings of upcoming entertainments and events further ahead.


HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES


Monday 10th April at 8.30am 
at St John’s Church, Bridgetown:
MORNING PRAYER

Wednesday 12th April at 10.30am 
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
EUCHARIST

Maundy Thursday at 8pm until midnight
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
SUNG EUCHARIST
with Meditation on the Servitude of Christ and Watch

Good Friday 
10am starting at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown:
WALK of WITNESS
(Churches Together in Totnes)
2pm at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
LITURGY of the PASSION
Meditation before the Cross & Eucharist

Holy Saturday at 7.30pm 
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
EASTER VIGIL & FIRST EUCHARIST of EASTER

Easter Day
8am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
EUCHARIST (BCP)
9.30am at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown:
EASTER COMMUNION
11.15am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SUNG EASTER EUCHARIST (Order 1) 

Easter Sunday 16th April at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


quietdayforlentposterA Quiet Day for Lent
Wednesday 29th March
from 10am to 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
STREAMS in the DESERT
Led by Rev Debbie Parsons, Team Vicar & Richard Frost, Team Reader
• tea & coffee provided – please bring your own lunch
• book your place by telephoning 01803 865196 or email
• all are welcome
• download a printable poster


Caring Town Information Exchange
We’re delighted to announce that the Caring Town Information Exchange will be open from Monday 27th March.
The need for this service was identified as a priority when Caring Town first started back in 2014, to help ensure that local people know about the great range of services on offer here – so this is an idea that has turned into reality, with many thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen, including Totnes Town Council who is our main partner.
Located in the front right ground floor room at The Mansion, we will be open from 10.30am – 2.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
Our Connectors, Denise or Victoria will be on hand to help signpost local people to local health, care and well-being services, groups and activities. These include formal and informal providers of public, community and private sector services. Working with South Hams CVS, we’ll also be helping connect people with volunteering opportunities.
Please drop in and say hello, meet Victoria and Denise and make sure we have information about your services – ideally we need an A4 portrait poster and some of your leaflets or flyers if you haven’t already provided these.
This is a learning stage for us, and we welcome your participation and support as the Connectors get up to speed on all the local services, and as we find out more about who uses the Caring Town Information Exchange and what they want from it.
We are not having a big public launch at this stage – for now we are letting you (our network) know and will use some social media to slowly raise our profile. I have attached our flyer – please feel free to send this to your staff, clients and volunteers and help us get the word out next week. We can also provide you with some hard copies.
we’ll be having an opening morning just for our Caring Town network people and organisations, and will let you know that date within the next few weeks
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Electoral Roll
A revision of the Electoral Roll will take place between 3rd April and 10th April. If your details have changed since last year or if you are a newcomer to the church and would like to be included on the register, please complete an application form and hand it to Douglas Mitchell (St Mary’s) or Anne Binns (St John’s) or a Church Warden by Monday, 10th April.


Annual Meeting
Wednesday 26th April
2017 at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Totnes with Bridgetown
ANNUAL MEETING
(Eucharist at 7pm)
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.
nomination papers available in both churches – please complete and return to Lynne Birch


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First Aid Course
Wednesday 5th April
 9.30am to 3.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
For members of St Mary’s and St John’s Churches.
If you are able, a voluntary contribution towards the cost would be very much appreciated. We will confirm your place as soon as possible but please bear with us as, if we have a lot of interest, you will appreciate we will need to ensure an even spread of attendees from both churches.
• cost per person: £25
• please email Carolyn Stilwell or telephone 01803 863030


Beyond Borders Totnes & District
You are invited to a screening of
WELCOME
(French with English subtitles)
Thursday 6th April at 7pm
in Bogan House (opposite the Market Square in Totnes)
A moving feature film about a young, unaccompanied Kurdish asylum seeker from Iraq hoping to cross the channel at Calais – and a Frenchman becoming aware of his predicament.
Made in 2009, these issues are as alive today in more ways than one…as we digest the voting down of the Dubs amendment’s scheme for sanctuary for children seeking UK asylum…and as young asylum seekers return to Calais with the French authorities clamping down on humanitarian aid organisations offering them food.
open discussion after the film, all views welcome
• donations welcome for Luck of Birth
• download a printable A4 poster


Children’s Singing Workshop

STOP PRESS! Full details for this workshop and informal performance have now arrived.
Please support this wonderful event, made possible by the successful recent fundraiser at St Mary’s Church Hall.
No charge – children in Year 3 and above are welcome.


NEW: Saturday 11th March all day from 10am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHILDREN’S MUSIC WORKSHOP
Informal performance at 2.15pm

Organised by Jan Dietz and led by Stephen Tanner
no charge for this event
• click to enlarge the poster for full details
to book a place call 01803 770515 or email Jan Dietz


visit by Bishop Sarah


stmarysseal1000pxA quick extra News post with a cutting from this week’s Totnes Times about Bishop Sarah’s visit. Details of most of her itinerary for this weekend are also below, including a couple of open-to-all events.

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sarah-mullally-bishop-of-creditonFriday 27th to Sunday 29th January
Totnes and nearby towns
VISIT by SARAH MULLALLY, BISHOP of CREDITON
The Totnes Deanery will be welcoming the Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton, as part of the Bishops in Mission initiative, when the Bishops of Exeter, Crediton and Plymouth will, between them, be visiting every part of the Diocese of Exeter during 2017. She will be attending events of all kinds in Dartmouth, South Brent, Dartington, Totnes and other churches within our Deanery.
After spending Friday in Dartmouth, she will visit Buckfastleigh on Saturday, ending with a Mission Event at St Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh at 7.30pm: Opening New Doors: A chance to discover what our Church is about in discussion with Bishop Sarah.
• this event is open to all, and we encourage everyone to come along
• see also special service (above) at St Mary’s Church, Totnes at 6.30pm on the Sunday
• read Bishop Sarah’s blog here


RevdDameSarahMullallySunday 29th January at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
DEANERY SUNG EUCHARIST
Bringing all the deanery choirs together, to conclude the visit by Sarah Mullaly, Bishop of Crediton
• all are welcome
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s / St Mary’s on this day