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• For Community News, please contact Liz Waterson 01803 849345
• To discuss Events, please contact Julian Hall 01803 867537
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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


January news & updates


stmarysseal1000pxWELCOME TO OUR FIRST BIG UPDATE FOR 2017!
There are lots of new things to read about – plus we’ve repeated a few important items from the mid-December news post, for those who may have been too busy during Christmastime to read them first time around.
Now that the festive season is over, the ever-popular Evensong returns to its regular scheduling of the third Sunday in the month. The Events listings have now filled up with things to go see or take part in for the rest of January, and early February, too.
We are saying a big thank you to those who supported and donated money and items for several fundraisers over recent weeks. Your contributions really help!
Liz Waterson‘s Community News section includes updates from the Food Bank, the date for the next Tuesday Afternoon House Group – plus details and memos about the myriad other things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
Near the end of this News post (keep scrolling down) there’s a contents list for the extended version of the January Parish Newsletter, along with a link to download it or read it online. (Producing, printing and distributing the Newsletter does incur costs, so – even if you only ever read it online – donations / contributions are being sought and will be gratefully received.)
Website update: to make space for listing upcoming new content, we’ve been slimming down the menus. Items that were under Downloads can now be found under News, Community or Services. If you can’t find something, try the search box, it works really well!
PS Coming soon – exciting news about future projects for St Mary’s, Totnes.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


SPECIAL SERVICE in Totnes


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Sunday 15th January at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme
Introit: Mid-winter – Chilcott
Responses: Sumsion
Hymn 86 From the eastern mountains
Psalm 96
Mag & Nunc: Purcell in G Minor
Anthem: Chorus from Christus – Mendelssohn
Anthem after the prayers: Joys Seven – Cleobury
Hymn 87 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


UPCOMING EVENTS


fromsyriawithlove2017Thursday 5th January to Friday 20th January
(for times see poster)
The Gallery at the Ariel Centre, Totnes
FROM SYRIA WITH LOVE
A presentation about the conflict was given by Baraaa Kouja on Monday 9th January
• sponsored by Totnes Citizens UK
• click the poster to view larger


imsprussiacove20170114Saturday 14th January at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SANDOR VEGH MEMORIAL CONCERT
by IMS Prussia Cove
with Kjell-Arne Jørgensen, Carlo de Martini, Ulrike-Anima Mathé & Krysia Osostowicz on violins; Tim Boulton & Werner Dickel on violas; Xenia Jankovic & Christoph Richter on cellos.
programme:
Beethoven String Quartet Op. 130

Schumann String Quartet Op. 41, no. 1
tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door subject to availability / free on the door for children and young people aged 25 and under: online or from  Dartington Box Office 01803 847070, or Totnes Bookshop, or Kingsbridge Information Centre 01548 853195
• click to poster to enlarge it


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Sunday 15th January at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
(see Special Service section, above, for programme)


Wednesday 18th January to Thursday 26th January
churches in and around Totnes
WEEK of PRAYER for CHRISTIAN UNITY
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click the list to view it larger


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st January
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: tba
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (left) by Joy Hanson


MESSY CHURCH  – 2017 forward dates formessychurchblue your diary
Saturday 18th February
Saturday 25th March
Saturday 22nd April
Saturday 20th May
Saturday 10th June 10.30am to 1.30pm
Messy Church Fiesta
at Exeter Cathedral: “All the fun of Messy Church with more people and more space”
Saturday 15th July
August – no Messy Church
Saturday 16th September
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 18th November
Saturday 9th December (party)


sarah-mullally-bishop-of-creditonFriday 27th to Sunday 29th January
Totnes and surrounding 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. Details of her packed itinerary will follow soon!
• read Bishop Sarah’s blog here


holocaustmemorialday2017UPDATED: Saturday 28th January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
The Friends of St Mary’s present a
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CONCERT
Elie Fruchter presents a recital of music and words, with Sam Richards, Lona Kozik, Vanessa Curtis and others, including original compositions by Sam Richards and Vanessa Curtis.
entry £5
coffee & cakes available for sale before the concert
• click the image to enlarge it
retiring collection in aid of The Holocaust Education Trust


exploringfaithleafletSaturday 11th February
to Saturday 15th July
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
EXPLORING OUR FAITH

Maybe you’re new or have been coming to church for years but are unsure about some of the things we do? Or you’re wondering about how it all relates to our Christian faith? Members of the Clergy and Reader ministry team will be leading a series of six sessions on selected Saturday mornings looking at the following topics:
Exploring the Bible
Why do we have the Bible? Where did it come from? Personal Bible reading.
Exploring Ceremonies
The importance and meanings of baptism, confirmation, marriage, funerals & ordination.
Exploring the Eucharist
What’s Holy Communion all about?
Exploring Prayer
What is prayer & why do we pray? Praying alone, praying together. Different ways into prayer.
Exploring the Church
What is the point of church? Buildings & robes. Mission & maintenance. Choirs & congregations.
Exploring Forgiveness
The relevance of confession, absolution, wholeness  & reconciliation.
• all sessions will take place at St John’s, Bridgetown
• click here for more details and to book your place


A BIG THANK YOU – for your support and donations


childrens-corner-at-st-marysChildren’s Corner
A very big thank you to all those who donated some lovely toys and beautiful Christmas books to the Children’s Corner at St Mary’s, Totnes.
Thank you too, to Kris Mindang for bringing her knitted Nativity to the Children’s Altar. The Altar also had its own special Advent Wreath. All these gifts make the Children’s Corner really welcoming and it is well used by our many visitors.


xmastreeanimChristmas Tree Festival – feedback
Thank you to everyone for the very generous donation of £391.23 to the Drop In Centre from the Christmas Tree monies at St Mary’s Church in Totnes. This is very much appreciated and gladly received.


coffeeheartCoffee Fund
Since Don Halstead was Treasurer there have been sales of jams, marmalades, chutneys, vegetables and other items to help pay for the coffee / tea which we enjoy free every Sunday. In that time we have raised over £900 for the funds, all of which has put back into the Church. We have bought a new coffee machine, 24 cups and saucers, an altar cloth, many books for the children’s corner, as well as coffee supplies.
Hexagonal Jam JarsThere are further jams etc. available in the New Year. Thanks to all who have made, grown or bought these offerings.
In addition, the recent sale of jams and chutney by Bridget Rogers, in aid of the children’s hospice charity Demelza raised £462.45, which is wonderful for a one-woman sale! Many thanks to all of you who provided jam jars with lids for this.


PRESS RELEASESt Mary’s Church gets project development award


National Churches Trust awards a £10,000 Grant to St Mary’s Church, Totnes
reposted from 21st December 2016
nationalchurchestrustThe future of St Mary’s Church, Totnes, is one step further to being secured after a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust to fund a Project Development grant ahead of a major building project in 2018.
St Mary’s Church has identified the need for substantial restoration, refurbishment and reordering works in order to ensure the structure is fully safe, fit for purpose and sustainable both as a place of worship and for wider community use.
The Project Development grant will allow the Church to undertake options appraisals in respect of the proposed works and further consultation within the community including exploring potential opportunities to broaden the community use of the building through working with arts / community partnerships.
John Birch, the project team leader, says

St Mary’s Church is at the heart of the community of Totnes as well as being a major tourist attraction within the town. Unfortunately its very existence is threatened by its condition and its current inability to provide a full and comprehensive community facility.
The church’s vision is to reverse the building’s physical deterioration and to have it removed from the Heritage at Risk register as well as expand its usage by creating a welcoming and thriving community facility that provides an inspiring, fully useable and fit-for-purpose place for worship, music, performing arts and arts display.
Obtaining the grant from the National Churches Trust is a good start.

• for more information about this award visit St Mary’s page on their website
contact: John Birch 01803 84025907974243352


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Food Bank updates
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• more about the Food Bank here


housegroupTuesday Afternoon House Group
Next meeting will be on 24th January at 2pm
at 4 Swallowfield, Riverside (Mary Harris)
We are studying Chapter 7 of A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club 2017 forward dates for your diary
Monday 6th February The House on The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Mandy Barfoot
Monday 3rd April Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)
Monday 5th June Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Debbie Parsons
Monday 7th August Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild by Judy Fairbairns
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)


calendarclockClergy days off
Thursdays
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon, or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos


jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget will collect them next time she is in Totnes,


caregiftaccountGift Aid Officer vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are (still!) looking for a new Gift Aid Officer to record the Gift Aided donations and to claim the Gift Aid on them. This is an honorary position. Knowledge of spreadsheets required.
• to find our more, email Lynne Birch or call her on 01803 840259


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale
Delicious damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!
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PARISH NEWSLETTER – the January 2017 issue is online


Parish News January 2017 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Let’s Pray for Donald Trump – by Michael Heather
  • National Churches Trust Award – by John Birch
  • Crossing Barriers – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just A New Year’s Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Tackling Food Poverty In Devon – Church of England
  • Scope Shop Totnes – by Joy Hanson
  • From Afghanistan To Torquay – the story of Reverend Rob Densmore
  • Successful Lottery Application – for St John’s windows
  • Celebrating Marriage – a special meal in the Little Dart Mission Community
  • This Year Listen To God – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.
*remember you can advertise in the newsletter – rates updated November 2016


REMINDERS…


coffeecupCoffee at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Servers needed! It seems that quite a few people like drinking coffee after the service, but not many like serving it… Please contact one of the team if you’d like to help – otherwise it’s something that will disappear, which would be a shame!


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank Items
Please check the sell by dates on food bank items.
I have to go through all the gifts and remove those that are out of date, empty the cans and then recycle – rather messy work. Any out of date food sent to the Food Bank which has to be disposed of by them has to be paid for. Also, very sadly, we are unable to give homemade gifts as there is provenance or dating. This is not problem at our fairs or coffee mornings, because purchaser and seller deal directly with one another. Any gifts, if you are unable to leave them in St Mary’s Church, may be left at any time in my porch. I am also collecting duvets and blankets and clothes for Mark, who will be opening the Drop In as a night shelter this winter.
• further information: Liz Waterson 01803 84934 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER
• remember, we would love to receive more toiletries and household cleaning products!


foodboxFood Bank collections
You can bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need anymore to wait for the first Sunday of the month. Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.
please check all sell-by dates (see above)!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can now download an invoice
(Word document), updated February 2016, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are really desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster


Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page


wovencrossThe Cross in Your Pocket
Several of our ladies have been embroidering pocket crosses – they are free and can be found in St George’s Chapel.
They have been extremely popular and we have received many thanks for them. If you would like to help make some more, please contact Jean Marr on: 01803 847839
the beautiful cross pictured left (click to enlarge) was made by one of the stewards at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


prayerprofilePrayer
at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome


table talkTable Talk
Every third Thursday of the month at The Seven Stars, between 10am and 12noon. Meet at the large table at the back, behind the bar, for coffee, etc.
• contact Anne Binns for more information on 01803 840146


albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Liz Balkwill 01803 863355 or Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday


St John's Church handprintsMeditation Group
The Meditation Group meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158


penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and two-pennies.
The box is titled ‘Pennies for Heaven’.


For further information on any of the above Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


Happy New Year


stmarysseal1000pxWE WISH EVERYONE a Peaceful and Happy 2017!
To start the new year off
, below is a summary of events and special services, so far, for January and beyond. We’re also busily compiling a community news update, including some inspiring news about projects for St Mary’s, Totnes – so keep watching this space…
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


UPCOMING EVENTS & SPECIAL SERVICES in and around Totnes


xmastreeanimENDS: Tuesday 3rd January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
Last chance to come and see this year’s glorious display – call by if you’re in town for the sales!


wildchurchwisdommeditationNEW: Wednesday 4th January at 5.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
WISDOM MEDITATION
Wild Monastics
return to Dartington Church for simple, interspiritual sacred chant and silence by candlelight. As Epiphany is approaching, which remembers the Three Wise Ones who witnessed the divine light, this meditation will be dedicated to the awakening of wisdom within the heart of us all and to new beginnings.
Dartington Church is old, beautiful and very cold – perfect for Wild Monastics! Be wise and come well prepared with many warm layers, a blanket, hat or hood (& maybe even a hottie!). We also love the dark, so you may like to bring a torch for arriving & leaving… and be assured, we are there, even if you can’t see or hear us!
• click here for the facebook event page


fromsyriawithlove2017NEW: from Thursday 5th January to Friday 20th January
(for times see poster)
The Gallery at the Ariel Centre, Totnes
FROM SYRIA WITH LOVE
A presentation about the conflict will be given by Baraaa Kouja on Monday 9th January at 6.30pm
• sponsored by Totnes Citizens UK
• click the poster to view larger


hollypilgrimageNEW: Sunday 8th January
St Barnabas Church, Brooking TQ9 6DT
HOLLY PILGRIMAGE
Please note venue change for this next Wild Church Tree Pilgrimage – to avoid risk of ice travelling to our previously planned Holne venue, we shall now be continuing to explore more local hidden wilds in the Dartington area.
This pilgrimage will draw us into communion with Bidwell Brook & the hollies around Venton. We will begin from beautiful Brooking Church, built around 1850 for Dartington Champernowne family. Gather in the porch from 10.45am for an 11am start.
After gathering together with hollies in and around the churchyard, we’ll walk silently down and along Bidwell Brook and into the woods to meet some very special grandparent hollies & share communion. This will be a slower circular walk over a shorter distance, returning to Brooking Church. The footpath may be very muddy, so walking boots or wellies are recommended.
Parking is available by the Church and please come prepared with warm layers, waterproofs and drinks & snacks (if needed) for this 2hr seasonal sacred space, which includes silent walking, reflective sharing and a collaborative, silent communion and is open to all.
donations (suggested £5 to £10) are invited
• click here for the facebook event page


prussiacovelogoNEW: Saturday 14th January at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SANDOR VEGH MEMORIAL CONCERT
by IMS Prussia Cove
with Kjell-Arne Jørgensen, Carlo de Martini, Ulrike-Anima Mathé & Krysia Osostowicz on violins; Tim Boulton & Werner Dickel on violas; Xenia Jankovic & Christoph Richter on cellos.
programme:
Beethoven String Quartet Op. 130

Schumann String Quartet Op. 41, no. 1
tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door subject to availability / free on the door for children and young people aged 25 and under: online from  or Dartington Box Office 01803 847070, or Totnes Bookshop, or Kingsbridge Information Centre 01548 853195


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NEW: Sunday 15th January at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme
Introit: Mid-winter – Chilcott
Responses: Sumsion
Hymn 86 From the eastern mountains
Psalm 96
Mag & Nunc: Purcell in G Minor
Anthem: Chorus from Christus – Mendelssohn
Anthem after the prayers: Joys Seven – Cleobury
Hymn 87 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir.


NEW: Wednesday 18th January to Thursday 26th January
churches in and around Totnes
WEEK of PRAYER for CHRISTIAN UNITY
weekofprayer2017
click the list to view it larger


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st January
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: tba
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (left) by Joy Hanson


MESSY CHURCH  – 2017 forward dates formessychurchblue your diary
Saturday 18th February
Saturday 25th March
Saturday 22nd April
Saturday 20th May
Saturday 10th June 10.30am to 1.30pm Messy Church Fiesta
at Exeter Cathedral: “All the fun of Messy Church with more people and more space”
Saturday 15th July
no Messy Church in August
Saturday 16th September
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 18th November
Saturday 9th December (party)


sarah-mullally-bishop-of-creditonNEW: Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January
Totnes and surrounding 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. Details of her packed itinerary will follow soon!
• read Bishop Sarah’s blog here


music-candleNEW: Saturday 28th January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CONCERT
• details to be announced
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exploringfaithleafletNEW: Saturday 11th February
to Saturday 15th July
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
EXPLORING OUR FAITH

Maybe you’re new or have been coming to church for years but are unsure about some of the things we do? Or you’re wondering about how it all relates to our Christian faith? Members of the Clergy and Reader ministry team will be leading a series of six sessions on selected Saturday mornings looking at the following topics:
Exploring the Bible
Why do we have the Bible? Where did it come from? Personal Bible reading.
Exploring Ceremonies
The importance and meanings of baptism, confirmation, marriage, funerals & ordination.
Exploring the Eucharist
What’s Holy Communion all about?
Exploring Prayer
What is prayer & why do we pray? Praying alone, praying together. Different ways into prayer.
Exploring the Church
What is the point of church? Buildings & robes. Mission & maintenance. Choirs & congregations.
Exploring Forgiveness
The relevance of confession, absolution, wholeness  & reconciliation.
• all sessions will take place at St John’s, Bridgetown
• click here for more details and to book your place


December news & updates


WE HOPE EVERYONE is having a warm and wonderful Christmas!
Below is a summary of Christmastime services still to come at our Team Churches. There are two new sets of very festive photos to view, and some very good news about a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust to St Mary’s Church, Totnes.
Liz Waterson‘s Community News section includes some fundraising feedback, a wish list for Syrian Refugees moving into this area – plus details and memos about the myriad other things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
Near the end of this news post (keep scrolling down) there’s a contents list for the December Parish Newsletter, along with a link to download it or read it. Producing, printing and distributing the Newsletter does incur costs, so – even if you only ever read it online – donations / contributions are being sought and will be gratefully received.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2016 – photos by Lynn Blackmore


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• click the photos to view them larger
• or see them all at once on the gallery page


PET SERVICE 2016 – photos by Chris Martin


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• click the photos to view them larger
• or see them all at once on the gallery page


CHRISTMASTIME services & events


xmastreeanimUntil Tuesday 3rd January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
Come see this year’s glorious display when attending services or in town for Christmas shopping or the sales.
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carolbellsThursday 22nd December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CAROL SERVICE
 
all welcome


cribserviceFriday 23rd December at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
CRIB SERVICE
 
all welcome


CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES


stmarysdartingtonexterior03Christmas Eve at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTINGLE

marldonchurchChristmas Eve at 3pm
St John’s Church, Marldon
CHRISTINGLE

stjohnssnowChristmas Eve at 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE

marldonchurchChristmas Eve at 11.10pm for an 11.30pm start
St John’s Church, Marldon
MIDNIGHT MASS

stmarysberrypomeroyChristmas Eve at 11.15pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
MIDNIGHT MASS
• mulled wine served from 10.45pm

stmaryssnowChristmas Eve at 11.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
MIDNIGHT MASS


CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES


St Peter's Church CornworthyChristmas Day at 9.15am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

stjohnssnowChristmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHRISTMAS FAMILY EUCHARIST 

marldonchurchChristmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Marldon
FAMILY COMMUNION

stdavidsashpringtoncropChristmas Day at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

stmarysdartingtonexterior03Christmas Day at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

stmaryssnowChristmas Day at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS FAMILY SERVICE


BOXING DAY SERVICES


stmaryssnowBoxing Day at 10am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


stmaryssnowWednesday 28th December at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


NEW YEAR’S DAY 2017 SERVICES


stjohnssnowSunday 1st January at 10.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
TEAM SERVICE


PRESS RELEASESt Mary’s Church gets project development award


National Churches Trust awards a £10,000 Grant to St Mary’s Church, Totnes
21st December 2016
nationalchurchestrustThe future of St Mary’s Church, Totnes, is one step further to being secured after a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust to fund a Project Development grant ahead of a major building project in 2018.
St Mary’s Church has identified the need for substantial restoration, refurbishment and reordering works in order to ensure the structure is fully safe, fit for purpose and sustainable both as a place of worship and for wider community use.
The Project Development grant will allow the Church to undertake options appraisals in respect of the proposed works and further consultation within the community including exploring potential opportunities to broaden the community use of the building through working with arts / community partnerships.
John Birch, the project team leader, says

St Mary’s Church is at the heart of the community of Totnes as well as being a major tourist attraction within the town. Unfortunately its very existence is threatened by its condition and its current inability to provide a full and comprehensive community facility.
The church’s vision is to reverse the building’s physical deterioration and to have it removed from the Heritage at Risk register as well as expand its usage by creating a welcoming and thriving community facility that provides an inspiring, fully useable and fit-for-purpose place for worship, music, performing arts and arts display.
Obtaining the grant from the National Churches Trust is a good start.

• for more information on NCT visit their website
contact: John Birch 01803 84025907974243352


PCC MINUTES of 7th SEPTEMBER 2016


pccnewssnip201612Available to download as doc or pdf, or read online.
• previous minutes are located under News / PCC news
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COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


sleepingbagclipartCharity Sunday feedback
Many thanks for your wonderful generosity to the Drop In / Night Shelter on Charity Sunday this year. The two collections came to £700. Mark Hatch says that he really enjoyed joining with us for both the morning service and Advent Carol Service in the evening. He feels incredibly wonderfully supported by the Totnes Team and holds us all in a special place in his heart.
If healthy funding for Revival Life Ministries (the Charity that oversees the Drop In and pays Mark) continues, they will be able to give him a small pay rise. He is paid for 3 hours per day – just for the morning opening of the Drop In.
The Night Shelter has been open for 8 nights so far (it opens when the temperature is zero or below or severe weather is forecast). This entails a 12 hour shift by Mark (who has to be there for legal reasons) and his small team of volunteers. This work is done entirely on a voluntary basis. The work continues because everyone is precious, everyone is loved ~ A  bruised reed, He will not break  (Isaiah 42 v3)


coffeeheartCoffee Fund
Since Don Halstead was Treasurer there have been sales of jams, marmalades, chutneys, vegetables and other items to help pay for the coffee / tea which we enjoy free every Sunday. In that time we have raised over £900 for the funds, all of which has put back into the Church. We have bought a new coffee machine, 24 cups and saucers, an altar cloth, many books for the children’s corner, as well as coffee supplies.
Hexagonal Jam JarsThere will be further jams etc available after the service and in the New Year. Thanks to all who have made, grown or bought these offerings.
In addition, the recent sale of jams and chutney by Bridget Rogers, in aid of the children’s hospice charity Demelza raised £462.45, which is wonderful for a one-woman sale! Many thanks to all of you who provided jam jars with lids for this.


Wish List for refugees
refugeesupportdevonA wish list for South Hams–based Syrian families – outreach requests – in spirit of seasonal generosity, from Beyond Borders Totnes on behalf of Refugee Support Devon
The following items would be warmly welcomed by Syrian families, recently arrived with refugee status, to live in the South Hams. If you have any of these items to pass along – as you upgrade or grow out of things or just want to purchase to donate – please email Refugee Support Devon, who will have local support volunteers to collect the items from you. Any items need to be in good condition / working order. Many thanks!
Floor rugs – to cosy living rooms
Bikes – for 8, 10 and 13
Scooter for 6 yr old
Skipping ropes
Backpacks for school use for 5 children, boy aged 14, girl 10, girl 7, boy 6 and boy 4
Warm winter clothing of good quality / good condition jumpers, coats, socks (sizes approximate):
Women sizes: 12/14 and 18/20 (including tights, knee socks)
Men: sizes medium and large/XL
Boys: 4, 6, 13yr old
Tights, girls clothes  age 8 and 10
Navy or black or grey tracksuit bottoms (for PE) girl aged 10, girl aged 7 and boy aged 6
Track suits for men – M & L/XL
Men and boys’ sports clothing
and
Technology provides key support for learning English fast – so any help with these greatly appreciated:
Digital TV
Laptop / Ipad
Portable radio
CD player / boom box
Anyone wanting, in Christmas spirit, to sponsor TV licences for the families (£145 per year – in full or part) can send cheques made out to Refugee Support Devon to:
Refugee Support Devon (RSD), Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RG
refugeesupportdevonlogoThank you in advance for any offerings you might be able to make. The transitions from Syria to South Hams , from war and loss to the different daily culture and accoutrements of life in England – are vast. All these small contributions are appreciated. Please also ask around of family or friends if anyone in your personal network might have any of the above.
• please contact RSD  about any possibilities – they have responsibility for overseeing support for the families.


this is a tin of NOT BrassoBrass Cleaning
A very big thank you to the brave souls who turned up to the brass cleaning. All now sparkles for the festive season.


smallchangecoinsSponsorship for Gill & Fred Still
Please give your donations to a churchwarden as soon as possible! Some people still haven’t paid!
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house groupsHouse Groups
Both house groups are taking breaks until 10th January…
2pm at 4 Riverside (Mary Harris) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
We are studying Chapter 7 of A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club 2017 forward dates for your diary
Monday 6 February The House on The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Mandy Barfoot
Monday 3rd April Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)
Monday 5th June Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Debbie Parsons
Monday 7th August Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild by Judy Fairbairns
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)


calendarclockClergy days off
Thursdays
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!


stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon, or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos


emergencyfoodparcels2016

Totnes Food Bank
Emergency Food Parcels at Market Place Ministries (opposite the Drop In): Totnes Food Bank opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.
• please note that you can now drop off items for the Food bank at Morrisons – there is a collection bin near the toilets
• click here to download a printable poster


jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget will collect them next time she is in Totnes,


caregiftaccountGift Aid Officer vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are (still!) looking for a new Gift Aid Officer to record the Gift Aided donations and to claim the Gift Aid on them. This is an honorary position. Knowledge of spreadsheets required.
• to find our more, email Lynne Birch or call her on 01803 840259


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale
Delicious damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!
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PARISH NEWSLETTER – the December issue is online


Parish News December 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Christmas Services – at St Mary’s Totnes and St John’s Bridgetown
  • Mary and Joseph take to the Road Again – by Joy Hanson
  • Christmas – by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just A Christmas Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Helping Hand at Christmas – Diocese of Exeter
  • SPG on TV – in a Call The Midwife Christmas Special
  • Start Taking Time Off – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Celebrating 150 Years – a special service in Exeter Cathedral
  • Messenger of God’s Love – by Bishop Sarah Mullally
  • University Calling – a journey from student to chaplain at Exeter University

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.
*remember you can advertise in the newsletter – rates updated November 2016


REMINDERS…


coffeecupCoffee at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Servers needed! It seems that quite a few people like drinking coffee after the service, but not many like serving it… Please contact one of the team if you’d like to help – otherwise it’s something that will disappear, which would be a shame!


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank Items
Please check the sell by dates on food bank items.
I have to go through all the gifts and remove those that are out of date, empty the cans and then recycle – rather messy work. Any out of date food sent to the Food Bank which has to be disposed of by them has to be paid for. Also, very sadly, we are unable to give homemade gifts as there is provenance or dating. This is not problem at our fairs or coffee mornings, because purchaser and seller deal directly with one another. Any gifts, if you are unable to leave them in St Mary’s Church, may be left at any time in my porch. I am also collecting duvets and blankets and clothes for Mark, who will be opening the Drop In as a night shelter this winter.
• further information: Liz Waterson 01803 84934 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER
• remember, we would love to receive more toiletries and household cleaning products!


foodboxFood Bank collections
You can bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need anymore to wait for the first Sunday of the month. Many thanks to everyone who donates – your help is greatly appreciated.
please check all sell-by dates (see above)!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can now download an invoice
(Word document), updated February 2016, for the core costs (Service, Marriage Certificate, Calling of Banns, optional Banns Certificate and heating if applicable) of a Wedding Service provided by the Totnes Team Ministry.
full details HERE
• if anyone would like to send us photos from their wedding service, we’d love to have some to post on the website


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are really desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster


Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page


wovencrossThe Cross in Your Pocket
Several of our ladies have been embroidering pocket crosses – they are free and can be found in St George’s Chapel.
They have been extremely popular and we have received many thanks for them. If you would like to help make some more, please contact Jean Marr on: 01803 847839
the beautiful cross pictured left (click to enlarge) was made by one of the stewards at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


prayerprofilePrayer
at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome


table talkTable Talk
Every third Thursday of the month at The Seven Stars, between 10am and 12noon. Meet at the large table at the back, behind the bar, for coffee, etc.
• contact Anne Binns for more information on 01803 840146


albertinn_72Sunday Lunches
Would you like to have a roast lunch at the Albert Inn, Bridgetown, on the first Sunday of the month, with members of St John’s and St Mary’s churches?
• to book, please ring Liz Balkwill 01803 863355 or Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday


St John's Church handprintsMeditation Group
The Meditation Group meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158


penniesforheavenPennies for Heaven
There is a collection box at the back of St John’s Church, Bridgetown, every Sunday for your pennies and two-pennies.
The box is titled ‘Pennies for Heaven’.


For further information on any of the above Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


Christmas at-a-glance


stmarysseal1000pxCHRISTMAS IS COMING!
There’s so much to tell you about, we’re making a two-part News post this time. First, today, is a list of all the services and entertainment events (so far), woven together and including those at rural Team Churches.
All the listings below can also be found compiled on a new Christmas 2016 at-a-glance page – or find it under the Events menu; please check it from time to time for any changes or additions.
If you’d prefer to see services and entertainments listed separately, visit these pages instead: Events and Services.
In a day or two’s time, we’ll put up a second News post, with the latest community news and other information.
Scroll right down for a contents list for this month’s wonderful as ever Parish Newsletter.
And lastly for now, by popular demand, the snow is back (on this website at least).
Many thanks to everyone who helped coordinate all of this edition’s information.


CHRISTMASTIME services & events


NEW: Friday 2nd December from 7pm to 9pm
Methodist Church, Totnes
SDRSDN Poster


Microsoft Word - Pet Service POSTER 2016 v2.docxSunday 4th December at 4.30pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
ANNUAL PET SERVICE
supporting Animals in Need
• everyone welcome (including pets in an appropriate cage or on a lead)
• there will be an opportunity for animal lovers the service to post their written dedications in a special box just inside the main door of St. Mary’s – all dedications will be included in The Blessing. The hope is that children will be attending the service, and Reverend Julian may use the opportunity to include them by asking them to read some of the dedications out during the service.
download a printable poster
• click HERE to view galleries from a past Pet Thanksgiving Service


Sacred Space Poster December 2014NEW: Sunday 4th December
from 6.30pm to 7.15pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
SACRED SPACE
theme: Finding Your Way Home
A continuing initiative of St Mary’s and St John’s churches, an opportunity for alternative and creative worship.
all welcome
• for more information, call Reverend Debbie Parsons on 01803 840113


stnicholas02NEW: Tuesday 6th December (St Nicholas Day)
from 8.30am to 9am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
SPECIAL PRAYER MEETING
for the application to Heritage Lottery Funding for a grant of £200,000 for the replacement of our windows, new disabled toilet and upgrade of downstairs kitchen. Please join us in person or in spirit at home, as the Allocation Committee meets this day. We pray ‘Please Lord may they be as generous to us as St Nicholas was to children in throwing gold coins down the chimney!’


xmastreeanimNEW: Tuesday 6th December at 6pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL (begins)
There will be a brief service to mark the opening of the Christmas Tree FestivalCome along as part of your visit to the Totnes Christmas Market!


cameochristmas2016Saturday 10th December
from 10.30am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s presents a
CAMEO CHRISTMAS COFFEE CONCERT
A Short Programme of Christmas Music
Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and a selection of carols old and new, directed by Bob Barsby.
Peter Wood – baritone
Rick Godlee – cello
Jenny Shepley – piano
programme £5
coffee and cakes on sale from 10.30am
download a printable poster


rejoiceconcert2016NEW: Saturday 10th December at 7pm
St Andrew’s Church, Sand’s Road, Paignton TQ4 6HA
REJOICE ~ A Christmas Chorus
in aid of the Special Care Baby Unit & Children’s Ward, Torbay Hospital
£7 per ticket from Veronica Layne 07780512745 or from Torbay Hospital Children’s Ward or from Choir members
• cakes and refreshments available


wildchurch02NEW: Sunday 11th December from 11am to 1pm
Sacred Yew Pilgrimage
Journey with Cami Robyn of Beloved Sanctuary & Reverend Sam on a silent Staverton to Dartington pilgrimage to meet the ancient sacred yews in the churchyards of St Paul’s, Staverton & St Mary’s, Dartington – including a yew berry mead communion.
• more details to be announced


carols04NEW: Sunday 11th December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
CAROL SERVICE
no morning service on this day


serviceofremembranceNEW: Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
in association with Perring Funeral Directors
A service for all those who have lost friends or relatives and wish to come together to remember them at this time of year.
refreshments will be served after the service.


parviswindowNEW: Friday 16th December from 11am to 1pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SONGS AROUND THE PIANO
with Gwyn George, plus Mair and Petya on piano and flute – these gifted local musicians will entertain, hoping to raise funds towards the repair of the Parvis window (currently boarded up as seen from the street) and in urgent need of renovation. All you have to do, to support Friends of St Mary’s in this work, is to come along and join in the singing of Christmas and other favourites n the well-loved traditional way, around the piano, at this special time of year. A warm welcome awaits you.
~ Sandra Nicholson

• there will be no admission charge but donations, of whatever you can afford, will be most appreciated
• luxury hot chocolate, coffee and mince pies will be on sale from 10.30am


christmasbellsNEW: Friday December 16th at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN WORDS AND MUSIC
Words for Voices and The Devon Waites
• includes audience carols , mulled wine and mince pies
tickets £10 (under 16s £5 ) from Creative Crafts and Needlework shop opposite St Mary’s Church


carols02NEW: Saturday 17th December at 4pm
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
SERVICE of LESSONS & CAROLS
 
all welcome


devonlyvoices20161217NEW: Saturday 17th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
WINTER CONCERT
Devonly Voices and The Singers Upstairs
are joining together as usual at this time of year for their Winter Concert. Over 70 voices welcome you to a fabulous evening of BIG acappella sound, gorgeous harmonies and a very festive atmosphere
entry £10 on the door (under 16s donation)
• all money raised goes to St John’s Church Window Appeal
Devonly Voices website


ChristmasCarolsNEW: Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE of 9 LESSONS & CAROLS
Traditional Service, with St Mary’s Choir, and featuring our wonderful candelabra!


carolbellsNEW: Thursday 22nd December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CAROL SERVICE
 
all welcome


cribserviceNEW: Friday 23rd December at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
CRIB SERVICE
 
all welcome


CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES


stmarysdartingtonexterior03Christmas Eve at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTINGLE

marldonchurchChristmas Eve at 3pm
St John’s Church, Marldon
CHRISTINGLE

stjohnssnowChristmas Eve at 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE

marldonchurchChristmas Eve at 11.10pm for an 11.30pm start
St John’s Church, Marldon
MIDNIGHT MASS

stmarysberrypomeroyChristmas Eve at 11.15pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
MIDNIGHT MASS
• mulled wine served from 10.45pm

stmaryssnowChristmas Eve at 11.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
MIDNIGHT MASS


CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES


St Peter's Church CornworthyChristmas Day at 9.15am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

stjohnssnowChristmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHRISTMAS FAMILY EUCHARIST 

marldonchurchChristmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Marldon
FAMILY COMMUNION

stdavidsashpringtoncropChristmas Day at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

stmarysdartingtonexterior03Christmas Day at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST

stmaryssnowChristmas Day at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS FAMILY SERVICE


BOXING DAY SERVICES


stmaryssnowBoxing Day at 10am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


stmaryssnowWednesday 28th December at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


NEW YEAR’S DAY 2017 SERVICES


stjohnssnowSunday 1st January at 10.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
TEAM SERVICE


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the December issue is online


Parish News December 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Christmas Services – at St Mary’s Totnes and St John’s Bridgetown
  • Mary and Joseph take to the Road Again – by Joy Hanson
  • Christmas – by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just A Christmas Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Helping Hand at Christmas – Diocese of Exeter
  • SPG on TV – in a Call The Midwife Christmas Special
  • Start Taking Time Off – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Celebrating 150 Years – a special service in Exeter Cathedral
  • Messenger of God’s Love – by Bishop Sarah Mullally
  • University Calling – a journey from student to chaplain at Exeter University

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.
*remember you can advertise in the newsletter – rates updated November 2016