September news & updates (part one)


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Julian recently led a baby thanksgiving service by the river at Tuckenhay. Not a formal baptism, just giving thanks for the birth of the lovely Tallulah May to parents Polly (who used to sing in the choir) and Jamie. A lovely service with the families, followed by a trip down the river to the Maltsters with Pimms and a buffet. A great occasion!


newsletterthumb201308Parish Newsletter: For those who didn’t manage to get hold of a printed copy, the August issue is now online with another bumper eight pages of articles, news and information, including:

  • Sacred Space by the Rev’d Deborah Parsons
  • Warm, Affordable and Green by Julian Hall
  • Apologising by Chris Grimshaw
  • Whole Life Discipleship by Paul Hardingham
  • Don’t Just Stand There, Do Nothing! by Canon David Winter
  • Water is Getting Scarcer
  • Grateful Faith, Saving Faith
  • What Does it Take to Make You More Christ-like?
  • Evict Your Worries

Click HERE to read or download the August edition, also downloadable are back issues from recent months.

  • The September issue will be online towards the end of this month; meanwhile printed copies are available from the Churches.

Update from the Totnes Drop In: The Drop In has established great relationships with South Hams Council and care providers. Pastor Mark tells us that anyone wishing to be housed and helped in Totnes can and will be helped.

  • Contact Mark at the Drop In on Babbage Road Monday to Friday 10am–12noon, or call Liz Waterson for further details on 01803 849345 / email Liz.

Donations for Totnes Food Bank: Life made simple! Many worshippers at St Mary’s have said they would like to donate food for the Food Bank but aren’t quite sure where to start. Now there will be a simple way for people at St Mary’s to show their support.

UPDATE: To make it easier for our congregations, Food Bank donations can now  be left at St Mary’s Church, at the 8am or 11.15am services. Our main collection time is the first Sunday of each month, but food left at other times will be picked up and delivered. (Market Place Ministries continues as a collection place.)

Suitable donations include: tinned items, soups, meat, vegetables, puddings, rice, pasta and noodles, sugar, tea and coffee, biscuits, cereals, UHT drinks, milk, squash, fruit juice and other dried foods and non-perishables.

Fresh food from our Harvest displays from across the Team Churches was delivered to Larch Maxey of the Network of Wellbeing and was distributed appropriately. Read more about the Network on the Community page, or visit their website: www.networkofwellbeing.org

UPDATE: We have now added cleaning materials and toiletries to the items which can be donated.

Thanks to Gina Rogers and Lynne Birch for a great idea and to Liz Waterson who will deliver our weekly donations to the Food Bank. Let’s make this scheme a big success!


network of wellbeing logoNetwork of Wellbeing: This network helps Mark recycle food waste. (He isn’t in a position to afford Council Collection.)

Larch Maxey from the network comes to the Drop-In and takes left over fresh food delivering to those who can use it on the day. Food not fit for human consumption goes to the chickens or compost.

If you find you have a bumper crop of veg this year and don’t know what to do with it all, the Drop In and Food Bank will make use of it and the Network for Wellbeing will make sure that the leftovers and used wisely as well.

UPDATE: Fresh food from our Harvest displays across the Team Churches went to Larch of the Network of Wellbeing and was distributed appropriately.

Contact Liz Waterson for further details – she is happy to deliver food stuffs to the Drop-In and Food Bank for you: call 01803 849345 or email Liz.

He satisfieth the empty soul: and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.—Psalm 107.9


streetpastorslogosmallMore Totnes Street Pastors needed: Pastor Mark is also a member of the Management Team of Totnes Street Pastors and we benefit from his wisdom and experience.

We are looking for more Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors from our local churches and are hosting an Afternoon Tea at Totnes Methodist Church from 4–6pm, Saturday 14th September for anyone who is interested in finding out more. OCTOBER UPDATE: Two new Street Pastors are now in training.

Families are most welcome: the time has been especially chosen to suit those with family commitments.

  • We’ll be running a special feature on the Street Pastors soon on this website.

Children’s Corner at St Mary’s: We have a lovely new carpet – many, many thanks to the Coffee Team and Friends of St Mary’s. The Coffee Team also gave money to buy some lovely new books which have improved the Children’s Corner library greatly. Liz Waterson


The Meditation Group at St John’s will be meeting on the second Friday of each month from 7.30–9pm, starting September 13th. Enquiries to Tricia Stokes 01803 762158.


Afternoon & Evening House Groups have restarted: The Afternoon House Group restarted on 3 September with a new course entitled James: A faith that works. All are welcome! Call Liz Waterson for further details on 01803 849345 / email Liz.

The Evening House Group restarted on 3rd September with the new course, James: A faith that works, and will continue every two weeks, on alternate Tuesdays, from 7.30–9pm, at 3 Sparrow Road. All welcome. Contact: Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030.


Sad news: Win Bloomfield (nee Churchward) passed away recently in a Residential Home at Ipplepen. Many of St John’s congregation will know her as she was involved with St John’s for many years as a Sunday School Teacher, choir member, flower arranger and with many other church-related activities.


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