updates for late July & beyond

NEWS from the Totnes Drop-In Centre [for more Community News, scroll down]

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The Totnes Drop-In Centre summer newsletter is now online with important information and encouraging news.
• click here to download, or click the thumbnails above for a quick read
• read more about the Drop-In here

NEWS from Exeter

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Two photos have arrived of the installation of the Bishop of Exeter, Robert Atwell, in Exeter Cathedral on July 5th. (Click to enlarge the photographs.)
He is pictured meeting Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger, Bishop of Bayeux, which is one of our twin dioceses (is that the plural of diocese?) – along with Cyprus, Theka in Kenya and a few others. Bishop Robert gave a very positive sermon about looking forward with hope.
We hear the music at the service was very good!
• photos by Isabelle Berthelier, visiting us from our twin diocese in Bayeux-Lisieux
• see the previous News blog for more about the event

NEW and UPCOMING EVENTS (see Events page for further listings)

iancurror01Saturday 26th July 10.30am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
ORGAN CONCERT for Friends of St Mary’s
with Ian Curror
• admission £5 at the door
• coffee & delicious home-made cakes on sale as usual from 10.30am
• Ian Curror’s website

communitypicnicSunday 3rd August 1pm to 3pm
Community Forest Garden, Follaton Arboretum, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE
Local charity the Network of Wellbeing (NOW)’s monthly Community Potluck will be a Potluck Picnic this month, with stunning Dartmoor views. NOW´s Project Manager, Dr. Larch Maxey, comments: “Events that bring us together ‘just for the love of it’ create a network of friendships that help make our communities more resilient, rewarding and fun! Meeting our neighbours, taking the time to talk, to garden, share food and celebrate life together are small acts with a huge impact.”
NOW‘s Community Potluck Picnic facebook event page

St Mary's Church, Totnes World War IMonday 4th August 10am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
for WWI Memorial Commemoration

• see also ongoing photography exhibition, below

Tuesday 5th August at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
opening by Anne Rutherford
Totnes Soldiers who gave their lives in WW1: we shall be putting into the Church details of some of these men. The Reverend Julian C Ould will say a few words at 11am and this will be followed by coffee and biscuits.

beachpicnicSunday August 10th ‘lunchtime’
Broadsands Beach
There won’t be a Messy Church in August, but the helpers thought it would be fun to invite all the people who have been to Messy Church, and all the Team Churches, to come to Broadsands Beach at lunch time, after Church services, on Sunday August 10th. The tide should be out that afternoon, the beach has good sand for digging and it’s a safe place to paddle and swim. There’s an ample car park, loos and somewhere to buy ice creams. It will obviously be cancelled if it’s wet.
• bring a picnic!
• Diana Lusher from Berry Pomeroy is going to bring some gas-filled balloons so people can locate us!

Tuesday 12th August 9am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
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organised by Jan Dietz
featuring Maureen McAllister and Robin Jackson
• free entrance
• retiring collection
• coffee and delicious home-made cakes on sale as usual from 10.30am
click the images to read more details
• download the printable poster

christianbikersservice2014Sunday 31st August at 3.00pm
St Mary‘s Church, Totnes
Team Service:
The Christian Motorcyclists’ Association is coming to take a Service of the Word for our August Team Service. A short service will include hymns / readings / prayers chosen by the Bikers. There will be a short testimony in the sermon slot and we will give our cash collection to them.
• they will ride up Fore Street and park outside the Church – so those who love motorbikes can have plenty of time to admire them!
download the printable poster
• CMA UK webpage

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

church work dayST MARY’S WORKING PARTY
Many thanks to those who recently turned out to help tidy the Church, inside and out.
The valuable work that they do includes creating the lovely garden area outside the Church, clambering across the roof to apply Smartwater marking paint to the lead, clearing the gutters to prevent blockages – and all the many, many other jobs that we take for granted.
So, many thanks to all!

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 Summer 2014 newsletter is now online. This issue includes a report with photos of the June 1st Street Pastors and Prayer Base Partners commissions, plus a thank you letter from Totnes & Dartmouth Police Inspector Andy Tomlinson.
• Totnes Street Pastors downloads (newsletters and prayer booklet) now have their own page

curiousincidentofdoginnighttimeMonday 4th August 7pm to 9pm
at The Vicarage

The next book being discussed is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon.
The book is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. Its title quotes the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 short story Silver Blaze. Haddon and The Curious Incident won the Whitbread Book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
As a writer for The Guardian remarked, “Unusually, it was published simultaneously in separate editions for adults and children.”
• contact Reverend Debbie Parsons if you’d like to come along, on 01803 840113 or email Debbie

Wednesdays 1pm to 2 pm until September
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Prayer for the Future of the United Kingdom.

Every Friday
5pm to 5.45pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
• all welcome

St John's Church handprintsMEDITATION GROUP
This Group is taking a break until September (date to be announced); please contact Tricia, below, with any questions.
The Meditation Group usually meets at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 7.30 to 9pm.
• everyone is welcome to attend this informal group
• enquiries to Tricia Stokes on 01803 762158


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