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Pet Thanksgiving Service 2015 – fundraising feedback
Sunday 6th December at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
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In response to an appeal, we received the written names of 80 pets and other animals, in the form of paper dedications (posted in the special box in St Mary’s Church during the two weeks before the service) to pets past and present and other animals – including a tribute to the French Police Dog killed in the terrorist shootout at St Denis, Paris in November (signed by ‘A Reader of the Totnes Times‘).
The retiring collection in aid of Animals in Distress amounted to £329. The Charity is extremely grateful and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended; 150 people, 100 dogs, a white rabbit, a 19-year-old black and white cat named Bandit (as he has a perfect mask), plus several guinea pigs, one gerbil, one rat, four rare breed hens and Milly the Donkey (who enjoyed herself once she agreed to come into the Church and was then consoled with a banana, her favourite treat).
Everyone enjoyed joining in with the hymn If I were a Butterfly and also The Hippopotamus Song, and special prayers were said for all creatures great and small.
The choral music, sung by members of St Mary’s Choir – including the newly-formed Junior Choir – was very lovely.
Councillor Jacqi Hodgson, the Mayor of Totnes, together with her Consort Richard Hodgson, recited the poem The Owl and the Pussy Cat, which was brilliant.
Pastor Mark Hatch from Totnes Drop In Centre gave the Bible Reading and told us how in the case of many homeless people a dog is the only love they have in their lives, which was very moving.
The Rector, The Reverend Julian Ould, together with some of the Junior Choir members, placed all the written dedications on the candlelit High Altar and asked everyone to stand whilst he gave the Blessing, including for those with four legs.
Many thanks again to all the pets who brought their owners along and also to the people who helped organise the event,
Sandra Nicholson
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more photos and some videoclips coming soon

christianstogethertotnesFrom Christians Together in Totnes: We will be singing at the Christmas Shopping Evenings on15th and 22nd December from 7pm to 8pm, in the Presbytery front garden, which is almost opposite the United Free Church – where there is normally a gap between the street stalls. Everyone is welcome to come and join in singing of well-known carols, just turn up.

PARISH NEWSLETTERthe December 2015 edition is now available to download

Parish News August 2015Parish News December 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 15 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Thoughts on Christmas – by The Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just TWO Thoughts – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (epilogue) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Climate Change – by The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
  • Devon Girls Finalists in Chorister of the Year Award – Emma Richards & Isabel Tuffin Donne
  • Being Family at Christmas – by Simon Harrison, Lead Chaplain at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
  • A Comfort and a Welcome – living with dementia, by Joanie Harris, Church and Society
  • How to Ruin Christmas – by The Right Revd Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Closing Poems – by Helga Watts
  • Hand in Hand for Syria – by Liz Waterson
  • Beyond Borders – by Liz Waterson
  • Word for Today: Your Quiet Time with God – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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


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