A NEW POSTCARD (and Christmas Card) – from Pip & Mike Shail, in Spain
Dear Friends and Family
Well, it’s Christmas time again so I’m hoping that this letter will bring those of you who are suffering from the unkind elements in UK, a bit of Spanish sunshine to cheer you all up…
• read the whole letter here
COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson
Mark has just been able to settle one of our long term homeless people in a flat in Dartmouth. It is important that this works out as the person has health issues and needs to be off the streets. So please remember him in your prayers.
I have now used up all my bedding store so if you have any spare duvets (single and double) duvet covets, pillows and bed linen please drop them off in my porch and I will store them so that I have stock ready for when Mark needs it:
Liz Waterson, 32 Copland Meadows, Totnes TQ9 6ER
• PS there were 13 to dinner on Christmas Day at the Drop In
Hello, I work for Scope in Totnes, which is a charity that supports people of all ages with both leaning and physical disabilities and those that care for them in a personal or professional capacity, so that they have an equal learning and working opportunity in today’s society. We are very short of volunteers in the shop and sorting room and I was wondering if anyone would like to expand their skills?
We offer an NVQ in retail after a volunteer has been with us for a probation period. It doesn’t have to be for a full day even an hour is of great help.
• if anyone is interested please email me – Louise Riding
• Scope‘s website
Feedback from Fundraisers…
Wednesday 2nd December at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
The total amount raised for Rowcroft at our Christmas extravaganza was £571.75 – I’ll be sending them a cheque as soon as the banking has cleared. Thanks again for use of the church. Have a peaceful break and New Year.
Sunday 6th December at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
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,
• click the photos to view them larger
• more photos and some videoclips coming soon
Sunday 6th December at St Mary’s Church, Totnes Bob Barsby, director of the event, has given £675 to St John’s Church, which is half the proceeds of his concert last Friday. (The other half is for a music school he supports in Kampala.)
The concert was wonderful , as usual, and hopefully Bob will come again next year.
Isn’t it time you joined a House Group?
A new course is starting on Tuesday 26th January. It is based on Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are.
We meet every 2 weeks. A warm welcome awaits you…
• evenings 7.30-9pm, 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes (Tony & Carolyn Stilwell, 01803 863030)
• afternoons 2-3.30pm, 8 Brookes Barn, Rowsells Lane, Bridgetown, OR at Mary’s Harris’s house (enquiries to Anne Binns, 01803 840146)
Care Gift Account
From time to time churches and individuals have been giving me money for the Food Bank, the Drop In and for Christians Against Poverty all linked and based in Totnes.
In order to target our donations most effectively, I opened this account so that the amount can grow. Small donations of between £1 and £10 across the team have grown quickly and we have already been able to give £60 to Christians Against Poverty for their Christmas Hamper Scheme.
If you would like to give a small donation, just put it in a envelope marking it Care Gift Account and drop it the collection box at the back of the church. It will be banked and as soon as we have between £50 and £100, I will contact the charities to see where the money is most needed.
• more about Care Gift Account here
• telephone Liz Waterson on 01803 849345 or email Liz
PRAYER at St John’s Church
Every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome
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
If you would 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
• to book, please ring Anne Binns on 01803 840146 by the previous Thursday
PARISH NEWSLETTER – the January 2016 edition is now available to download
This issue includes:
- Thoughts on January – by The Reverend Jane Frost
- It’s Just a New Year Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
- A New Year in Christ – by The Venerable Dr Mark Butchers, Archdeacon of Barnstaple
- Christmas Letter from Former Totnesians – by Pip & Mike Shaill
- The Big Questions – by Barry Dugmore, Exeter Diocesan Mission Enabler
- Suffer Little Children – The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, opens new academy
- Modern Day Mural Brings New Life – art by Jon Minshull
- Common Worship Cartoons – by The Reverend Peter Murphy
- Kids for Kids – by Julian Hall and by Patricia Parker MBE – Founder
- Word for Today: Share Your Life – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
- …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times