events + news for April & beyond


WE HOPE EVERYONE had a good Easter, along with the very mixed weather! The remaining few days of March take a break, events-wise at least, but things start getting busy again early-to-mid April.
We’ve received some heartwarming feedback (with video clips) from the organisers of the recent From Syria With Love art exhibition. And for those who’ve wondered what Wild Church is, we’ve added a new page with inspiring words and photographs. Also, be sure to see Liz Waterson’s Community News section for the latest updates about Dartington & BrookingGroups, Traidcraft and Emergency Food Parcels.

TOTNES to LEBANON – From Syria With Love

OVER THE WEEKEND of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February, St Mary’s Church, Totnes was host to an exhibition of art by Syrian children in refugee camps. We are delighted to have received some feedback from the organisers

Thank you everyone for coming to our exhibition and buying the paintings to support the camps in Lebanon.

View a short thank you video clip from some of the children:

How the money raised was spent…
The 1050£ sent was converted (according to Western Union) to 1350$ and here is how we have spent it:
225$ medical ear headphone for a child
50$ clothes for 3 children
45$ transportation
100$ to support the woman who is working with us (she is a refugee in the camp herself)
127$ were added to 173$ which remained from previous exhibition, and we have used to do heart arthroscopy
400$ for a drug dose to a child who has cancer
100$ diabetes medicine
162$ price of 6 food baskets, details as follow:
– 3$ 2K sugar
– 3$ 2K rice
– 3$ 2K groats
– 3$ 2L oil
– 1$ 2 spaghetti
– 2$ 1 K salt, delight
– 3$ 2 bean cans and hummus
– 4$ 1K meat fat
– 2$ 1 tea bags
– 3$ tins of beef
141$ remaining, will be used with the next exhibition’s donations

Total: 1350$

Watch another video clip, showing some of the bought supplies being unboxed by children:

see the official web page for more videos and a collection of photographs

INTRODUCING WILD CHURCHshared food and silent walking into the wild

AN INVITATION…to re-member Sundays as whole and holy time, re-visiting our local sacred spaces and returning to the community of all beings through sharing food, walking out into nature for elemental celebration, sinking into deep silence and opening to the spirit of the wild…


We’ve now added a new page with details and photographs of the exciting and innovative Wild Church.
See also the Events page for listings of upcoming Wild Church meetings. Their current project is a two year Wild Church pilgrimage from Dartington towards the source of the River Dart on Dartmoor and then travelling back towards the sea – the next stage (Sunday 1st May) is from Dartington to Ashprington.
• you can also get to the Wild Church page via the Community menu

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are currently discussing Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are. We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 5th April.
Evenings 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes (Tony & Carolyn Stilwell, 01803 863030)
Afternoons 2pm to 3.30pm at 4 Riverside Swallowfields, Mary Harris’ house (for details, ring 01803 865772)

bookCrosspark Book Club
Monday 4th Aprilchange of venue
Peter & Gina Rogers are NOT able to host / lead the Crosspark Book Club on this date. It will now be hosted and led by Graham & Gaye Cane, Crosspark House, Crosspark, Totnes TQ9 5BQ (the first house on the left as you drive up Crosspark).
• enquiries: 01803 867117

traidcraft01Traidcraft – Fight Poverty as you Shop!
As Christians we have a duty towards the poor all over the world. At times this seems extremely daunting but there IS good news! We can make a real difference to people’s lives by, amongst other things, buying our basic grocery from TRAIDCRAFT. Fighting poverty as you buy the things you would buy anyway. How easy is that?
Traidcraft has been trading for nearly 40 years and has the widest range of fairly traded goods of any company. It was the original catalyst for Fair Trade in this country but its job is not finished. I’m sure many of you already buy fairly traded goods locally or from the supermarket (which is great) so why am I asking you to buy from Traidcraft?
fairtradelogoTheir products carry the fairtrade mark so that producers receive the vital fairtrade premium which they can use to fund schools, health care, clean water etc for the community BUT Traidcraft also practises FAIRTRADE PLUS, as shown in the next few points:
coffeecupthey work with very remote, small-scale, peasant farmers who would otherwise not be able to access world markets – the poorest of the poor, for whom they provide training and education. E.g. their high quality instant coffee is grown high in the remote Guatemalan Highlands and is packed and processed in Mexico (not in the UK)
they are not only a trading company, but also campaign to change the unfair way world trade works
they frequently pioneer new products e.g. a household range using palm oil from Ghana rather than from environmentally-damaging plantations in Indonesia
they have lost money for the last 4 years and need our support!
PLEASE consider buying from Traidcraft if you’ve never done so. If you are already a customer, PLEASE consider buying more product lines (I can easily refund anything you’re not happy with).
I am a volunteer in the Totnes area for Traidcraft. I sell products at discounted prices and I deliver to your home. Do contact me with any queries or for my stock list. I would be delighted to supply your order. I make no profit – I am simply passionate about blessing the poor and marginalised in Asia, Africa and South America.
Viv Elce (Totnes United Free Church)
• telephone 01803 813915 / 07511 072808 or email Viv

dartingtonbrookingleafletNews from Dartington and Brooking churches
The Brooking & Dartington APCM is at 5pm on Thursday 28th April in St Mary’s Church, Dartington.
Richard Frost is now offically Team Reader (and Newsletter Editor)
• telephone 01803 865196 or email Richard
download a new version of the information booklet with service times and contact details

Totnes Food Bank
Please note the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels.
• click here to download a printable poster

Food in Community
We held the first of this year’s ‘pay what you feel’ Community Cafés, at the Methodist Church Hall, Fore St, Totnes, at the beginning of February, 2016. Encouraged by good feedback and a regular following, we have decided to continue to run these, on the first Saturday of every month.
• fresh organic food created from surplus produce is served anytime between 12.30pm to 2.30pm


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
Reminder: You can now bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need 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!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here

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.

Bartolomeo_Montagna_Saint_PaulIn the Footsteps of St Paul
Prebendary Brian Tubbs will lead a pilgrimage to Greece
from 23rd to 30th April 2016.
• a brochure is available giving full details
• please ring Brian on 01392 200506

dayoffClergy days off
Thursdays (Reverend Julian C Ould) and Fridays (Reverend Debbie Parsons) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!

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

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 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, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


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  1. Pingback: mid-April news & updates | St Mary's & St John's Churches, Totnes

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