Happy New Year

stmarysseal1000pxWE WISH EVERYONE a Peaceful and Happy 2017!
To start the new year off
, below is a summary of events and special services, so far, for January and beyond. We’re also busily compiling a community news update, including some inspiring news about projects for St Mary’s, Totnes – so keep watching this space…
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


xmastreeanimENDS: Tuesday 3rd January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Last chance to come and see this year’s glorious display – call by if you’re in town for the sales!

wildchurchwisdommeditationNEW: Wednesday 4th January at 5.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
Wild Monastics
return to Dartington Church for simple, interspiritual sacred chant and silence by candlelight. As Epiphany is approaching, which remembers the Three Wise Ones who witnessed the divine light, this meditation will be dedicated to the awakening of wisdom within the heart of us all and to new beginnings.
Dartington Church is old, beautiful and very cold – perfect for Wild Monastics! Be wise and come well prepared with many warm layers, a blanket, hat or hood (& maybe even a hottie!). We also love the dark, so you may like to bring a torch for arriving & leaving… and be assured, we are there, even if you can’t see or hear us!
• click here for the facebook event page

fromsyriawithlove2017NEW: from Thursday 5th January to Friday 20th January
(for times see poster)
The Gallery at the Ariel Centre, Totnes
A presentation about the conflict will be given by Baraaa Kouja on Monday 9th January at 6.30pm
• sponsored by Totnes Citizens UK
• click the poster to view larger

hollypilgrimageNEW: Sunday 8th January
St Barnabas Church, Brooking TQ9 6DT
Please note venue change for this next Wild Church Tree Pilgrimage – to avoid risk of ice travelling to our previously planned Holne venue, we shall now be continuing to explore more local hidden wilds in the Dartington area.
This pilgrimage will draw us into communion with Bidwell Brook & the hollies around Venton. We will begin from beautiful Brooking Church, built around 1850 for Dartington Champernowne family. Gather in the porch from 10.45am for an 11am start.
After gathering together with hollies in and around the churchyard, we’ll walk silently down and along Bidwell Brook and into the woods to meet some very special grandparent hollies & share communion. This will be a slower circular walk over a shorter distance, returning to Brooking Church. The footpath may be very muddy, so walking boots or wellies are recommended.
Parking is available by the Church and please come prepared with warm layers, waterproofs and drinks & snacks (if needed) for this 2hr seasonal sacred space, which includes silent walking, reflective sharing and a collaborative, silent communion and is open to all.
donations (suggested £5 to £10) are invited
• click here for the facebook event page

prussiacovelogoNEW: Saturday 14th January at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
by IMS Prussia Cove
with Kjell-Arne Jørgensen, Carlo de Martini, Ulrike-Anima Mathé & Krysia Osostowicz on violins; Tim Boulton & Werner Dickel on violas; Xenia Jankovic & Christoph Richter on cellos.
Beethoven String Quartet Op. 130

Schumann String Quartet Op. 41, no. 1
tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door subject to availability / free on the door for children and young people aged 25 and under: online from  or Dartington Box Office 01803 847070, or Totnes Bookshop, or Kingsbridge Information Centre 01548 853195


NEW: Sunday 15th January at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Introit: Mid-winter – Chilcott
Responses: Sumsion
Hymn 86 From the eastern mountains
Psalm 96
Mag & Nunc: Purcell in G Minor
Anthem: Chorus from Christus – Mendelssohn
Anthem after the prayers: Joys Seven – Cleobury
Hymn 87 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir.

NEW: Wednesday 18th January to Thursday 26th January
churches in and around Totnes
click the list to view it larger

messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 21st January
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
theme: tba
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (left) by Joy Hanson

MESSY CHURCH  – 2017 forward dates formessychurchblue your diary
Saturday 18th February
Saturday 25th March
Saturday 22nd April
Saturday 20th May
Saturday 10th June 10.30am to 1.30pm Messy Church Fiesta
at Exeter Cathedral: “All the fun of Messy Church with more people and more space”
Saturday 15th July
no Messy Church in August
Saturday 16th September
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 18th November
Saturday 9th December (party)

sarah-mullally-bishop-of-creditonNEW: Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January
Totnes and surrounding towns
The Totnes Deanery will be welcoming the Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton, as part of the Bishops in Mission initiative, when the Bishops of Exeter, Crediton and Plymouth will, between them, be visiting every part of the Diocese of Exeter during 2017. She will be attending events of all kinds in Dartmouth, South Brent, Dartington, Totnes and other churches within our Deanery. Details of her packed itinerary will follow soon!
• read Bishop Sarah’s blog here

music-candleNEW: Saturday 28th January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
• details to be announced

exploringfaithleafletNEW: Saturday 11th February
to Saturday 15th July
St John’s Church, Bridgetown

Maybe you’re new or have been coming to church for years but are unsure about some of the things we do? Or you’re wondering about how it all relates to our Christian faith? Members of the Clergy and Reader ministry team will be leading a series of six sessions on selected Saturday mornings looking at the following topics:
Exploring the Bible
Why do we have the Bible? Where did it come from? Personal Bible reading.
Exploring Ceremonies
The importance and meanings of baptism, confirmation, marriage, funerals & ordination.
Exploring the Eucharist
What’s Holy Communion all about?
Exploring Prayer
What is prayer & why do we pray? Praying alone, praying together. Different ways into prayer.
Exploring the Church
What is the point of church? Buildings & robes. Mission & maintenance. Choirs & congregations.
Exploring Forgiveness
The relevance of confession, absolution, wholeness  & reconciliation.
• all sessions will take place at St John’s, Bridgetown
• click here for more details and to book your place


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.