January news & updates

stmarysseal1000pxWELCOME TO OUR FIRST BIG UPDATE FOR 2017!
There are lots of new things to read about – plus we’ve repeated a few important items from the mid-December news post, for those who may have been too busy during Christmastime to read them first time around.
Now that the festive season is over, the ever-popular Evensong returns to its regular scheduling of the third Sunday in the month. The Events listings have now filled up with things to go see or take part in for the rest of January, and early February, too.
We are saying a big thank you to those who supported and donated money and items for several fundraisers over recent weeks. Your contributions really help!
Liz Waterson‘s Community News section includes updates from the Food Bank, the date for the next Tuesday Afternoon House Group – plus details and memos about the myriad other things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
Near the end of this News post (keep scrolling down) there’s a contents list for the extended version of the January Parish Newsletter, along with a link to download it or read it online. (Producing, printing and distributing the Newsletter does incur costs, so – even if you only ever read it online – donations / contributions are being sought and will be gratefully received.)
Website update: to make space for listing upcoming new content, we’ve been slimming down the menus. Items that were under Downloads can now be found under News, Community or Services. If you can’t find something, try the search box, it works really well!
PS Coming soon – exciting news about future projects for St Mary’s, Totnes.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.



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


fromsyriawithlove2017Thursday 5th January to Friday 20th January
(for times see poster)
The Gallery at the Ariel Centre, Totnes
A presentation about the conflict was given by Baraaa Kouja on Monday 9th January
• sponsored by Totnes Citizens UK
• click the poster to view larger

imsprussiacove20170114Saturday 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 or from  Dartington Box Office 01803 847070, or Totnes Bookshop, or Kingsbridge Information Centre 01548 853195
• click to poster to enlarge it


Sunday 15th January at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
(see Special Service section, above, for programme)

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
August – no Messy Church
Saturday 16th September
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 18th November
Saturday 9th December (party)

sarah-mullally-bishop-of-creditonFriday 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

holocaustmemorialday2017UPDATED: Saturday 28th January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
The Friends of St Mary’s present a
Elie Fruchter presents a recital of music and words, with Sam Richards, Lona Kozik, Vanessa Curtis and others, including original compositions by Sam Richards and Vanessa Curtis.
entry £5
coffee & cakes available for sale before the concert
• click the image to enlarge it
retiring collection in aid of The Holocaust Education Trust

exploringfaithleafletSaturday 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

A BIG THANK YOU – for your support and donations

childrens-corner-at-st-marysChildren’s Corner
A very big thank you to all those who donated some lovely toys and beautiful Christmas books to the Children’s Corner at St Mary’s, Totnes.
Thank you too, to Kris Mindang for bringing her knitted Nativity to the Children’s Altar. The Altar also had its own special Advent Wreath. All these gifts make the Children’s Corner really welcoming and it is well used by our many visitors.

xmastreeanimChristmas Tree Festival – feedback
Thank you to everyone for the very generous donation of £391.23 to the Drop In Centre from the Christmas Tree monies at St Mary’s Church in Totnes. This is very much appreciated and gladly received.

coffeeheartCoffee Fund
Since Don Halstead was Treasurer there have been sales of jams, marmalades, chutneys, vegetables and other items to help pay for the coffee / tea which we enjoy free every Sunday. In that time we have raised over £900 for the funds, all of which has put back into the Church. We have bought a new coffee machine, 24 cups and saucers, an altar cloth, many books for the children’s corner, as well as coffee supplies.
Hexagonal Jam JarsThere are further jams etc. available in the New Year. Thanks to all who have made, grown or bought these offerings.
In addition, the recent sale of jams and chutney by Bridget Rogers, in aid of the children’s hospice charity Demelza raised £462.45, which is wonderful for a one-woman sale! Many thanks to all of you who provided jam jars with lids for this.

PRESS RELEASESt Mary’s Church gets project development award

National Churches Trust awards a £10,000 Grant to St Mary’s Church, Totnes
reposted from 21st December 2016
nationalchurchestrustThe future of St Mary’s Church, Totnes, is one step further to being secured after a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust to fund a Project Development grant ahead of a major building project in 2018.
St Mary’s Church has identified the need for substantial restoration, refurbishment and reordering works in order to ensure the structure is fully safe, fit for purpose and sustainable both as a place of worship and for wider community use.
The Project Development grant will allow the Church to undertake options appraisals in respect of the proposed works and further consultation within the community including exploring potential opportunities to broaden the community use of the building through working with arts / community partnerships.
John Birch, the project team leader, says

St Mary’s Church is at the heart of the community of Totnes as well as being a major tourist attraction within the town. Unfortunately its very existence is threatened by its condition and its current inability to provide a full and comprehensive community facility.
The church’s vision is to reverse the building’s physical deterioration and to have it removed from the Heritage at Risk register as well as expand its usage by creating a welcoming and thriving community facility that provides an inspiring, fully useable and fit-for-purpose place for worship, music, performing arts and arts display.
Obtaining the grant from the National Churches Trust is a good start.

• for more information about this award visit St Mary’s page on their website
contact: John Birch 01803 84025907974243352

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

Food Bank updates

• more about the Food Bank here

housegroupTuesday Afternoon House Group
Next meeting will be on 24th January at 2pm
at 4 Swallowfield, Riverside (Mary Harris)
We are studying Chapter 7 of A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345

bookCrosspark Book Club 2017 forward dates for your diary
Monday 6th February The House on The Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Mandy Barfoot
Monday 3rd April Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)
Monday 5th June Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Debbie Parsons
Monday 7th August Island Wife: Living on the Edge of the Wild by Judy Fairbairns
(Venue: tba, not at Crosspark)

calendarclockClergy days off
 (Reverend Julian) and Fridays (Reverends Debbie, Jane and Steve) – please respect this by not contacting them on those days!

stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon, or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos

jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget will collect them next time she is in Totnes,

caregiftaccountGift Aid Officer vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are (still!) looking for a new Gift Aid Officer to record the Gift Aided donations and to claim the Gift Aid on them. This is an honorary position. Knowledge of spreadsheets required.
• to find our more, email Lynne Birch or call her on 01803 840259

Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale
Delicious damson jam and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be for a few weeks more!

PARISH NEWSLETTER – the January 2017 issue is online

Parish News January 2017 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. To receive the extended, full colour version by email each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Let’s Pray for Donald Trump – by Michael Heather
  • National Churches Trust Award – by John Birch
  • Crossing Barriers – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just A New Year’s Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Tackling Food Poverty In Devon – Church of England
  • Scope Shop Totnes – by Joy Hanson
  • From Afghanistan To Torquay – the story of Reverend Rob Densmore
  • Successful Lottery Application – for St John’s windows
  • Celebrating Marriage – a special meal in the Little Dart Mission Community
  • This Year Listen To God – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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 – rates updated November 2016


coffeecupCoffee at St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Servers needed! It seems that quite a few people like drinking coffee after the service, but not many like serving it… Please contact one of the team if you’d like to help – otherwise it’s something that will disappear, which would be a shame!

Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank Items
Please check the sell by dates on food bank items.
I have to go through all the gifts and remove those that are out of date, empty the cans and then recycle – rather messy work. Any out of date food sent to the Food Bank which has to be disposed of by them has to be paid for. Also, very sadly, we are unable to give homemade gifts as there is provenance or dating. This is not problem at our fairs or coffee mornings, because purchaser and seller deal directly with one another. Any gifts, if you are unable to leave them in St Mary’s Church, may be left at any time in my porch. I am also collecting duvets and blankets and clothes for Mark, who will be opening the Drop In as a night shelter this winter.
• further information: Liz Waterson 01803 84934 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER
• remember, we would love to receive more toiletries and household cleaning products!

foodboxFood Bank collections
You can bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need anymore 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 (see above)!
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

totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are really desperate for more volunteer drivers and I was wondering if any of your wonderful parishioners would be interested. If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact Sue Alford or Jacquie Mills on 01803 865684 or email us.
Thanking you in advance!
download a printable poster

Totnes Church Services
Below is a handy at-a-glance summary of the various regular services in Totnes.
Microsoft Word - Church Services.docx•click here to download a printable version
• the latest version of this list is also permanently available on our Services page

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 Liz Balkwill 01803 863355 or 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 Community News items, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz


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