Newsletters


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Parish News May 2018 – 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Love Is All Around – by Reverend Gill Still
  • Traidcraft – fighting poverty through trade
  • It’s Just A Thought – by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Thy Kingdom Come – prayer focus
  • Chersitian Aid Week – how to get involved
  • Finding God In Silence And Prayer– an app for Christian Mindfulness
  • Taste The Wine – Rt Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Be Grateful For God’s Grace – an extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News April 2018 – 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Tranquil And Wildlife-friendly Churchyards – a competition to find Devon’s best churchyard
  • Glory In Surrender – by Reverend Steve Jones
  • It’s Just A Thought – by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • God Works It Out – Cathy Jerrard feels she is finally fulfilling her calling
  • Loving Into New Life – by Dr Mark Butchers, Archdeacon of Barnstaple
  • Keep Pressing On – an extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Church At The Heart Of The Community – the emerging market town of Sherford

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Parish News March 2018 – 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Postcard From Week – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • It’s Just A Thought – by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Funds Help Devon Communities Make A Difference – report from Exeter Anglican
  • Taking The Plunge: The Waters Of Baptism – by Joy Hanson
  • Walking With God – Christine Chandler experienced God in a profound way
  • Farewell – from Bishop Sarah
  • Instead Of Worrying, Pray – an extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News February 2018 – 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Lent – by Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
  • John Wellingham – by Carolyn Stilwel
  • It’s Just A Thought – by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • All God’s Creation Is Very Good – by Carmen Luscombe
  • Bishop Sarah To Be Bishop Of London – news from Exeter Anglican
  • Exeter Anglican – more news from the Diocese
  • A Life-Changing Trip – Steven Martin has recently returned from the Solomon Islands
  • Practising Love At Lent – by Archdeacon Christopher Lutcher
  • Don’t Just Read It, Do It – an extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News January 2018 – 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Honiton’s Heart For Hospitality – a team from Honiton Mission Community
  • Interconnected: A Living Loving community – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just A New Year’s Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Welcoming Jesus Into Our Home – by Joy Hanson
  • David Shearer: His Life, and Funeral Address – Verger of St Mary’s
  • Beaworthy Church Back From The Brink – a restoration project
  • Unity Week 2018 – schedules for the 2018 Week of Unity for Christian Prayer series of local services and events
  • This Year, Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone – an extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News December 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Advent – by Reverend Steve Jones
  • Follow Our Star – a Sponsored Epiphany Pilgrimage around all nine churches of the Totnes Team
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Journey Of The Crib Figures – by Joy Hanson
  • Reaching Out To Refugees This Christmas – Church of England, Devon
  • New Dean’s Ministry Of Welcome – Dean Jonathan Greener comes to Exeter
  • Our Compassionate God Reaches Out – by the Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
  • Practise Humility – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News November 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 digitally each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Careless Talk Costs Lives – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • Pilgrimage To Lourdes – by Zaida Hillier
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Exeter Anglican – various news items from around Devon
  • Ideas For Growing Your Rural Church – Exeter Anglican Church
  • Friendship – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • God’s Liberating Grace And Love – by the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth

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Parish News October 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Mary Harris’s Garden Party – photographs
  • You Can’t See Me, Can You? – by Reverend Gill Still
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • St Mary’s: The Reformation? (part 2) – by Ian Wintersgill
  • Ideas For Growing Your Rural Church – Exeter Anglican Church
  • Full Steam Ahead For Steve – the new Railway Chaplain for South West England
  • God’s Guidance is Better Than Sat Nav –  Ven Ian Chandler Archdeacon of Plymouth
  • God Has A Plan, Trust Him – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News September 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • The Forgotten Window – by Julian Hall
  • St Mary’s: The Reformation? (part 1) – by Ian Wintersgill
  • Holidays and it is Good to Be Alive! – by Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Warning to Churches After Spate of Burgularies – Church of England Devon
  • Churches: Places of Safety and Refuge – Rt Revrend Dame Sarah Mullally
  • God’s remedy For Stress – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News August 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • August: a time for going places…growing places? – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Caring Town Information Exchange – open and happy to help
  • Pals at Prayer in Exmouth – an Exmouth prayer intiative proves popular with children
  • Find the ‘key log’ – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • News from Exeter Anglican Org – three short articles
  • Alive to God – The Ven Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes
  • The Forgotten Christians of Baghdad – Church leaders in Baghdad are really struggling to help with the practical needs of their congregations

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Parish News July 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Doing All Things Well – by Reverend Steve Jones
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • St Bridget’s Feast Day – by Joy Hanson
  • Serving The People Of Devon With Joy At St Mary’s – Julian Hall
  • Hidden Stairs And Wall Paintings Discovered – revelations at a church near Tiverton
  • Transforming Plymouth Together – a conference discussing social issues
  • Gardeners Needed – help sought for St Mary’s small garden
  • Working For Human Rights – Liz Hocking reports about Palestinians’ daily lives

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Parish News June 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Choices – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Focus On What Really Matters – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Christians Urged To Vote At Election – Church of England / Devon
  • Exeter Diocesan News – various small articles
  • God Is Personal – former Army medic & vicar-in-training Kim Stanton
  • Our Churches Enrich Devon Life – Exeter Diocese
  • May Blossom Near Totnes Weir – local signs of Spring

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Parish News May 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Thoughts on Prayer – by Reverend Gill Still
  • Ancient Daily Prayers – by Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Miscellaneous Observations – a collection of insightful quotations
  • Growing The Rural Church – Exeter Diocese
  • Thy Kingdom Come – events from Ascension to Pentacost
  • Vicar’s Sleeping Rough Ordeal Over – Vicar Gary Deighton of Goodrington
  • Caring With Cakes – a project from St David’s Church in Exeter
  • Experience Resurrection Life By Giving – Bishop Robert Atwell of Exeter
  • It’s Just Not Cricket – poem by Nigel Beeton
  • The Way I See It – Canon David Winter
  • You Can Change – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News April 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Easter Again! – by Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
  • It’s A Few Thoughts For Easter – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Is The Resurrection Fake News? – by Michael Heather
  • The Harmony Of Life – poem by Eileen Noakes
  • Be Kind To The Unkind – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Exploring God In Dementia – an Ecumenical study day in May
  • Inter-faith Adviser Explores Extremism – a new book by John Hall
  • Faith Across Continents – Chris Cant’s widespread ministry

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newsletterthumb201703Parish News March 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Being a Mum – by Joy Hanson
  • Something To Celebrate – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • Inheritance Tax – the new changes being introduced in April 2017
  • WHAT Is Truth? – by Michael Heather
  • It’s Just A Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Stamp Collecting – by the Ven Dr Mark Butchers Archdeacon of Plymouth
  • Fund Award Will Help refugees – good news from the Diocese of Exeter
  • Fairtrade Rep – chaplain and minister Julie Cartwright
  • The Secret Of Having Joy – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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newsletterthumb201702Parish News February 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 in your inbox each month, please email Julian Hall.
Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Imbolc & Candlemass – by Joy Hanson
  • Exploring Our Faith – by Reverend Steve Jones
  • Catch The Bus – a mobile community centre?
  • Bishop Sleeps Out – Bishop Sarah took part in this year’s YMCA sleep out
  • It’s Just A New Year’s Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Welcoming Refugees – the supporting role of the Church of England, Devon
  • Parish Giving – your questions answered
  • Hannah’s Heart For Others – working with young women
  • Go For Gold – Fairtrade Fortnight
  • Yad Vashem Seminar 2017 – for clergy and church leaders
  • Being Present – by Right Reverend Bishop Robert Atwell of Exeter
  • Financial Increase – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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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

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Parish News December 2016 – 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:

  • Christmas Services – at St Mary’s Totnes and St John’s Bridgetown
  • Mary and Joseph take to the Road Again – by Joy Hanson
  • Christmas – by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just A Christmas Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Helping Hand at Christmas – Diocese of Exeter
  • SPG on TV – in a Call The Midwife Christmas Special
  • Start Taking Time Off – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Celebrating 150 Years – a special service in Exeter Cathedral
  • Messenger of God’s Love – by Bishop Sarah Mullally
  • University Calling – a journey from student to chaplain at Exeter University

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newsletterthumb201611Parish News November 2016 – 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:

  • St Mary’s Doors – Martin Harvey looks at the Devil in the Detail
  • Remember – by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • Samhuin to All Saints and All Souls – by Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just Another Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Embrace of God – by the Very Reverend Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • Working Together – the writings of John Hall
  • A Senior’s Prayer – by Jo Sollars
  • A Joyful Outloook – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News October 2016 – 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:

  • Coastal Landscapes – a selection of photographs
  • A Real Privilege – by our new curate, Steve Jones
  • Odyssey – by cyclist Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just a Sexy Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Do You Know About The ACR? – by Michael Heather
  • Our Bishops Spread The Vision – Bishops Robert, Sarah & Nick have begun their nine-month tour of the diocese
  • A Fair And Local Harvest – how we live today effects how others will eat in the future
  • Ministry Of Readers – marking the 150th anniversary
  • Responding With Love – Charlotte Payne talks about modern slavery
  • A Future With Hope – by Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Enjoy Each Day – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News September 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 22 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:

  • The River Dart – a selection of summer photographs
  • Letter From Spain – news & photos from Pip and Mike Shail
  • Going For Gold – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • A Moving Experience – by Joy Hanson
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Pilgrim On A Journey – Reverend Nick Shutt’s journey to ministry
  • Stay Focused On Your Mission – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Open The Doors Of Fate – by the Venerable Ian Chandler, Archdeacon of Plymouth

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Parish News August 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 16 pages full of news, articles and information. Many thanks to the advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Spreading Vision in Tavistock – Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Looking back over 10 years – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • God’s Masterpiece – Suzanne Dugmore’s journey to health
  • It’s Just an Honest Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Traveller’s Prayer – by Julie Palmer
  • Walking in God’s Sunlight – by Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Love Yourself – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website
  • Remembering Friar Maximilian Kolbe – 75 years on
  • God’s Grace Distilling – poem
  • 1500 Young People at Upload – report from a festival at Exeter Cathedral
  • Queen Awards Birthday Medal – Devon woman Anne Hawken received the British Empire Medal

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Parish News July 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information. Many thanks to the new and regular advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • A Right Royal Occasion – photos from June’s Vintage Tea Afternoon
  • She Had Always Lived by the Sea – by the Reverend Gill Still
  • My Vision for the Magazine – by Julian Hall
  • It’s Just a Happy Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Veronika Shoot – biography of the prodigious Russiamn pianist
  • Eileen Hunt – a tribute by Joy Hanson
  • Church of England Devon – good news from the Diocese of Exeter
  • Mission to Melanesia – report of a trip by local clergy
  • Step by Step with God – Deborah Bayliss tells of her gratitude for God’s help and the support of others
  • Time to be Refreshed – by the Ven Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes
  • Handling Loneliness – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also UCB’s website

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Parish News June 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features a whopping 24 pages full of news, articles and information. Many thanks to the new and regular advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Making Choices – by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Restful Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • What Causes Discouragement? – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Walk The Extra Mile – a new community for people aged 18 to 30
  • Bishops Set Off – over the next 9 months, three local bishops will be visiting people, parishes and projects
  • Letter from Pip and Mike Shail – a mid-year report
  • Queen’s Birthday Celebrations – how communities and churches across the UK are responding
  • Open Hearts, Open Borders – reflections by Director of Church & Society Martyn Goss
  • A Royal Heavenly Banquet – by the Very Reverend Julian Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • Installation of Prebendaries at Exeter Cathedral – Reverends Julian C Ould and Cate Edmonds

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Parish News May 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 16 pages full of news, articles and information. Many thanks to the new and regular advertisers* in the latest edition!

This issue includes:

  • Who do you think you are? – by Reverend Jane Frost
  • It’s Just a Few Thoughts – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Bishops Out And About – Over the next 3 months bishops will be visiting parishes to talk about their vision to grow the Church in Devon
  • The Teacher In The Garden – a poem by Helga Watts
  • Readers Mark 150 Years Of Ministry – Bishop Sarah led a Biblical Reflection
  • Giving Scheme Reaches £1 Million – the Parish Giving Scheme returns money to local parishes
  • Wave Of Prayer For Pentecost -The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited all Christians to join them in creating a wave of prayer
  • Nickie’s Call To Mothers’ Union – “The MU helped me with the upbringing of my children in the faith.”
  • Journeying Together – by the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • Constructive Complaining – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk

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Parish News April 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Reverend Julian C Ould urges you to “take a pause and not let Easter go by as just another part of the yearly calendar
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • One year on – the latest ‘postcard’ from Pip & Mike Shaill, in Spain
  • A Messy Baptism – a very young member of Messy Church gets baptised in Colyton
  • Sarah’s Calling – a focus on vocations
  • Mother’s Union – marking 140 years of ministry
  • Curates head for Holy Land – Bishops Robert and Sarah led a pilgrimage in January
  • Today, Open Your Eyes – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • A heartening tale – how some urgent help led to a continuing connection
  • Called to be You – by Bishop Sarah Mullally
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News March 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • It’s Not About the Destination, it’s About the Journey – by the Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Little Reminiscence – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • ¡Prospero Año Nuevo! – the latest ‘postcard’ from Pip & Mike Shaill, in Spain
  • Symbols Help Us Share the Story – by the Venerable Christopher Futcher, Archdeacon of Exeter
  • A Short and Unusual Courtship – by Helga Watts
  • A Point of View – a brief, thought-provoking extract from Adam Gopnik’s talk on the above-named BBC programme
  • Keeping it Real at Easter and Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 – two articles about the virtues of Fairtrade produce
  • The Futility of Fame and Fortune – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Greetings to You All – an appeal from Pastor Mark Hatch for help towards a project in Kenya
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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newsletterthumb201602Parish News February 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 20 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Martyr’s Church in Danger! – by Carolyn Stilwell
  • Lent – by the Reverend Gill Still
  • Take Part in Take Heart on Valentine’s Day – by Suzanne Dugmore
  • Thieves Held Captive by Porridge – by Helga Watts
  • Traidcraft – by Viv Elce
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • How to Overcome Anxiety – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Spring into Caring for God’s Acre – news of a new documentary film
  • Contemplate the New Year – Sundays@7 is a new service at Exeter Cathedral
  • Talking Jesus – The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
  • A Helping Hand – by Natacha. a victim of torture
  • Working for Transformation – by Chris Forster
  • New Faces – John Searson + The Reverend Simon Holland take up new posts in Devon
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News January 2016 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features a record 20 pages full of news, articles and information.

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

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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 www.ucb.co.uk
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News August 2015Parish News November 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 9 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Peace, Perfect Peace – by The Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • The Light of God’s Love – by the Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • The Story of Justin (part 24) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • God’s Not Broke – the call to ordination of Philip Sourbut, the new diocesan Director of Mission and Ministry
  • Word for Today: Give God His Tithe – 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

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Parish News August 2015Parish News October 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 10 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Holidays and it is good to be alive! – by The Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Love flowing from the depth of God – by Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton
  • The Story of Justin (part 23) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • God’s Not Broke – the call to ordination of Philip Sourbut, the new diocesan Director of Mission and Ministry
  • The Way I See It: of House and Home – by Canon David Winter
  • Word for Today: Practise Soul Care – 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

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Parish News August 2015Parish News September 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 9 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • New Beginnings – by Jane Frost
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Library of Things – by Liz Waterson
  • The Story of Justin (part 22) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Harvest Thanksgiving – by the Ven Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes
  • Care Gift Account – by Liz Waterson
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News August 2015Parish News August 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 11 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Compassion and Consideration for Others
    – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Summer Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Dame Sarah is New Devon Bishop – Revd Dame Sarah Mullally is to be the next Bishop of Crediton
  • Calais Crisis – are the Streets of London Paved with Gold? asks Patricia Parker
  • The Story of Justin (part 21) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Summer is A’Comin In! – by Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
  • No One Needs to Beg in Totnes – support networks in Totnes that work long-term with homelessness
  • O Happy Band of Pilgrims – Revd Canon MIchael Burgess
  • Word for Today: Stop Trying to Control Everything (1) – 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

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Parish News July 2015Parish News July 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 12 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Celebrating Good News
    – by the Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Summer Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Sunday Services in July – a new calendar feature
  • Introducing Robert – by Julian Hall
  • The Story of Justin (part 20) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Sittaford Stone Circle – by Julian Hall
  • A Sense of God – Kathy Roberts, who has just been appointed as Dean of Women’s Ministry for the diocese
  • A New Way of Living – the Archdeacon of Plymouth, the Venerable Ian Chandler
  • Forgive One Another – by Paul Hardingham
  • Word for Today: Understanding Your Temptations (1) – 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

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Parish News June 2015Parish News June 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 12 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • The Daffodil Principle
    – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 19) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Beatboxing the Bible – the Reverend Gavin Tyte from Axminster’s project to retell Bible stories for a new generation
  • A Priceless Gift – a 1715 pocket abstract of the Bible
  • Church Celebrates Makeover – St Mary the Virgin’s Church, Walkhampton
  • Sayings – a few choice quotes and jokes
  • 50 Mile Walk in One Day Aims to Restore Live – the story of Mark Barrett’s fundraiser
  • Word for Today: What’s Stopping You? Fear of Success! – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Letter 2 from Pip & Mike Shail – more news with photos following their move to Spain in early 2015
  • Loving Leadership Banishes Fear – the Very Reverend Jonathan Draper, Bishop  of Exeter
  • Faith, Farming and Family – the life of octogenarian June Brown
  • Who Are the Heroes? – by Canon David Winter
  • Helping Children to Thrive in Our Church Schools – Philip Mantell
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News May 2015Parish News May 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 10 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • What Kind of Leader Will Lead Us?
    – by the Reverend Deborah Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Giving Back – a new initiative with coffee shops and restaurants
  • A Pilgrim People – by the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton
  • Living Faithfully – book review by Carolyn Stilwell
  • Letter from Pip & Mike Shail – news with photos of their move to Spain in early 2015
  • The Story of Justin (part 18) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Messy Church – Carolyn Stilwell relates the story of the monthly family fun event
  • Word for Today: Withdrawing in Order to Draw – 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

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Parish News April 2015Parish News April 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features 9 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • The Need for Spaces in our Lives
    – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Painless Giving – report by Julian Hall
  • We Are an Easter People – refocussing perspectives
  • Walking the Road
  • Search and Rescue
  • The Story of Justin (part 17) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Farewell to Pip & Mike Shail – photo plus email address
  • Word for Today: Prayer Must be Your Top Priority – 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

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Parish News March 2015Parish News March 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, once again features 10 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Imitation or Masterpiece? – by the Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • Just Some Thoughts for Lent – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Very Practical Faith – Churchwarden Christine Galvin
  • Refreshing Lent – The Very Reverend Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • The Story of Justin (part 16) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Celebrating God’s Call in Devon – a Cullompton event aimed at clergy, parish treasurers and churchwardens
  • Word for Today: It’s All About Attitude – 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

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Parish News February 2015Parish News Febuary 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, once again features 13 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Lent – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 15) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts of this epic tale)
  • Giving Made Painless – on Sunday 8th March, the Parish Giving Officer, Katie Roscorla, will be visiting both St John’s and St Mary’s Churches to present and explain the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)
  • Chris finds God through science and poetry – a love of science and poetry helps Christopher Southgate to connect to God
  • Word for Today: When God Feels Distant – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • The Glory of God – by Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton
  • Amid the Winds and the Waves of Life – by Gemma Curran
  • The Day the Sun Stood Still – poem by Megan Carter
  • How Can You be Competent When it Comes to Prayer? – by Bev Shepherd
  • Finally, Miscellaneous Observations on Our Life and Faith – a compilation of quotes
  • O Come, All You That Love the Lord – poem by Nigel Beeton
  • Unfamiliar Words Can Make People Feel Uneasy, but Embracing New Languages is Good for Us – by AL Kennedy
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News January 2015Parish News January 2015 – this month’s newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, is another bumper 13 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • A New Makeover – by the Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Seminar at Yad Vashem, November 2014 – at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and research centre in Jerusalem
  • The Story of Justin (part 14) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • New Year, New Beginnings – by Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter
  • Katie’s Adventure with God – ‘her faith came alive and real when she took her family on a three-month trip to the Solomon Islands two years ago’
  • We Saw and We Came – by Preb Richard Bewes
  • The New Year 2015 – poem by Megan Carter
  • Are you looking for a Bible passage to get you through 2015? – Psalm 1:2-3
  • The Burning Bush – poem by Nigel Beeton
  • Word for Today: Be a Finisher – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Breaking Free from Addiction – finding God in the struggle
  • Jesus – poem by Sam Doubtfire
  • A Point of View: Why not caring about anything is only for the young – by Will Self
  • Prayer for God’s Love to Sustain Us – by Daphne Kitching
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News December 2014Parish News December 2014 – the monthly newsletter, compiled and designed by Julian Hall, features a record 13 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Christmas Message for the Totnes Team – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 13) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • News from the Friends of St Mary’s – by Julian Hall, Hon. Secretary
  • Word for Today: ‘The Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.’ Jonah 3:1
     – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Caring at Christmas – by Robert Exon, Diocese of Exeter
  • What Have You Called Him? – Lester Amman considers the naming of Jesus
  • The Story Behind the Hymn: O Come, All ye Faithful
    – Nobody knows who wrote this well-loved Christmas Carol
  • Prayer for Christmas Presence – At this busy time of year, help us to remember the important things.
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News November 2014Parish News November 2014 – the monthly newsletter features 10 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Re-membering – by the Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Letter – from Julian & Jane Ould
  • The Story of Justin (part 12) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Bishop’s Letter – from Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton
  • Giving With Confidence – by Katie Roscorla, Mission Resources Adviser
  • Solidarity in Serving Overseas – why volunteering to serve overseas with charities and church projects is important for many Christians
  • Anna Moves On in Mission – Anna Norman- Walker, a familiar face to many, is to become full-time Canon Chancellor of Exeter Cathedral at the end of this month
  • Word for Today: Living for the Right Reasons – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Letter from Angela Sumner – a fond farewell and news of her new post
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News October 2014Parish News October 2014 – the monthly newsletter features 12 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Changing Seasons – by the Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought – by the Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Moving On – by Andrew Godsall, Mission Community Development Officer
  • The Story of Justin (part 11) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Pray, Act, Give – support for those persecuted in Iraq and Syria
  • Archdeacon Retires – report on the retirement of the Venerable John Rawlings
  • The Earth is the Lord’s – by Bishop Robert Atwell
  • Word for Today: It’s Time to Take Action – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Thank-yous – from Martin Harvey and also from Marisa
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News September 2014Parish News September 2014 – the monthly newsletter features 12 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Foreword – by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought – by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Pop-Up Church: Jesus Goes to ‘Somersault’ – by Jane Willis, Vicar of Filleigh
  • The Story of Justin (part 10) – by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Ordination Joy
  • Thika Bishop Visits Devon
  • New Book by Bishop Robert
  • Father, we thank you for the gift of the morning – a prayer from Keith McKay
  • Word for Today: Volunteers not Conscripts – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Christianity is Under Attack – by Julian Hall
  • Keswick Lecture 24th August 2014 – by Ravi Zacharias
  • Footprints – by Carolyn Carty, 1963
  • On The Run
  • Don’t Chase What Isn’t There
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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Parish News August 2014Parish News August 2014 – the monthly newsletter features 12 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes:

  • Thoughts on war and peace, from Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought, by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • New Chapter in Life of Church in Devon – BIshop Robert’s installation at Exeter Cathedral
  • The Story of Justin (part 9), by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Dick’s Life Helping Others – a look back at a life of giving and caring
  • Nurturing Faith in Young People by Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton
  • Open the Book Project by Chris Grimshaw
  • Word for Today: Don’t Lose Your Compassionate Edge – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • The Environment: How Much Do We Really Care About It? by Julian Hall
  • How St Peter Became ‘The Rock’ by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • Facing Up to Our Giants  (part 3) – Paul Hardingham continues his series on the life of David (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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newsletterthumb201406Parish News July 2014 – the monthly newsletter features another 16 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue includes two colour specials from the Diocese of Exeter looking at First World War Gospels and Holidaying with God.

There’s also a special colour story, God’s Passion for Jen, about Jen Sweet’s decision to start working with Christians Against Poverty.

Other content in this issue:

  • Moving On by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 8) by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Facing Up To Our Giants (part 2) – Paul Hardingham continues his series on the life of David (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • A New Way of Protecting Our Environment – by David Shreeve
  • Word for Today: Do You Want Your Church to Grow? – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available free in both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • The Way I See It: TAKE CARE! by Canon David Winter
  • Why God Sometimes Hides the Truth by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • Build-Relationships.net by Chris Grimshaw
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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newsletterthumb201406Parish News June 2014 – the monthly newsletter keeps getting bigger and better, this month’s edition has grown to 16 pages full of news, articles and information.

This issue features a focus on energy, including:

  • The Exeter Diocesan Position Statement on Energy
  • Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESoc)
  • Poem: To whom does energy belong – by Matt Harvey

Other content in this issue:

  • The Weddings Season by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • A Dementia-Friendly Church – article from the Diocese of Exeter
  • Making a Difference: How women are changing politics and ministry by Reverend Becky Totterdell
  • Nothing Can Separate Us from God by Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton
  • The Story of Justin (part 7) by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Word for Today: Whose ‘Report’ Will You Believe? – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Why Pentecost Makes Christ Accessible by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • Facing Up To Our Giants – Paul Hardingham continues his series on the life of David
  • Build-Relationships.net by Chris Grimshaw
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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newsletterthumb201405Parish News May 2014 – with 12 pages full of news, articles and information.

  • Encountering the Risen Christ in our Midst by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 6) by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Word for Today: An Encounter with God – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • Why didn’t the Romans and Jews see the Risen Jesus? by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • How to Read the Bible in Public by Reverend Richard Bewes
  • WW1: Woodbine Willie by Preb. David Winter
  • …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.


newsletterthumb201404Parish News April 2014 – now with 15 pages of news, articles and information.

  • What It Means to Belong by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 5) by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Relationship Choices by Chris Grimshaw
  • Word for Today: Dealing with Adversity – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • And Now a Word About UCB Radio by Julian Hall
  • Update on the Food Bank, Drop In, CAP and the Care Gift Account by Liz Waterson
  • World War I Exhibition in St Mary’s Church – photographs from Totnes Image Bank
  • Growing a Servant’s Heart by Paul Hardingham
  • The Blessings of God by Michael Cassidy of African Enterprise
  • A Way in the Wilderness
  • …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.


newsletterthumb201403Parish News March 2014 with 12 pages of news, articles and information.

  • The Art of Good Listening by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • The Story of Justin (part 4) by Helga Watts (see past newsletters for preceding parts)
  • Shimmering Spring poetry by Liz (Beth) Barratt
  • Word for Today: Dealing with Adversity – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • An Empty Celebration by Paul Hardingham
  • …and as always, Contact Details, Events, Adverts and Service Times

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newsletterthumb201402Parish News February 2014 with 12 pages of inspiring news, articles and information.

  • Commitment and Accountability by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Revenge or Forgiveness? (part 2) by Chris Grimshaw (see the January 2014 newsletter for part 1)
  • The Story of Justin (part 3) by Helga Watts (see the January 2014 newsletter for part 2, and the December 2013 newsletter for part 1)
  • Something Slightly Different by Liz Heather
  • Church and Community by Liz Waterson
  • The Pilot and the Priest
  • A Man after God’s Heart by Paul Hardingham
  • When Someone’s World Opens by Prebendary Richard Bewes
  • Enduring Love: A True Story
  • Word for Today: Release Love – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • …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.


newsletterthumb201401Parish News January 2014 now 12 pages long!

  • A Fresh Start by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Revenge or Forgiveness? by Chris Grimshaw
  • Ecumenical Discussion on Community Needs by Julian Hall
  • The Story of Justin (part 2) by Helga Watts (see the December 2013 newsletter for part 1)
  • Care Gift Account by Liz Waterson
  • St John’s Christmas Fair – photos
  • Embarrassed by Jesus by Paul Hardingham
  • Shaped for Service in 2014
  • Wise Men Still Seek Him – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • …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.


newsletterthumb201312Parish News December 2013

  • The Meaning of Advent by Reverend Julian C Ould
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Letter from Egypt by Khedra Sayed
  • The Story of Justin by Helga Watts
  • Building Relationships in the Community by Chris Grimshaw
  • We Can Spread it out Before the Lord
  • The Way I See It: In the Shepherd’s Field: The Strangest Sign by Canon David Winter
  • Doing the Right Things – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • …and the usual Contact Details and Service Times

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newsletterthumb201311Parish News November 2013

  • Passing the Peace by Reverend Debbie Parsons
  • It’s Just a Thought by Reverend Cliff Berdinner
  • Community-related Announcements courtesy of Liz Waterson
  • What is filling your emotional cup? by Chris Grimshaw
  • When Foundations are Shaking by Richard Bewes
  • Growing Up Together by Paul Hardingham
  • Whose Report Will You Believe (Who has believed our report?) – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches), see also www.ucb.co.uk
  • …and the usual contact details and Service times

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


download October 2013 NewsletterParish News October 2013

  • Greatness by the Reverend Julian C Ould
  • Liz Waterson writes about Totnes Drop In CentreNetwork of Wellbeing and Christians Against Poverty
  • What is Your Love Language by Chris Grimshaw
  • Whole Life Discipleship: ‘Growing Up Normal’ by Paul Hardingham
  • Never Bet Against the Church by Prebendary Richard Bewes
  • The Way I See It: A Miracle Drug? by David Winter
  • The Stained Teapot by Lester Amann
  • Keep Growing – another extract from UCB’s Word For Today booklet (available for free from both Churches)
  • …and the usual contact details and regular service times

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download September 2013 NewsletterParish News September 2013

  • To Everything there is a Season… by Angela Sumner
  • Letter and new contact details from Connie Hopwood
  • Befriender Training
  • Dealing with Conflict – part three in Chris Grimshaw’s series  on Relationships
  • Whole Life Discipleship Paul Hardingham continues his series of six articles looking at what it takes to be a disciple
  • Don’t Block the Blessing! Prebendary Richard Bewes considers what it means to be a disciple of Jesus
  • Get Rid of the ‘Clutter’ – another sample from UCB’s inspirational ‘Word for Today’ booklet
  • News about the House Groups, Friends of St Mary’s, St John’s Christmas Fayre
  • …and the usual contact details and regular service times

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


newsletterthumb201308Parish News August 2013

  • Sacred Space by the Rev’d Deborah Parsons
  • Warm, Affordable and Green by Julian Hall
  • Apologising by Chris Grimshaw
  • Whole Life Discipleship by Paul Hardingham
  • Don’t Just Stand There, Do Nothing! by Canon David Winter
  • Water is Getting Scarcer
  • Grateful Faith, Saving Faith
  • What Does it Take to Make You More Christ-like?
  • Evict Your Worries
  • News on the Drop-In, Street Pastors, food networks, and other community-related items of interest
  • …and the usual contact details and regular service times

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


newsletterthumb201307Parish News July 2013

  • The Daffodil Principle by the Rev’d Julian C Ould
  • It’s just a thought by the Rev’d Cliff Berdinner
  • Countdown to the Fete
  • Tribute to Connie Hopwood
  • Revenge or forgiveness by Chris Grimshaw
  • Whole LIfe Discipleship: Where do we start? First in a series of six articles by Paul Hardingham
  • The Way I See It: My Brother’s Keeper? Canon David Winter continues his series presenting a point of view
  • Latest events and diary dates plus news of past fundraisers
  • Remember you can now advertise within the Parish News

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


newsletterthumb201306Parish News June 2013

  • Ordinary Times & Extraordinary Moments by the Rev’d Deborah Parsons
  • It’s just a thought by the Rev’d Cliff Berdinner
  • Suspended Coffee and Drop-ins
  • Moving Forward (update)
  • Latest events and diary dates
  • Advertise within the Parish News (introductory offer): 4 local firms have booked advertising

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


newsletterthumb201305Parish News May 2013

  • Pilgrimage – Destination by the Rev’d Julian C Ould
  • It’s just a thought by the Rev’d Cliff Berdinner
  • Latest events and diary dates
  • New – advertise within the Parish News (introductory offer)

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


clergyletter201301Clergy Letter January 2013 New Year Thoughts by The Reverend Angela Sumner To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


November 2012Parish News November 2012

  • Choices by the Rev’d Debbie Parsons
  • Totnes Food Bank
  • Traidcraft
  • “It’s just a thought” by the Rev’d Cliff Berdinner

To download in pdf format right-click HERE (ctrl+click Mac), or click on the thumbnail to read online.


  • If you’d like to contribute to the Parish newsletter, please contact Julian Hall on 01803 867537 or email him for information.
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