Christmas 2017 services, events & more!


stmarysseal1000pxWELCOME to our Christmas News blog. Below are listings for the upcoming seasonal services at our Team Churches and also a separate list of other festive events. Alternatively, head over to the Events page which at the moment has services & entertainments woven together, so you can work out when not to try to be in two places at once. It’s worth checking there now and then anyway, in case of additions or alterations.
We’ve also included, below, a few further events, stretching a bit deeper into the New Year, so that all those who received diaries and calendars amongst their gifts can start filling up 2018 now!
Don’t forget to scroll down to the Community News section – there are quite a few important and informative new items on there.
Many thanks to everyone who sent in words and pictures throughout 2017. We hope everyone has a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. 


CHRISTMAS BANNERS at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould and Reverend Steve Jones preside over the unfurling of one of the Christmas Banners.
   

Banners on display from local charities.
• click the photos to enlarge them


PET SERVICE 2017 at St Mary’s Church, Totnes


   
The Pet Service was a resounding success!
Above are photos of just a few who attended and participated.


CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SERVICES in our Team Churches


Sunday 17th December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE of NINE LESSONS & CAROLS
Traditional Bible readings, carols, choir anthems and congregational hymns.

• all welcome


Thursday 21st December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CAROL SERVICE with the Dartington Brass Consort


Saturday 23rd December at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
CRIB SERVICE

Saturday 23rd December at 7.30pm
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
SERVICE of LESSONS & CAROLS


Christmas Eve at 9.15am
St Barnabas’ Church, Brooking
MATINS

stjohnssnowChristmas Eve at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
IONA SERVICE

Christmas Eve at 11am
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
SUNG EUCHARIST

Christmas Eve at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
VILLAGE WORSHIP

Christmas Eve at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
EUCHARIST

Christmas Eve at 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
CHRISTINGLE

Christmas Eve at 3pm
St John’s Church, Marldon
CHRISTINGLE

stjohnssnowChristmas Eve at 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHRISTINGLE

Christmas Eve at 4pm
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
CRIB SERVICE & Santa on the Quay

Christmas Eve at 11.15pm
St John’s Church, Marldon
MIDNIGHT MASS

Christmas Eve at 11.30pm
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
MIDNIGHT MASS

Christmas Eve at 11.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SUNG MIDNIGHT MASS


st peter's church ugboroughChristmas Day at 9.15am
St Peter’s Church, Cornworthy
SUNG EUCHARIST

stjohnssnowChristmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
FAMILY EUCHARIST

Christmas Day at 10am
St John’s Church, Marldon
FAMILY COMMUNION

Christmas Day at 10am
St Mary’s & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
SUNG EUCHARIST

Christmas Day at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Dartington
FAMILY COMMUNION

Christmas Day at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHRISTMAS FAMILY SERVICE

Christmas Day at 11.15am
St David’s Church, Ashprington
EUCHARIST with HYMNS


Tuesday 26th December at 10am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


Wednesday 27th December at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST


Sunday 31st December at 8am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST

Sunday 31st December at 10.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
TEAM EUCHARIST


2018


Sunday 7th January at 8am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST

Sunday 7th January at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
HOLY COMMUNION with HYMNS

Sunday 7th January at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CONTEMPORARY SERVICE

Sunday 7th January at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SUNG EUCHARIST


FURTHER 2018 SPECIAL SERVICES in Bridgetown & Totnes


Sunday 7th January at 2.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
MARY HARRIS
Service of Celebration
Mary would love you to join her in a service to celebrate her life, her husband Roy, her family and all of her friends. They look forward to seeing you!
• the service will be followed by light refreshments in the church
if you would like to make a cake or help in any way with the food preparation for this very special occasion, please contact Sandra on 01626 330049 (evenings are best) who will be coordinating all contributions. Thank you!


NEW: Sunday 21st January
9.30am—St John’s Church, Bridgetown
11.15 am—St Mary’s Church, Totnes

CHARITY SUNDAY

in aid of The Children’s Society
Speaker: Gill Ford, Relationship Manager, South West
The plate collection from the two morning services and Evensong will go to the Children’s Society. Please bring cash or cheque. Your regular monthly giving is not included.
• if you aren’t able to come to the service but would like to donate, please contact the churchwardens, Lynne Birch or Carolyn Stilwell


FESTIVE EVENTS


Friday 15th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS
IN WORDS AND MUSIC

with Words For Voices and The Devon Waites
directed by Bob Barsby
in aid of St John’s Church and Kampala Music School, Uganda
tickets £10 ( U16 £5 ) including mulled wine and mince pies, from Creative Crafts and Needlework shop, opposite St Mary’s Church, or from Carolyn Stilwell 01803 863030
• 
download a printable poster


Saturday 16th December from 2pm to 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
A CHALICE FOR HUMANITY
• talk
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Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
WINTER CONCERT
Devonly Voices & The Singers Upstairs
with Pretty Noises & The Rockettes
Come and join us for a winter-wonderful joyous evening of BIG a capella harmony singing!
• proceeds to Rowcroft Hospice
£10 on the door (children under-16 free / donation)
• download a printable poster


Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm
St Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DA
COLLATI SINGERS
Christmas Concert
Following their sell-out concert in Buckfast Abbey in November, The Collati Singers conducted by Trefor Farrow are back – this time at St Luke’s Church Buckfastleigh – with a new programme for their Christmas concert. The programme features Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and other shorter seasonal pieces. Organist Robin Stubbs.
entry is FREE, no booking necessary
• retiring collection
• singers
include Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould and Jane Mountford


Wednesday 20th December
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
COMMUNITY CAFÉ
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.


2018


cancelled: Saturday 27th January
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
HOLOCAUST CONCERT
by Elie Fruchter
• updated 25.01.18: Elie has contracted an infection following recent surgery and will not now be able to perform. Get well soon, Elie!


Saturday 10th February at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
FOUR-HANDED PIANO RECITAL
by Veronika Shoot and Sasha Grynyuk
Including Rachmaninov Suite, Schubert Fantasie and more.
In aid of the Friends of St Mary’s stained glass window restoration fund. As a child aged 7, Veronika Shoot was hailed by Lord Yehudi Menuhin as “destined to become a great pianist”. Sasha Grynyuk received guidance from Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia, among others. He was described by the legendary Charles Rosen as “an impressive artist with remarkable, unfailing musicality always moving with the most natural, electrifying, and satisfying interpretations”.
‘Don’t miss this very special event by two amazing young Russian-born musicians! And don’t forget to invite your family and friends along too.’
tickets £8 (accompanied under-16’s free but still need tickets) online or from Julian Hall – update: tickets are now also on sale at the Creative Crafts and Needlework shop, directly opposite St Mary’s; this is open 9.15am to 5.15pm Monday to Saturday, telephone 01803 866002 (people are asked to bring the right money i.e. £8 per ticket if possible ,as they don’t like having to give change)
join the Friends of St Mary‘s from just £1.43 per month and help preserve our beautiful church for posterity


SPONSORED WALK to Team Churches


How many wise men does it take to raise the money needed to complete our ‘Windows of Opportunity’ project at St. John’s in 2018? The answer, according to Steve Jones and John Luscombe, is as many as possible!
John and Steve are inviting ‘wise’ men and women to join them on a Sponsored Epiphany Pilgrimage around all nine churches of the Totnes Team on Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th January. The plan is to start at Stoke Gabriel with breakfast (kindly provided by Stoke Gabriel parish) and a prayer on Friday morning, taking in Marldon and Berry Pomeroy before stopping for lunch at St John’s, Bridgetown.
We shall hold a short Pilgrim Liturgy in each church, inviting church members to join us. After lunch we shall carry on to Dartington, by which time it will probably be getting dark, so time to stop!
On Saturday we shall gather again at Dartington for another breakfast (thank-you, Dartington!) Then back into Totnes via Brooking and the ridge above Follaton, and a visit to St Mary’s, then lunch. After lunch we shall continue along the John Musgrave trail to Ashprington and Cornworthy. At Cornworthy there will be an Epiphany Tea and a chance to rest our weary feet before Evensong.
John and Steve are looking for (a) fellow pilgrims and (b) sponsors. You are invited to join them for all or part of the pilgrimage. The route has been planned to stay away from roads and traffic as much as possible and is about 24 miles (13 on Friday, 11 on Saturday), but you’re welcome to do just one day or one section. Or just come and meet them at one of the churches and join in the Pilgrim Liturgy. Sponsorship forms are available to sponsor them – or if you’re going to walk, to get your own sponsors.
• you can also give through our Just Giving page


TIME OUT for Messy Church


Owing to the building and repairs to St John’s Church, there will be no Messy Church for the whole of 2018. We will certainly come back in 2019.
• read about Messy Church


COMMUNITY NEWS ROUND-UP with Liz Waterson


Fundraising FeedbackSome of the pupils from Ontrack Education and their teacher Rebecca Robinson (also a parishioner at Dartington), who sold handmade goodies and Christmas decorations outside St Mary’s Church in early December when it was so wet and windy. Rebecca writes:
“Thanks for everything on Friday. We raised over £110! I gave it to Bonita at the Freedom Centre and they were delighted. The pupils loved the church with its banners- I will be coming back up with them to look around if we have time again this week!”
• click the photo to enlarge it


Crib Figures
Mary and Joseph crib figures are seeking overnight shelter in homes on Totnes and Dartington on their travels through Advent. This is a good way of making friendships and they bring blessings on your home!
Please sign up on the sheet by St John’s coffee table or contact Joy Hanson on 01803 445470 to book a date. Hospitality involves providing simple refreshments for their carriers then visiting the next hosts the following afternoon.


Parish Yellow Pages
Following a meeting between members of St John’s and St Mary’s congregations, it has been decided to collect names & addresses of people attending both churches using specially designed forms. People will be invited to complete these simple forms between January and March with a view to publishing the first Parish Yellow Pages booklets in April. The Yellow Pages will be a valuable resource for the Parish, enabling people to keep in touch with each other and contact Church officers and event or group organisers as necessary.
• participation in the scheme is entirely voluntary but we hope it will be well supported


Candle-makers wanted!
Mike Winter has been making candles for St Mary’s church, following John Scott’s careful written instructions, for the last 10 years and now feels that it is time to hand on the job to someone else. We’re looking for someone to take on this rewarding work and produce candles every now and then, when needed.
• please talk to Mike or contact the Reverend Prebendary Julian Ould if you’re interested


RISE Recovery and Integration Service
at The Mansion, Fore Street
(above the Totnes People’s Cafe, next to the Library)
If you would like to talk to somebody about drug our alcohol use, our drop in is open:
Thursdays 10am to 12:30pm
Our service is free, confidential, friendly and open to everyone;
• support for Family and Friends
• advice and Information
• help to make changes
• access point for further treatment


Totnes Drop In has a new website

• click here or click the image!


Afternoon House Group
Our first meeting of 2018 will be on Tuesday 9th January at 2pm.  We will meet at Anne Binns’ house: 8, Roswell’s Lane and we will be studying Chapter 14 of Living Faithfully: Nurturing Friendship.
On Tuesday January 23rd we will meet at Mary Harris’ house; 4, Riverside Swallowfields and we shall study Chapter 15 of Living Faithfully: Building Community.
• further details from Liz Waterson 01803 849345


Totnes Street Pastors
• click the image to enlarge the Autumn 2017 newsletter – or click here to download a printable version


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
You can donate food at Morrisons. Look out for the large black plastic bin labelled ‘Food Bank’. You can also drop food off in my porch any time and it will be collected every week.
Liz Waterson32 Copland Meadows Totnes TQ9 6ER 01803 849345
• more about Totnes Food Bank here


Food Bank suggested donations list
download a printable pdf of this list


Donating money to the Food Bank / Drop In / Transition Club
If you wish to donate to any of the above please make the cheque payable to GIVING BACK and pop a note in with your donation designating the particular area that you wish to give you gift to.
Then either post it or pop it in to Market Place Ministries, 2a Burke Road Industrial Estate Totnes TQ9 5XL.
If you wish to give cash it would be wise to donate in person during the Drop In open hours Monday – Friday 9.45am to 12.45pm, when we can always guarantee that someone will be there. Once again, pop in a note along with the donation designating the gift. Thank you!


Hexagonal Jam JarsCurrently on sale…
Delicious jam, marmalade, chutney and other produce is now on sale at St Mary’s Church, Totnes – and will continue to be so for some weeks to come!
• jam jars and lids are not needed at the moment!


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the December 2017 issue is online


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

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


DON’T FORGET…


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


prayerprofilePrayer
at St John’s Church, 
every Friday 5pm to 5.45pm
• all welcome


History at St John’s Church
A series of events sharing memories of Bridgetown in general and the church in particular. Fuller details under Upcoming Events, above.


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’.


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
You can download an invoice
(Word docx file), updated May 2017 with new BACS information, 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


Rough sleepers around Totnes
We have been advised to call the Police or PCSOs on 101 to report on any rough sleepers in the area, or if we have any concerns about anti- social behaviour.
Please note the above number!


Freedom Centre website
For the most up to date news re the Marketplace Food Bank and The Drop In, visit the  Freedom Centre Totnes website. This really replaces the Totnes Mobile Food Bank who are now mainly working with CAP clients. Food donations for The Totnes Mobile Food Bank can be made at Morrisons who have a brown Wheelie Collection bin for them by the Post Box at the exit.
Marketplace Food Bank is a walk in food bank and they are working with statutory agencies to help those referred. This is also an Emergency Food Bank.


Parish Giving Scheme
parishgivingscheme
There are various people using the Parish Giving Scheme who would be more than happy to answer any queries and help with the paperwork if necessary.
• please contact Julian Hall on 01803 867537 about this in the first instance


Help & Advice
The Need Help poster has recently been updated (March 2017).

• click here to download a printable A4 version


stjohns21_72bigBooking enquiries re. St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Please call 01803 865615 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12noon (enquiries will not be taken at any other times), or email us.
Carolyn & Tony are no longer dealing with this!
• St John’s Hall & Lettings information
• St John’s Hall & Lettings photos


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!
• information about Food Bank opening times is here


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.
• you can now once more take your food bank donations to Morrisons in Totnes – there is a collection bin by the toilets
please check all sell-by dates (see above)!
further information from Liz Waterson on 01803 84934
more about Totnes Food Bank here


totnescaringdriversTotnes Caring
We are always 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


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


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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November updates + news


2013sealwreathNOVEMBER is a month of Remembrance and also a transition into the Christmas period.
There are several special services later this month, including Remembrance Services in Totnes and Bridgetown on Sunday 13th November (preceded in Totnes by the usual parades and an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial.
On the same morning, Wild Church offers a Wild Remembrance outdoor pilgrimage on the Dartington Estate.
The next Charity Sunday is on 27th November at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, this time in aid of the Drop In Centre and including a speech from Mark Hatch; note there won’t be the usual 11.15am service in Totnes on that day.
There is no Choral Evensong in November – there is however the Advent Carol Service on Sunday 27th November (at 6.30pm). On Wednesday 30th November, there’s a Rowcroft & Allwood Light Up A Life service at 7pm.
Christmas is coming and our Events listings are beginning to look a bit festive. We are compiling the various Christmastime services and events (please let us have details if you haven’t already done so!); we’ll then create a special Christmas-at-a-glance page covering everything from the end of this month and into the beginnings of 2017.
As the temperatures drop, the Totnes Drop In Centre always starts getting busy at this time of year. There’s a mini-feature below on the Drop In and Night Shelter, including their latest newsletter, a thankyou and a continuing appeal for donations of bedding.
Totnes Street Pastors have also just published their Autumn Newsletter, again see below to read or download it.
More thankyous are awarded to those who work behind the scenes – cleaning, polishing, arranging and providing flowers and so on – all of which help make St Mary’s (and the other Team Churches too) look their best for congregations and visitors.
There’s a further mini-feature on Network of Wellbeing, who are the driving force behind several innovative community projects.
Liz Waterson‘s Community News section also includes this time the latest dates for groups and meetings – plus details and memos about the myriad other things you can join in with, help with, or find out about.
Rounding off this news post (keep scrolling down) there’s a contents list for the November Parish Newsletter, along with a link to download it or read it. Producing, printing and distributing the Newsletter does incur costs, so – even if you always read it online – donations / contributions are being sought and will be gratefully received.
• Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images.


SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes & Bridgetown


stjohnsheader01Sunday 13th November at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown:
HOLY COMMUNION by EXTENSION 
& ACT of REMEMBRANCE
Officiant: Reverend Steve Jones


2013wreathlaying05Sunday 13th November from 10.45am
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE of REMEMBRANCE
Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial
followed by Service in St Mary’s Parish Church
Officiant & Preacher: Reverend Julian C Ould (Chaplain to The Royal British Legion)
• several albums of photographs from past years can be found under the Galleries menu: 2012 and 2013


St John's Church Bridgetown TotnesSunday 27th November at 9.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
(Joint Service with St Mary’s Church, Totnes)
CHARITY SUNDAY SERVICE
in aid of Totnes Drop In Centre
Speaker: Mark Hatch
The plate collection on that day will go to the Drop In Centre. Your regular monthly giving is not included. If you aren’t able to come to the service, you can leave a donation with the churchwardens or Lynne Birch.
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes on this day


adventcandlesNEW: Sunday 27th November at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes)
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
All welcome
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rowcrofthospice01NEW: Wednesday 30th November at 7pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
Rowcroft & Allwood Service
LIGHT UP A LIFE
All welcome


Microsoft Word - Pet Service POSTER 2016 v2.docxSunday 4th December at 4.30pm
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes
ANNUAL PET SERVICE
supporting Animals in Need
• everyone welcome including pets
download a printable poster
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serviceofremembranceNEW: Wednesday, 14th December at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
in association with Perring Funeral Directors
A service for all those who have lost friends or relatives and wish to come together to remember them at this time of year.
refreshments will be served after the service.


WILD REMEMBRANCE – Wild Church upcoming events for November


wildchurchsloeSunday 13th November from 11am to 1pm
Sam’s Dartington Slow Sloe Pilgrimage
WANDER SLOWLY through the hidden wilds of Dartington from the heart of the Estate to Hunters Moon with Reverend Sam. Come & have a taste of the wild wisdom way (a marriage of head & heart, body & soul) and meet the Dartington sloe thickets; including mindfulness practice, silent walking and a sloe gin communion. We will end under the ancient Dartington yew for a time of remembrance. Gather by the fallen tree on the Dartington playing field beside the old primary school for an 11am start. (Until approx 1pm).
suggested donation £5 – £10 in aid of the Devon Wildlife Trust Bat Appeal.
facebook event page


wildchurch02THIS MONTH also sees a new beginning for Wild Monastics, which this time last year involved a small group meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings for sacred chant & silent meditation in Dartington Church. We restart with a Remembrance Day for Lost Species at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30th November. More details coming soon.


SPECIAL THANKYOUS for helping St Mary’s Church look its best…


mothersdayflowersHarvest Flowers
We’d like to express our warmest thanks to all those who created such beautiful harvest displays in St Mary’s Church for the Harvest Festival Service.
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church work dayChurch Working Day
Thanks too to all those who worked so hard on sprucing up the church last week, from cancel hoovering to gutter cleaning to pew dusting. And special thanks for our lovely flower beds!


NEW & UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


Saturday 12th November from 11am to 2pm
Civic Hall, Totnescaringtownfair


bunsonseatsSunday 13th November from 3pm to 5pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetwon
BUNS ON SEATS
Poetry, music and cake with Visible Ink
In aid of St John’s church windows.
tickets £6, includes refreshments
• please phone 01803 863030 to book

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stmaryandstgeorgeNEW: Sunday 13th November at 4pm
St Mary and St George’s Church, Totnes
Service of Solidarity for Refugees
SERVICE FOR SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES
There will be a short service to remember those who are refugees or still in great danger in their own homes.
We hope to have the South West Lampedusa
Cross present as a sign of solidarity and hope.


walkofwitnesspostera4NEW: Saturday 19th November
depart 10am from Plymouth City Piazza (by big screen), walk to Plymouth RC Cathedral for a short service at 11am
RALLY followed by WALK of WITNESS with REFUGEES – led by the Southwest’s own ‘Lampedusa Cross’
Millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees. Pope Francis calls us to see them as “brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved”. CAFOD, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, Anglican Diocese of Exeter, Devon Faith and Belief Forum, Plymouth Council of Faiths and others are organising a walk of witness in solidarity with people who have been forced to become refugees because of war, climate change, exploitation and persecution.
• click the image to download a printable poster


messychurchjoyhansonSaturday 19th November
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Elijah and the Ravens
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church
• photo (left) by Joy Hanson


FoSMAGMNEW: Sunday 20th November at 12.30pm (straight after the 11.15am Eucharist)
Friends of St Mary’s AGM
Nomination forms for committee posts will be placed inside the main entrance to St Mary’s. New members welcome!
• Among other things, the Friends have recently funded the restoration of the Paige Adams stained glass window (cost £3,500) and have pledged over £3,000 for repairs to the Parvis room window (directly above the Porch)


cameosingersmay2013_01NEW: Saturday 10th December from 10.30am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s presents
CAMEO CHRISTMAS COFFEE CONCERT
entry £5
coffee and cakes on sale


DROP IN & NIGHT SHELTER NEWS – special feature


Totnes Drop In Newsletter
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• click the image to read online – or click here to download a printable version


NIght Shelter News
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(click the image to enlarge it)
Once planning is complete and we start to look to buy the portacabin, I’ll write a fuller article about it all, so much has happened since all this started and we are still trying to get the Flood Risk Assessment finally approved -I hope to be meeting with the Environment Agency this week.
As wheels grind rather slowly, it is a good thing that the Drop In has not been demolished (as it was scheduled to be) because at this rate we wouldn’t have anywhere for a Night Shelter to go.
We have had the Drop In thoroughly deep cleaned so that it is as heathy as the current building could be, but even before demolition we are hoping to move Mark to much better temporary premises and the portacabin will be needed (among other things) as an office.
Although the new premises (opposite the Drop In) are rather warmer and much more inviting, there is no private space for Mark, private interviews or the work of professionals who come to work with his service users during the week. As the portacabin will be situated directly behind the building to which Mark is relocating, this will be the perfect solution. ~ Liz


markhatchCharity Sunday Service
Sunday 27th November at 9.30am
at St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Mark Hatch (pictured right) will be speaking at a Joint Service (with St Mary’s Church, Totnes), in aid of Totnes Drop In Centre.
more details under Special Services, above


sleepingbagclipartBedding for the Drop In Centre
Many, many thanks to everyone who has given me duvets and blankets for the Drop In Centre. Mark is preparing now for the Winter Emergency Night Shelter and along with this, we have provided duvets for those in need. In all I have given out 15 duvets. Currently, I still have plenty of blankets and some bed linen, but the duvet stock is now very low.
If you have any spare duvets (single and double) please pop them in my porch and I will store them for Mark until he calls for them. It would be really helpful if you could put a label on the bag to say whether the duvet is single or double.
Liz Waterson 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER – email Liz or telephone 01803 849345
more about the Drop In Centre here


NETWORK OF WELLBEING – news of two projects


Community crowdfunding
potluckcrowdfundingposter
• click the image to download a printable poster


shareshop2Totnes Share Shop
Here at the Network of Wellbeing, we have been seeding a Share Shop in Totnes. The great news is we now have a venue thanks to Totnes Town Council and a grant to support us thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. The council have granted us a space to pilot the Share Shop in The Guild Hall garage on Guild Hall Yard.
The Share Shop would enable local people to borrow all sorts of useful things at nominal cost so that they don’t have to buy them for themselves. The aim is to encourage the sharing economy, to help people connect more, spend less, consume less, and waste less. (Photo just for illustration – the Totnes Share Shop isn’t yet in place!)


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Totnes Street Pastors – Autumn Newsletter
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• click the image to read it online – or click here to download a printable version
past editions of the Totnes Street Pastors newsletters, and a Prayer Booklet, can be downloaded here


house groupsHouse Groups
Both house groups will be meeting on Tuesday 15th and 29th November and then breaking until 10th January…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
We are using A Life Guide Bible Study: Growing Older and Wiser by Dale and Sandy Larsen.
• each study is complete in itself, and everyone is welcome for all the session or just a few
contact Liz Waterson for further details: 01803 849345


bookCrosspark Book Club – forward dates for your diary
2016:

Monday 5th December Relics by Pip Vaughan-Hughes (with the author??)
Venue: Crosspark, facilitated by Michael Heather
2017:
Monday 6 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)


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Traidcraft

Christmas stall at St John’s Church, Bridgetown, after the joint service on Sunday November 27th. Everyone is invited to stay for coffee and support fair trade by buying cards, gifts and festive food.


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!
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PARISH NEWSLETTER – the November issue is online


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!

Any donations to help pay for our publishing costs, however small, would be most welcome, even if you’re reading the magazine online. We can accept BACS payments, cheques to Totnes with Bridgetown PCC or cash. Email Julian Hall for details.

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

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


REMINDERS…


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!


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Totnes Food Bank
Please remember the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels at Market Place Ministries (opposite the Drop In): Totnes Food Bank opening times are now Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.
• click here to download a printable poster


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


weddinginvoicethumbnailWeddings
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


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


prayerprofilePrayer
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


community news


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


harvestfestivalbigMANY THANKS to everyone for their marvellous generosity over the Harvest Time.
The schools and churches have given wonderful amounts of food.
It might be good, after the bumper harvest of food that we have received, if we could collect toiletries and household cleaning products.
May I make one plea – please check the sell by dates. 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 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 telephone  Liz Waterson on 01803 84934 / 32 Copland Meadows TQ9 6ER


community news & upcoming events


SPECIAL SERVICES


Sunday 7th December at 4.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnespets Attention all animal-lovers! There is a PET BLESSING SERVICE, led by Reverend Julian Ould. All Creatures Great and Small are welcome. So bring your pets to share in this short Thanksgiving Service.
• dogs on a lead please
• supporting Animals In Distress


Sacred Space Poster  December 2014Sunday 7th December from 6.30pm to 7.15pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
SACRED SPACE
theme: Cloth for the Cradle
Come join this Sacred Space, a contemplative creative gathering, and share in the coming of the Light. The season and journey of Advent leads to an expectant time of waiting and preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus and new life. O come, O come, Emmanuel.
• download a printable poster here


xmastreeanimTuesday 9th December at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
DEDICATION SERVICE
for the Christmas Tree Festival
• scroll down for more about the Festival


LUAL 2014 A4 1pp General Poster.inddThursday 11th December at 7pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
LIGHT UP A LIFE Celebration
in support of Rowcroft Hospice
• for further information please call Daniela Hopkins, Light up a Life Coordinator on 01803 217642
• click the poster to enlarge it
• more details here


carolbellsSunday 14th December at 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CAROL SERVICE
• all welcome
• no service at St John’s Church on this morning


NEXT MUSIC EVENT [see the Events page for listings further ahead]


click to read full detailsNEW: Saturday 13th December at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
AND THE LAND LAY STILL
Nigel Shaw & Carolyn Hillyer
with special guests
click the poster for full description
tickets £13 / £10
interval refreshments including mulled wine
• website www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk
• email Seventh Wave Music or telephone 01822 880301


CHRISTMAS 2014


snowflakeWe are preparing a special round-up of this year’s Christmas events and services – please let us have any news and details of events as soon as possible – thanks!
• meanwhile see a few listings under Community News and Special Services, below


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


christmastreefestival2014posterCHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
The Festival will begin soon and if there are any organisations who would like to have a tree, please contact Tony Gregg asap on 01803 813885.
• the trees will be decorated on Monday 8th December and the Church will be open all day for that purpose
• there will be a Dedication Service on Tuesday 9th December at 6.30pm
• the trees will be taken down on Tuesday 6th January
• see previous blog post for more details
• click here to view a gallery of last year’s Christmas Tree Festival
download a printable poster (right-click or CTRL+click, then choose Save to hard drive)


churchcleaningST MARY’S CHURCHhelp needed
Brass Cleaning – Please come and help clean the brasswork on Tuesday, 2nd December from 2pm until 4 pm.
• tea provided!
Outdoor Clearing & Tidying – we need some people to help clear away leaves and tidy up outside the Church on Saturday, 6th December in the morning.
• please see one of the Church Wardens if you can help


humanisingtheenemyposterNEW: HUMANISING THE ENEMY
Two events presented by the Amos Trust and Moving Conflicts in association with Combatants for Peace and the Holy Land Trust.

• click the poster to view larger

Dialogue event
Friday 5th December from 8.30pm to 10.30pm
Totnes Civic Hall
An evening of dialogue with Sami Awad, CEO of Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, Palestine, and Ben Yeger, UK representative of Combatants for Peace and director of Moving Conflicts.
One Palestinian and one Israeli share a platform and tell their personal stories of transformation from violence to non-violence and share their joint work in Palestine / Israel
This event also marks the launch of Moving Conflicts, offering myriad opportunities to transform conflict in ourselves and in relation to others.
entrance £7 / £5 on the door

A Moving Conflicts Workshop
Saturday 6th of December
from 10am to 2pm including shared lunch
The Mansion, Fore Street, Totnes
A workshop led by Sami Awad, CEO of Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, Palestine, and Ben Yeger, UK representative of Combatants for Peace and director of Moving Conflicts.
Sami and Ben will create a safe space for participants to explore, through a variety creative and embodied methods, their own relationship to conflict on inner and outer levels and find ways to step into the shoes of the ‘Other’ as a means of transforming this relationship.
Sami will draw on his expansive knowledge of non-violent practice, Ben will work with Movement Medicine and Joanna Macy’s work that reconnects.
The workshop is open to everyone who is willing to take a journey of what it really means to humanize the ‘enemy’.
tickets: £15 (waged) / £10 (unwaged)
• to book a place please email Ben


mincepiesTHE MINCE PIE CHALLENGE!
We still need mince pies for St John’s School Christmas Service and the Words for Voices concert on Friday 19th December at St John’s Church, Bridgetown.
• if you can help, please sign the list at the back of St John’s Church or contact Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030
• see previous blog post for more details


Hexagonal Jam JarsJAM SALES at St Mary’s Church
This Sunday sees the return of damson jam for sale along with the gooseberry jam which Joan makes.
You may remember that monies from these sales go to buying extra items for the Church. We have, for example, just bought four children’s books about Christmas which will go into the Children’s Area when we get into Advent.
Thank you for your support!
• perhaps for the first time, we will have Medlar Jelly on sale, made from the medlar trees in the Churchyard
• there are only two jars available from the produce supplied, so first come gets first choice


Totnes Food Bank logoFOOD BANK next collection is Sunday 7th December. Please leave your contributions in the box inside St Mary’s Church. Anything you bring is still very much appreciated and distributed to the really needy.
• please make sure that foods are still “in date”
• more about the Food Bank here