WEEK of UNITY for CHRISTIAN PRAYER: 18th to 25th January 2018
“That All May Be Free”

Thursday 18th January from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Methodist Church, Totnes
Welcome The Stranger
Readings and prayers with Liz Wintle and Wendy Hartley, followed by Soup Lunch.

Friday 19th January at 10am
St Mary and St George’s RC Church, Totnes
Resisting Modern Slavery
Mass, with coffee afterwards.

Saturday 20th January
River Dart Wild Church Silent Pilgrimage, Dartington
Upholding Modern Dignity
with Reverend Sam Wernham
Meet 10am St Mary’s Church, Dartington, finish around noon at Church Hall for drinks and warm up. Wear suitable clothes and footwear.

Sunday 21st January at 4pm
St Mary and St George’s RC Church
UNITED SERVICE: Overcoming Violence
Tea afterwards in the Church Hall

Monday 22nd January at 8.20am for 8.30am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Pursuing Economic Justice
Morning prayer, with Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould and C of E Clergy
Coffee afterwards. Parking at the church.

Tuesday 23rd January
10.30am at Totnes United Free Church
God Acts For The Powerless
Coffee chat with Pastor Ade
4pm to 4.45pm at the Priory
Prayers for Unity
with Russian Orthodox Friar Benedict Ramsden
Parking for disabled only at the Priory.

Wednesday 24th January at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Different Families
Holy Communion, with coffee afterwards.

Thursday 25th January from 10.30am to 11.15am
Friends Meeting House
Call To Reconciliation
Quakers service, followed by tea and coffee.

• for fuller details of the prayers and themes, Google “Unity Week 2018” – or call Joy Hanson 01803 445470 who has a few booklets available (£1.45)


event cancellation + new listings

CANCELLED: Saturday 21st October at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society
A Royal Engagement
Totnes Early Music Society regrets to have to announce the last minute cancellation of this concert, due to the illness of one of the players, who has been taken into hospital. Both TEMS and Convivio are keen to arrange a future date. Members and advance ticket holders are being contacted, and we hope to be able to publish a revised date as soon as possible.
TEMS website

Scroll down for new and upcoming events and services in and around Totnes…..

SPECIAL SERVICES in Stoke Gabriel & Bridgetown

StokeGabrielStmaryStGabrielschurchNEW: Sunday 29th October at 10.30am
St Mary & St Gabriel’s Church, Stoke Gabriel
no 11.15am service at St Mary’s Church, Totnes and no 9.30am service at St John’s Church, Bridgetown on this day
(8am service at St Mary’s as usual)

Sunday 5th November at 11.15am
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
These services are in addition to the regular 9.30am service and will take place on the first Sunday of each month.
• the service is open to anyone and everyone, including children of any age!


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

Wednesday 25th October
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.
The café runs on a pay what you feel basis.

NEW: Wednesday 25th October at 7pm
Totnes Library
Friends of Totnes Library present

with the Reverend Prebendary Julian C Ould
• all proceeds to Friends of Totnes Library
tickets £5 available from the Library or on the door
refreshments available

Wednesday 25th October from 7.30pm to 9pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Unknown Stories of Bridgetown
Speaker: Bob Mann
• donations in aid of St John’s Windows fund

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

NEW: Saturday 4th November 10.30am to 4pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Totnes
Tasty food, freshly prepared to order – raising money to pay for a Children’s Singing Workshop, coming soon with Choir Director Stephen Tanner.
(Free refreshment for St Mary’s Working Party on that day.)
• enquiries please email
Bric a Brac wanted!
To sell at the above fundraiser. Collection of small to medium size items possible in Totnes area by arrangement.
Please contact Jan Dietz 01803 770515 or Sandra Nicholson 01626 330049.

NEW: Wednesday 8th November
10am to 1pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
We will be joined by an Energy Advisor from local group South Dartmoor Community Energy to help you check you’re not paying too much for your energy and are receiving all the support you’re entitled to from the energy companies. Katie’s advice is all free and impartial and she can also answer queries on smart meters, the Priority Services Register, heating systems and damp and condensation.
• bring a recent fuel bill to see if you could save by switching
• for more information call the advice team on 0800 112 3044 or visit the website..
Katie Reville, Director and Energy Advisor
• also on Wednesday 6th December

Easter services, events updates & community news

stmarysseal1000pxHOLY WEEK & EASTER are approaching fast, and below (and on the Services page) is an at-a-glance list of services at St Mary’s and at St John’s.
This is an ‘extra’ news post, focussing on a variety of upcoming and newly-announced Community events. Please see the Events page for listings of upcoming entertainments and events further ahead.


Monday 10th April at 8.30am 
at St John’s Church, Bridgetown:

Wednesday 12th April at 10.30am 
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:

Maundy Thursday at 8pm until midnight
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
with Meditation on the Servitude of Christ and Watch

Good Friday 
10am starting at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown:
(Churches Together in Totnes)
2pm at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
Meditation before the Cross & Eucharist

Holy Saturday at 7.30pm 
at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:

Easter Day
8am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
9.30am at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown:
11.15am at St Mary’s Church, Totnes

Easter Sunday 16th April at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
programme tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir

COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson

quietdayforlentposterA Quiet Day for Lent
Wednesday 29th March
from 10am to 4pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Led by Rev Debbie Parsons, Team Vicar & Richard Frost, Team Reader
• tea & coffee provided – please bring your own lunch
• book your place by telephoning 01803 865196 or email
• all are welcome
• download a printable poster

Caring Town Information Exchange
We’re delighted to announce that the Caring Town Information Exchange will be open from Monday 27th March.
The need for this service was identified as a priority when Caring Town first started back in 2014, to help ensure that local people know about the great range of services on offer here – so this is an idea that has turned into reality, with many thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen, including Totnes Town Council who is our main partner.
Located in the front right ground floor room at The Mansion, we will be open from 10.30am – 2.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
Our Connectors, Denise or Victoria will be on hand to help signpost local people to local health, care and well-being services, groups and activities. These include formal and informal providers of public, community and private sector services. Working with South Hams CVS, we’ll also be helping connect people with volunteering opportunities.
Please drop in and say hello, meet Victoria and Denise and make sure we have information about your services – ideally we need an A4 portrait poster and some of your leaflets or flyers if you haven’t already provided these.
This is a learning stage for us, and we welcome your participation and support as the Connectors get up to speed on all the local services, and as we find out more about who uses the Caring Town Information Exchange and what they want from it.
We are not having a big public launch at this stage – for now we are letting you (our network) know and will use some social media to slowly raise our profile. I have attached our flyer – please feel free to send this to your staff, clients and volunteers and help us get the word out next week. We can also provide you with some hard copies.
we’ll be having an opening morning just for our Caring Town network people and organisations, and will let you know that date within the next few weeks

Electoral Roll
A revision of the Electoral Roll will take place between 3rd April and 10th April. If your details have changed since last year or if you are a newcomer to the church and would like to be included on the register, please complete an application form and hand it to Douglas Mitchell (St Mary’s) or Anne Binns (St John’s) or a Church Warden by Monday, 10th April.

Annual Meeting
Wednesday 26th April
2017 at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
Totnes with Bridgetown
(Eucharist at 7pm)
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.
nomination papers available in both churches – please complete and return to Lynne Birch


First Aid Course
Wednesday 5th April
 9.30am to 3.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
For members of St Mary’s and St John’s Churches.
If you are able, a voluntary contribution towards the cost would be very much appreciated. We will confirm your place as soon as possible but please bear with us as, if we have a lot of interest, you will appreciate we will need to ensure an even spread of attendees from both churches.
• cost per person: £25
• please email Carolyn Stilwell or telephone 01803 863030

Beyond Borders Totnes & District
You are invited to a screening of
(French with English subtitles)
Thursday 6th April at 7pm
in Bogan House (opposite the Market Square in Totnes)
A moving feature film about a young, unaccompanied Kurdish asylum seeker from Iraq hoping to cross the channel at Calais – and a Frenchman becoming aware of his predicament.
Made in 2009, these issues are as alive today in more ways than one…as we digest the voting down of the Dubs amendment’s scheme for sanctuary for children seeking UK asylum…and as young asylum seekers return to Calais with the French authorities clamping down on humanitarian aid organisations offering them food.
open discussion after the film, all views welcome
• donations welcome for Luck of Birth
• download a printable A4 poster