WEEK of UNITY for CHRISTIAN PRAYER 2018


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)


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mid-August updates & news


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WE HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME ON THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS, whatever this very variable weather decides to do. After a quietish couple of weeks, things are starting to get busy again…
Several Special Services  are coming up in September and October, including a couple of out of town ones, featuring the ordination of Reverend Jane Frost and also her first holding of a service. We welcome St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon to complete our set of Team Churches (you can find links to them all under the Team Churches menu).
The Exeter Diocese is encouraging congregations to be actively involved in upcoming NHS Community Consultations – details of how to have your say are below, along with a downloadable pdf briefing document.
Entertainments-wise, there’s a Sea Change in Totnes for August Bank Holiday weekend, which includes some performances at St Mary’swe now have listings, but please keep checking their web pages for changes or additions. Also newly-added is a 3-day Pianarama Festival, organised by Sam Richards and including a couple of free events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes. See below for more details, or visit the Events page for listings further ahead.
[Events often have posters to download – if you can print and display them, it really helps increase attendance and awareness of what’s going on.]
Just arrived is an invigorating bulletin with photos from Wild Church, with reports from past months alongside details of their upcoming events – you can also find all of this and more on their own page, under the Community menu.
Liz Waterson’s Community News section this time includes repeats of a few things from the last News post – for those who may have been away and missed them first time around. New for this post, though, are a free Woodwork Workshop for those who like to pamper and protect their furniture…a couple of jam-related items…a situations vacant for Gift Aid officer…and updated details of the House Groups‘ restarts.
• As always, many thanks to everyone who has sent us information and images.


UPCOMING SPECIAL SERVICES in Totnes, Churston Ferrers & Marldon


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St Mary’s Church, Totnes
EUCHARIST to Celebrate Our Patronal Festival
Celebrant: The Rector
• no 8am or 11.15am services at St Mary’s Church
, Totnes on this day


stmarysexterioraug2013__07NEW: Sunday 18th September at 11.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Service includes
WELCOMING NEW CURATE STEVE JONES
Officiant: The Rector
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NEW: Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme to be announced
• musical director tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


RevJaneFrostNEW: Sunday 25th September at 10am
St Mary the Virgin’s Church, Churston Ferrers
ORDINATION
of our Curate, Reverend Jane Frost
• Jane will be holding her first service at St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon, on Sunday 2nd October, at 10.30am


stjohnbaptistmarldonNEW: Sunday 2nd October at 10.30am
St John the Baptist Church, Marldon
TEAM SERVICE
• officiant Reverend Jane Frost, holding her first service, so we hope as many as possible will attend
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s / St Mary’s on this day


NHS COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS in South Devon and Torbay


dioceseexeterlgoThe Diocese of Exeter is encouraging as many people as possible to be involved in the consultation which is proposing to close Paignton, Dartmouth, Bovey Tracey and Ashburton Community Hospitals. This is an opportunity for you to listen to the proposals and to have your say about what is most needed for healthcare provision in your area. Click the image to enlarge it, or see the link further down, to download it as a pdf.

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The Venerable Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes, writes:

As you may be aware, the Clinical Commissioning Group plans to consult for twelve weeks with communities across South Devon and Torbay on its plans to develop community-based services. To do this, it is proposing the closure of hospital beds so that the money can be used to provide more care in or close to people’s homes. This consultation will run from 1 September to 23 November.

The Clinical Commissioning Group wants to connect with as many people as possible and encourage them to take part in the consultation so that it can hear their views on the proposals, which include spending more on community based services, closing four community hospitals, and reducing the number of minor injury units so they can have consistent hours with increased access to x-rays.

Martyn Goss as our Diocesan Director for Church and Society and Bishop Sarah as portfolio holder for healthcare issues in the diocese have suggested that it would be helpful for clergy and mission communities in the area to be alerted to the consultation, as the Clinical Commissioning Group wants to get information and the feedback questionnaire to as many people as it can through as many groups as it can. It has also offered to arrange a specific meeting during the twelve week consultation period if requested.

Please see the attached briefing and the web links at the end. I hope this information will be helpful to you.
With best wishes,
Douglas

• download the stakeholder briefing here


UPCOMING EVENTS – in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


seachangelogoFriday 26th & Saturday 27th August
(Bank Holiday Weekend)
Totnes – various venues
SEA CHANGE
A festival featuring films, literature, talks and music across five venues. Events at  St Mary’s Church, Totnes:
Friday 26th August from 3.30pm to 4.30pm Lux Harmonium
Friday 26th August from 5pm to 6pm Red River Dialect
Friday 26th August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm Nathan Salsburg
Friday 26th August from 8pm to 9pm Joan Shelley
Friday 26th August from 9pm onwards Yorkston Thorne Khan
Saturday 27th August from 1.30pm to 2.30pm Thirty Pounds Of Bone
Saturday 27th August from 4pm to 5pm Howes
Saturday 27th August from 9pm to 10pm Holly MacVe
Saturday 27th August from 10.30pm to midnight Alasdair Roberts
tickets are selling out, so get yours soon!
more listings still being added, see the official website
• see also their facebook page for last-minute news


baklava20160903Saturday 3rd September at 8pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
ENSEMBLE BAKLAVA
Songs & Dances from the Mediterranean
Following their performances at St Mary’s Church in May, where they had people dancing in the aisles, Ensemble Baklava are giving a full programme of acoustic music and song from around the Mediterranean at St John’s Church.
With a unique combination of traditional instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean, both contemporary and ancient.
“Beautiful, haunting, timeless melodies”
“Virtuoso performances on authentic instruments”
“Very uplifting, energetic, original and warm”
“They really rock!”
• coffee and cake available from 7.30pm
tickets £8 on the door
download a printable poster
listen to Baklava on their website


NEW: Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September
Totnes School of Piano presents
PIANARAMA FESTIVAL
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A programme of piano events with music from Philip Glass, Erik Satie and Piaf, to Poulenc, at venues including Dartington Space Studio, Bogan House and Totnes Cinema, plus on 10th September:
2pm Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
5pm Music of Ludovico Einaudi, St Mary’s Church, Totnes – FREE
• click here and here to download printable posters
• for more details, visit their facebook page


messychurchgreenSaturday 17th September from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: tba
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


Saturday 17th September at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Totnes Early Music Society presents
THE BACH PLAYERS
Pour le Souper du Roi
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An outstanding trio of musicians
from this renowned ensemble perform music written for Louis XIV by his favourite composers. Those allowed into Louis’ inner circle were titled ‘musicien pour la chambre du Roy’ and provided music for the king in his private chambers. This concert offers a chance to hear music by harpsichordist and composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and includes Marin Marais’s enactment of a surgical operation (with narration) and his stirring Sonnerie
Nicolette Moonen (left, violin) is founder, artistic director and leader of the Bach Players. She directed the Dartington baroque orchestra from 1998 to 2013, has played with English Baroque Soloists and the OAE, and has led major ensembles such as Ex Cathedra and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Reiko Ichise (centre, viola da gamba) studied viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music. She now performs regularly with many orchestras and ensembles and is a member of Fretwork, Florilegium, and Passacaglia. She teaches viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music.
Lynda Sayce (right, theorbo) studied at the Royal College of Music and has a PhD for her research on the history of the theorbo. She is principal lutenist with Ex Cathedra, the King’s Consort, and the Musicians of the Globe and performs regularly with top period ensembles.
• in association with The Arts at Dartington
tickets for non-members are £12, tickets for students & under 18s are £5
(tickets available in advance from the Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 (daily from 12.30 to 7pm) or online or on the door


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Sunday 18th September at 6.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CHORAL EVENSONG
programme to be announced
• musical director tba
• officiant The Rector
• read about St Mary’s Choir


WILD CHURCH news & upcoming events


WILD HARVEST LAUNCH & FUNDRAISERSunday 9th October at Dartington Church • NEW PILGRIMAGES & RETREATS (date corrected) begin Sunday 30th October, then on the 2nd Sunday of each month from November.CommunionJuly2016Over the last couple of years, Wild Church has met monthly, our focus being on silent communion with nature and each other. We’ve recently completed a pilgrimage from our home base in Dartington towards first the source and then the mouth of the River Dart. CanoeAdventureFor the story of our journey, with lots of lovely photos, have a look at our journal. Many thanks to all who have journeyed together, whether for just one stage or many.
We are now taking a summer break in which to cook up our next adventure! This will be a series of retreat-like days in the wild from Autumn 2016. Each event will be focussed on meeting with remarkable trees and in collaboration with some local social enterprises who share our love of mindful silence and of the wild.
Network of Wellbeing logoWild Church is delighted to have received some seed funding from Totnes based charity Network of Wellbeing.
Join us on Sunday 9th October in Dartington Church for our Wild Harvest launch and fundraiser. From 3-6pm we have a feast of poetry, storytelling (& cake!) featuring local poet, Ian Adams, reading from his latest book Unfurling and local storyteller, Helen Raphael Sands, telling the tale of the Dartington White Hart. (Cost £6 including tea.)
Then from 8pm we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Peter Owen Jones, author and presenter of BBC TV’s Extreme Pilgrim, How to Live a Simple Life and other programmes. (Cost £8 including more tea!)
Our first retreat day will be on Sunday 30th October with Myrtle Cooper from Wild and Curious and will feature wild food foraging and further delights focussed on the ancient Dartington chestnut trees. Then from November we’ll be offering monthly tree pilgrimages / retreats on the second Sunday of the month in collaboration with local lovers of the wild including Cami Robyn of Beloved Sanctuary, Sue Blagburn from Adventures with Horses and Jo Formosinho of Wildful. More details on our website & facebook group in due course, but you can look forward to a sloe gin forage, yew mead communion, birch tapping, the magic of apples and bees, joining a horse herd under the oaks… and more!
~Reverend Sam Wernham 
Founder of River Dart Wild Church – ‘bringing spirit back to earth’
Wild Church‘s webpage
external website and facebook page


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


Marldon Church
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St John the Baptist’s Church, Marldon, is now listed under our Team Churches menu – or click here to vist their website.


The Reverend Jane Frost
Our curate, Jane Frost, is being ordained on Sunday 25th September at 10am at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Churston Ferrers. She will be taking her first service on Sunday, 2nd October. This will be a Team Service at 10.30 at St John’s Church, Marldon, and we hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along.
• read more about Reverend Jane Frost on our Who we are page


Pokémon Go @ St Mary’s
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If you missed the feature on Pokémon Go
in the last News post, click here!


Woodwork Workshop
woodworkworkshopYou are invited to
ST DAVID’S CHURCH, ASHPRINGTON
CARE OF WOODWORK WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY, 31ST AUGUST at 2PM
Anthony Stillwell who is a skilled furniture restorer and polisher has agreed to demonstrate the techniques for polishing and generally caring for antique or any wooden furniture. There is no charge for attending this event and you’re invited to share a cream tea at the end of the afternoon.
Everyone is welcome!
• click here to download a printable poster


Hexagonal Jam JarsOn sale!
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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jamjars2Jam jars with lids required
Gina and Peter Roger’s daughter, Bridget, is making jam and marmalade for a charity in London but has run out of jam jars with lids. If you have any, please bring them along to St Mary’s Church, Totnes, and leave them by the coffee area to be picked up. Bridget is due in Totnes again in early September!


caregiftaccountGift Aid – vacancy
Due to Brian Herrington’s move from Totnes, we are 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


house groupsHouse Groups
We will restart on Tuesday 20th September…
2pm at 8 Roswell’s Lane (Anne Binns) and 7.30pm at 3 Sparrow Road.
During the autumn term we will be 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 3rd October Perfect by Rachel Joyce
Venue: Crosspark Facilitated by Graham & Gaye?
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)


choirserviceheaderSt Mary’s Choir
During the month of August, the choir continues to rehearse on Fridays, but takes a well-earned break from Sunday duty. Services will continue to be sung but without the usual lead from the choir.


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


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!


dartingtonbrookingbooklet20160711Dartington & Brooking booklet
Now that Wild Monastics no longer meet at Dartington on Wednesdays, the downloadable pdf booklet has been updated to reflect this.
• click here to download the new version
• more information about Dartington & Brooking is under the Team Churches menu


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!


WWIWWI Tour and the History of Bruges, Arras & Lille
Five days from £389, from 3rd October 2016
Pick-up point Totnes Rail Station
There are still one or two places available on this tour, which is being organised by Carmen Luscombe on behalf of the Devon Federation of Women’s InstitutesFamily and friends are all welcome (several husbands are already coming!).
• for more details contact Carmen Luscombe on 01803 864514 or email Carmen


PARISH NEWSLETTER – the August issue is online


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

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


REMINDERS…


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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 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 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!
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.


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 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


news + updates for May and beyond


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A COUPLE OF EVENTS recently added for May are part of Open Arms Week (fundraising & celebrating welcome for refugees); scroll down for a little more about that. Towards the end of the month there’s the Party in the Town, which includes events at St Mary’s Church, Totnes…we’ll do a fuller feature about that in a News post later this month. Rounding off all this Maytime bustle is a chance to indulge, perhaps, in some reminiscing – to commemorate 10 years of service for Julian and likewise for Liz you are invited to help them celebrate on 29th May (date & venue changed) at St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy, after the 10.30am Team Service. THE MONTH OF JUNE, TOO, is filling up with things to do: diary-jotters can add a pair of unique events presented by Friends of St Mary’s, both of which are in aid of the stained glass window restoration project – a Floral Tribute celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday (with ‘Vintage Afternoon Tea’)…plus A Morning with Ann Widdecombe, when you can hear her tell of her colourful life and experiences. Scroll right down for Liz Waterson’s Community News, including Copland Meadows opening their garden gate to visitors, feedback from fundraisers, help needed for Christian Aid Week – and a chance of a WWI tour of Bruges, Arras & Lille. If you want even more to read, the May edition of the Parish Newsletter is now online; scroll right down this post for the contents list. Many thanks as always to everyone who has sent us information and images!


SPECIAL SERVICE in Berry Pomeroy


stmarysberrypomeroyNEW: Sunday 29th May at 10.30am
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
TEAM SERVICE
no 9.30am / 11.15am services at St John’s Bridgetown / St Mary’s Totnes on this day
followed by celebration of 10 years of service by Julian and also by Liz (see below)


UPCOMING EVENTS in and around Totnes & Bridgetown


Sunday May 8th to Saturday May 14th
WEEK OF PRAYER
Archbishops’ Call for a Week of Prayer during the week before Pentecost

All the churches in our Team are taking part in the Week of Prayer.
WeekofPrayerposter  WeekofPrayerBooklet
Downloads:
• A4 poster (pdf) explaining the aims of the week
• A4 prayer booklet (pdf) telling you what day your church is covering, who your coordinator is  and a framework for your prayers
• A4 prayer rota (docx)


openarmsbigUPDATED: Friday 13th May at 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
CHANGING PLACES
– an Open Arms Week event, bringing together written word performers Visible Ink and local composer / songwriter Sam Richards
Readings of international poetry and prose explore themes of exile, displacement and homeland in a mix of pathos and humour.
Music is provided with original song, improvised piano, hang drum, Appalachian dulcimer and cello.
tickets £7 from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070 or on the door
• see Community News, below, for more details about Open Arms Week
• a South Devon Refugee Support Network fundraising event
• facebook page


calendarclipartSunday 15th May
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
NO CHORAL EVENSONG THIS MONTH
next Evensong will be on Sunday 19th June at 6.30pm


christianaidNEW: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May
Totnes

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
We shall be collecting as usual in the town on .
help needed – please see under Community News, below


messychurchgreenSaturday 21st May from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
St John’s Church, Bridgetown
MESSY CHURCH
theme: Spreading the Word (Pentecost)
more about Messy Church here
• see some photos of Messy Church


unityinmusicbigNEW: Sunday 22nd May at 3pm
Great Hall, Dartington
UNITY IN MUSIC
with Dartington Chamber Orchestra
An Open Arms Week event
Music by Purcell, Handel, Kareem Roustom and others, with voice, flute, clarinet and Nay and Arab percussion.
• see Community News, below, for more details about Open Arms Week
tickets £20 (£12 under-18s) from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070
• facebook page


NEW: Friday 27th May from 6pm to 9pm
in and around Totnes
PARTY IN THE TOWN
partytownslider3-1024x576Party in the Town springs out of Dartington International Summer School & Festival as part of the new year-round Arts programme at Dartington; we hope it will become an annual event. This year more than 400 performers are taking part, in over 25 venues.
Party in the Town takes over central venues and public spaces on the Friday of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the fantastic musical talent of Totnes and the surrounding area. Catch chamber ensembles, jazz acts, choirs, folk singers, street performers, rock bands, electronica and more throughout the evening.
The Party opens with a special schools commission in St Mary’s Church at 6pm, led by the charismatic Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale – there are more events at St Mary’s during the evening*.
The town’s headline act is British jazz royalty Courtney Pine and his band; their House of Legends show is at the Civic Hall at 9.30pm
*for full details of what’s happening for Party in the Town at St Mary’s Church, please see the Events page
all events are free


Anniversary_10DATE & VENUE CHANGED: Sunday 29th May
following the 10.30am service
St Mary’s Church, Berry Pomeroy
ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
Julian has now been Rector of Totnes for 10 years, and Liz has been with us as a Lay Reader for the same time. We will be celebrating this on 29th May, with refreshments after the 10.30am Team Service. Please come along and join the celebrations!


FOR YOUR DIARY…


globalharmonyvivaSaturday 11th June
from 11am to 12noon
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Concert
by members of Global Harmony and Viva choirs
• directed by Roz Walker
coffee and cake available from 10.30am
tickets £5 on the door
further details to be announced
more about Global Harmony and Viva here


Microsoft Word - Vintage Tea Poster.docxNEW: Friday 17th June
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Event
A FLORAL TRIBUTE
in Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s
90th Birthday

Vintage Afternoon Tea
served from 2pm to 5.30pm
• in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
• download the printable poster


NEW: Saturday 25th June at 11am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
a Friends of St Mary’s Coffee Talk
A MORNING WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE
in aid of the Stained Glass Window Restoration
A Light-Hearted Talk about Her Life and Experiences – you will also have the opportunity to buy signed copies of Ann’s books
• home-made cake & coffee on sale from 10.30am
• admission £5
• download the printable poster


musicswirl02Sunday 26th June at 2pm
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
CONCERT
pupils of Ekaterina Shetliffe (piano)
• further details to be announced


marldonchurchREMINDER: Sunday 3rd July at 3pm
Marldon Church
DEANERY CONFIRMATION
• please let Julian or Debbie know if you are interested
(children or adults)


musicswirl03Saturday 9th July from 11am to 12noon
RECITAL
Piano and Soprano
Ekaterina Shetliffe and Claudia Alvarez Calderon
• further details to be announced


MORE ABOUT OPEN ARMS WEEKfundraising and celebrating welcome for refugees


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We’re so excited to launch the first Refugee Week in Totnes starting on Friday 13th May.
We chose to call it Open Arms away from labels that keep people in boxes.
embracingrefugeesheartThere will be a series of events during those days to celebrate cultural diversity in South Devon and raise awareness about the current refugee crisis. Above are posters for two of the events (click them to enlarge). Keep checking the Embracing Refugees facebook page for future updates. We greatly look forward to seeing you then. With love, Saif


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are continuing to discuss Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are.
We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 3rd May.
• afternoons 3rd May & 17th May, 2pm to 3.30pm at Anne Binns’ house, 8 Rowsells Lane, Totnes – further information from Anne on 01803 849345
• afternoon 31st May
, 2pm to 3.30pm at Mary Harris’ house:  4 Riverside Swallowfields – further details from Mary on 01803  840146
• evenings 3rd May
, 17th May & 31st May, 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes – further details from Tony & Carolyn Stilwell on 01803 863030


christianaidChristian Aid Week Collecting
We shall be collecting as usual in the town on Friday and Saturday, 20th and 21st May. St. Mary’s Church will be covering the Co-op gap in Fore Street, and St. John’s Church covering the bottom of the town by the Seven Stars Hotel.
• we need four people to cover the hours from 10am to 2pm on both of those days
volunteers at St. Mary’s, see Julian Hall – and at St. John’s, see John Burston


collatisingersFundraising Feedback
The recent Collati Singers concert raised £201.21 towards St John’s Fabric Fund – they are hopefully coming again on December 17th this year.


childrenactbookCrosspark Book Club
Next Book Club Meeting is on Monday 6th June at St John’s Vicarage, Crosspark.
The book we shall be discussing is The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Liz Balkwill will be facilitating that discussion.
Happy reading!


coplandmeadows20160515Copland Meadows Open Gardens
Sunday 15th May from 12noon to 4pm
The Allotment Association are opening their gate to show and share their crops.
• tea & cakes
• nature trail for children
• entrance £5 per person
• on-street parking


Lenten Appeal for Water Aidwateraidlogo
Martin Harvey writes: “I’m pleased to advise that the envelope to Water Aid contains the total of £258.65.”
• thanks so much to everyone from both churches for this excellent donation
• if anyone forgot and would like to make a donation then please contact Martin Harvey or John Derbyshire and it can then be sent on


getwellsoonSpare a Thought for Cliff
Reverend Cliff Berdinner has just had an eye operation which, it is hoped, will help preserve his fail- ing eyesight. Despite this, he has still managed to send in ‘A few thoughts’ for the Parish Newsletter (see below).
Thank you, Cliff.


WWIWWI Tour and the History of Bruges, Arras & Lille
Five days from £389, from 3rd October 2016
Pick-up point Totnes Rail Station
There are still one or two places on this tour, which is being organised by Carmen Luscombe on behalf of the Devon Federation of Women’s InstitutesFamily and friends are all welcome (several husbands are already coming!).
• for more details contact Carmen Luscombe on 01803 864514 or email Carmen


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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
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PARISH NEWSLETTER – the May issue is now online


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

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


REMEMBER…


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
Reminder: You can now bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need 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!
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.


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 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, please contact Liz Waterson on
01803 849345, or email Liz


events + news for April & beyond


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WE HOPE EVERYONE had a good Easter, along with the very mixed weather! The remaining few days of March take a break, events-wise at least, but things start getting busy again early-to-mid April.
We’ve received some heartwarming feedback (with video clips) from the organisers of the recent From Syria With Love art exhibition. And for those who’ve wondered what Wild Church is, we’ve added a new page with inspiring words and photographs. Also, be sure to see Liz Waterson’s Community News section for the latest updates about Dartington & BrookingGroups, Traidcraft and Emergency Food Parcels.


TOTNES to LEBANON – From Syria With Love


OVER THE WEEKEND of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February, St Mary’s Church, Totnes was host to an exhibition of art by Syrian children in refugee camps. We are delighted to have received some feedback from the organisers

Thank you everyone for coming to our exhibition and buying the paintings to support the camps in Lebanon.

View a short thank you video clip from some of the children:

How the money raised was spent…
The 1050£ sent was converted (according to Western Union) to 1350$ and here is how we have spent it:
225$ medical ear headphone for a child
50$ clothes for 3 children
45$ transportation
100$ to support the woman who is working with us (she is a refugee in the camp herself)
127$ were added to 173$ which remained from previous exhibition, and we have used to do heart arthroscopy
400$ for a drug dose to a child who has cancer
100$ diabetes medicine
162$ price of 6 food baskets, details as follow:
– 3$ 2K sugar
– 3$ 2K rice
– 3$ 2K groats
– 3$ 2L oil
– 1$ 2 spaghetti
– 2$ 1 K salt, delight
– 3$ 2 bean cans and hummus
– 4$ 1K meat fat
– 2$ 1 tea bags
– 3$ tins of beef
141$ remaining, will be used with the next exhibition’s donations

Total: 1350$

Watch another video clip, showing some of the bought supplies being unboxed by children:

see the official web page for more videos and a collection of photographs


INTRODUCING WILD CHURCHshared food and silent walking into the wild


AN INVITATION…to re-member Sundays as whole and holy time, re-visiting our local sacred spaces and returning to the community of all beings through sharing food, walking out into nature for elemental celebration, sinking into deep silence and opening to the spirit of the wild…

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We’ve now added a new page with details and photographs of the exciting and innovative Wild Church.
See also the Events page for listings of upcoming Wild Church meetings. Their current project is a two year Wild Church pilgrimage from Dartington towards the source of the River Dart on Dartmoor and then travelling back towards the sea – the next stage (Sunday 1st May) is from Dartington to Ashprington.
• you can also get to the Wild Church page via the Community menu


COMMUNITY NEWS with Liz Waterson


fruitfulnessbookHouse Groups
The groups are currently discussing Mark Greene’s book, Fruitfulness on the Frontline – Making a difference where you are. We meet every 2 weeks, and next meeting is on 5th April.
Evenings 7.30pm to 9pm at 3 Sparrow Road, Totnes (Tony & Carolyn Stilwell, 01803 863030)
Afternoons 2pm to 3.30pm at 4 Riverside Swallowfields, Mary Harris’ house (for details, ring 01803 865772)


bookCrosspark Book Club
Monday 4th Aprilchange of venue
Peter & Gina Rogers are NOT able to host / lead the Crosspark Book Club on this date. It will now be hosted and led by Graham & Gaye Cane, Crosspark House, Crosspark, Totnes TQ9 5BQ (the first house on the left as you drive up Crosspark).
• enquiries: 01803 867117


traidcraft01Traidcraft – Fight Poverty as you Shop!
As Christians we have a duty towards the poor all over the world. At times this seems extremely daunting but there IS good news! We can make a real difference to people’s lives by, amongst other things, buying our basic grocery from TRAIDCRAFT. Fighting poverty as you buy the things you would buy anyway. How easy is that?
Traidcraft has been trading for nearly 40 years and has the widest range of fairly traded goods of any company. It was the original catalyst for Fair Trade in this country but its job is not finished. I’m sure many of you already buy fairly traded goods locally or from the supermarket (which is great) so why am I asking you to buy from Traidcraft?
fairtradelogoTheir products carry the fairtrade mark so that producers receive the vital fairtrade premium which they can use to fund schools, health care, clean water etc for the community BUT Traidcraft also practises FAIRTRADE PLUS, as shown in the next few points:
coffeecupthey work with very remote, small-scale, peasant farmers who would otherwise not be able to access world markets – the poorest of the poor, for whom they provide training and education. E.g. their high quality instant coffee is grown high in the remote Guatemalan Highlands and is packed and processed in Mexico (not in the UK)
they are not only a trading company, but also campaign to change the unfair way world trade works
they frequently pioneer new products e.g. a household range using palm oil from Ghana rather than from environmentally-damaging plantations in Indonesia
they have lost money for the last 4 years and need our support!
PLEASE consider buying from Traidcraft if you’ve never done so. If you are already a customer, PLEASE consider buying more product lines (I can easily refund anything you’re not happy with).
I am a volunteer in the Totnes area for Traidcraft. I sell products at discounted prices and I deliver to your home. Do contact me with any queries or for my stock list. I would be delighted to supply your order. I make no profit – I am simply passionate about blessing the poor and marginalised in Asia, Africa and South America.
Viv Elce (Totnes United Free Church)
• telephone 01803 813915 / 07511 072808 or email Viv


dartingtonbrookingleafletNews from Dartington and Brooking churches
The Brooking & Dartington APCM is at 5pm on Thursday 28th April in St Mary’s Church, Dartington.
Richard Frost is now offically Team Reader (and Newsletter Editor)
• telephone 01803 865196 or email Richard
download a new version of the information booklet with service times and contact details


Totnes Food Bank
Please note the changes in the provision of Emergency Food Parcels.
emergencyfoodparcels2016
• click here to download a printable poster


Food in Community
foodincommunity01
We held the first of this year’s ‘pay what you feel’ Community Cafés, at the Methodist Church Hall, Fore St, Totnes, at the beginning of February, 2016. Encouraged by good feedback and a regular following, we have decided to continue to run these, on the first Saturday of every month.
• fresh organic food created from surplus produce is served anytime between 12.30pm to 2.30pm


REMEMBER…


Totnes Food Bank logoFood Bank collections
Reminder: You can now bring your food bank donations  – especially toiletries and cleaning products please – to any Sunday service at St Mary’s Church.
No need 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!
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.


Bartolomeo_Montagna_Saint_PaulIn the Footsteps of St Paul
Prebendary Brian Tubbs will lead a pilgrimage to Greece
from 23rd to 30th April 2016.
• a brochure is available giving full details
• please ring Brian on 01392 200506


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 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, please contact Liz Waterson on 01803 849345, or email Liz