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Mission Community Weekend

posted May 17, 2017, 1:09 AM by Simon Talbot   [ updated May 17, 2017, 1:11 AM ]

Please join us for our Mission Community weekend a weekend of prayer, teaching, worship and fellowship as we join with the Archbishops' call to prayer - Thy Kingdom Come.

Saturday 3rd June, based in Willand Church Hall Join us for some or all the day

10.30am to 1pm  Together for teaching and prayer (inc coffee break!)

1pm to 2pm Bring & share lunch

From 2pm Social activities 

5.30pm BBQ in Rectory Garden

7pm Film Club

Sunday 4th June

9.30am said BCP Communion at St Mary’s Kentisbeare

11am All Age Communion with music led by MC band at St Mary’s Uffculme followed by “bring your own” picnic in                                             Uffculme Village Hall

“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."

Archbishop Justin Welby

Good Friday Reflection at St Mary's

posted Mar 26, 2017, 12:12 PM by Simon Talbot

Good Friday for Families at St Mary's

posted Mar 26, 2017, 12:06 PM by Simon Talbot   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 12:10 PM ]

Christmas at St Mary's

posted Nov 29, 2016, 4:28 AM by Simon Talbot

Mission of Mercy

posted Jan 9, 2016, 2:03 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Jan 9, 2016, 2:05 PM ]

George Budge moved into the village and joined St Mary’s Church in June and has just published a book about his experiences with the Red Cross in Bosnia in the 1990s called “Mission of Mercy”.

You may have seen him in the Tiverton Gazette!

He hosted a book signing session today to chat about his experiences.

Jill and Glynn are Priested

posted Oct 2, 2015, 1:33 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 1:34 AM ]

It was wonderful to be at the Priesting Service for Jill and Glyn.

Baptism, and a farewell

posted Sep 21, 2015, 10:44 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Sep 21, 2015, 10:48 AM ]

Saying goodbye to Lily as she gets a place at Cardiff university

Please pray for Lily and all our Squarefish young people as they explore the Christian faith and influence the people they meet.

Welcome to Louis and Henry

It was exciting to gather together to baptise Louis and Henry at the beginning of September and to welcome them to god’s amazing family

Kingwood Graduation 2015

posted Jul 26, 2015, 1:18 AM by Julian Garner

It was wonderful to host the Kingwood Childcare Graduation at St Mary’s at the end of July. We gave thanks for their time together and prayed for all the children as they move up to start ‘Big School’ in September.

We also hosted the Uffculme Pre-School graduation and a BIG thank you to the church folk who welcomed, sorted the technology, offered hospitality, washed up and hovered to help make both events really special!

Culm Valley Mission Community Choir

posted Jul 26, 2015, 1:13 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 10:12 AM ]

The Culm Valley Mission Community Choir gave an amazing concert in St Mary's Church Uffculme on 27 June. 

Richard Rutty gives the background to the Choir in his summary below.

June 27th 2015 will, for me, be a memorable date. The first concert of the Culm Valley Mission Community Choir. But how did it come about? Over the last few years the St Mary’s Uffculme festival choir has grown in its ability to sing choral music. As with many small choirs getting a balance between all singing parts soprano, alto, tenor and bass is a challenge. At Uffculme we are very fortunate in having that balance most of the time.

Towards the end of 2014 I wondered what we might be able to achieve if we could add singers from our sister churches in Willand and Kentisbeare to the ranks of the Uffculme choir. The idea being to form a Culm Valley Mission Community Choir.

Early in the new year I contacted Hazel Jones at Willand and Rachel Carr at Kentisbeare. Both were enthusiastic and undertook to approach their congregations. By Easter I had the names of forty people who were interested to participate. From those forty people some amazing talent appeared. Not least of which was Julie De’ Ath Lancaster ( chorus director of The Sheldon Singers ). I already had it in mind to sing some movements of the Vivaldi Gloria and was more than delighted when she agreed to rehearse and conduct the Gloria leaving me to concentrate on the other music. With Rachel, Geoff and Julie we had a very solid base of musical expertise.

Looking back there is no doubt that we pushed the boundaries with the music chosen but it was clear to me from the first rehearsal that, with hard work, the choir could rise to the challenge and indeed it did.

I am hopeful that the enthusiasm shown for the summer concert will be a springboard to other concerts; perhaps we might be able to produce something near Christmas.

I must also make reference to the band. As was the case with the choir, the music for the musicians was very challenging. This was the first time a number of them had played from proper music scores. Their excellence added a dynamic and colour that greatly enhanced the choral music.

There is always room for more singers, especially tenors and basses and It would be wonderful if we could attract younger singers, maybe family members. Have you thought about it?

Richard Rutty

New Mission Community Leader

posted Jun 10, 2015, 1:31 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Jul 26, 2015, 1:11 AM ]

The Bishop of Plymouth, Patrons and Parish Representatives are delighted to announce that, subject to the completion of the statutory formalities, The Revd Simon Talbot, who is currently Team Vicar in North Sutton Team Ministry in Plymouth, has accepted the post of Rector of the Culm Valley Mission Community. (This makes him the next Vicar of Uffculme). 

A date for Simon’s licensing will be announced in due course.

The family and I are looking forward to joining you in September very much. I’m sure that you are wondering who we are and what we’re like, so I thought you would appreciate me writing something to introduce ourselves!

I am currently a Team Vicar in Plymouth leading St Paul’s Efford and assisting with the ministry at Emmanuel in Mannamead. I am looking forward to moving back to the countryside as I grew up in Chillaton, a small village in West Devon. When I have the opportunity I enjoy cycling (I’m afraid I’m one of those lycra clad cyclists that you sometimes get stuck behind in the car!) and walking our dog, Poppy.

Rachael worked as a Physiotherapist before we had children, now she spends her time looking after the children, helping with children’s ministry at church and hopes to be able to play her saxophone again one day!

As a family we enjoy getting out and about and will be looking forward to finding new places to visit as we get to know this part of Devon more.

The children are looking forward to getting involved in the local groups and clubs. They are delighted that there is a tennis club in Willand, hope to get involved in Scouting and Becca is also hoping to be able to go riding more often.

We are excited to find out how God will be leading us as we work with the different church families in the Mission Community as we see how we can fulfil our Great Commission whilst joyfully obeying our Great Command.

Looking forward to meeting you in the near future! Please pray for us as we move and settle in.

Your brother in Christ


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