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.
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
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!
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?
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.
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
Dame Sarah, a former nurse, had a distinguished service in the NHS before ordination, culminating in her appointment as the government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post.
She was ordained in 2001 and served her curacy in St Saviour’s Battersea Fields, initially as a self-supporting minister. She left her post as Chief Nursing Officer in 2004 to take up full time ministry becoming a Team Rector in Sutton, Surrey in 2006. In 2012 she was installed as Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral.
She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery. As the announcement was made Dame Sarah visited projects in the north of the diocese and said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the Bishop of Crediton. These projects show that our communities, inside the Church and out, are built on the love and compassion people have for each other. In even our smallest rural communities, often where many of the other services and facilities have long gone, the church – and it can sometimes be only a few people – remains, as a symbol of God’s enduring love.
“Throughout my life, as both a nurse and a priest, I have experienced this love and I hope as Bishop to be able to share that love with others.
“My calling as a Christian and now as Bishop has been shaped by my belief that we are called to be witnesses to the generous love of God and the good news of Christ Jesus. In my future ministry in the Diocese of Exeter I hope to encourage and enable Christians to grow in their faith, to share that faith with confidence and to serve the people of Devon with joy.”
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said he was delighted to welcome Sarah to Devon.
“This is an outstanding appointment. Sarah will enrich the life of the church in Devon enormously. She will bring to her new role the same mixture of compassion, integrity and professionalism that has characterised everything she has done and achieved, both nationally and specifically within the Church of England.”
As Bishop of Crediton, she will primarily look after east and north Devon, though in common with the Bishop of Plymouth, she will minister across the whole diocese.
Dame Sarah is the fourth woman bishop to be appointed by the Church of England, and the first in the South West. Aged 53, she is married to Eamonn, who works as a business architect and they have two children, age 23 and 19.
She will be consecrated as Bishop of Crediton in Canterbury Cathedral in July, alongside the first woman to be appointed as a diocesan bishop, the Venerable Rachel Treweek, who is to be Bishop of Gloucester.
She will then be installed in a service in Exeter Cathedral in September.
The previous Bishop of Crediton was the Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, who moved to become Bishop of Plymouth in April.
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