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Mission Community Weekend

posted May 17, 2017, 1:09 AM by Simon Talbot   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 5:45 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 for Families at St Mary's

posted Mar 26, 2017, 12:06 PM by Simon Talbot   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 5:48 AM ]

Mission of Mercy

posted Jan 9, 2016, 2:03 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 5:48 AM by Simon Talbot ]

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 Nov 27, 2017, 5:49 AM by Simon Talbot ]

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

New Mission Community Leader

posted Jun 10, 2015, 1:31 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 5:45 AM by Simon Talbot ]

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


Ash Wednesday Service

posted Mar 8, 2014, 10:13 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 2:38 PM ]

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The colour in the church changes to purple and the flower ladies have a well earned break while we seek to live simply and prepare to make the journey with Jesus through his temptations and to the cross. Lent is a time of self reflection and a time to give up things to make more time to pay attention to God through prayer and Bible study. We are invited to "enter into a holy lent, by self examination and repentance, by prayer and fasting and self denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy word." Revd Michael Boyes led the service of Ashing and folk from across the parish gathered together to turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.

Pancake Party

posted Mar 8, 2014, 10:09 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Apr 17, 2015, 2:39 PM ]

Thanks to Moira for cooking hundreds of pancakes and for Jacquie for organising some great games and the story of Jesus in the wilderness in the church and thanks to everyone who helped make this a fun and very tasty evening by coming along and helping and joining in. We definitely used up lots of sweet stuff!

Taking Jesus on holiday?!

posted Jun 19, 2010, 2:45 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 7:59 AM ]

10 June 2010.
The Men's Group had another good session - this month looking at how we can nurture our faith while on holiday.

We talked about 'Christian holidays' and conferences such as Lee Abbey, Spring Harvest Holidays (image right), New wine and Greenbelt, and also thought about how we can take time out on any holiday to reflect on and nurture our faith.

Comments on why (christian) holidays enable us to nurture our faith included:
  • It can provide a focus on faith/Christianity
  • It can provide a common interest ... gives permission to chat about our faith
  • A chance to talk, to get to know people better, and to talk more deeply about issues
  • Holidays often provide opportunities to appreciate creation around us
  • A chance to re-connect with Christian 'heritage' (eg churches, holy places)
  • They can provide a still quiet place away from the normal routine of life.
The Men's Group 'Top Ten Tips' for nurturing your faith on holiday ...
  1. Take mp3 talks or christian music with you
  2. Chill out and talk to people ... and learn to love them
  3. Don't leave your bible at home
  4. Swith off!
  5. Visit the local church
  6. Experience church in a different culture
  7. Give thanks for things
  8. Find a still, quiet place
  9. Take the chance to re-visit core values and priorities in your life
  10. ... didn't get to 10 ... the curry arrived!
Some Christian holidays are listed here

There are further details on the Men's Group

£15,000 Award for CREATE

posted Jun 10, 2010, 9:04 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 7:59 AM ]

Fantastic News!

We have some very exciting news to share about funding for CREATE youth and children’s ministry. This is the Centre for Rural Training and Excellence that we are setting up in our Mission Community here in Uffculme with Willand, Kentisbeare and Ashill.

We have been awarded £15,000 from the Diocese to help us fund the first three years and we have sold 55 shares at £5 per month and received some donations - so it  is all now possible!

However, we still need to do loads of fundraising, so if you are able to help run an event or would like to join in with a sponsored bicycle ride on 3rd July do download a sponsor form (or sponsor me or someone who is going to join in).

Alternatively, you may like to buy a share for £5 month or give a donation - if so please download the form and fill in your details and return to Babs Roach who is treasurer for the project or me. (leaflet and form pdf)

And finally please pray for the young people who will come and help us get this dream started!


Church BBQ and holiday club service

posted Jun 10, 2010, 8:52 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 8:00 AM ]

6 June 2010.
Children and young people who were involved with the Spacecamp Holiday Club last week led our Sunday Service and introduced some of the main themes they looked at during the week.

The service was followed by a BBQ at the Vicarage.

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