What’s on - Spring 2024
Read Rev Gary's new year sermon here
Day of prayer and fasting - Wednesday 10th January
We are setting aside Wednesday 10th January as a day of prayer and fasting for the term ahead.
Liturgy and prayer suggestions to use at home are available here.
You are welcome to join in prayers with others at the following times:
7.00am:Tawstock 8.00am: Horwood
9.00am: Alverdiscott 10.00am: Huntshaw
11.00am:Beaford 12.00noon: St Giles
2.00pm: Roborough 3.00pm: High Bickington
4.00pm: Atherington 5.00pm: Yarnscombe
The day will end at 6.30pm with a short time of prayer in Newton Tracey and a bring and share supper. The Benefice Council will then meet at 7.30pm in Newton Tracey.
Ethics from a Christian perspective - a four-week exploration
As humans we face all sorts of moral choices. As Christians we want those choices to be pleasing to God, based on what he says is right and wrong.
How can we develop a Christian mindset so that we can make good moral choices? How can we contribute positively to society, so that our communities might benefit from our Godly wisdom?
Join us for four sessions this spring in which Rev Gary will teach on this subject, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Session 1: Laying foundations: how can we develop a Christian ethic?
Session 2: “The world's gone woke!” - discuss. A Christian view of equality, diversity and the legacy of colonialism.
Session 3: “God's going to create a new heaven and earth... so we don't need to bother too much looking after this one” - discuss. A Christian view of creation care.
Session 4: “Borders are just a human construct to protect wealth” - discuss. A Christian view of nationhood, who should be welcomed and who should be "sent home".
Mondays 15th, 22nd and 29th January and 5th February, 9.30 - 11.00am in Beaford
Wednesdays 17th, 24th, 31st January and 7th February, 7.30 - 9.00pm in St Giles
And a one day course on Saturday 24th February, 9.30am - 12.30pm in Tawstock
St David’s Day celebration - Friday 1st March, 11.00am in Huntshaw church
A short (bilingual!) service with a focus on praying for Wales, followed by Welsh cake and Bara Brith.
Warm up your vocal cords for a rousing rendition of Guide me O thou great Jehovah…
Wear your daffodil, rugby shirt etc.
All welcome, whether Welsh or not!
Leaders in Worship training day - Saturday 9th March.
9.30am - 12.30pm in High Bick church hall
A short course to prepare for leadiing services in our churches.
This morning is essential for those new to leading worship in our churches, but will also be a useful refresher for those already leading services.
Getting clued up about domestic abuse - Tuesday 12th March, 10.00am, venue tbc
It is estimated that one in five UK residents suffer domestic abuse at some point in their lives. The Church of England offers a short basic training course to help people be aware of the issues and respond appropriately.
The course can be taken online here: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/
We will be working through this course together on the morning of Tuesday 12th March (venue tbc) for those who would prefer to look at the material with others, or who can't access the course online.
All mission council members, PCC members or those who volunteer in an official capacity in our churches are required by the Church of England to complete this course. Others are welcome.
Passover supper—Thursday 28th March, Time and venue tbc
We are planning to hold a "Passover" supper at teatime on Maundy Thursday, giving people the opportunity to experience something of the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples. All are welcome, including children.