We are a group of five Anglican parishes (Pitminster, Corfe, Churchstanton, Buckland St Mary and Otterford) just south of Taunton in the Blackdown Hills.

We are part of the Diocese of Bath & Wells.

All are welcome in our churches, which are open during the day, either to attend services or for solitary peace and quiet. We seek to serve our communities in many different ways, and our Benefice Statement of Purpose can be found here.


What's happening in the Benefice:                      
  • Christmas in the Blackdown Benefice
    Christmas in the Blackdown Benefice
    Sunday 6 Dec:       Christingle+ tea in the Village Hall,4pm for 4.30pm, Churchstanton
    Sunday 13 Dec:       Birchwood Carol Service, 3pm
    Thursday 17 Dec:    Carol Service, Buckland St Mary, 6.30pm
    Sunday 20 Dec:      United Benefice Holy Communion at Otterford, 10.30am
                                   Carol Service, Churchstanton, 6.30pm
                                   Carol Service, Corfe, 6.30pm
    Thurs 24 Dec (Christmas Eve): 4pm Otterford Crib Service
                                  5pm Nativity Play, Pitminster
                                  11pm Holy Communion, Churchstanton and Pitminster
    Friday 25 Dec (Christmas Day)10.30am Family Holy Communion, Corfe
                                  10.30am Family Holy Communion, Buckland St Mary
    Sunday 27 Dec:     10.30am United Benefice Holy Communion at Buckland St Mary
    Posted 9 Dec 2015, 03:08 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Christmas Fun Morning




    Saturday, 12th December

    10am - 12noon

    Buckland St Mary

    Village Hall

    Activities and crafts

    For further details contact:

    Cheryl Govier - Benefice Children's Worker

    e: youthworker@live.co.uk t: 01823 480339

    Email Cheryl

    to book a place

    Posted 2 Dec 2015, 06:34 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Service times are changing!
    There's a new schedule of services coming into effect from 1 December in all churches.

    Under the new timings it's been possible to add three extra regular services as well as the usual Christmas festivities!

    You'll find details of all the new service times at the back of each church, and also month-by-month on the Church Services page of this website. We also put our service times on the A Church Near You website, so do check there too!

    If anything still isn't clear, please feel free to email the office on office@blackdownbenefice.org.uk and we'll do our best to help.

    We look forward to seeing you!
    Posted 18 Nov 2015, 02:58 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Test your brain cells for Buckland St Mary School
    FOBS (Friends of Buckland School) are holding a quiz on Saturday 14th November at BSM hall 7pm.

    It's a great evening and is BYO drinks and glasses. Teams are a max of 6 and its £6 per person - included in the price is a delicious Ploughmans.

    There will be prizes for the winners and losers and a raffle. I really hope you can make it - booking is essential rather than paying on the door so that we can allocate tables and food etc.

    Please call Gemma on 07722284321 gemma87thompson@gmail.com to book a table.
    Every penny will go back to the school & kids!
    Posted 4 Nov 2015, 01:56 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Corfe & Pitminster Harvest Supper
    Posted 30 Sep 2015, 04:42 by Blackdown Benefice
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Coming up:

Children's Christmas Club Day
10am-12 noon on 12 December at Buckland St Mary Village Hall. A morning of fun Christmas activities for children of all ages! Plus coffee and a mince pie for parents...

Birchwood Christmas Carol Service
3pm, 13 December, at Birchwood Church. Our always-popular carol service by candlelight.

Buckland St Mary Community Carol Service
6.30pm, Saturday 17 December: a time for all the village to come together, young and old, to enjoy a traditional carol service. Seasonal refreshments will be served after the service.

Churchstanton Carol Service
6.30pm, Sunday 20 December in the Church. Come along and sing your favourite carols - the perfect start to Christmas. All welcome!

Christmas Carols and Lessons
Corfe Church, 6.30pm, Sunday 20 December: our traditional Christmas service. All welcome!

Otterford Crib Service
4pm, Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December. Our ever-popular nativity play in the Church.

Pitminster Nativity Play
5pm, Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December. A traditional play telling the Christmas story.

Midnight Communion
11pm on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December, at two of the Benefice Churches: Churchstanton and Pitminster.

Christmas Day Family Communion
10.30am on Christmas Day, Friday 25 December, at two of the Benefice Churches: Buckland St Mary and Corfe.