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:                      
  • Corfe & Pitminster Harvest Supper
    Posted 30 Sep 2015, 04:42 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Otterford Church Quiz
    Saturday, 10th October

    Bishopswood Hall

    7pm for 7.30pm start

    Tables of 6 at £6 per head, including Ploughman’s Supper

    Bring your own drinks/glasses

    Raffle.            To book a table ring 01823 601577
    Posted 9 Sep 2015, 01:59 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Jungle Jamboree Holiday Club 2015
    During the summer holidays we ran a Benefice holiday Club at Buckland St Mary Village Hall. 25 children attended the two-day club.

    Our holiday club was called 'Jungle Jamboree' and we looked at some of the well-known parables in the Bible, including The Good Samaritan, The Lost Son, The Lost Sheep and The Great Banquet. We were reminded that God loves us and is always with us, no matter what we do, where we go or who we are.

    During the two days, we had a huge amount of fun listening to Bible stories, singing songs, playing games, making noisy 'hooter elephants', creating our own edible jungle in a jam jar, making masks, creating junk jungle animals, writing or drawing prayers and doing lots of jungle type activities.

    We had the most brilliant bunch of children, so thank you children for being so great! Thank you also to the fantastic team that enabled this event to happen: thank you for giving up your time to give the children some great memories.
    - Cheryl Govier
    Children's and Families Worker

    Posted 2 Sep 2015, 04:48 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Open on Sunday!
    Bring the Family!

    Everyone is welcome at any of our services but each month we run two events with a particular family focus: the service in Pitminster Church at 1030 on the first Sunday of the month and “Open on Sunday” in the Corfe Village Hall (in Newton Lane right opposite the church).

    “Open on Sunday” happens each second Sunday of the month (except August). We begin around 1015 and include songs, a story of some kind, a thought to apply to our lives, some making activities and sometimes an outdoors or indoors game. We keep it very informal and there is something for everyone to join in. We finish around 11, then enjoy coffee, squash and cake.

    We’d love to see you – and your family, of course.
    Posted 29 Jul 2015, 06:27 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Benefice Morning Prayer Days
    Daily prayers are held in one of the churches in the Benefice every morning. Come along and join in a short service of prayers and readings. All are welcome!

    Monday, 9.30am: Buckland St Mary, led by Revd Jim Fallon
    Tuesday, 9.30am: Corfe, led by Revd Jim Fallon
    Wednesday, 9.30am: Otterford, led by Revd Jim Fallon
    Thursday, 9.30am: Churchstanton, led by Revd Jim Fallon
    Friday, 9.30am: Birchwood, led by Associate Priest Revd David Ager or a Reader
    Saturday, 9.30am: Pitminster, led by Revd Jim Fallon

    Posted 22 Jul 2015, 06:39 by Blackdown Benefice
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Coming up:

Harvest Supper, Buckland St Mary
Saturday 3 October, 7.30pm in the Village Hall. For more details and tickets contact Val Jeffery 01460 234379.

Thursday 8 October, 7.30pm, at the Master Thatcher, Lisieux Way, Taunton: teams of up to 6 with proceeds in aid of Cancer Research UK

Community Coffee Morning
Saturday 10 October, 10.30am in Buckland St Mary church, in aid of the Friends of Buckland School

Otterford Church Quiz
Saturday 10 October at Bishopswood Hall, 7pm for a 7.30pm start: tables of 6 are £6 a head including Ploughman's Supper (BYO drinks & glasses). To book a table ring 01823 601577

Buckland St Mary Harvest Experience
Tuesday 13 October (afternoon), Buckland School

Churchstanton Harvest Experience
Monday 19 October, 10.45-3pm, Churchstanton School

Corfe PCC Meeting
Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm, Gibbs

Otterford PCC Meeting
Thursday 29 October, 8pm, Waterhayes