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:                      
  • 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 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
  • Buckland St Mary Church Fete
    The Rector, Jim Fallon, opened the fete at 2pm on the 4th July - his first as Rector of the Blackdown Benefice. Although at times clouds threatened, the day stayed dry and a good crowd of people enjoyed the many stalls and activities set in the gardens of Buckland House. Special thanks to Mr & Mrs Norton for, once again, genersouly opening their lovely home and grounds as a setting for the fete.

    The splendid sum of £1,232.46 was raised, to go to the Local Management Group (LMG) who manages the work of Cheryl Govier, the Youth Worker for the Blackdown and Seven Sowers Benefices. Cheryl's work is vital in bringing the churches in the two Benefices closer to families, children and schools.

    Organising a fete is a mammoth task in co-ordination and persuasion, so special thanks to Jenny and Rick Pym for taking on this role again and for all the hard work they put into making the fete a success. Thanks also to the 'heavy gang' who spend a considerable amount of time and effort in collecting and, later, returning all the tables, chairs, trestles, crockery, skittles etc.

    And thanks to those who held stalls and activities, made cakes, provided refreshment or donated items which made the fete such a fun place to visit.
    Posted 16 Jul 2015, 04:47 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Summer Holiday Club!
    Posted 9 Jul 2015, 04:26 by Blackdown Benefice
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Coming up:

Churchstanton PCC Meeting
Tuesday 8 September, 7.30pm, 4 Church Row Cottages

Corfe PCC Meeting
Tuesday 8 September, 7.30pm, Gibbs

Ride & Stride
Saturday 12 September: a sponsored walk, ride or cycle around the county's churches in aid of Somerset Churches Trust

Pitminster PCC Meeting
Tuesday 15 September, 7.30pm, Old School

Community Coffee Morning
Buckland St Mary Church, 10.30am onwards, to discuss and develop the Parish Plan for Buckland St Mary's future.

Buckland St Mary PCC Meeting
Monday 21 September, 7.30pm, the Church

Harvest Supper, Buckland St Mary
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