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:                      
  • 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
  • Celebrating a new Ministry
    On Monday 27 April, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, presided over the Institution of Reverend Jim Fallon as the Rector of the Blackdown Benefice in a service held at St Mary's Church, Buckland St Mary. We welcome Jim and his family to the Blackdowns and trust they will have a happy and fruitful ministry with us.

    Interestingly, the word 'Rector' derives from the Latin for 'to set straight, guide, direct' and Jim is now tasked with keeping the churches at Buckland St Mary, Birchwood, Corfe, Churchstanton, Otterford and Pitminster on the 'straight and narrow path'.

    The service of Institution had several phases: some are symbolic, such as the formal presentation of Jim as the prospective new Rector to the Bishop. At this point the priest, church wardens and congregation are each asked to confirm their wish for the Rector to be installed and that the ministry would be supported. Jim was presented by Angela Leroy, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Patronage, and by Reverend Sue Tucker, as the representative of the Chard Benefice where Jim was Curate.

    Thanks to all those who prepared the church for the service, procured the service sheets, organised parking, acted as sidesmen, played the organ and sang in the choir, and any others who played a part, large or small, in making the service a joyous celebration and a rousing welcome for Jim as he began his new ministry.
    Posted 24 Jun 2015, 02:51 by Sue Green
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Coming up:

Jungle Jamboree Holiday Club
Monday 27 July & Tuesday 28 July, Buckland St Mary Village Hall, 10am-3pm. Games, craft, Bible stories, music and fun! For primary school children around the Benefice. Book as soon as possible on www.sevensowers.org.uk/bsm/form or by email at youthworker@live.co.uk

Otterford PCC
Thursday 30 July, 8pm, Waterhayes. Please note that this has been changed from the previously published date of 23 July.

Cream Teas
Saturday 1 August, 2.30-4.30pm in Rene Marker's garden, Paddock Cottage, Meanwood TA20 3RF in aid of the Exeter Renal Unit.

Community Coffee Morning
Saturday 8 August, 10.30am in Buckland St Mary Church, in aid of the Taunton Food Bank.

Corfe & Pitminster Cricket Match
The fiercely-contested annual cricket match between Corfe and Pitminster takes place at Sellicks Green on Sunday 30 August at 2.30pm. Come along to watch or take part!

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

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