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.
Welcome to our new website!
We are still developing these pages and some are not yet fully functional. But we hope you'll still find some useful information, and thank you for your patience while we continue working on it.
What's happening in the Benefice:
Lenten Study Courses #1
We're holding Lent groups once again this year, with our thoughts guided by the BBC series 'The Passion'.
Churchinford: Mondays 7.30pm on 7 April and 28 April at the home of Elizabeth and Richard Badman at The Tallett, Moor Lane, Churchinford TA3 7RE (01823 601264)
Pitminster: Wednesdays 7.30pm on 2 April, 9 April and 30 April
at the home of Sarah and John Wakefield, Pitminster Lodge, Pitminster TA3 7AZ (bring and share supper)
Buckland St Mary: Thursdays 7.30pm on 3 April and 10 April
at the home of Andrew and Vicki Bell, Moorseek Cottage, Buckland St Mary TA20 3QE (01460 234463)
All are welcome at any venue
Lenten Study Courses #2
Come and share a short time of prayer and reflection on the Sunday readings at The Tallet, Moor Lane, Churchinford. Each Thursday during Lent, at 12 midday, commencing Thursday 6 March. Stay to share soup and a roll afterwards. Contact Elizabeth Badman 01823 601264.
Village and Churchyard Clean-up
at Buckland St Mary Church on Saturday 5 April, 10am
Friday 4 April, 10am in Pitminster Church. All welcome to join the Clergy & Reader team as we pray for
the work of our parishes.
Coffee and Chat
St Nicholas Church, Corfe, 10am-11.30am on Saturday 5 April. All proceeds to Church funds.
Otterford Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Sunday 6 April, 12pm at the Church
Open on Sunday
Open on Sunday in April falls on
Palm Sunday, 13 April. We are hoping to spend some time in the Village
Hall in Corfe from 10.15am with the story and a song or two, then making
palms to wave before crossing the road into church.
Events and services for Holy Week are as follows:
Meditations for Holy Week and Easter, 6.30pm at the following churches:
Monday 14 April: Churchstanton
Tuesday 15 April: Birchwood
Wednesday 16 April: Buckland St Mary
Maundy Thursday (17 April):
7.30pm Pitminster Holy Communion
Good Friday: Prayer Walks (see below)
Holy Saturday: 7.30pm Service of Light at Corfe Church
We hope to see you at any or all of the above.
Prayer Walks at Otterford
On Good Friday, 18 April, we will be walking through the countryside to converge on Otterford Church for a Good Friday Devotion at 2pm.
Walks leave from:
Birchwood Church, 1pm
Bishopswood Village Hall, 12.30pm
Churchinford (Five Ways Crossroad) 1pm
Holman Clavel (1pm)
Saturday 19 April at the Buckland St Mary Village Hall. Doors open 7.30pm with eyes down at 8pm. There will be half-time refreshments and a raffle. All proceeds to church funds.
6am: Sunrise Service at Otterford
(followed by a bacon butty breakfast)
9am: Holy Communion, Buckland St Mary
11am: Holy Communion, Churchstanton
11am: Holy Communion, Pitminster
Around the Table
A group for all meeting for
discussion, exchange of ideas, prayer and a light meal. The next meeting
is on Wednesday 30 April, 7.30pm at Moorseek Cottage, Buckland St
Mary. For details please contact Andrew or Vicki Bell on 01460 234463.
Russian Choir visits Buckland St Mary
Thursday 1 May, 7.30pm at Buckland St Mary Church, the Hermitage Ensemble of St Petersburg will be giving a concert of Russian Orthodox and folk music. Book tickets early to make sure you get a place - email pennyhart@btopenworld or phone 01460 234639.
Otterford Open Church
is taking place on Saturday 10 May from 10am to 4pm.
This is a chance for all comers to experience something of the atmosphere and ministry of Otterford Church. We'll have refreshments and creative areas for drawing or writing poetry, plus a quiet area for simple reflection and up to four prayer stations dotted through the church.
Flowers and Art at Corfe
Corfe Church is holding a fundraising weekend on 24, 25 and 26 May. There will be a flower festival in the Church, Open Gardens, Art and Drama in the Village Hall (see below!).
Under Milk Wood
A highlight of the Corfe Festival will be two performances of Under Milk Wood to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. Taking place on Friday 23 May and Sunday 25 May at 7pm in the Church, you can buy tickets for £6 (children £2) from Brian Lewis (01823 421277). Drinks will be served after each performance.