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:                      
  • Christmas Services
    The number of people attending Christmas services throughout the Benefice was considerably up on previous years and, at Buckland, we were wonderfully overwhelmed by the turn out at our Community Carol Service. We had to delay the start of the service in order to fetch chairs from the school so that everyone could be seated!

    During the service, Ash Class acted out the Christmas story and we had two carols from the children and one from the choir, as well as carols for the whole congregation, and we ended up with the Community Choir singing 'Christmas Bells'.

    We hope the service, and gathering afterwards, was enjoyable and made a good start to Christmas celebrations for all who came.
    Posted 21 Jan 2015, 05:20 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Corfe Festival
    Over the Bank Holiday weekend, 24th, 25th and 26th May, Corfe is being transformed into a village-wide festival of flowers, art, gardens and literature.

    Among the events taking place are:
    Festival of Flowers in the Church depicting village life: every day, 10am-4pm (donations requested)
    Art exhibition, all local artists, in the Village Hall: every day, 10am-4pm (free)
    Open Gardens: Local gardens will be open each day, at least eight gardens in all. Separate leaflet available from the Village Hall. Cost is £4 for all three days.
    Refreshments and light lunches will be available in the Village Hall each day
    Morning Coffee from 10am
    Lunches from 12 noon until 2pm
    Teas from 3pm until 4.30pm (Coffee/tea £1, cream teas £3.50, lunches £5)

    Produce and Plant Sale: every day in the Village Hall
    Raffle: Tickets available in the Village Hall

    Performance of Under Milk Wood celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas in the Church on Friday 23rd May and Sunday 25th May, 7pm. Tickets from Brian Lewis (01823 421277): £6 for adults, £2 children under 12. Drinks will be served after each performance.

    Parish Communion service in the Church at 10.30am on 25th May.

    Posted 1 May 2014, 05:07 by Sue Green
  • Volunteers needed!
    As many of you know, 'Open the Book' has been running in Churchstanton Primary School for over 5 years.

    It has been a great success, enjoyed by the children and staff as well as those taking part.

    It has continued due to a committed group of volunteers who have given up their Wednesday mornings to help act out the bible stories for the school to enjoy.

    We do stories every other week during term time, but due to circumstances changing for some of our team, we need others to join us to ensure this ministry can continue.

    You don't have to be an experienced actor or actress, you don't need to worry about learning lines (we all find ways of getting around that!), you just need to be enthusiastic and willing, plus have a free slot on Wednesday mornings between 10.25 am and 11.00 am.

    If you don't know what 'Open the Book' is, have a look on their website (www.openthebook.net) or have a chat to either Sue or myself.

    Even if this makes you feel apprehensive or nervous, please don't be afraid to get in touch, we need you and would love you to join our team!

    - Cheryl, Children and Families Worker
    Posted 26 Feb 2014, 03:59 by Sue Green
  • Volunteers' third visit to Sri Lanka
    Orphans with Matron at Paynter Home
    Well, as the weather gets colder we are hunting out our summer clothes, ready to return to Sri Lanka on 30th January for three weeks.

    We will again be visiting Elders homes and advising on ‘Keeping Fit for Life’, with activities and talks.  This time we also expect to be working with the church Board Members who oversee the running of the various homes, the Matrons and staff, and discussing with them ways to raise the standards in the homes. 

    We plan to visit the children’s centres and orphanages and to distribute the contributions that we have raised from Pitminster, Corfe (Benefice Service) and Buckland St Mary School.

    We would be grateful for your prayers while we are away, for safety while travelling, good relationships, successful visits, and for it not to be too hot.  Also for our programme to become clear on arrival as at present we do not have one! 

    - Rosanne and Sandy

    Posted 29 Jan 2014, 03:24 by Sue Green
  • Walking in a winter wonderland
    Thank you very much to everyone who came to our walk, it was a very happy occasion with good weather after all the storms, and all the walkers enjoyed it very much after the excesses of Christmas!
    Thank you to Elizabeth and Richard for organizing the route and leading the walk.

    In all, 58 people sat down to a delicious soup and pudding lunch - many thanks to all who helped to do shopping set up the hall, make puddings etc., and especially clearing up afterwards - thanks to the new dishwasher this was a much easier task. We made a grand total of £252 for Church funds - a brilliant effort. Thank you very much, and see you all again next year!
    Posted 22 Jan 2014, 04:53 by Sue Green
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Coming up:
Lent Course
Wednesday 4 March, Pitminster Lodge, 7.30pm for 8pm: this year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'. Please contact Sarah Wakefield 01823 421461 if you would like to join in!

Buckland St Mary PCC meeting
Wednesday 4 March, 7.30pm, Moorseek Cottage.

Lent Course
Thursday 5 March, Churchinford Village Hall from 11.30am followed by a simple Lenten lunch. This year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'.

Benefice Prayers
Friday 6 March, 10am, Corfe Church: open to all and a chance to join the Ministry team in prayer

Pitminster PCC Meeting
Tuesday 10 March, 7.30pm, The Old School

Lent Course
Wednesday 11 March, Pitminster Lodge, 7.30pm for 8pm: this year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'. Please contact Sarah Wakefield 01823 421461 if you would like to join in!

Otterford PCC Meeting
Thursday 12 March, 8pm, Waterhayes

Lent Course
Thursday 12 March, Churchinford Village Hall from 11.30am followed by a simple Lenten lunch. This year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'.

Community Coffee Morning
In the Church on Saturday 14 March from 10am to 12 noon. All proceeds in aid of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Mothering Sunday
Our annual Mothering Sunday service is on Sunday March 15 at 10.30am. Say a traditional 'thank you' to Mum with a posy and simnel cake.

Lent Course
Wednesday 18 March, Pitminster Lodge, 7.30pm for 8pm: this year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'. Please contact Sarah Wakefield 01823 421461 if you would like to join in!

Lent Course
Thursday 19 March, Churchinford Village Hall from 11.30am followed by a simple Lenten lunch. This year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'.

Parish Litter Pick
Join in clearing up Otterford Parish on Saturday 21 March from 9.30am, meeting at Otterford Parish Hall in Bishopswood. We'll be picking up litter for about two  hours, followed by refreshments served in the hall.

Pitminster APCM Meeting
Sunday 22 March, 12pm in the Church (after Morning Worship)

Lent Course
Wednesday 25 March, Pitminster Lodge, 7.30pm for 8pm: this year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'. Please contact Sarah Wakefield 01823 421461 if you would like to join in!

Lent Course
Thursday 26 March, Churchinford Village Hall from 11.30am followed by a simple Lenten lunch. This year we are focussing on the inspirational book by Paula Gooder, 'Journey to the Empty Tomb'.

Bishopswood Big Breakfast
Saturday 28 March from 8.30am in the Parish Hall, Bishopswood: breakfasts served until 11am.

Easter Activity Day
Tuesday 31st March at Buckland St Mary Village Hall from 10am-3pm. Games, craft, the Easter story, songs, and fun for primary school children - bring a packed lunch! Details from the Children's Worker, Cheryl Govier, on youthworker@live.co.uk

Bishop Peter Maurice
There will be a farewell service at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 18 April at 2pm for Bishop Peter Maurice, who retires at the end of April. Everyone welcome.

Revd James Fallon Institution
All parishioners are invited to the institution and licensing of our new Rector, the Revd James Fallon, on Monday 27 April at 7pm at Buckland St Mary Church and afterwards at the Village Hall.