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:                      
  • Service times are changing!
    There's a new schedule of services coming into effect from 1 December in all churches.

    Under the new timings it's been possible to add three extra regular services as well as the usual Christmas festivities!

    You'll find details of all the new service times at the back of each church, and also month-by-month on the Church Services page of this website. We also put our service times on the A Church Near You website, so do check there too!

    If anything still isn't clear, please feel free to email the office on office@blackdownbenefice.org.uk and we'll do our best to help.

    We look forward to seeing you!
    Posted 18 Nov 2015, 02:58 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Test your brain cells for Buckland St Mary School
    FOBS (Friends of Buckland School) are holding a quiz on Saturday 14th November at BSM hall 7pm.

    It's a great evening and is BYO drinks and glasses. Teams are a max of 6 and its £6 per person - included in the price is a delicious Ploughmans.

    There will be prizes for the winners and losers and a raffle. I really hope you can make it - booking is essential rather than paying on the door so that we can allocate tables and food etc.

    Please call Gemma on 07722284321 gemma87thompson@gmail.com to book a table.
    Every penny will go back to the school & kids!
    Posted 4 Nov 2015, 01:56 by Blackdown 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
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Coming up:

Buckland St Mary PCC Meeting
Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm in the Church

Youth and Children's Prayers
Prayers are needed for Youth and Children's work across the Local Ministry Group. Our next meeting is at 8.30am on Thursday 19 November at Staple Fitzpaine Church.

Otterford PCC Meeting
Thursday 19 November, 7.30pm, Waterhayes

Churchstanton Christmas Social Evening
Saturday 21 November 7pm. Entrance fee £5 per adult, children free. Refreshments, a singalong and other entertainments - all welcome!

Churchstanton Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday 28 November, 10.30am till midday with stalls including Christmas, Bric-a-brac, cakes and tombola. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.

Buckland St Mary Bazaar
We will be holding the Church Bazaar on Saturday 28 November in the Village Hall, starting at 2pm with the usual array of stalls and tempting refreshments to enjoy!

Children's Christmas Club Day
10am-12 noon on 12 December at Buckland St Mary Village Hall. A morning of fun Christmas activities for children of all ages! Plus coffee and a mince pie for parents...

Birchwood Christmas Carol Service
3pm, 13 December, at Birchwood Church. Our always-popular carol service by candlelight.

Buckland St Mary Community Carol Service
6.30pm, Saturday 17 December: a time for all the village to come together, young and old, to enjoy a traditional carol service. Seasonal refreshments will be served after the service.