Worship Band

Worship Band

Over the past few years we have been growing a worship band which plays twice a month, at an informal evening service and at a morning family service. We tend to play mostly contemporary praise and worship songs, but also throw in the odd hymn or two! We are currently an unusual combination of instruments, from electric guitar, keyboard and bass to violin, clarinet and flute! We've also got two singers that lead the congregation in worship. There is a fairly wide range of ability - from young violin players to older clarinet maestros  - but we all have the same passion and enjoyment! We tend to practice before the services and occasionally meet up at other times to learn specific new songs.

Contact: Rev Chris Martin
The Rectory
Grove Rd
Whimple
EX5 2TP
01404 822427
 
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Choir

Choir

St Mary’s Church Choir is an informal, friendly, mixed four-part choir numbering about fourteen, which sings in services once a month, usually at Sunday morning Holy Communion or Morning Worship services. The choir also sings at special services throughout the year including the candlelit Advent Carol Service, the Christmas Carol Service and the Village Week Songs of Praise and is available for Weddings and Memorial Services. Choir practices, when necessary for a special service, are usually held on a Thursday or Friday evening.

 

We are always pleased to welcome new members and there are no auditions – just an enthusiasm to learn and an enjoyment of singing. To join us or find out more contact Gerri Turner on 01404 822587 or gerri.turner2@gmail.com.

 

 

Contact:  Gerri Turner
Whimple
01404 822587
 
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Orchard Harmony

Orchard Harmony

 

Orchard Harmony was formed in 2002 by their musical director Julia Green, who had recently moved to Whimple.

 

The idea was to create a female acapella group singing a wide variety of musical styles to perform in the local community. Music performed has ranged from The Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Faure’s Requiem to Madrigals and arrangements of Show Tunes and even some Abba hits!

 

The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm - 9pm in St Mary’s Church, Whimple and is open to anyone who would like to join - reading music is NOT a requirement - a love of singing and a sense of fun is!

 

Orchard Harmony has performed with Exeter University’s Semi-Toned in a sellout concert in St Mary’s Church and with Tedburn St Mary Community Choir, as well as various other concerts in East Devon.

 

If you are interested in joining please contact Julia Green on 07779 139251

Contact:  Gerri Turner
Whimple
01404 822587
 
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Saturday Morning Coffee

Saturday Morning Coffee

 

Every Saturday morning between mid-May and mid-September Whimple Church hosts Saturday Morning coffee, cake and chat, running from 10.15am until noon. Everyone is welcome.
Contact:  Dianne Goodwin
01404 823476
 
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Gold Diggers

Gold Diggers

Ladies Christian Group

 

We meet in term time on Thursday mornings for Bible Study, Coffee, Giggles and Cake

 

Children welcome

 

9.30am until 11am

 

Contact Rachel Povey for more information

 

rachel@godatmyhouse.com

 

 

 

Contact:  Dianne Goodwin
01404 823476
 
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Bell ringers

Bell ringers

Whimple has a proud tradition of bellringing. In past generations dedicated bands of ringers entered striking competitions and won distinction. The certificates attesting to this line the walls of the ringing chamber together with fading photographs. All giving a window into a different time in Whimple’s village activity. Today’s busy world creates different pressures but the bells and the challenge and pleasure they offer remains unchanged.

 

The earliest bells hung in the tower carry the date 1450, thought to have been cast in Exeter. Two more were added in 1897 to make the six we ring today - the heaviest weighing 12cwt.

Apart from Sunday services and the occasional wedding, the bells were rung for the Millenium, the Olympics, the Queen’s Jubilee and sundry special moments like St.Georges Day and ringing in the New Year.

 

 

We are always looking to train new recruits to Bellringing so that the band is renewed.

Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people. The initial learning takes several weeks, after which you can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practise once or twice a week and ring before church on Sunday. Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit.

 

In Whimple we ring before service on Sunday and practice on Mondays from 7.30pm. Visiting ringers are always welcome, as are you if you just want to see what goes on. Advance notice is welcome but not essential so to get in touch ...

 

Telephone Roger Algate - 01404 822480 or email roger.algate@gmail.com

 

 

Contact:  Roger Algate
Whimple
01404 822480
 
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Mother's Union

Contact:  Margaret Burrough
01404 822257
 
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Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Jigsaw is an afternoon service for preschool-age 7 and their carers -

siblings are also welcome !

We enjoy stories, songs, craft, prayer and fun

beginning with refreshments !

Where   Whimple Church

When     Fortnightly during term time

Time     Come straight from school for refreshments before the service

              

 

" You are the one who put me together and I praise you

because of the wonderful way you created me."

From Psalm 139

Contact:  Mary Godsiff
Whimple
01404 822875
 
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Flower Arrangers

We do flowers every two weeks behind the communion table- anybody can do this there is a sheet with boxes to put your name in in church. We also arrange flowers for the three Church Festivals... Easter, Harvest and Christmas. Some of us will help with various occasions that crop up evey so often such as a stand for a wedding or a few flowers in Church for our Village Week.

Contact:  Margaret Bucknell
01404 822319
 
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Women who do Wine

Women who do Wine

Pub night (the Ladies’ one) is a social get together to build friendships ... but is open to anyone who wants to come – no age limit and not exclusively a Church group either but it started out as a chance to catch up with friends who we often see briefly in church and then don’t see again for a proper catch-up. So far it has tended to be working mums, who are no longer in the playground every day where we were able to see people! It’s always been at the Thirsty Farmer so far ..usually on the 1st Monday of the month from about 7.45 -8 ..until there’s nothing more to talk about or they throw us out!! If you’re interested contact Maggie on 01404 823640 or Dy on 01404 823675

 

Contact:  Maggie Spicer
01404 823640
 
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Impact Cell

Impact Cell

We welcome teenagers to join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings 7-8.30pm of every month. We meet in Whimple for games, bible study, discussions, cake and encouragement.

 We also attend activities in Exeter such as FNX and Soul Exeter and every Autumn we have a weekend away on Dartmoor

 

FNX is short for 'Friday Night Experience'. We aim to make FNX a high quality event in every aspect. It's fast-moving, exciting, full of life, worship and God's Word. Over several FNX events, hundreds of young people give their lives to Jesus or re-commit their lives.

The event attracts up to 300 young people, from both churched and non-churched backgrounds. FNX aims to be relevant, bring in great speakers and quality, energetic and varied bands.

Soul Exeter is a monthly youth celebration for youth from across the area.t brings young people together from across Devon for a bigger event than local churches can offer. It focusses on worship, Biblical teaching and Spirit-filled ministry in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It’s open to all youth, but is probably most geared at 15+. Younger youth are really welcome, but it is deliberately aimed at the older youth.

Contact:  Helen Bowker
01404 823193
 
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RATAOP

RATAOP

Round-a-table-and-over-a-pint does what it says on the tin! Roughly once a month between 6 and 12 men gather round a table and over a pint (or two!) to discuss current issues and the big questions of life, the universe and everything! A Christian perspective is offered but open debate is encouraged, and there is a good mix of men from the church and wider village. It is held on a Monday evening, alternating between Whimple's two pubs.Topics discussed so far have included: Political correctness, redefinition of marriage, reliability of the Bible, The Theory of Everything and creation/evolution, Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression, being happy at work, balancing social media and life, being a good dad, consumerism and poverty, euthanasia, God and suffering, physical and mental fitness, pay-day loans, war and peace  etc etc. A couple of times a year we also have a fry-up breakfast together on a Saturday morning and we've been for bike rides and sports dinners. Men aren't normally good at getting together to share their experiences, perspectives and concerns - but these evenings are bucking that trend!

 

Phil

Contact:  Phil Dominy
01404 822163
 
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Men's Coffee Group

Our Men’s Group meet in the Church every Monday morning (except Bank Holidays) from 10-30 am to 11-45am. All men are welcome, Church goers and non Church goers equally, so we are a mixed bunch who discuss any topic relevant at the present time.
Contact:  David Rastall
01404 822486
 
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