Public Consultation of Mission Community Expansion

The public consultation for the expansion of the Mission Community is currently open. As you may be aware the Mission Community is expanding from the current 4 parishes up to 9. The draft scheme is available at www.churchofengland.org/consultation The closing date to have your say - good or bad, is February 15th 2021. You can email rex.andrew@churchofengland.org or post to Rex Andrew, Pastoral Division, Church Commissioners, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3AZ. If you wish to find out more, please have a word with Marc, your churchwardens, or you can contact Mrs. Sophie West at sophie.west@exeter.anglican.org

 

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Marc

From the curates study - An important notice

From the curates study - An important notice

Hello my friends,
 
Well, we are almost there. Christmas Eve is but a couple of days away and our services are getting busier; in fact, last Sunday our Carol Service at Clyst Hydon was full and we had to turn some folks away. Now, I think I may have mentioned this once or twice but sadly the message doesn’t seem to be getting through to everyone. We need folks to tell us they are coming!
 
Those of us across the Mission Community who plan the services are doing a lot of extra work to keep everyone safe. We assess each service based on the information we have as to who is coming so, if folks tell us at the last minute or worse don’t tell us at all, it makes things more difficult. This week the news is full of the rising danger of the virus, numbers in Devon are climbing and we need to avoid complacency. We will be absolutely ensuring social distancing is maintained in our churches so it will be crucial we know who is coming. On an average Christmas Day our churches are often close to capacity. This Christmas Day, due to social distancing, we will be cutting down numbers hugely. At Whimple we often have close to 200 people on Christmas Day. This year we will be limiting that to a maximum of 100, and we can only safely cope with that number if we can plan seating in advance, knowing who will be in which ‘bubbles’, otherwise it will be cut even further. Of course, numbers across the Mission Community vary and some churches do have spare capacity but not all of them and not for all services over Christmas but the same rules will apply at all of our churches.
 
The services over Christmas will all have sides persons on duty checking names who have booked. No-one will be seated on the basis ‘that I always come’ or ‘you know me I have been coming for years’ or ‘I could just sit over there in the corner’. Please don’t ask this of our sides persons as you will be putting them in a very difficult position.  To put it simply, if you don’t tell us you are coming we will very likely have to make you wait outside until we see if we have anyone who has booked drop out. It may mean you do not come to the service at all.
 
It might be the case that some folks are genuinely unaware of these new requirements but not if they are getting this email. I do not wish to nag but this has been an ongoing problem for months and last weekend at one service we had double the number of people turn up to those who had actually booked.
 
If you have booked already please tell all of your friends and neighbours and if you haven’t booked I would strongly suggest you do it right now.
 
Thanks for helping us to keep you safe.
 
And don’t forget, our online services will continue with a Christmas Day Service from the curates’s study.
 
God bless.
Rev Marc

 

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Marc

Whimple's Carol Service CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to the awful weather forecast for the 13th December, Whimple's Carol Service has been cancelled.

 

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Prayer for the Nation

Prayer for the Nation

#PrayerfortheNation

Across the world, Covid-19 has brought much sadness to many. 
 

‘On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable.’ says the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, ‘… we do what we can to halt the spread of this virus – but we can still feel powerless. Is there anything else we can do? Really do?  Yes. Yes there is. We can pray. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love... Prayer changes things.'

 
Thy Kingdom Come invite you to join us over the next 4 weeks of #PrayerfortheNation
 
Every day we will pause and pray at 6pm for those impacted by the pandemic. You can set an alarm, light a candle or use a light on your mobile phone as a prompt to pray, or you may even hear a church or cathedral bell ring as a reminder.

Follow us on social media for daily prayers, and you can find an easy to use, printable prayer booklet here, to help you as you pray over the next 4 weeks. You can also explore the Church of England’s website for further resources.

Click here to watch the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, inviting you to join #PrayerfortheNation. Please do share this with your friends and family.
 
 

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Marc

A message from Reverend Marc

A message from Reverend Marc

So here we go again, I don’t think it probably comes as much of a surprise to many of us who have been watching the news, but it is still not good news. Just as we were getting services back to something like normal it is all stop, the new government rules mean no church service from the 5th of November.  At the moment I am sure a lot of folks are feeling overwhelmed, this virus just seems to drag on and on, but it is important to try and look for the glimmers of hope in the darkness to keep us all going, so during this lockdown I am pleased to report that our beautiful churches can be used for private prayer and we will endeavour to keep them open as long as we can (Please do remember masks are required and clean your hands on entry and exit plus respect the social distances of anyone else using them) . Also I am so relieved that yesterday (Saturday),  I was able to officiate at the marriage of lovely Dan and Claire in Lustleigh, they had postponed their wedding from the summer, rescheduled, had to then reduce numbers again as the rules changed and were praying that a new lockdown wouldn’t force them to cancel it again. Although their honeymoon might be cut short they were so relieved to be finally married. As the announcement of another lockdown loomed ever closer it felt like a small vistory yesterday as they walked out of the church yesterday afternoon holding hands in the bright autumn sunshine!  Dan and Claire had made a sign for guests to see as they entered the church and it said ‘Love has not been cancelled’. I cannot tell you how this touched my heart. I believe that love is the most powerful force in the universe, it is after all, the power which brought Jesus to earth to die for us and it was this power which conquered even death. It is love which see us through this awful virus, the certainty of God’s love for us and our love manifest for our fellow human beings.

 

Please keep looking after your neighbours and friends, it is impossible to overstate the importance of a friendly voice on the phone to the lonely and isolated. The leadership team and I will continue to consider how and where we can serve our congregations and our parishes further during the next few weeks of lockdown.

 

God bless. Rev Marc.

 

 

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Mission Aviation Fellowship

Mission Aviation Fellowship are coming to give a talk at cafe church on November 1st at Whimple. This fantastic organisation have been flying light aircraft over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts for 75 years. They enable more than 2000 aid, development and mission organisations to take medical care, emergency relief, long term development and Christian hope to thousands of communities. Visit www.maf-uk.org to find out more information.

 

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Ride & Stride

2 members of our Mission Community, along with support teams have recently taken part in the Ride & Stride in aid of Devon Historic Churches Trust as well as the Churches within our Mission Community. A huge thank you and well done to them all, with over £600 being raised so far. There is still time to sponsor either Julia or Maggie for their amazing efforts. 

Julia and her team covered over 70 miles and visited 22 churches within the Exeter and Whimple area. 

Please see the October edition of The Link for a full write up from them both. 

 

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Marc

Cafe Church

Café Church. 
Church, but not as you know it.


Sunday 20th September, 10.30am. 
Cotley Farm, Big Barn, Whimple. 
Big questions, deep conversation and good music. Child friendly.

midweek coffee


“Coffee, the band, the view from Cotley Barn and chat…a relaxed way to spend time with God.” 


Booking essential, please contact Marc on 01404 822104 or email marckerslake@hotmail.co.uk 
Please bring your own refreshments and chair.

 

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Ride & Stride in Aid of Whimple Church and Devon Historic Churches

Just to let you know
I am planning to do the Ride and Stride this year in aid of Whimple  Parish Church and Devon Historic Churches Trust. 
I have set the ambitious target of 75 miles and 20 churches for the day, nothing electric about my bike!!  
 Any donations / sponsorship  are welcome (they can be gift aided).
Thank you
Best wishes,
Julia Spruntulis

 

 

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WHIMPLE LADIES MARK CENTENARY

WHIMPLE LADIES MARK CENTENARY

WHIMPLE LADIES MARK CENTENARY

 

It was a hundred years ago that women first got the vote.  Some women and a greater number of men were enabled to vote when ‘The Representation of the People’ act passed into law

6th Feb 1918.  To mark the occasion the lady ringers of Whimple will come together and ring our bells on Tues. 6 February 2018.  They have decided to ring on the same day at 7:30pm.

Life is very different today, but of the dozen people in Whimple able to ring the bells, eight are women.; and of the regular core they represent half our number.  The doors will be open so they would be delighted if you came along to support them or listen out from where you are.

If you would like to join them during this year, why not have a word afterwards to find out what is involved.  The two previous Tower Captains were women, and Whimple has a fine tradition of very good lady ringers going back to 1929.  Their picture still hangs in the Tower.

Roger Algate,

Tower Captain.

 

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Peppi

Annual Churchyard Tidy Up Talaton

Annual Churchyard Tidy Up
Well the tidy up eventually went ahead in perfect weather, after we'd had to postpone the scheduled date due to heavy rain! A good number of people came along for a couple of hours, and the churchyard, after the long winter months, is now back to its springtime best. It wasn't all hard work, with a lot of laughs all morning, and teas and coffees accompanied by some excellent cake.

This is a purely voluntary morning, designed to keep our lovely church at its best, and we'd love to see you next year if you fancy joining in. Huge thanks to the team this year:

Sue and Chris Harwood

Gordon and Jenny Pring 

Andy and Jan May

Lee French (wearing the very fetching flower behind his ear)

Jonathan Boles

And of course Jo Spencer for the refreshment

 

 

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Peppi

Harry's Rocket

Harry's Rocket

Harry Channon was asked to make something simple to warm up the bell ropes for us in winter when, with the damp and cold, they remain rigid and difficult to pull.

Every church, every one, should have a Harry, but no one has a Harry quite like we do in Talaton. He is exceptionally innovative and a master of ‘quietly getting on with a job without any fuss’ and perfection.

He has made an amazing contraption, certainly not simple, but economic to run and efficiently engineered. All six ropes are fed down a tube and heated by an electric light bulb. Come the autumn and winter we will be most indebted and also very grateful to Harry and his rocket science, every bell tower will want one. Harry Channon is willing to advise.

 

If you would like to bell ring please contact either Chris Trimmer 01404 850831 or Peppi Shaw 01404 822482. We try and ring for the first Sunday of the month at 9am. Practice is 5pm most Wednesdays.  Learners welcome, you can start at any age. At the moment while it is warm and hot, and the ropes soft and pliable, we are trying to practice for the Area Striking Competition on 2nd July in Payhembury.

 

Thank you Harry

 

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Peppi

The Family Village Walk

The Family Village Walk

A bit of fresh air makes you sleep better, a gentle three mile walk through Talaton stopping off to listen to a chiffchaff and a passing puff puff enabled nine of us, plus a 5 month old baby, to do just that. One who walked the whole way went on to an evening church concert and slept through the whole performance flat out on her pew.

 

It was fun. Chris Harwood organized this year’s Family Village Walk leading us around Talaton through fields via footpaths to New Barn returning to the Church for a welcome cup of tea and refreshments, maybe that is why we all slept so well?

 

Hope you will be able to join us next year.

 

 

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Peppi

Churchyard Tidy Up

Churchyard Tidy Up

The Annual Churchyard Tidy Up
took place in mid March, in time for a very early Easter. Some longstanding volunteers were joined by several new faces to the team, including Andy and Jan who had only moved to the village a matter of days beforehand! The formal start time was 10am, but Lee French was tied up late morning, so was at work cutting the grass long before the rest of us had had breakfast! Refreshments, including some absolutely delicious chocolate fridge cake, and lemon and elderflower drizzle cake, were supplied by Jo Spencer, and enjoyed with tea and coffee prepared by Sue Harwood. Thanks to everyone that came along - and to Alex Barback, who would have been there had it not been for a dose of flu!
Rick Spencer

 

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Sue

Women's Breakfast

Women's Breakfast

Women’s Breakfast

Despite it being a really cold and frosty morning on Saturday 16th January, 35 ladies braved the elements to enjoy a wonderful continental breakfast in Talaton Village Hall. There were delicious bread rolls and croissants cooked by Francis and Ann complemented by Peppi and Marilyn’s homemade jam and marmalade. Heinz and Rick braved the all-female audience as waiters and excelled in their role.


Following the breakfast the now relaxed and well-nourished audience listened keenly to a very interesting talk by our Rev. Sheila Walker. We were privileged to receive a glimpse of her family history and her pathway to her present position.


Many thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you all next time when Rick and Heinz have volunteered to produce a cooked breakfast!

Sue and Marilyn

 

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