This years Christmas Eve Communion service will be held at Chudleigh Parish Church at 11.00pm - No service at Trusham
Chudleigh Parish Church’s 2017 Summer Project
The Summer Project this year will support 2 causes:
1) Chudleigh’s Children: Home or Away, the new charity set up last year to support seriously ill children from Chudleigh and their families.2) a creche, pre-school and after school club on a township on the edge of Cape Town ,South Africa. see http://www.yomelelani.co.za
Your generous support will be welcomed. Ways of raising funds include the weekly cash collection in church, which will go to the Project from 23rd July to 27th August; a tithe (10%) of envelope giving over the same period; personal donations (always welcome – please Gift Aid if you can), and the weekly Produce Stall. The Produce Stall, in Church on Sunday mornings, is already well underway and will continue to the end of September. Gifts of produce for the stall are always welcome, and prices are suggested for purchases of the produce.
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We Love Chudleigh
On the Wednesday everyone arrived at the Youth Centre with their sleeping
bags for the sleepover. The event started with a session about being
servant-hearted led by our youth leader Maren. During this we discussed what we
wanted to achieve over the two days and how we could show our love for all the
people visiting and living in the town.
The rest of the first day was spent baking a range of cakes and biscuits in
the Youth Centre kitchen in preparation for the coffee morning the next day.
Dinner was provided by Mothers’ Union and we were very grateful for the
delicious cottage pie and crumble! We rounded off the evening by watching a film
before settling to sleep.
If you weren't at Sidholme over the weekend of March 6th-8th, you won’t know what you missed. If you were, you don't need to read any further because you will have experienced this marvellous spiritually uplifting time of fellowship with 56 others from Chudleigh, Chudleigh Knighton and Trusham Churches. Seven young people also enjoyed themselves under the guidance of Graham and Liz Allen. A bonus was the weather; Saturday was one of those near perfect days for this time of year. Since there were no programmed activities during the early afternoon many of us spent the time outdoors either on the coast or inland to recharge our batteries.
The success of the weekend was largely due to our speaker, David Rowe, Warden of the Lee Abbey Christian Community, who took as his theme 'Sacred Spaces'. I can see your eyes rolling at this. No, he was not talking about bricks and mortar but of our spiritual needs and behaviour as people of God.
We must have 'Private Space' to communicate with our Creator. We require 'Intimate Space' to journey with those in need or distress. 'Social Space' is vital especially in this electronic age, since body language is so important. This looked like the end of the message and it was only 6.00pm on Saturday! Mark you, it felt as though we had been going all weekend. David had given us so much spiritual food and it was time for another sumptuous hotel meal. But, by 8.00pm we were gathered into four groups: some with Sheila Fletcher to prepare a collage; a second option was to join Colin and Maryon Avery to experience and discuss music; others were with Fiona Wimsett to select books to take to a desert island while the fourth group considered prayer under the guidance of Paul Wimsett. In the context of the general theme, these activities were labelled 'Shared Space', thus emphasising the need to be free in sharing our interests and talents with others and indeed learning from them.
During all this time the seven young people were being entertained and challenged. One of their activities that intrigued us was their quest to photograph each of us: we could not guess why! All was revealed after Communion on Sunday, when each of us was presented with a card with our photo and an appropriate passage of Scripture. A lovely gesture and souvenir of the weekend.
Sunday morning came, and what else was there for David to say before we all shared in the family meal of Communion? It was, of course to remind us that the Church is in the world not just in a building or at Sidholme, but with people everywhere in 'Public Space'. As David put it, the Church is always called to be in two places "IN Christ and IN Colossae". The push of Pentecost must always be present. So we came to our joyful Communion service and the opportunity for the young people to show us what they had been up to and tell us how they too had been challenged.
Finally, to our roast beef and yorkshire pudding Sunday lunch before getting into our cars for the journey home; all the time reflecting on a wonderfully uplifting time. We went on our way with the words put in our minds by David Rowe 'You are my son/daughter whom I love, you bring me great joy'.
What an uplifting weekend, led by such a good speaker – but we should not forget that an event like this does not just happen by itself. All credit must go to Nicky Over and her team for achieving this success.
|The ‘ice-breaker’ activity on Friday evening – making costumes out of newspaper!||Starting the day with a good breakfast (photos by Nick Tuckett)|
Young People at Sidholme
|The young people report on their programme (photo by Nick Tuckett)|
As is mentioned in the separate article about the Benefice weekend away, we had seven young people with us in Sidmouth. These were some of the things that they said about the weekend:
Christina Dunn said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the Church weekend away. The young people’s sessions were very thought provoking and challenging whilst maintaining an essence of fun and enjoyment. The large hall and lounge worked well for the adults and young people.’
Tom Gale said that he ‘learned lots and likes the way they have their own special theme which is different every year (such as Spacebook)’.
Will Gale said that it ‘was great and he wished it was every year!’.
Ellen Jones said that she ‘enjoyed the activities and loved the human conveyor belt game! She also loved being able to explore the hotel.’
William Jones said that he ‘liked watching the human conveyor belt game and doing lots of drawing. He also liked playing football outside and going swimming.’
The Benefice Weekend was held at Sidholme Hotel on 6th – 8th March. The leader was David Rowe, the warden of Lee Abbey, and the theme of the weekend was ‘SACRED SPACES – Stillness with God in a busy world.’
David’s four talks are available below. They are;
(Please note that David changed the order from the published programme).
David’s notes on his talks are available as a printout or via e-mail from Nicky Over..
Nicky Over, 852668, firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a wonderful group of people who keep the Church beautifully decorated throughout the year.
We welcome both adults and the younger generation alike. So if your children enjoy being creative with flowers, this is a chance to let them use their imagination.
If you would like join us as a flower arranger, please contact one of our flower co-ordinators:
For weddings, please contact:
Chudleigh Parish Church is a safe place to worship, hold events and visit. The Parochial Church Council has a health and safety (H&S) policy and risk assessments were updated in 2011 along with Safeguarding practice guidelines updated in 2017. Every effort is made to ensure that the church is managed in ways that make it a safe and comfortable place to be in. If you have any queries or wish to raise any H&S issues, please contact with the church warden:
Steve Cox 01626 854228
Please find below a selection of H&S and Safeguarding documents that we hope you will find useful and informative:
Notes and slides from the The H&S briefing held in August 2011:
The H&S Notes leaflet has been put together to assist sidesmen and other people who organise, steward or lead services, meetings or other events in Chudleigh Parish Church.
The topics covered are:
Fire alarm procedures
Do you love to see burnished brass in the church? Many of our visitors certainly do. We are in need of brass cleaners – can you afford 2-3 hours over one month?
Brass cleaning needs doing each week, and you undertake to go on the rota for one or more complete months. Not all the church brass is cleaned so a routine rub takes about half an hour, with a thorough clean once a month taking about an hour. It can be done any time to suit you, and is a very satisfying job.
If you are interested, please contact Paul Wimsett 01626 853241 or churchwardens
In the Side Chapel of Chudleigh Parish Church is a book where the names of loved ones who have died can be included on a particular day of the year (typically the date of death or their birthday), along with a brief tribute. There is no fixed charge for doing this, although a donation for church funds is invited.
If you would like to place an entry in the book, or to find out more details, please see Paul.
Our thanks to Hilary Wright who writes the entries in the memorial book for us, and to Les Johnson who daily turns the pages of the book.