Thursdays at 9am, usually at The Coach House, Battisborough Cross (Ruth Bird 830365), but please check the weekly sheet. Everyone is welcome.
Holy Cross Churchyard
There is still some strimming, weeding and pruning to do but we now also need to clean out the gully surrounding the church and the shed. Do come if you can, you will be very welcome. The last clean-up for 2017 will be on Saturday 4th November at 9.30 am. Coffee and biscuits as usual and, if it is cold, perhaps some mulled wine.
If you are interested in buying a Church pew for your kitchen or conservatory, do let us know. We now have permission to sell the 4-seater pews which were removed from the back of Holy Cross church three years ago and the 3-seaters which are in the side aisles. They are solid oak and most have seat cushions. Offers around £150 /£200, depending on size, will be considered.
There will be a service of Confirmation at Holy Cross on Sunday 5th November at 4pm, conducted by the Bishop of Plymouth. If you are interested in being confirmed, please let Anne know as soon as possible. Candidates can be any age from 11 years. Adult candidates are very welcome, as well as young people. Preparation will be in separate meetings for adults / children and any candidates who have not been baptised can do this at the same time. Come and chat about it if you are unsure.
Lee Abbey 20-22 April 2018
We have 4 spare places at Lee Abbey for our next Parishes weekend away. If you would like to join us in this spectacular North Devon location, where all talks and activities are completely optional, please ask Anne for a booking form. The cost is £136 all-inclusive, with reductions for children and supplements for upgraded rooms.
Ivybridge Food Bank. Christmas
Christmas is a hard time for families who are struggling in this economic climate and luxuries such as a turkey Christmas lunch will not be possible for a small number of families in the Ivybridge area. If you would like to donate a turkey to one of these families or contribute towards the purchase, please contact Julia Ray on 01752 872339 for details.
Parish Church Review
The Church of England in this part of Devon—‘the Deanery of Ivybridge’—takes in the area from Dartmoor to the sea and from the eastern boundary of Plymouth to the Erme estuary. A small team is currently reviewing the life and work of the C. of E. in Ivybridge Deanery and will report in due course to the Bishop of Exeter.
The team would like to hear the views of parish residents—whether they attend services regularly, occasionally or not at all—about what you think your community needs from your local parish church, what you value in it and hope will continue into the next generation, and anything you think needs to change.
Your feedback will be appreciated, and every communication received will be carefully considered and will help the final report to give as true a picture as possible of church life in your parish. Submissions may be quoted or summarised in the report, but the names of those contributing their views will be confidential to the review team, all three members of which live and work outside Ivybridge deanery. They are retired Chief Constable Gillian Parker; the Team Rector of West Dartmoor, the Revd Preb. Nick Shutt; and the Ven. Douglas Dettmer, Archdeacon of Totnes.
Please respond by the end of October, either by email (preferably) or by post to the office of the Archdeacon of Totnes:- Email: email@example.com