Keeping in Touch

In a recent (and excellent) interview with the Church Times, Archbishop Justin Welby addressed the issue of weary and worn out clergy, saying: ‘Do what you can do & don't beat yourself up about what you can't.'

Being on retreat for a few days at the Society of Mary & Martha at Sheldon in the Teign Valley was a reminder to me of their invaluable support for those who find themselves 'beaten up' in the course of their ministry. The Society's Welcome Pack says:
‘Here may you lay aside burdens borne for self and others. May this place be to you a vessel of love wherefrom you may draw rest, silence, healing, vision. And may the Creator’s love warmly glow from all that you see.’

May we all offer such places in some form or other.

Richard Frost, Licensed Lay Minister


Church Services 

Sunday 3 October

8am Holy Communion at St James, Teignmouth

10am Harvest Celebration St Michael’s, Teignmouth

10.30am Joint Service at The Methodist Church, Bishopsteignton (no service at St John’s). Please book a place: tel 07939 913750 before 3pm on Saturday 2 October 

10.30am Harvest Celebration at St James’, Teignmouth

4.30pm  Harvest Celebration at St Mary's, Ideford (come at 4 for tea & cake)


COVID Precautions

When coming to church please remember and be considerate of the fact that some people may feel vulnerable or anxious. Therefore, so that everyone can feel safe and welcome, we strongly encourage you to continue to sanitise your hands and wear a face mask whenever possible. Please respect other people’s space by not sitting too closely to your neighbour unless explicitly invited to do so. We will continue to ask for details for NHS Test & Trace. If you are experiencing any symptoms you are kindly asked to stay away - even if you have been doubly vaccinated. Thank you.


Online service

Our current Online Service celebrates the Patronal Festival of St Michael the Archangel. There will also be an online service available from the Church of England. To watch and join any of our previous Online Services please visit our YouTube Channel

Serving the People of Devon with Joy - a 5 minute video showing all the wonderful achievements of our churches over recent weekends.


During the coming week

Tuesday 9.30am     Holy Communion at St Michael's, Teignmouth

Thursday 5pm        Evening Prayer via Zoom (click link to join. Download service sheet here). 

Friday 5pm              First Things First at St John's, Bishopsteignton (see below)

Saturday (2 Oct)  10am     Julian Group in Bishopsteignton (click link)

Some of our churches are open for prayer during the week. 


In other news...  

Revd Carol is on holiday from the evening of Sunday 26th until Friday 1st October inclusive so will be unavailable in that time. Revd Jane's rest day is on Thursday in the coming week not Friday.

Exploring Our Faith Maybe you’re new or have been coming to church for years but are unsure about some of the things we do? Or you’re wondering about how it all relates to our Christian faith? Led by members of the clergy and ministry team, these sessions offer an opportunity for us to learn more together. Click here for more details
Couldn't make the first session on Exploring Prayer? - Click here to listen and watch.

First Things First - our monthly team prayer meeting takes place at 5pm on Friday 1 October at St John's, Bishopsteignton. All are welcome

Harvest Celebration Services will be taking place as follows:

  • Sun 3 Oct - 10am St Michael's  10.30am St James  4.30 St Mary's, Ideford (come at 4 for tea & cake)
  • Sun 10 Oct - 11.15am St Nectan's, Ashcombe    6.30pm St John's, Luton
  • Sun 17 Oct - 10.30am St John's, Bishopsteignton

Monthly Mailings to people who are not on the internet continue thanks to the generous donations of cash and stamps. Such as been that generosity that we have had not had to appeal for more funds since the beginning of the year. We currently have enough money to cover a mailing which will go out next week and then at the end of October. If you can help please contact John Plumb, Treasurer at St John's, Bishopsteigton (01626 775507) who looks after this on behalf of the Team.

Praying at home  -  If you have a specific prayer request please send details to Mervyn in the Team Office. He will pass it to the clergy on in strict confidence. The clergy will also be happy to pray over the phone so please do contact them. Information and resources can be downloaded here and Compline (Night Prayer) is available every day. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the clergy

We appreciate this is a time of concern and please be assured of our prayers and support.


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If you have difficulty accessing parts of our website, please visit A Church Near You which contains most of the same information.

Ride & Stride 2021

As part of the 200th celebrations at St James', Andy Harding will be taking part in this year’s Ride & Stride to support the Devon Historic Churches Trust. Starting at St John's, Bishopsteignton and visiting St James' and St Michael's he’ll be striding on to visit churches in Holcombe, Dawlish and beyond. He will appreciate your support.

  • To sponsor him, please go to his JustGiving page
  • To join in, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The proceeds from the Whitford room refreshments, plus the sale of books and jigsaws at St. James Fun Day on 11th September, will also go to Ride and Stride. 


On Sunday 12 September David & Janet Aylmore will also be walking to raise funds for Devon Historic Churches Trust, in particular St. Mary's Church in Ideford. They were inspired by David Woodhouse’s (Vicar of Ideford in the 1970s) memories of walking with Ann Rigby-Jones from Ideford to Ashcombe in the snow to attend a church service. They plan to walk the same route (hopefully not in the snow!) and back to Ideford via Luton for tea and cake.

Please support them by visiting Janet's JustGiving page to donate.

Donating to the Devon Historic Trust Day activities supports both the Trust and local churches as 50% of funds raised are donated back to the churches that participated.



The Parish Giving Scheme has just published a "self-service" facility that enables individuals to create their own regular offerings to their church (or to support other churches in the scheme). Within the Haldon Team, please use the following links to donate through this new facility, or register an interest in the scheme:

Online Survey 2021

Our website has become a central part of our communication with the world from village to town to Diocese and beyond.  For many people an organisation’s website is the first port of call to see what their ethos is, how friendly and approachable they are and whether it is a place you would want to go.  It is as important as a friendly greeting when you come to church.  The website is a place to pick up information, see service times and watch services.

Our church organisations are going through changes at present as our Mission Community is being reshaped to include Shaldon and Ringmore.  Together with a recent technical failure of the Haldon Mission Community website we want to take this opportunity to rethink.  Can our website more closely follow the Diocesan call to us to Grow in prayer, make new disciples and serve the people of Devon with joy?

We were delighted that so many people, nearly 100 in all, responded to a request to complete a short survey to gather views and thoughts on our website and general online presence. These responses will be considered very carefully and we will update you as progress is made.

Blessings and Thanks

Carol Green 



Rev. Carol Green,
Priest in Charge Haldon Mission Community

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