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A very warm welcome to the Black Torrington Benefice -
This rural Benefice comprises four parishes in rural north Devon with five churches. We are part of the Holsworthy Deanery, of the Barnstaple Archdeaconry of the Diocese of Exeter. We worship and work together with Christians of all denominations, particularly the Methodist chapels situated in our villages. The Hope chapel in Black Torrington (part of the Torridge Methodist circuit) in particular works closely with our Benefice.
We hope that the information provided in these pages will convey an impression of our churches and that you may be able to visit us if you are close by. We are sure that you will find five places of peace and great beauty with a deep sense of faith. Signs of a lively church community are all around.
You will find details of the history of each of our churches as well as details of our services. Several of the churches also have active bell ringing teams who compete locally.
Details of social events taking place and main items of news will also be found within these pages. See Black Torrington, Bradford, Highampton and Thornbury pages for latest news on events.
If you want to contact us by e-
Details of Services (click on “Services” on the navigation bar above) and Mission Community News (also on navigation bar above) for Dec 2019/ Jan 2020.
Read the news from the wider church. Click to follow the link to website.
The Offices tab on this page will take you to Church of England Daily offices.
Circulating of Photographs
We respectfully ask that photographs of persons at our Church activities, are not circulated or uploaded to social media including Facebook, unless you have sought the prior permission of those in the photograph.
If you are in any doubt please speak with the Parish Secretary or Churchwarden.
Website last updated 14 December 2019
Mon 16th 10.00 am Bradford School Carol Service,
All Saints, Bradford
3.00 pm until Christmas Tea and Cakes,
5.00 pm St Mary’s, Black Torrington
Wed 18th 10.45 am Highampton School Carol Service, Holy Cross, Highampton
2.30 pm Black Torrington School Carol Service
St Mary’s, Black Torrington
Thurs 19th 7.00 pm Carol Service, St Mary’s,
Fri 20th 6.30 pm Carol Service, St Peter’s, Thornbury
Sun 22nd 10.30 am Café Church, St Peter’s, Thornbury
6.30 pm Carol Service, Holy Cross, Highampton
Tues 24th 7.00 pm Christmas Eve Holy Communion,
St Mary’s, Black Torrington
See also “Benefice Calendar” and “Services” pages
Would you like to be a volunteer?
Probably not ….but…..
The recent retirement of Kathy and Peter as well as the departure of Mark and Rose has depleted resources in some important areas of the life of the church in the community.
We are therefore seeking a number of people to help out and cover some of their roles.
One area is the school assemblies that take place semi-
Another area is the Pastoral team, from which we have also lost Sue & David Whitehead, who have recently re-
I am co-
Sandra@hercules123.plus.com / 01409 281128
Introducing the Devon Churches Rural Forum
Through meetings, working groups, the website and newsletter the Devon Churches Rural Forum provides both physical and virtual meeting places for anyone interested or involved in rural life and ministry in Devon to share:
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to a Churchwarden, Member of the Clergy or to our Safeguarding Representative, whose details are displayed in the porch of each church and in our “Connected” magazine.
· Our Benefice Safeguarding Representative is Gina Finch.
· Alternatively, below is a link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call “Childline” on 0800 11 11.