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St Mary's, Black Torrington All Saints, Bradford St John and the Seven Maccabees, Cookbury Holy Cross, Highampton St Peter's, Thornbury St Mary's, Black Torrington All Saints, Bradford St John, Cookbury  Highampton church, Holy Cross St Peter's, Thornbury

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Black Torrington





A very warm welcome to the Black Torrington Benefice - one church, five venues.

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 and Highampton pages for latest news on events.

If you want to contact us by e-mail, follow the “contact us” link above or send an e-mail message to

New additions:-

Details of Services (click on “Services” on the navigation bar above) and Mission Community News (also on navigation bar above) for April 2017.

Read the news from the wider church. Click                  to open the document.

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 Revd. Preb. Kathy Roberts.

Thank-you for your assistance in protecting and safeguarding all persons in our care, including the young and the vulnerable.

Website last updated 22 April 2017


Benefice Diary for April

Mon 24th 8.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Tues 25th 8.00am Prayer Breakfast, The Rectory

Wed 26th 8.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Thurs 27th 8.15am Morning and Silent Prayer, Holy Cross, Highampton

2.30pm Service, Burdon Grange, Highampton

7.30pm PCC Meeting, Bradford

Sat 29th 11.00am Start of 24 Hour Prayer Vigil, St Peter’s, Thornbury

10.00am Table Top Sale, Black Torrington Village Hall

Sun 30th 11.00am Benefice Holy Communion, St Peter’s, Thornbury (Christian Aid Sunday)  

See also Benefice Calendar 2017 and Services pages

Call to Compassion

24 hour Prayer Vigil Starts 11 am Saturday 29 April at St Peter’s Church, Thornbury.

Follow this L I N K for poster giving full details

Compassion in Action 29-30 April 2017

24 Hour Prayer Vigil Sign-Up

There are sign-up sheets now available in each of the benefice churches for you to add your name and times you are available to join in prayer.

There is space for you to indicate whether you will pray in St Peters or from your own home/other church.

Thank you in advance for your participation in our 24 hour time of prayer for Compassion in action both at home and away

For more information please contact Cyd 231188, Morag 281800 or Wendy 231426,