I taught English and was Senior Housemistress at Epsom College, a large coeducational day and boarding school in Surrey before becoming a priest. I am currently Team Vicar of Totnes (with seven parishes and nine churches) and from March 2016 look forward to serving as Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Devon in addition to my current responsibilities.
I am particularly drawn to monastic wisdom and contemplative prayer, relishing opportunities to engage with people, who would describe themselves as spiritual rather than religious. I delight in discovering the sacred in the ordinary. I am re-created by singing with Devonly Voices Community Choir, walking the coast path, Pilates, reading and relaxing with family and friends.
I am grandly titled the Totnes Team Rector, which basically means I have oversight of nine parishes, including Marldon. I have been a priest for over 30 years, serving in parishes across the country, ranging from Tyneside in the Northeast to the Isles of Scilly in the far Southwest. I have currently been in the Totnes team for 10 years and also serve as the Rural Dean for the Totnes Deanery.
In addition to my ministry, which dominates my time, I have a passion for music and as well as supporting Church music, sing in a small secular choir, Cameo. However, I am never happier than when I am out and about in the parishes meeting people and sharing the joys of my Christian ministry.
As a late entrant to dog collar life, I am enjoying hugely being part of the Totnes Mission Community team. I have particularly relished putting down roots in Marldon’s school and church communities. Living near Dartington, with my husband, Richard, means cocker spaniel dog walking continues to be a daily pleasure of weekly life. I have been able to exercise a limited amount of my passion for gardening but hope to grow involvement beyond the community orchard in Week… Singing is another hobby but think inspirational choir rather than opera! A secondary school English teacher and school chaplain in my previous life, I have brought my love of live theatre, music and films with me. I still find it a real treat to emerge from a bookshop with a paperback purchase. Both our daughter and son know a book is a good gift for Mum! A cradle Anglican, I have been involved in a wide range of churches and look forward to sharing this stage of my Christian ‘journey’ with other ‘travellers’ and enquirers.
Steve is a minister with the Totnes Ministry Team, and lives in Marldon Vicarage (1 Love Lane, Close, Marldon). Many of the youth events take place, or start or finish at his house. He is married to Denise and they have two adult children, Katie and Charlie. Steve has been a Royal Marine, a police officer, a barrister and a Baptist minister. Steve lived and worked as a Baptist minister in the USA for ten and a half years before joining the Church of England. He has been involved with youth ministry for the last ten years.
We warmly invite you to worship with us, and aim to create a relaxed atmosphere at our services. We welcome children at our services and for the younger ones we have a lovely space at the back of the church with toys, books and colouring activities where they can play if they wish. Older children are of course very welcome to join the Junior Church – please see their section for more info. We intend for our church and service to be accessible for all so if there is anything you need assistance with please speak to one of our Churchwardens.
Every Sunday: 9.15 a.m. Morning Worship
A service with a short talk and Holy Communion (with Junior Church in the village hall for the first part of the service.) Most services last about 70-75 minutes.
…But the 4th Sunday in the month: 9.15 a.m. Family Service
Less formal, with said mass. This is a more interactive service with the junior church joining in with presenting dramatised readings etc.
…And if there are 5 Sundays in a month
On the 5th Sunday we meet church members in one of the other Totnes team churches. There is NO service at Marldon that week!
The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the month: 10.15 a.m. Communion. A short, quiet service for prayer and reflection.
Fortnightly on Monday afternoons for lively discussion and thoughtful prayer. All warmly welcome at 1, Poplars Drive from 2.00 to 3.30 pm.
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How many wise men does it take to raise the money needed to complete our ‘Windows of Opportunity’ project at St. John’s in 2018?
The answer, according to Steve Jones and John Luscombe, is as many as possible!
John and Steve invited ‘wise’ men and women to join them on a Sponsored Epiphany Pilgrimage around all nine churches of the Totnes Team on Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th January. The plan was to start at Stoke Gabriel with breakfast (kindly provided by Stoke Gabriel parish) and a prayer on Friday morning, taking in Marldon and Berry Pomeroy before stopping for lunch at St. John’s, Bridgetown. They held a short Pilgrim Liturgy in each church, inviting church members to join us. After lunch, on to Dartington, and time to stop!
On Saturday we gathered again at Dartington for another breakfast (thank-you, Dartington!) Then back into Totnes via Brooking and the ridge above Follaton, and a visit to St. Mary’s, then lunch. After lunch we shall continue along the John Musgrave trail to Ashprington and Cornworthy. At Cornworthy there will be an Epiphany Tea and a chance to rest our weary feet before Evensong.
John and Steve are looking for (a) fellow pilgrims and (b) sponsors. You are invited to join them for all or part of the pilgrimage. The route has been planned to stay away from roads and traffic as much as possible and is about 24 miles (13 on Friday, 11 on Saturday), but you’re welcome to do just one day or one section. Or just come and meet them at one of the churches and join in the Pilgrim Liturgy. Sponsorship forms are available to sponsor them – or if you’re going to walk, to get your own sponsors. You can also give through our JustGiving page: go to www.justgiving.com and enter ‘St. John’s Church Redevelopment Appeal’.
By the way, anybody got a camel?!
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