We are a group of three Anglican parishes in the beautiful Blackdown Hills in the county of Devon very close to the Somerset border.
Christian worship and witness has been established in this area since Anglo-Saxon times, and we continue centuries of Christian prayer and worship seeking today, to share the Gospel with people of the twenty first century.
We have four medieval churches : St. Mary’s Church, the parish church in the village of Hemyock with a small delightful Chapel of Ease in the hamlet of Culm Davy nearby; St. Andrew’s Church in the scattered parish of Clayhidon and All Saint’s Church in Culmstock.
Each village and church has its own distinctive character and there is much going on.
As well as Sunday services there are activities which happen during the week including a Bible Study group, a coffee and Charity Shop, coffee mornings, sales and other fund-raising events. Church members are involved in ‘Open the Book’ in local schools as well as being involved in many local community support groups and charities.
The churches provide a focus for Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals and further details can be found elsewhere on this site.
The Anglican churches as well as seeking to work together within the Mission Community, seek also to work with the other local churches – The Baptist Church in Hemyock; the Methodist Church in Culmstock and Rosemary Lane Chapel in Clayhidon parish. There are links also with the Quakers who meet at Spiceland in Culmstock Parish.
Whether you live in the area or are a visitor, we hope that you will find the information you require. You can be assured of a warm welcome in any of our churches – we look forward to meeting you.
Thy Kingdom Come
Over the period from 30th May to 9th June members of the Churches in the Upper Culm Valley will be praying hard together about all sorts of things as part of a worldwide programme of prayer called Thy Kingdom Come.
Thursday 30th May from 12 noon: 24-hour prayer vigil in St Mary’s Church Hemyock.
Saturday 1st June at 8 a.m: Praying from on high in Hemyock, Culmstock and Clayhidon
Saturday 8th June: Activities for children and young people at St Andrews Clayhidon
Sunday 9th June at 18.30: Celebration in Exeter Cathedral
If you would like a prayer request or contact one of the prayer group please visit our Prayer Page.
Link Sheet & Services
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Information about forthcoming services and events in the benefice can be found below
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The Bishop of Crediton, Patrons and Parish Representatives are delighted to announce that, subject to the completion of all legalities,
an offer of the post of half time Rector of the Upper Culm Mission Community has been made to The Revd Canon Becky Totterdell who
is currently the St Peter Canon at Exeter Cathedral and that offer has been accepted.
Licensing will be on a date and at a venue to be advised.
Pancake Day at St Marys
St Mary's Church, Hemyock celebrated pancake day with an all age service held in the Church Rooms on Sunday, 3rd March. The gathering started with coffee and pancakes and was then followed by singing, activities, thought-for-the-day and prayers to which everyone had previously contributed ideas.
St Mary's Hemyock
Dating from about 1120, and at the heart of the village there are a variety of services each month at Hemyock including Holy Communion, Morning Prayer and All-Age services.
St Andrew's Clayhidon
Located at one of the highest points of the parish, and over 800 years old, there is a service at Clayhidon on most Sundays - including a number of special services throughout the year.
Culm Davy Chapel
The Chapel is seen very much as the focal point of this small community. There are services on alternate Sundays and special occasions throughout the year.
All Saints Culmstock
The church is in the centre of the village and dates generally from the 14th century. The weekly services are 50% Common Worship and 50% Book of Common Prayer. There is also a mid-week service.
We take safeguarding seriously. If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone. Our Safeguarding representative is Sue Bennett. She can be contacted in confidence on 01823 681547 or email email@example.com. More information on safeguarding can be found on our safeguarding page.
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.