Welcome to St. Mary’s where you will find a warm welcome from the moment you walk through the door until after you have joined us for coffee and biscuits at the end of the service.
Our Sunday services (we have a service every Sunday) are mainly traditional, based on Common Worship, with organ and choir. There is also a short service of Holy Communion on Thursday mornings. In addition, throughout the year, as well as the main Festivals, we have a variety of special services including Mothering Sunday, Rogation Sunday, Heritage Sunday and Christingle and Crib services for children.
We look forward to welcoming families and children to St. Mary’s and we have a monthly Family Service on the 1st Sunday of the month. During services children can happily play with the toys and Activity Boxes in the Children’s Corner leaving parents more relaxed and able to enjoy the service.
St. Mary’s is open daily for quiet reflection. But for those who prefer a more active role there are many activities to join in and help with. For example, joining our team of sides-people, becoming a member of the choir or bell ringers, reading lessons or leading the intercessions or helping with the sound system or joining the car rota to help those who would otherwise be unable to come to church. There is also a wheelchair at St. Mary’s to help anyone with mobility difficulties.
In addition to our Sunday services, St. Mary’s hold a variety of events in the community to which all are welcome: Lent lunches, winter lunches, our St. Mary’s Charity and Coffee Shop. Several of our regular congregation are members of the Blackdown Mothers Union and St. Mary’s has a fundraising group called the Friends of St. Mary’s who hold social events throughout the year to raise money for the upkeep of the building – and there is always a willing band of helpers to keep the church clean and well maintained.
Our Summer Fair and Christmas Fair are annual events which are extremely well supported by the whole community. We also have collections during the year which have included shoe boxes filled with goodies for people in need around the world, bedding etc for Eastern Euope, and food for the food bank.
Our parish magazine, The Pump, is edited and produced by St Mary’s and delivered to every home in Hemyock and Clayhidon.
If you are looking for a friendly church community to attend regular or occasional services, we look forward to seeing you at St. Mary’s.
David and Jenny (church wardens)
A typical rota for regular services each month is as follows:
10:30am Family Service (CW)
11:15am Morning Prayer at Hemyock
11:15am Holy Communion (CW) at Hemyock
11:15am Holy Communion (CW) at Hemyock
10.30am Whole MC Holy Communion by rotation in each of the parishes
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Annual Church Meeting - March 2019
The annual church and Vestry meeting of St Mary's with Culm Davy Chapel, Hemyock has taken place under the chairmanship of David Bawler as the benefice is in a vacancy.
Re elected as Churchwardens were Jenny Doble and David Bawler for St Marys and Mark Fitzgerald for the chapel.
Reports on the workings of the Parochial Church Council and from the various groups showed an active life within the two congregations. Numbers on the electoral roll had increased and the financial reports showed a healthy balance.
Regular lunches and donations from coffee served after services raised money for mission support in Uganda and Bradford along with maintenance and running of the parish church. Other financial support has been given to Children's Society and Mission to Seafarers. The highly successful charity and coffee shop continues to annually present a percentage of its takings to local charities whilst the Friends of St Mary's have held a number of successful events with funds supporting the upkeep of and special church projects.
The church acts as a collecting point for clothes for Syrian refugees and supports the work of Devon charity Christian Response to Eastern Europe with humanitarian aid and Christmas shoeboxes for all ages going to Moldova. Locally it supports the Taunton/Wellington food bank, Musgrove Neo Natal unit whilst books are bought for prisons and goods provided for the homeless further afield. At the primary school local churches provide Open The Book with Seekers providing activities for young people.
No major work has been needed at the chapel but the church has seen the completion of toilets, boiler house and reorganisation of the church north aisle to provide a community area. At the Church Room a shed has been installed and the garden is to be tidied to allow a patio area.
The bell ringers, choir and special services team along with various other groups have all added to a year of change. Special thanks we're expressed to the retired Clergy and Wardens who along with the lay team had ensured all services in Hemyock as well as Clayhidon and Culmstock - the Upper Culm Mission Community - have been covered following the retirement of Rev David Burton as they await a new appointment.