The churchwardens from each parish meet quarterly with our Vicar, to plan the service schedule and to encourage collectiveness. Each parish puts their own needs forward but always with an understanding that we must do the best for the tripartite group and not necessarily what is best for one. This works extremely well and demonstrates the closeness between the parishes.                                                                                          

Across the three parishes we aim to offer different styles of worship at different times, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy and experience a variety of Anglican worship and to find a style and time that they find most suited to their needs. In some respects we work as a single parish with three churches whilst retaining our own individuality.

The PCC (Parochial Church Council) takes the lead in carrying out the mission of the church – the whole church. Working alongside and supporting the clergy, pastoral care, telling the story of faith, social action and co-operation with churches of other denominations all fall within its remit. In many ways it is the PCC that shapes the health of the church.

Feniton, Escot and Payhembury each have their own PCC. Details of these are given in the relevant section here.

News and events from the Diocese of Exeter.
20th MARCH 2015
Welcome to the latest edition of Roots.
This e-bulletin contains news, events and vacancies from across the Diocese of Exeter. Please do have a look at the latest issues of the Church of England in Devon Magazine and Prayer Diary.
Stories in this issue of Roots include the budget announcement of an additional £40 million for church building repairs, our prayers for Vanuatu and a range of resources available for the General Election. 
Government announces additional £40 million for church building repairs
Posted: 18 March
Many more historic churches will be able to complete essential repairs thanks to an additional £40 million included in the Budget.
Prayers for Vanuatu
Posted: 18 March
In response to the devastating cyclone which has hit many pacific countries including Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, the Melanesian Mission in our link diocese is asking for our prayers.
Church resources to help prepare for the General Election...
Posted: 13 March
The General Election takes place on Thursday 7 May. At least ten Churches Together groups across Devon and Plymouth are organising Hustings or General Election Question Times for their communities.
Mission Community Leader for The Culm Valley Mission Community
...includes Willand, Uffculme, Kentisbeare and Blackborough parishes.
Team Vicar
An exciting opportunity combining rural parish ministry with a wider youth-related ministry.
Director of Phase 1 and Phase 2
The South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC) seeks to appoint a full-time Director of Phase 1 and Phase 2 Anglican ordination training, who will also serve as a Staff Tutor.

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MISSION ACTION PLAN – as at January 30th 2014

Achieved or ongoing:
Leaflets for Personal Prayer Lent study Groups Mission Community focus ‘BBC1’ & ‘BBC2’ Occasional Services Confirmation  
Monthly ‘Prayers for 3 Parishes’ Bible Study group (C & B) – twice monthly Diocesan courses ‘BBC Extra’ Occasional Weddings & Funerals Baptism leaflets  
Ongoing Prayer Boards at Feniton & Payhembury + candles Quiet Days Revisit Sidesmen, Intercession leading and Server training. Story Time & All Ages service Festivals Welcome cards  
Informal prayer Payhembury Bible Study groups – twice monthly Preaching courses Cafe Soup Lunches    
Lay intercessors     Tea Time Praise Coffee mornings    
      School Worship Cream teas    
      ‘Bacon Butties’ Carol singing    
      Special events Fundraising    
      Youth Activities School activities    
        Prayer spaces    
        Marriage Prep.    
        Easter Breakfast    
        Christmas Cards    
        Letters to Farmers & Bereaved families    
Work to do
Establish a prayer link person in each Parish. Develop specific study groups   Develop ‘Play& Praise’ Visiting, sick, lonely and new Welcome cards & Notelets  
  Continue to develop further Quiet Days/Retreats     More engagement in school activities Baptism anniversaries(MU)  
        Develop Seed Groups Melanesian Mission links  

MAP March 2014


THE UNDERLYING AIM OF THE OTTER VALE MISSION COMMUNITY is to support each parish church, and each of our church schools, to grow in, and share their faith in Christ.

THE SIX HEADINGS – PRAYER, WORSHIP, DISCIPLESHIP, TRAINING, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND MISSION – and the shared aims listed under each on the grid were suggested by the MC staff and introduced to all congregations as part of the MOiMM process, followed by opportunities for discussion and feedback. These were then agreed by each PCC. Each church was then asked to interpret the general plan in the light of its own situation, identifying particular needs and priorities. It was made clear that not every church will necessarily feel that it has priority action points under every heading, and that those identified may well change on review. For many of the smaller churches, action may consist of publicising provision at neighbouring churches.