‘For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, your all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land…and touched heaven while standing on earth’. (Wisdom 18: 14-16)

This Week:

Sunday 20th December 10.00am The Parish Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Advent at St Michael’s Stokenham. There has been a wonderful return to worshipping together again! It will be lovely to see you if you feel it is safe for you to come. Please do not come more than 15 minutes beforehand, wear a facemask while in Church, and use the sanitiser when you come in, before going to Communion, and when you leave. You can also join our online Eucharist through our website or our YouTube Channel.

Sunday 20th December 4.00pm sit comfortably in front of the fire in your home with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or two and join our online CAROL SERVICE (website address above)– with Readings by folk from the churches of our Parish and friends, and recorded carols to join in where we need not hold back on singing!

Wednesdays 23rd & 30th December 10.00am No said Eucharist.


10.00pm MIDNIGHT MASS OF CHRISTMAS (this will be the only service here ‘on’ Christmas Day – please note and understand places will be limited because we are trying to keep everyone safe)



10.00am On YouTube and via our website will be a short broadcast.



11.00am EUCHARIST OF CHRISTMAS again, please note and understand places will be limited because we are trying to keep everyone safe.


We are sorry but the 10.00am EUCHARIST at St Michael’s is cancelled because we cannot ensure the church will be adequately clean and safe for us so soon after the Midnight Mass.


The 10.00pm Midnight Mass will also be streamed through the website on YouTube.


NEXT SUNDAY 27th DECEMBER: 11.00am The Parish Eucharist for the Feast of the Holy Family at St Martin’s Sherford. Celebrant & Preacher: Fr Mark Kichenside

SUNDAY 3rd JANUARY 2021 10.00am The Parish Eucharist for Epiphany at St Michael’s Stokenham; Preacher Fr David Watson (and also online through the website)


Christmas Charity: We have decided that our Christmas Appeal this year should be to ask for donations to be given to the Kingsbridge Area Foodbank which is coming under unprecedented demand for supplies as so many have lost jobs and businesses. In addition to supplying food, they are supplying Christmas presents for children and Christmas presents for the children to give to their parents. The details are: ‘Kingsbridge Area Foodbank’ Sort code: 77 09 24 Account number: 17928860. A GIFT AID FORM is available on the website or from the Parish Office.

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St Michael's and St Martin's will also both be open to all for private prayer and reflection each Sunday. We will be doing this between 10.00am - 12.00noon at St Michael's and 10.00am – 4.00pm at St Martins on Sundays. You are very welcome to come in for any period, however short. Bring your prayers, for others, for our world and for yourself, your Bible, and most importantly, an intention to simply be in God's presence.

Thank you!... to the brave band of cleaners who have done such a fantastic job in cleaning St Martin’s Church in readiness for Christmas so thoroughly this week.

And THANK YOU very much from Fr Michael and Janie to those who have sent Christmas Cards and greetings, they are much appreciated. We have not sent cards but are making a donation to the Kingsbridge Foodbank instead.

Morning and Evening Prayer: Said daily at 9.00am & 6.00pm by Fr Michael with prayers for Parish and People. Please join him at these times in your homes. You might like to use the Form of Morning and Evening Prayer for Advent which is available on the website, or your own Book of Common Prayer.

Reading the scriptures:

If you would like to use some notes to help you make a daily short reading of the Bible and reflect on it then you might try Bible Alive (a Roman Catholic publication but follows our daily and Sunday cycle of readings) at or

Bible Reading Fellowship

'Daily Hope' is a free phone line of hymns, reflections, and prayers. Now that we have begun public worship again and have the streamed service online, the weekly reflection has come to a natural end. But those unable to join us in either way can access this free telephone line to hear hymns, daily prayers, and reflections: 0800 804 804

Reflection for Advent & Christmas

‘The great God of heaven is come down to earth,
His mother a virgin, and sinless His birth;
The Father eternal His Father alone:
He sleeps in the manger; He reigns on the throne.

A Babe on the breast of a maiden He lies,
Yet sits with the Father on high in the skies;
Before Him their faces the seraphim hide,
While Joseph stands waiting, unscared, by His side. 

Lo! here is Emmanuel, here is the Child,
The Son that was promised to Mary so mild;
Whose power and dominion shall ever increase,
The Prince that shall rule o’er a kingdom of peace. 

The Wonderful Counsellor, boundless in might,
The Father’s own image, the beam of His light;
Behold Him now wearing the likeness of man,
Weak, helpless, and speechless, in measure a span.

O wonder of wonders, which none can unfold:
The Ancient of Days is an hour or two old;
The Maker of all things is made of the earth,
Man is worshipped by angels, and God comes to birth: 

The word in the bliss of the Godhead remains,
Yet in flesh comes to suffer the keenest of pains;
He is that He was, and forever shall be,
But becomes that He was not, for you and for me’

(Henry Ramsden Bramley; New English Hymnal 37)

Our prayers this week for:

Robert, our Bishop…peace in our world…ourselves, that like Mary and Joseph we may play our part in bringing Jesus to the waiting world…  H M The Queen and her family…growth in our Churches…Kingsbridge Area Foodbank …those who find Christmas difficult…those have lost their work or business and their families…the depressed, lonely and anxious... our home communicants......all who have asked our prayers including the sick and among them Gill and Trevor Moore, Jean Flawn, Bobby Parsons, Dick Lloyd, Gill Mickel, Evelyn Hedger, Keith and Jackie Rollinson, Katherine Yandell, Jamie Cooke, Andrew Graner and Marjorie Godden... those who have died recently, and among them Marie-Christine Kerr and Carlene Whittington…those whose anniversaries we keep at this time and among them Leonard Birchell, Mary Heath, Shirley Gilbert, Clifford Sheppard, Dorothy Spicer, Roger Avery, Barbara Cape, Peggy Burton, Donald Turner (priest), Aileen Graham- Smith and Irene Kenderdine.

Visiting & Home Communions

I am recommencing visiting and home communions provided it is safe for me to visit. I shall contact folk first and please expect me to come wearing a facemask.

If you would like to contact me about any personal or pastoral matter please do so, I should be very happy to help you. Please leave a message on my phone 01548 580908 or send me an email.

Your Church is still here for you, please know we are praying for you, for those in need, and for all those you love. Please do get in touch if there is anyone or anything I can pray for or if I can help you in any way.

With my prayers and very best wishes

Fr Michael

Priest in Charge: Fr Michael Berrett, The Vicarage, Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2ST 01548 580908

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A message from Anne Sidwell:

'As we were unable to use the money donated for lilies at Easter, this has been transferred to Christmas to purchase red carnations in memory of loved ones.'

Public Notice                                               

Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011                                                                                                                                    Draft Pastoral Scheme

10th November 2020

The Exeter Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee has prepared a draft Pastoral Scheme for:

the creation of the new parish of Buckland-Tout-Saints in the area of the benefice of Stokenham, Slapton, Charleton with Buckland-Tout-Saints, East Portlemouth, South Pool, and Chivelstone, for its parish church and for renaming the parish of Charleton with Buckland-Tout-Saints “Charleton”, together with altering the benefice’s name in the diocese of Exeter.

The draft Scheme is on the Commissioners’ website or you may obtain a copy from me.   Large print and/or audio copies are available on request.

·           Anyone may make representations for or against all or any part of the draft Scheme (please include the reasons for your views) preferably by email or by post to reach the Commissioners no later than midnight on Tuesday 22nd December 2020.   Send your representation to or by a letter marked for the attention of Rex Andrew, Pastoral Division, Church Commissioners, Church House, Great Smith Street, LONDON SW1P 3AZ.

·           If they have not acknowledged receipt of your representation before this date, please ring 020 7898 1743 or e-mail them to ensure it has been received. For administrative purposes, a petition will be classed as a single representation and the Commissioners will only correspond with the sender of the petition, if known, or otherwise the first signatory for whom they can identify an address – “the primary petitioner”.

·           When making a representation, please indicate the nature of your interest in the proposals (e.g. parishioner, member of parochial church council, etc) and whether you would like an opportunity to speak to their Committee regarding your representation if the Commissioners decide a hearing should be held regarding the case.

·           If they receive representations against the draft Scheme, they will send them, and any representations supporting the draft Scheme, to the Bishop whose views will be sought.  Individual representors and the primary petitioner will then receive copies of the correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and will be told whether a hearing is to be held.  They and individual petitioners may comment further to the Commissioners.  Copies of all of the representations received and associated correspondence will normally be published on the Commissioners’ website if the matter needs to be considered by them.

·           If a hearing is held, anyone may attend the meeting of the Commissioners that considers the case and representors may have an opportunity to speak to their Committee. Otherwise, if a hearing is not to be held, the case will be considered in private and you will be informed accordingly.

·           When they acknowledge representations the Commissioners will let individual representors (and the primary petitioner) know the next few dates of their Committee’s meetings. They will confirm the actual date if a hearing is to be held nearer the time.

·           The Commissioners’ will decide if the draft Scheme should proceed when they consider all the representations on the basis of a paper prepared by the Commissioners’ staff and any points raised at the meeting.

·           The Commissioners will notify all representors of their decision and give a statement of the reasons for it.

·           If they so decide, any representor or petitioner against the draft Scheme may seek leave from the Privy Council to appeal against the decision.

·           Please see the Commissioners’ website for further information about the procedure.

Revd Dr Adrian Hough                                                                                                                                                                       Secretary Exeter Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

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