Church News – Interregnum!

Most services will continue as usual after Rev. Peter’s departure and below you will find Offwell and Widworthy church services for November and December.

Discussions are on-going within individual PCC’s and within the Honiton Deanery regarding the planned Pastoral Reorganisation. A meeting with the Rural Dean is scheduled for the end of November. There are a number of options being discussed and a final decision is unlikely to be made in the near future. In the meantime all five churches in the Benefice will carry on organising their own services with help from retired clergy and others.

SERVICES AT ST. MARY’S, OFFWELL for November & December: 

12th November:   Remembrance Sunday Service – 10.45am at Cotleigh

(NB. Ofwell School’s Remembrance Day Service will take place as part of Collective Worship at St. Mary’s on Friday 10th November, 9.30am – see more information under School News.) 

19th November:   6.00pm Evensong conducted by Revd. Stephen Treeby 

26th November:   9.30am Church 4U – a shorter all age service conducted by Katharine Murray

3rd December:     9.30am HC – Revd. Michael Selmer (Advent Sunday) 

10th December:    9.30am HC at Cotleigh 

17th December:    6.00pm Evensong – Revd. Colin Preece

Saturday 23rd December:  4.00pm Family Carol Service – Revd. Colin Preece  (followed by mulled wine and mince pies) 

Sunday 24th December:     NO SERVICE 

Monday 25th December:     9.30am Holy Communion – Revd. Michael Selmer 

Sunday 31st December:      9.30am – United Benefice Service at St. Michael’s Church, Cotleigh 


12th November:   9.30am – Remembrance Service

St. Cuthbert’s Church will be decorated with red and white flowers and poppies for our Remembrance Sunday Service which will be conducted by Revd. Nigel Freathy. The names of the fallen from our Parish during World War 1 will be read out and a bugler will play The Last Post followed by the two minutes silence.

19th November:   9.30am – HC conducted by Bishop Oliver Simon

26th November:   9.30am – Family Service conducted by Revd. Nigel Freathy (followed by tea/coffee and biscuits)

3rd December:     4.00pm – Advent Songs of Praise conducted by Revd. Nigel Freathy

10th December:  4.00pm – Christingle by Candlelight

17th December:  4.00pm – Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies)

24th December:  11.30pm – Midnight Mass

25th December:   9.30am – Christmas Day Service conducted by Bishop Oliver Simon

31st December:   9.30am – United Benefice Service at St. Michael’s Church, Cotleigh 

(NB. All December services will be conducted by Revd. Nigel Freathy) 


A team, comprised of volunteers from Farway, Northleigh, Offwell and Widworthy, began the new school term with a New Testament story called The Lost Coin.

We really look forward to visiting Offwell School on 14th November.

The storytelling is great fun and enjoyed by all.

*** If you are interested in getting involved please contact Barbara McKinna on 01404.831731.

You may be wondering, with the retirement of Rev. Sue and Rev. Peter’s departure, what will be happening about services after the end of September. The pattern of Sunday services will continue more or less as before, although our co-operation with Cotleigh will be increased. Holy Communion on he first Sunday of the month will usually be led by Bishop Oliver Simon, formerly Bishop of Madagascar and now resident of Colyton, who we have got to know over recent months as he has helped out when needed. On the second and third Sunday we join with Cotleigh for Holy Communion at 10.30am and Evensong at 6.00pm respectively. The fourth Sunday sevice, Sunday 4U, will continue to be led by Katharine Murray, our Reader.

Our Churchwardens are continuing to meet with others in the Deanery to discuss the future of clergy appointments in our wider area.






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