Start Bay Benefice
Welcome to the Start Bay Benefice
We are a group of six Churches who work together to meet the varied spiritual needs of the people in the very rural villages of our Benefice.
We aim to be a visible Christian presence among those who live here or visit the area.
We have a service in each of our churches every Sunday with communion celebrated twice a month in each church. However, during our vacancy, there may be some changes to the normal pattern of services due to the limited availability of visiting priests.Please check the notice board of the church you plan to visit for the latest update.
If you need to contact someone in the Benefice, especially concerning the death of a loved one, or for other pastoral reasons such as requests for home communion, then please contact the churchwarden in the parish where you live.- the individual church web pages pages have all the contact information you need.
Our first priority is that EVERYONE feels safe in our Churches 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. The Churchwarden, adult safeguarding officer and safeguarding officer for children are the primary people responsible for safeguarding in our Church. You can speak with them, in confidence, if you have concerns. Look for then in Church, their details will be on the church noticeboard, or contact them using the details on the individual church web pages.:
You can contact the Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Team here: https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/ If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11
Weddings, Christenings (Baptisms) and Funerals
The beauty of our mainly Medieval churches and stunning countryside attracts a large number of weddings throughout the year and we are delighted with this. Couples come from all over the country and with the relaxation of rules around eligibility, it is usually possible to accomodate people, especially if we are contacted in good time. Please refer to our information on Weddings page to plan your celebration.
It's always a special privilege to be asked to baptise a child (or an adult for that matter) and we have a number of these throughout the year in the different churches. There is often some confusion around the terms Baptism and Christening, but they mean the same and for us this is an opportunity to welcome someone into the Church family. There is an option to have the baptism within one of our planned services or to have a separate service at a mutually convenient time.
With a growing elderly population, funerals are a fact of life in our villages. It is a privilege for us to be able to come alongside people at this often difficult and emotional time. We are fortunate that all our churches have spaces in their churchyards for burials, if required, and also have spaces set aside for interment of ashes. However space is limited and we hope that you will understand when we ask you to verify the deceased comnnection with the church and village. We are happy to work with relatives to plan the service and to liaise with your funeral director.
Visits and Home Communion
Another important part of our ministry is to visit people at home for a cup of tea and a chat or to take home communion. We will always try and make time for people. Please do contact the churchwarden for your church if you would like to receive a visit.