Start Bay Benefice
Welcome from Rev. Pam Kemp
Welcome to our Benefice. I am privileged to serve God in such a beautiful place and to work with a group of very friendly people. 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.
I am pleased to say that we have a service in each of our churches every Sunday with communion celebrated twice a month in each church and with a twice monthly Benefice midweek communion.
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 I am 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 I am 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 me 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 me 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. I am happy to work with relatives to plan the service and to liaise with your funeral director.
Visits and Home Communion
Another important part of my ministry is to visit people at home for a cup of tea and a chat or to take home communion. This is a part of my ministry that I enjoy and, although I have a busy schedule, I always try and make time for people. Please do contact me if you would like to receive a visit.