St David’s Church Ashprington

In the Totnes Mission Community

Events and Activities

Special Church Services

Easter and Harvest Festival are always joyous events with the church beautifully decorated.

On Remembrance Sunday people come together at the war memorial in Ashprington to remember those who have died in war.  It is a time of gentle contemplation and following the 2 minute silence we have been fortunate recently to have a bugler play the last post from the church tower.  A church service follows to which many villagers come.

Christmas is a very special time and the Christmas candle-lit carol service is one of the high-lights of the year when the church is decorated by many in the village and looks particularly beautiful with over 100 candles providing the light for the service.  We also hold a Christingle service for the children.  Children from various schools help to decorate the tree which stands at the rear of the church.

Other Activities

Church community lunches

Church community lunches are held at various times throughout the year including the Sunday when we celebrate St David’s day (1 March). These are held in The Durant Arms, the Ashprington village pub, which is renowned for its Sunday lunches.

Village Coffee Mornings

Three members of St David’s started a coffee morning a few years ago in the village hall.  This is now flourishing and has been embraced and adopted by the village.  It meets every Thursday from 10.00 until 12.00am and coffee, tea and other drinks are available along with luscious cakes.  For more details please contact either Jill Davies (01803 732 109) or Claire Grimshaw (01803 732 032).

Totnes Street Pastors

St David’s, Ashprington is one of 7 churches who work together to provide Street Pastors in Totnes.  The Pastors go out each Friday evening in Totnes to offer support to anyone in need.  Others are on duty at base or giving support from home.  Laurence and Kathi Green from St David’s, Ashprington are members of this group.  Kathi prays and supports the teams at Base and Laurence is a Street Pastor.

<< In these Covid19 times the Pastors are not out on the streets but the rota is still kept and prayer support maintained. >>

Liz Waterson is coordinator for the team.  To find out more please click here.

Open the Book – Sharing Bible stories in primary schools

Open the Book (OtB) is a project which offers primary school children an opportunity to hear key Bible stories, from a team of Christians from local churches, who present the stories during assemblies/acts of Collective Worship. Each presentation takes around 10–15 minutes and can be incorporated into a wider school assembly or can stand alone.

A group from St David’s along with volunteers from other churches and the village community take this programme to our local primary school at Harbertonford every 2 weeks.  We have been doing this now for 5 years and the response from the children and staff is very positive and it is enormous fun.  Various Bible stories are delivered as playlets in which the children are the actors. These stories help to teach life values which include Generosity, Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship, Respect, Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice, Service and Truthfulness.

Our team is part of a larger team from various churches in Totnes delivering the same programmes in all 8 primary schools in the Totnes area.  If you are keen to be involved with helping children understand key values, then please contact David Davies. Your time commitment would be approximately 2 hours every fortnight during term time.

You can find more information on this topic at https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/open-the-book/.