The Reach Project

Culm Valley Mission Community

Exploring accessible ways for children and young people to hear the gospel message within our rural community

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The Culm Valley Mission Community

The Culm Valley Mission Community includes the parishes of Kentisbeare, Blackborough, Willand and Uffculme.

Willand has a primary school and three preschools. Our Rector is vice chair of the governing body. The church has a parish hall used by Rockers toddler group and Messy Church.

Kentisbeare's CoE school and preschool have a strong relationship with the church

St Mary's Uffculme is actively involved in the local community which includes a secondary school, primary school and two preschools. It owns Square Corner - a community hub, runs a weekly prayer group and has a team of volunteers who help run outreach programs.

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Reach Project Strategy

We need to be church in a way that families understand and can access, whilst acknowledging that this is unlikely to be as part of the current regular Sunday morning worship.

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We have a vision to sustain Christian work that is already happening across the Mission Community

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Special seasonal preschool services, Bible storyclubs

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Schools Work

Bible storyclub, RE enrichment, Chaplaincy, Collective Worship

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Community Work

Hospitality, community activities, accessible advice and support. Nativity walking trails and outreach using social media.

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Babies and Toddlers

Rockers baby and toddler group and Uffculme Baby and Toddler Group

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We want to grow the good work that is already happening across the Mission Community

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Opportunities to explore faith

Relaunch Faith at Home bags, Starting Rite, next steps from toddler group eg Bears and Prayers

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Deepening faith - making disciples

Campfire Church, Messy Church, develop ministry to school aged children

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Family Friendly Services

In all villages

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Intergenerational toddler groups

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An increased number of weekly contacts with children and families. Increase in the requests for baptism/thanksgiving services. Increased engagement with family friendly services.

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New expressions of church developing across the Mission Community. Reaching and engaging with local families and deepening relationships with churches. Opportunities to share good practice across villages and share resources to grow the Kingdom.

Heart and Bible
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The existing church becomes more representative of the community it serves and the community learns to see itself in the church.

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Ensuring our church activities and ministry are a safe environment where all can flourish is important to us - please see our Safeguarding policy here Safeguarding Policy

If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to: Kelly Williams - Parish Safeguarding Representative 07375413223

Alternatively you can contact the Exeter Diocesan Safeguarding Team here

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.

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Support us

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Pray Could you commit to praying regularly for our Mission Community, for our families and children, volunteers and the REACH project as we develop and grow?

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Volunteer If you feel you'd like to be part of the REACH project as it develops then please contact us. Please note all our volunteer roles are subject to safer recruitment and may require a DBS check

The Word "Give" on a Person's Hand
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Give We rely on donations and grants to fund this work. If you'd like to support us financially then our bank details are:

A/C name: Uffculme Parochial Church Council

A/C No: 00020015 Sort Code: 40-52-40

Ref: REACH project

If you would like Gift Aid to be applied to your donation, and are eligible, please contact Tony Kidd, PCC Planned Giving Representative, to provide the appropriate details.

The money for the REACH project is held in a designated account. We are currently investigating giving via Stewardship.

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Latest News

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Thank you to those who have pledged support so far, the donations and grants cover the first two

years of funding but we still need approx. £8,000 in the third year.

If you are still considering supporting this work then please be in touch with Uffculme Church Treasurer Mr Tony Jackson

Thank you again for your prayers and your support

Read our latest report here

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Contact us

Community Outreach Worker

Claire Nichols

Phone 07419740742


Church Treasurer