Upcoming Events – Plymouth Area Police Choir

Have you got your tickets yet to the first of our 2017 concerts?

On Friday 27th January (7.30pm) we will be hosting an evening of fantastic Male Voice singing by the popular Plymouth Area Police Choir in the initmate and beautiful setting of St Edward’s Church, Eggbuckland.


Operation Christmas Child – Samaritan’s Purse

logoOn 6th November we will be collecting our shoeboxes together at St Edward’s ready for delivery to the central co-ordinator in Plymouth.  It is not too late to put a shoebox together – if you would like more information take a look at the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Last year we sent 100 boxes that had been filled by families and friends at St Edwards, chuildren from the local schools, and various others. It was great effort, and this year we hope to send even more.  There are empty boxes at the back of church, and full instructions on how to fill them.

How to pack a ShoeBox

Once you have filled your box, do not sealit but do remember to identify if it is for a boy or girl –  there are labels available for this.

Finally, please remember to put the postage cost in the box – If you make your shipping donation online at Follow Your Box you can discover the destination of your shoebox gift  by adding the barcode we send you to your shoebox. Simply donate £3 for each shoebox you pack to cover transportation costs. Or you can enclose cash or cheque (to Samaritan’s Purse) and place it in an envelope inside your shoebox on top of the contents.





Looking for an Associate Minister

Associate Minister

For Church Planting, Evangelism and Discipleship

The Forder Valley Mission Community has recently emerged out of two large neighbouring parishes in the City of Plymouth (Estover and Eggbuckland) that have a significant new housing development currently being built within them. Though at an early stage, we aspire to be a vibrant Christ-centred, locally-relevant and growing Christian community. Alongside developing a brand new church plant in this new housing estate, we would also like the successful candidate to help enrich and develop a greater  Evangelistic and Discipleship culture  across the mission community working with the Vicar and existing team.  We therefore seek to appoint an Associate Minister for Church Planting, Evangelism and Discipleship to be part of a growing, committed and dynamic team to work with us, encourage us and enable us in this next phase.

We are looking for someone who will be:

  • A gifted evangelist, passionate about sharing the good news with a wide range of people, bringing them to faith and integrating them in a church family where they can grow as disciples.
  • Keen to equip and encourage Christians to be more confident and effective in sharing their faith in their community and context
  • a passion to enable a culture of ‘disciple-making disciples’.
  • Able to build, motivate and inspire a team to sustain a church plant.
  • An ordained priest in the Church of England or Church Army Evangelist.

Could this be you?

For a copy of the Parish Profile, extract of the Plymouth Plan and any other details, please contact:
Rev’d Chris Routledge eggbucklandvicar@gmail.com   Tel:  01752 781564

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Tuesday 8th November 2016

Interviews: Tuesday 22nd November 2016



Forder Valley Mission Community – Monthly Magazine

Now that St Edwards, Eggbuckland and Christchurch, Estover are working together as ‘Forder Valley Mission Community’, it is only right that we update the monthly magazine to reflect this new dynamic. Why not take a look at all the myriad things going in North East Plymouth.  You can download a copy here: Magazine

Parish MapIf you want a rough idea of the area covered by Forder Valley Mission Community, the following map should give an approximate idea of the catchment: From the east side of Crownhill, south along the Parkway, over towards Plymbridge, and north as far as Estover.

According to the 2011 Census*, the population of Plymouth is 256,000.  Our mission community scope is encompassed in these neighbourhood areas:

  • Eggbuckland = 6750
  • Estover, Glenholt and Derriford East = 8000
  • Leigham and Mainstone = 5000

So in 2011 it was heading towards 20,000 in total, however with all the new houses being built/planned at Derriford, we might safely assume that these numbers are only going one way.

I am not sure of the total perimeter, but a rough estimate on Google maps came in at about 8-10 miles: I think Beating the Bounds would take a while!

Source: Plymouth Population 2011, Plymouth City Council

Ivanovo Rock Church

The church in Ivanovo, near Rousse Bulgaria, was carved into 100 metres up a cliff face in the limestone rock in the 13th century, and painted with frescoes depicting the passion. Today it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Church of The Resurrection, Bucharest

img_0643.jpgSat outside in the shadow of the small Angilcan church eating freshly cooked bacon and eggs, with good coffee….what better way to start a Sunday morning?

Church of The Resurrection is quite a small building, but the community dates back to the nineteenth century so it is well established here in Romania.

Today there were 20 worshippers to a service of Morning Prayer led by Alison Mutler, one of the church wardens.

EddyBears Sports

EddybearsAnother year of Eddybears comes to an end with its usual mini-sports activities involving hula-hoops and bean-bags in the garden at St Edwards Church.  Rather confusingly the sun shone and it was a very hot day, so Factor 50 was in as good supply as snacks and medals for the children.

Some of the children will also be off to school in the autumn, and they are all sent of with our prayers as they take up the next chapter of their life.

The children also said goodbye to Helen after three years under her leadership since the group was started.  Helen is off to university in September, but no doubt she will continue to hear all about what the children are doing.

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Calling All 0-4 Year Olds

EddybearsAs the EddyBears team prepare to end another year of children’s and families work, they are already planning for next term and beyond.  If you are between 0-4 years old and responsible for an adult, why not bring them along at 9.15am every Monday during term time. There are always healthy snacks, drinks, stories, songs (hot drinks and homemade cakes for the adults) and plenty of new friends.

If you want to know in advance what is going on each week, then ask your responsible adult to print a copy of the EddyBears Term Card or they can pick one up at church.  There is a lot of stuff in the leaflet, but 0-4 years old be warned – it does not make good eating…with or without teeth!

Event – Walk for Water on 26th June

Turn on the tapOn Sunday afternoon we are having a picnic at Plymbridge Woods from 12:30pm, followed by our annual fundraing event in aid the Samaritan’s Purse project: Walk For Water.

Come along for the picnic at 12:30, or the walk at 2pm, or even both. Bring your friends and family and let’s all have a great afternoon.

This year’s walk which will once again be led again by Terry Arnold.

The cost is £5 each, or £10 for a family – or why not get sponsorship?




Bishop NickWe are privileged this morning to be able to share in the Confirmation Service conducted by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev Nick McKinnel.

The Candidates we will be supporting, praying for and congratulating as they are Confirmed into the full membership of the Anglican Church are George Freeman, Alan Sutton, Malcolm Cooke, Jules Kingston-Bray, Helen Parry and Edward Goodall.


Dressing Up

nursery1Joe, Martha and Margaret visiting the nursery in Pernik, Bulgaria again today.  Joe did the School’s Challenge in April and raised some money to help buy some nursery4dressing-up clothes for the children.  Eddybears also donated and the suitcase full of clothes that they carried on the aeroplane attested to the generosity of all involved.

You can see all the pictures here.