Dart and Avon Mission Community

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Please note that the map does not indicate the parish boundaries, only the church locations.


Website last updated on 29th April 2020


THE DART AND AVON MISSION COMMUNITY, formed in November 2018, consists of 7 Church of England churches in or near the Dart Valley and the Avon Valley in South Devon, (see map below).


We serve the two larger communities of Buckfastleigh (with St Luke's Church) and South Brent (with St Petroc's Church), together with the smaller communities of Dean Prior (St George the Martyr Church), Landscove (St Matthew's Church), Littlehempston (St John the Baptist Church), Rattery (Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and Staverton  

(St Paul de Leon Church).


We work together, seeking to bear witness to Jesus as Saviour and Lord and to provide centres of worship, love and service for our local communities.


We aim to provide a warm welcome to all who come to our churches, and we hope this website will give all the information you need, whether you are resident in this area or a visitor from further afield.



If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to the appropriate Parish Safeguarding Representative, as listed on the Contact page.


Alternatively, you can make contact with the Exeter Diocesan Safeguarding Team at 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



All public worship services have been closed nationally until further notice.  

For a video message from the Bishop of Exeter, click here.


Sunday services etc. - a Sunday morning service will be streamed or uploaded from St Luke's Church, Buckfastleigh, each Sunday at 10.45am for you to join in with at home. Also a weekly YouTube Bible study and a night prayer; also a Thursday morning Zoom coffee morning at 10am. For details, please go to the News and Diary page of the St Luke's website - here - and the YouTube page here.


And from St Petroc's Church, South Brent there will be a 9.30am Morning Service via Zoom and an 11.00am Morning service via teleconferencing. Also a Wednesday Zoom coffee morning 10.30 to 11.30. For details please go to the Worship page of the South Brent and Rattery website - here - and poster here


Some suggestions for prayer - please pray for our staff team of Tom Benson and Laura McAdam (based at Buckfastleigh) and Gina Radford (based at South Brent). For more details and for resources for wider prayer please click here.


Worship at home - there are some very good resources on the Church of England website - click here


Support and care - our church buildings may be shut, but care for those in our parishes continues to be a priority, both for those who are church members and for those who aren't. So do get in touch via the details on the Contact page.


Funerals - sadly deaths are occurring, whether from Covid-19 or from other causes. Only very limited numbers of mourners are allowed to attend the funeral service, and of course contact with clergy prior to the service has to be by phone, not by a home visit. But various arrangements are in place and funeral services are still being held. Contact Rev Tom Benson on 07730575312 (Buckfastleigh, Dean Prior, Staverton, Landscove & Littlehempston) or Rev Gina Radford (South Brent and Rattery) on 07903400480 for support and help in your time of loss.


Donation of scrubs to Torbay Hospital etc - a request has been received for donations towards the cost of a scheme for providing scrubs for Torbay Hospital, GP surgeries and care homes - for details click here

  NEW!     Stories for children      NEW!

Tom's motorbike book - click here

A note to parents - print each page, fold, and put together like a book - then read to your children.

Or watch and listen to Tom read the story here

Tom's motorbike book picture

The story of how Jesus' friends found he was alive again - click here