A new priest for the benefice of Abbotskerswell, Coffinswell and Kingskerswell


The following announcement was made in our three parish churches on Sunday 10th November.


It is announced today that the Reverend Michael Wilkie has been appointed Vicar of Kingskerswell, Abbotskerswell and Coffinswell, The Three Wells Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter.


Michael is presently Rector of the Anglican Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Argentina. Michael grew up in North Devon and was a Religious Education teacher at Ilfracombe College before and after his ordination in 2000, latterly serving as a self-supporting priest in the North Devon Coast Team Ministry. He moved to Argentina to take up full-time ministry in 2005 and has had a richly varied ministry in both urban and rural communities in that country.


Michael and his wife Cora will move to Kingskerswell in the new year and subject to the completion of all legal formalities, he will be instituted to his new ministry by the Bishop of Exeter on the evening of Monday, February 24th at a service in St Mary's, Kingskerswell at which all will be welcome.


Your prayers are asked for Michael and Cora as they prepare for their move to the United Kingdom and for this new chapter in Michael's ministry as a priest.






Over the course of the coming weeks our preparations for Christmas will speed up and it’s easy to forget where it all began – with the birth of a baby in an unexpected place after a long and difficult journey. 


The Christmas story tells us that Joseph and Mary, who was heavily pregnant, travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem by donkey in hope and expectation, but finding “no room at the inn”, spent the night in a stable where the baby Jesus was born.  It’s a well-known and familiar story, celebrated around the world; different countries having their different customs and traditions.


In Mexico communities celebrate Posadas, meaning “Lodgings”.  During the weeks of December leading up to Christmas statues of Mary and Joseph and an angel are carried each evening from one home to another where they “lodge” for the night; their host for the previous night carrying them on to their next lodgings.  We have adopted this custom in Abbotskerswell for the last few years, as families have provided lodgings for Mary and Joseph, i.e. displayed our beautiful Willow Tree crib figures on a windowsill in their home overnight, and taken them on to their next lodgings the following day. Mary and Joseph's journey around the village ends on Christmas Eve when they arrive at the Church for the Crib Service at 4 30 pm.


Any room at the inn?  Could Mary and Joseph lodge at your house for a night?  If so please speak to Paula Simmons, collect a form from the back of the Church or The Orchard Deli Café.








There will be a Christmas Day lunch in Church House, Abbotskerswell and also one in Kingskerswell Parish Centre for any parishioners who would welcome some company.  Numbers will be limited so please book early.  


At Abbotskerswell please contact either Pat Mackness (01626) 353529 or Jane Taylor     (01626) 366861 and at Kingskerswell Erica Dunn (01803) 872972 or Delia Colegate (01626) 367124.






We have recently received a letter from THAT (Teignbridge Homeless Action Today) thanking us for our donations of groceries.  They have reminded us that with Christmas fast approaching, bringing with it extra pressures on already limited finances, their clients face hard choices and that our contributions will be much appreciated as they pack up special Christmas parcels in addition to their normal grocery packs.


Rosemary Whiffin