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Church of St Mary and St Gabriel in the Totnes Mission Community
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Our Community

Our church aspires to be a caring community of Christian people, offering a range of opportunities for worship and support. We extend a warm welcome to all and are dedicated to serving the whole community – congregation, parishioners and the wider world.

In worship:

Many find support and uplift through services of worship. In these, prayer and reflection are key components, along with good choral music in the main services and a strong sense of individual members being the living presence of Christ. There is scope to contribute to these services in many ways or just to sit and experience the inspiration of the service, the music and the building and its history. Many services are followed by opportunities for meeting other members of the congregation.

The church is also open daily in daylight hours for individual prayer and reflection.

Fellowship, social interaction and discussion

Others may find their needs met by fellowship, social interaction and informal discussion. There are coffee mornings, a monthly lunch club, afternoon tea dances, knit-and-natter sessions or an afternoon of board games, designed specifically to bring together those who live alone, those whose needs increase with age and those who may feel isolated. There is also a recently formed bereavement group.

New neighbours?

We extend a practical welcome to those moving into the parish by visiting them and offering a ‘Welcome Pack’ of information about the parish, its activities and useful contacts.

Activities for Children:

Children are welcome at all our services and there is a children’s corner in the church.

At Christmas, Easter and other times of the year, we organise informal activity sessions for young children to introduce them to the significance of the festivals of the Christian Calendar.

Individual Support

However friendly and strong a community may be, situations can arise unexpectedly which are hard to bear and may lead to a feeling of isolation. Getting together with people who are experiencing similar challenges can provide much needed support.

We have an informal network of pastoral support, comprising members of the church and the clergy. Should you wish to contact someone, you can be assured of an understanding, listening ear.

Further afield.

We support a number of organisations in the wider world, including ‘The Drop-in Centre’ and the Food Bank in Totnes, The Children’s Society, Water Aid and ‘Compassion’, an organisation that seeks to lift children out of poverty into a better life.

Through ‘Compassion’ we have given long-term support to a young girl in Indonesia to enable her to have medical, educational and vocational training and to help her to enjoy the love and support of her local church. In addition to financial support we exchange one-to-one letters with her, which are translated into her own language. She is now 17 and is doing really well.

We also contribute to Totnes Churches Collection for refugees who arrive stricken from countries ravaged by war, famine and persecution. Donations can include shoe boxes of gifts ( labelled man/woman/child, boy or girl, or baby), unwanted personal or household items in good condition, or donations of money; these are distributed by the Red Cross in Plymouth. In this way we help families arriving in the South Hams and further afield. Contact Rev Gill Still for details of how to get involved.

Safeguarding

We endorse the words of the Archbishop, as reproduced below, and commit ourselves to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable.

“I believe that the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults should be the highest priority of all parts of the Church, and that any failings in this area must be immediately reported. There are no excuses for shortcomings”  Rt Revd Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury

Should you have concerns for yourself or others you should contact the clergy or our safeguarding officer.

Contacts


Team Rector
Reverend Prebendary Julian Ould
01803 865615

Associate Priest
Reverend Gill Still
01803 782301

Safeguarding Officer
Liz Ball
01803 782289

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Charles Pitman
01392 345909

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
Stephen Edgeley
01392 345910

If there is an immediate risk of harm to an individual you should dial 999 and report your concern to the police.

Welcome Pack for New Parishioners
Jan Stott
01803 782475

Links

Diocesan Safeguarding Awareness
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