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

Our Community & Safeguarding

Our church aspires to be a caring community of Christian people, offering a range of opportunities for worship and support. In bringing the gospel to the parish, we aim to make the church a living presence in the community and not merely a place of worship. We extend a warm welcome to all and are dedicated to serving the whole community – congregation, parishioners and the wider world.


Fundamental to our church life is the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of every individual, especially children and vulnerable adults. Having adopted the House of Bishop’s policy on safeguarding, we are committed to making a church which is safe for everyone. If you have a concern for yourself or another, please contact our Safeguarding Officer or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, or in the case of children, Childline.


Many find support and uplift through services of worship. In these, prayer and reflection are key elements, along with good choral music in the main services and a strong sense of individual members being the living presence of Christ. There is ample scope to contribute to these services in many ways or, if preferred, you can just sit, contemplate 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:

Others may find their needs met by fellowship, social interaction and informal discussion. There are coffee mornings, a monthly lunch club, occasional tea dances, knit-and-natter sessions and board games, all designed specifically to bring together those who live alone, those whose needs increase with age, and those who may feel isolated. A mutual support bereavement group meets between 2.00 and 3.30 pm at Emma’s, on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The group is informal and you will be very welcome to come and go at any time. We’d love to see you!

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 area 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 Stepping Stones Totnes CIC, The Children’s Society, Water Aid and Compassion, an organisation that seeks to lift children out of poverty into a better life.

We also contribute to the Totnes Churches Collection for refugees who arrive stricken from countries ravaged by war, famine and persecution. Donations of gifts and money are distributed by the Red Cross in Plymouth, helping families arriving in the South Hams and further afield.




Team Rector
Rev'd Jim Barlow

Associate Priest
Rev'd 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


Safeguarding Policy
Diocesan Safeguarding Awareness
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