Welcome to St. Mary's, Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth, in the County of Devon and the Diocese of Exeter.
We are in a Team Ministry with The Church of The Holy Spirit, SouthwayEdit
We are in a Team Ministry with The Church of The Holy Spirit, SouthwayEdit
What's oN THIS WEEK?
Wednesday 18th may
11am holy communion (Book of common prayer)
sunday 22nd may - 6th sunday of easter
No 10am service at st mary's
Team service at the church of the holy spirit, southway
6.30pm evensong (book of common prayer)
Help for Ukraine
Victoria, a Ukraine nurse who has worked on the covid wards at Derriford Hospital during the second wave was collecting essential items to get them sent back home to help with the Ukraine crisis. She was one of the sisters in charge on the covid wards and is a really loving and kind nurse. She helped in a big way working with all the pressures of the pandemic at Derriford and it was nice to help her and her family, friends and the people still out in Ukraine.
St. Mary's acted as a collection point for the local community and we managed to fill her car to overflowing with essential items such as sleeping bags, blankets, tinned food, baby formula, baby food, nappies, sanitary items, toiletries, medical supplies, tea coffee and sugar that kind of thing. St Mary's are pleased to act as a collection point again, if the need arises, where the items can all be gathered in one place before they are collected and distributed to those in need.
On Sunday 30th January we said farewell to Revd David Gill, who was retiring, and to his wife, Fenny. They were with us for over 16 years so things were quite emotional. The service can be found on our Facebook page.
We thank David and Fenny for their service and dedication and wish them all the best for their future.
David and Fenny would like to say,
"AN ENORMOUS THANK YOU
to everyone who made our final service and farewells with St. Mary's and Holy Spirit both moving and memorable. It was wonderful to share the worship, and the occasion, with so many friends, members of both churches and the wider community. Thank you, too, for all the thoughtful, varied and very generous gifts. We will certainly have plenty of lovely reminders of our time here!
And as we said last Sunday: We pray for the churches of St. Mary’s and The Holy Spirit, and the parishes of Tamerton Foliot and Southway, looking to the future in faith and hope.
Love, David and Fenny"
Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to stop the 8am Holy Communion services as the numbers have dropped to just a few, and when Revd David Gill retires at the end of January it will not be viable to invite, or pay for, any clergy to come and lead the services with such small numbers at that time of the morning.
However, we have now restarted the refreshments after the 10am services so please stay behind after the service for a cuppa and a chat. We invite you to bring your own reusable coffee cup to help us reduce our costs and become more environmentally friendly.
11am Holy Communion (BCP) services will continue on alternate Wednesday mornings on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month.
Masks are no longer mandatory in places of worship so it is down to individuals to decide if you still want to use them in Church.
The Church of England guidance is on the CofE website under 'latest covid guidance' where the guidance and recommendations are clearly laid out.
The seating restrictions have been relaxed but we hope people will use discretion and take personal responsibility for the safety of everyone in Church, remembering that some people may be feeling unsure or nervous about coming to Church.
The Choir are now permitted to sit a little nearer each other and are allowed to all sing together and they are now robing for services again.
There will be no change to how the Holy Communion is administered to the congregation.
There will be no change to how we have been sharing the peace – no handshakes etc.
There will not be a collection taken but the plate will be on the table at the back of Church as usual and will be presented to the altar during the offertory hymn. This means envelopes and any money should be placed on the plate before the service, please.
The sidesperson rota has restarted, as has the reader rota and the intercessions rota, for all services, but not the Chalice Assistant rota.
Readings and Prayers will now be read from the lectern, and not the pulpit.
Track and trace, and the QR Code, are no longer required.
There will be no choir processions for the time being.
There will not be any more pre-recorded online services posted on Facebook and this Website, but we will be recording part of the Sunday morning services which will be posted online instead.
Please continue to leave any service books you have used at the back of Church so they can be put aside to be quarantined.
We would also ask that if you are not feeling well, have any symptoms of the corona virus or have been asked to shield, that you do not come to the Church.
at https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Church-in-Tamerton-Foliot-Plymouth-174202003452, on the Messy Church page, too, at
https://www.facebook.com/messychurchtamertonfoliot and on this page, on the right hand side, each week, together with the words of the service so that you can join in with the responses at home if you wish.
The Church News will still be sent to everyone, either via email or hand delivered where people do not have access to email.
Don’t forget that both the Diocese and the national church are posting full Sunday services which you can access and which make use of the technical know-how to include multi-media aids to worship, including pre-recorded music and hymns.
The Bishops have been clear that this is guidance – not an instruction or law – and that it will be constantly reviewed depending on the national situation.
National Church of England guidance provides further advice on how the staged process could be implemented and with factors and information for dioceses to consider.
Updates will continue to be posted here and on the St Mary's and Messy Church Facebook pages. Please share as widely as possible.
All regular events in the Church Hall had to be cancelled but we are pleased to say we are now able to take bookings again.
There is still a group of volunteers available to help provide support with shopping or dog walking, fetching medication etc for anyone struggling to cope by themselves.
The Church News will still be available as usual via the Church News page on this website or can be requested to be sent to you by email via firstname.lastname@example.org
On the right are some links to some prayers related to the Coronavirus and to an act of Spiritual Communion.
Prayers For Use During The Coronavirus Outbreak
As not everyone has access to online resources, Church House Publishing (CHP) have produced a downloadable/printable selection of Prayers for use during the coronavirus outbreak. The booklet includes prayers for children, as well as a simple form of morning and night prayer designed for individuals and families to use at home. The files can be freely downloaded, e-mailed or printed by anyone via the Church of England website, with versions suited to sharing digitally or for printing at home. A link is on the right hand side of this page.
If you would like a copy, and cannot access it online, please ask and we will ensure you get a copy.
Worship on the Diocesan Website
Services and videos are still being published on the Diocesan YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Channels and they will be uploaded to the Diocese of Exeter website at www.exeter.anglican.org
Here is the morning service from St Mary's on the 3rd Sunday of Easter, 1st May 2022, led by Revd Chris Routledge.
New Toilet in St Mary's Church
Plans are still continuing for our 'Flush Fund' - the fundraising fund to have a toilet and kitchen area installed in Church. Plans have been submitted, and the Diocese have granted a Faculty to carry out the work. Grant applications are in progress and although some funds are still suspended due to Covid-19 others are now starting to open up again. In order to apply for possible grants we need to demonstrate that we are raising some of the necessary funds ourselves and we have raised about £20,000 so far. In total we need to raise £100,000 so any donations are always welcome. See details of our ‘Flushathon’ under fundraising.
CHURCH HALL REFURBISHMENT
The Church Hall kitchen is now finished and looks amazing. The main hall has now been repainted and is ready for groups to start returning to their usual activities as we reopen the Hall for bookings. Any donations would be most welcome towards the approximate £12,000 cost of the venture. Here are some pictures of the kitchen.
Here is our new look Church Hall, which is now the only hall available to the community in Tamerton Foliot, and it would be great to have as much support from the community, financial or otherwise, to help achieve our goal of having a fantastic facility available for everyone to benefit from and enjoy.
Check for availability for bookings here.
Feeling a bit down? Need a bit of a lift? Have a look at this - The UK Blessing - performed by members of various Churches throughout the UK. Just click on the image. (The link has been restored.)
This is is the new name for our All Age Services that are usually held on the 3rd Sunday each month at 10am.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
A copy of the minutes of our last APCM is available here.
Our Parish Safeguarding Policy for St. Mary's has been updated and can be found at the back of Church and here and the appendices are here.
Data Protection Update and Information
Your data and information will be kept secure and private. It will not be passed on to any third party unless it is necessary for Safeguarding/Child Protection or a medical emergency in which case it will be passed to the appropriate authorities. We will take steps to ensure that all personal data we hold is kept secure at all times by all those who hold them. The information we hold will be kept up to date and can be checked by you at any time by contacting the PCC Secretary, Colin Stockman.
Under the GDPR you have;
1. The right to be informed that your data and information is
2. The right to access your data
3. The right to update and correct your data
4. The right to erase your data
5. The right to restrict your data being processed
6. The right to data portability
7. The right to object
8. Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.
Click here to see our General Data Protection Regulation Policy and our General Data Protection Regulation Privacy Notice.
Our Health and Safety Policy is also available here.
** Together@Ten - All Age Praise Service - Usually at 10am on 3rd Sunday of each month.
** Messy Church - Currently suspended until further notice due to the latest information about Coronavirus.
See our Church Events page for more details.
Help us fundraise for St. Mary's when you shop online
We received a cheque for £20.97 for the period January to March 2020.
Register with www.easyfundraising.org.uk and choose to support St. Mary's Church by typing 'Tamerton Church' when you follow the 'Support a Good Cause' link. Select St. Mary's Church and then each time you shop online just visit the Easyfundraising website first and you can then link directly to the retailer of your choice or search for a product and, when you have completed your purchase, money will be automatically credited to St Mary's at no extra cost to yourself. We currently have 25 people supporting us in this way and we have raised £624.23 so far. Thanks for your support!
We had been hosting Messy Church for over 6 years before Lockdown in March 2020 and they were all a great success.
Our ‘Messy Church’ events have had to be cancelled due to the latest guidance about Coronavirus. Watch this space for when we will be able to hold our next Messy Church.
Messy Church involves craft fun for families and will finish with a meal together. All ages are welcome.