CORONAVIRUS Update 27th June 2020
St Mary's Church is now open for private prayer twice a week!
Rev'd David Gill writes, "You may have heard that the government is to allow churches to open for public worship from July 4th. However there has not been any detailed guidance given yet and the National Church and the Diocese have not yet issued their recommendation. So at this stage it is still a matter of ‘watch this space’. What we know so far is that from July 4th we can plan to hold ‘limited’ funerals and weddings in churches (max 30 attendees) and that services may begin in a limited form (No singing, No communion, and socially distanced –max 30 people). Other than those proposals we are still in the dark. The PCC is due to meet on zoom again on July 6th and I hope we shall have more guidance by then to enable our discussions but in the mean time we will continue as we are at present with the church opening twice a week for private prayer and we will continue to post our short morning service on the church Facebook and websites. And 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 knowhow to include multi-media aids to worship, including pre-recorded music and hymns."
However, the Church is now open from 6pm - 8pm on Wednesday evenings and from 11am - 1pm on Sundays. Strict regulations as regards to social distancing and cleaning are in place and volunteers will be in attendance to ensure there are no problems and that everything is done properly.
Only a selection of the pews will be in use and there will be a one way system for navigating around the Church where possible. Individuals should sit in separate pews unless you are with a member, or members, of your own household. There will be no books available and singing is not allowed. If you wish to use a Bible during your time in Church you will need to bring your own. If service sheets or prayer sheets are available you will need to take them away with you after you have used them. We would please ask that face masks are worn as a precaution, especially if you are in close proximity to other people for any length of time. We would 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. The weekly Sunday service videos will continue to be posted on this page and on the St Mary's Facebook page. The pastoral phone calls to members of the congregation will continue and the Church News will still be sent to everyone, either via email or hand delivered where people do not have access to email.
Clearly this is the first step on the road to a resumption of our church life – it is the only step at the moment and nothing else will change - but this is a hopeful step in the right direction for which we are grateful.
The planned steps by the Diocese are:
The Bishops were clear once again 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.
Therefore, Sunday's service is again from inside St. Mary's Church. How good is it to see inside the Church again?
The service is available on the right hand side of this page, together with the words of the service so that you can join in at home if you wish.
Meanwhile, we are still here and are available for providing any help and support or to meet any prayer requests you may have.
Updates will continue to be posted here and on the St Mary's and Messy Church Facebook pages. Please share as widely as possible.
Revd David Gill has recorded a short service for each Sunday which are all on the St. Mary's Facebook page.
and the Messy Church page too
All regular events in the Church Hall have also been cancelled until further notice.
There is a group of volunteers available to help provide support with shopping or dog walking, fetching medication etc for anyone struggling to cope by themselves. Please contact Rev'd David Gill on 771033 or message via the Facebook pages for more information or to request some help.
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 email@example.com
People are being encouraged to place a lighted candle in their window at 7pm every Sunday. Please ensure it is safe to do so and that there is no risk of fire. As an alternative there is a poster available, via the link on the right, to place in your window.
We hope you stay self and well and that you may know the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ at this difficult time.
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
Not everyone has access to online resources. So 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.
The following information from the Bishop of Exeter's office might be of interest.
Worship and Prayer
Although public worship has been suspended, the worship of God has not been suspended. Our strong suggestion is that clergy, readers and lay leaders of worship should stick to the normal pattern of visits to churches on Sunday at the usual times. They should offer worship alone and invite members of the congregation to pray at the same time at home.
If you are looking for a form of prayer to use at home, you may choose the Church of England Daily Prayer App or access it via the Church of England website. We also have various links and resources for worship and prayer at home.
Worship on the Diocesan Website
We all need to think creatively and imaginatively about sustaining the life of prayer in our communities during this crisis. Each day at 11am, there will be a short video reflection entitled ‘Pause and Pray’ posted on social media and the website. Over the coming weeks, we will also be posting acts of worship for Sundays, the Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist, Good Friday and Easter Day. You will be able to view them from 10am on our YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Channels and they will be uploaded to the Diocese of Exeter website at www.exeter.anglican.org
You might like to have a look at worship from St Matthias on North Hill, Plymouth, who are live streaming their worship at 10am each Sunday and you can follow this live at www.stmplymouth.org.uk or at any other time on YouTube by searching for St Matts Plymouth
Here is a very uplifting song - The UK Blessing - performed by members of various Churches throughout the UK.
An order of service for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity
Many services at St. Mary's are 'traditional' and follow the liturgical structures one might expect from an Anglican Church, however, we believe in enabling the Body of Christ express its worship of Jesus in a variety of ways. We hope that you will find an expression of worship that you are able to connect with and through it, your faith in Christ would be nurtured and enriched.
Joyful Praise services are now held at 6pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at The Church of The Holy Spirit, Southway. It is contemporary and comes under the umbrella of 'Fresh Expressions Church'. Here you will find an up-to-date worship style, interactive Bible teaching and much more.
Messy Church brings families (of all shapes and sizes) together to worship Jesus through creativity, interactive drama /story and lastly over a meal!
This is is the new name for our All Age Services that are usually held on the 3rd Sunday each month at 10am.
However, due to the latest guidance about Coronavirus, they have had to be cancelled until further notice.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
This year's APCM was due to be held on Friday 3rd April 2020 in St Mary's Church Hall but has had to be postponed until later in the year. The current Churchwardens and PCC members will continue in post for the time being. The next PCC Meeting will be held on Monday 25th May via Zoom.
Booklets with all the usual reports have been sent out via email to all members of the St Mary's Electoral Roll.
Our Parish Safeguarding Policy for St. Mary's is currently being updated and will replace the current policy which can be found 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 Revd. Preb. David Gill, or 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
Click here to see our General Data Protection Regulation Privacy Notice
** Praise Service - Usually at 6pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Currently suspended until further notice. due to the latest information about Coronavirus.
** Together @ Ten - All Age Praise Service - Usually at 10am on 3rd Sunday of each month. Currently suspended until further notice due to the latest information about Coronavirus.
** 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 have recently 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 23 people supporting us in this way and we have raised £408.37 so far. Thanks for your support!
We have now been hosting Messy Church for over 6 years and they have all been a great success.
Our ‘Messy Church’, which was due to be held on Saturday 11th April 2020, Easter weekend, at The Church of The Holy Spirit, Southway, between 4pm and 6pm, 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.