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?
sunday 28th november - advent sunday
10am holy communion (CW)
6.3opm Advent carol service
click here for details of Advent and Christmas services
Update 27th November 2021
This weekend we are holding a Team Ministry joint 24 Hour Prayer event between the members of both St. Mary's and The Church of The Holy Spirit, Southway. People have signed up for every one of the 24 hour-long slots, with a few extras doubling up along the way. The focus will be on the future of the 2 churches and the Team Ministry for the coming year. The prayers will also be for the local communities surrounding both Churches, the schools and workplaces and the streets in both parishes, praying especially for the sick and those in need and remembering at this time the family and friends of Bobbi-Anne McLeod.
Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to stop the 8am Holy Communion services as from January 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. The 8am services will continue as usual throughout December.
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.
Regulations as regards to social distancing and wearing of face masks have been relaxed and the PCC have decided it is now the personal responsibility of individuals as to whether they wear a mask or not but we would politely request you continue to. The seating restrictions have also 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.
Hymns have now been re-introduced at the 10am and 6.30pm services.
The congregation are now permitted to sing and we have removed the need to wear masks but if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then please do so.
Both the Church doors will be open to supply fresh air and ventilation as long as the weather remains favourable.
The Choir will be permitted to sit a little nearer each other and will be allowed to all sing together and 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. 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
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
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
Part of the evening service for the Sunday Next Before Advent - Christ The King. 21st November 2021
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 £12,000 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 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 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.