Marldon Church

Church Hill, Marldon, Paignton, Devon TQ3 1SL

We are delighted to say that St John Baptist, Marldon church will be OPEN for private prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays from 10am -1pm from now on. Please follow the guidance and keep safe.

Details of the Risk Assessment completed prior to opening are available from churchwarden Steph Webb (see contacts)

The Institution by Bishop Robert of Rev’d James Derek Barlow as Team Rector of Totnes Team Ministry will be on Wednesday July 8th at 7pm. Bishop Robert has asked for the Zoom service itself to include only those taking part. The service will be live streamed to enable as many people in the Totnes Team Ministry and the Bracknell Team Ministry to take part. At a later date there will be a service at St Mary’s to install Rev’d Jim. The following YouTube link will take you to the live streamed service.

Institutionby the Bishop of Exeterofthe Reverend James Derek BarlowasTeam Rectorin theTotnes Team MinistryJuly 8th, 2020 at 7pm

2¶The Gathering The Revd Deborah Parsons, Rural Dean of Totnes and Team Vicar in the Totnes Mission Community, offers an informal welcome and introduces the first songSong–Psalm 91You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,who abide in His shadow for life,say to the Lord,‘My Refuge,my Rock in whom I trust’:And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,bear you on the breath of dawn,make you to shine like the sunand hold you in the palm of His hand.The snare of the fowler will never capture you,and famine will bring youno fear:under His wings your refuge,His faithfulness your shield.RefrainYou need not fear the terror of the night,nor the arrow that flies by day;though thousands fall about you,near you it shall not come.RefrainFor to His angels He’s given a command,to guard you in all your waysupon their hands they will bear you up,lest you dash your foot against a stone.RefrainMichael Joncas, (c) 1979, 2003 OCP PublicationsCCL Licence No. 108341; PRS Online LicenceLE-0021263

3¶The GreetingThe Bishop welcomes everyone and says:Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. AmenThere is one body and one Spirit.There is one hope to which we were called;One Lord, one faith, one baptism.One God and Father of all.Peace be with you.And also with you.

¶The PresentationThe Duke of Somerset on behalf of the TotnesTeam MinistryPatronage Board presents the candidate to the Bishop, sayingBishop, James Derek Barlowhas been chosen to be Team Rectorin the Totnes Team Ministry. Inow present him to you to be admitted to the cure of souls in the benefice of Totnes with Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, Dartingtonwith Brooking, Marldon, Ashprington, Cornworthy,and Stoke Gabriel.BishopJames,do you believe, so far as you know your own heart, that God has called you to lead the mission and ministry of the people of God in this place as their priest and pastor?PriestI believe that God has called me.BishopChurchwardens and representatives of the Totnes Mission Community, will you welcome Jamesas your new Team Rector?We will.Will you support and share with himin worship and witness, in mission and pastoral care?We will.

4BishopBefore admitting Jamesto the cure of soulsinthisbenefice,I call upon each of you to praynot only for himbut also for yourselves,that together you may be given grace to glorify Godand to serve the people of thesecommunitieswith joy.BishopGod our Father,Lord of all the world,we thank you that through your Sonyou have called us into the fellowshipof your universal Church:hear our prayer for your faithful people,that in their vocation and ministry,each may be an instrument of your love;and give to your servantJamestheneedful gifts of grace;through Jesus Christour Lord,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever. Amen

.¶Reading from the New Testament1 Peter 1. 22 –2.5Read by Dr David Stafford, Lay Chair, Totnes Deanery SynodNow that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truthso that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeplyfrom the heart.You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word ofGod.For‘All flesh is like grassand all its glory like the flower ofgrass.The grass withers,and the flower falls,but the word of the Lord endures for ever.’That word is the good news that was announced to you.

5Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.Come to him, a living stone, though rejected bymortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, andlike living stones, let yourselves be builtinto a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.This is the word of the Lord.Thanks be to God.

¶The SermonThe Bishop of Exeter

¶The Declaration and Oaths

The Archdeacon says:James, before you are admitted as incumbent, you must declare your assent to the Christian faith as received by the Church of England; and swear your allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, and your canonical obedience to the Bishop of Exeter.The Bishop reads the preface to the Declaration of AssentThe Church of England is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Spirit, it has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer and the Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons. In the declaration you are about to make, will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care?

6The priest saysI, James Derek Barlow, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds and to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments I will use only the forms of service which are authorised or allowed by Canon.

The priest then takes the Oaths, holding a New Testament in the right hand.Oath of AllegianceI, James Derek Barlow, swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, according to law: so help me God. Oath of Canonical ObedienceI,James Derek Barlow, do swear by Almighty God that I will pay true and canonical obedience to the Lord Bishop of Exeter and his successors in all things lawful and honest: so help me God.¶The Institution The Bishop reads the Deed of Institution. The Bishop then showsthe Deed to the priest saying:James, receive the cure of souls which is both mine and yours; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Bishop blesses the priestThe God of peace,who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, rest upon you now and always.Amen.

7The bishop then prays for the ministry team and churchwardensMay God, who gives to his people many gifts and ministries to the advancement of his glory,stir up in you the gifts of his grace,sustain each one of you in your own ministry, and enable you to work together for the common good; through Jesus Christ our Lord and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.¶

Prayers of IntercessionThe prayers are read by Mrs Elizabeth Waterson, Readerin the Totnes Team

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,let us pray to the Father.We thank you that you have called us to be your disciples. Transform our lives by your grace, and as you have called us to your service, make us worthy of our calling.Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer.Bless all who are called tooffice in this mission community, especially our churchwardens, Parochial Church Councillors, and leaders of organisations.May we be ambassadors for Christ and bring glory to your Name.Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer.We pray for all who serve the local community in any way. May our neighbourhoods be places of hospitality, peace and trust where your love is known.Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer.

8We ask your blessing on our homes and families, on our schools, children and young people, on older people in our community, and especially on the isolated and housebound. Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer.We commend to your carethe sick and vulnerable, and those who despair. May all who come to this place of prayer, whether in times of joy or sorrow, find it a place of healing and hope.Lord, in your mercyhear our prayer.The Intercessions conclude with the Lord’s PrayerLet us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,hallowed be thy name;thy kingdom come;thy will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us.And lead us not into temptation;but deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom,the power, and the glory,for ever and ever. Amen.

9Song–Psalm 23The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;He makes me lie in pastures green.He leads me by the still, still waters,His goodness restores my soul.And I will trust in You alone,And I will trust in You alone,For Your endless mercy follows me,Your goodness will lead me home.He guides my ways in righteousness,And He anoints my head with oil,And my cup, it overflows with joy,I feast on His pure delights.RefrainAnd though I walk the darkest path,I will not fear the evil one,For You are with me,and Your rod and staffAre the comfort I need to know.RefrainStuart Townend, ©1996 Thankyou MusicCCL Licence No. 108341; PRS Online LicenceLE-0021263

The Bishop concludes with thisblessingMay the Spirit of truth lead you into all truth, give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and to proclaim the words and works of God; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.The Team Rector saysGo in the light and peace of Christ.Thanks be to God.


    Notice of Intention to Institute or Collate

Diocese of Exeter

Benefice of Totnes with Bridgetown, Berry Pomeroy, Dartington, Marldon, Ashprington, Cornworthy And Stoke Gabriel


To the Secretary of the Parochial Church Council


I hereby give you notice that it is my intention to institute to the above benefice on the  8th day of July 2020 the Reverend JAMES DEREK BARLOW    who, since ordination, has held the preferments listed below


Dated this day of 1st July 2020


Signed … …………………………………

On behalf of the Bishop Exeter



Offices and Appointments held since Ordination


Date    Offices


2011-2015    Curate, Burnham (St Peter)

2015 – 2018    Curate, Bracknell (Holy Trinity)

2018 – 2020    Priest in Charge, Bracknell (Holy Trinity)




ENDORSEMENT (to be completed by the Secretary of the Parochial Church Council)


I,                                 being the Secretary of the  Parochial Church Council hereby confirm that the above notice was affixed on or near the principal door of every church in the parish and every building licensed for public worship and remained affixed thereon for the period of two weeks


Dated                                   20


Signed ……………………………………….

Secretary of the PCC

Zooming Ahead together: The Totnes Team Eucharist. Every Sunday at 10am

The link and password remain the same – contact us if you need these. If you are nervous about Zoom then please contact Diana Walters or Juliet Hancock and we will happily do our best to help you. Lots of people who said ‘I don’t do technology’ are now regulars!! Remember it is possible to join by telephone if you prefer not to use a computer. There are various opportunities to be involved, so please let us know if you would like to be involved – read a lesson, lead the prayers and so on.We’d love to have photos of all the churches in the group so that we

Phone-in service at 12 noon every Sunday:Order of Service

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all
All: And also, with you
O Lord, open our lips
All: and our mouth shall proclaim your praise
Give us the joy of Your saving help
All: and sustain us with Your life-giving spirit
We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving,
to hear and receive God’s Holy Word, to pray for the needs of the world and to
seek forgiveness of our sins that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give
ourselves to the service of God
Jesus says: ‘Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand’. So, let
us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ, confessing in penitence
and faith
All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you
and against our fellow men, in thought, word and deed;
through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate
fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our wrongdoing.
Forgive all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness
of life, to the glory of your name. Amen
May almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,
bring us His pardon and peace, now and evermore. Amen
Blessed is the Lord


All: for he has heard the voice of our prayer
Therefore, shall our hearts dance for joy
All: and in our song we will praise God.
All: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, Amen
The Gospel Reading

The Creed
We say the Creed together
We believe in God the Father, from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through
faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with
power from on high.
We believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Intercessions

We begin our intercessions with the Collect set for the day.
The leader will ask you for your prayer requests.
We conclude with The Lord’s Prayer
The Conclusion
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil
and keep us in life eternal
All: Amen
Let us bless the Lord
All: Thanks be to God

The Grace
And may God’s peace be with

Missing Coffee and a Catch Up Chin Wag?

It is possible to have smaller groups after the service so that we can all meet and chat with our regular church family. Please could congregations discuss if they would like to do this – and then it can be set up. You will need to provide emails or phone numbers of those that want to join, and Zoom will do the rest! Please let your Parish Reps know – and they can then collate and send these on. We aim to start this after the service on Sunday June 21 if there is sufficient interest.

Favourite Hymns

It is important that we reflect broad traditions of worship and celebrate the diversity of Praise. If you would like to request a hymn or piece of music then please let us know. We will do our very best to find it.

Want to learn about Zoom?

Finally we would like to encourage more people to use Zoom and to support team efforts. We can help with advice and support and can always do short practice sessions. There are alsoThere are also various accessible courses on-line for the more ‘connected’ folks.


Diana Walters, 01803 863394

Juliet Hancock,

Sunday Rota June 2020
Zoom Services 10.00 a.m.14 June Trinity 1 Eucharist JL DP; 21 June Trinity 2 Eucharist DP JL

Stoke Gabriel 11.15 am Said Eucharist GS
Telephone Service 12 noon TG

 If you require help with this please get in contact with


If you feel able to support our lovely church, the Parish Giving Scheme is delighted to announce the launch of a new telephone service, designed to enable prospective donors to set up a regular Direct Debit donation to your parish over the phone. The service operates every weekday from 9-5pm

Prospective donors can set up a regular gift to our parish by calling the dedicated telephone line:  0333 002 1271

 One of their administrators will take you through the sign up process – this normally takes around 15 minutes. You will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Personal bank account details
  • The name of the parish they wish to donate to
  • They will need to confirm if they want to increase their gift in line with inflation each year
  • Confirm if they are eligible for Gift Aid
  • The PGS code for their parish (151502741)

Need to talk?
Volunteers from Totnes Anglican Churches are here to listen, in confidence, and offer prayer, if you would like it. For people of all ages, all faiths or none.

Phone: 01803 840265

If you get an email from anyone in the congregation asking you to do them a favour with no other particular details DO NOT REPLY, IT IS A SCAM. They are trying to get people to buy Goole Play cards and then send their bank details to be repaid. If you get an email like this from a known email address please send details to

Totnes Mission Community Phone-in Service ofWorship
Perhaps you or a loved one would like to take part in an Anglican worship service on a regular basis, but you find that computers and the internet is not really your cup of tea! Next weekend we are introducing the trial of a new Phone-in Sunday Service of Worship. The service will be led by one of our Totnes ministry team and will take place at 12 noon each Sunday. The order of service for this gathering is attached (See below).

To access the service, simply dial 0333 0110 946 (charged as a local call) on your home phone. When asked for the room number please type in 27399033 followed by a symbol that looks like this # on your phone key pad (normally found in the bottom left hand corner of your phone’s keypad below the number 9). When asked for the Guest PIN number type in 6418 followed again by the same symbol #.You will then hear everyone else in the service and can speak when you wish to do so. No other buttonsneed to be pressed for you to take part in the service or just listen.
COMING SOON…. Totnes Mission YouTube channel

• Deborah now has set up a site on YouTube and her Facebook page called the Wisdom of Deborah.
She’s giving a “Thought for the day” until Pentecost

• John Luscombe is holding a Zoom Eucharist at 10 am on Sunday, if you would like to be involved then please send him an email.

Katherine Courtice is collecting prayer requests for people affected by the virus and will pass them all on to the priest leading prayers on a Wednesday. Any prayer requests (for the sake of restricting volume, mentioning only the first name and last initial of the person needing prayer (e.g. Steve J.) for people who are sick or bereaved are to be emailed to for inclusion in the Wednesday prayer list.

We are inviting people to stop and pray everyday at 12 Noon, reciting the Lord’s Prayer. In this we unite our voices and hearts before God, as we make our prayers and petitions.

South Hams DC Response Team

SHDC have created a Community Response Team.If you are in need – or know someone who is – you can register that need at the email address below or by calling 01822 813600 or 01803 861234 providing the relevant name, contact number and address where possible. Local voluntary groups can register by contacting the Council at the same email address

Totnes Food Bank  For all enquiries, please contact Liz Waterson: 01803 849345

God of compassion, be close to those

who are ill, frightened or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation;

In their anxiety, be their hope;

In their darkness, be their light;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


There will be no baptisms, weddings until further notice

Morning Praise taken from Common Worship (abridged)      Totnes Team Ministry Sharing together via the phone


Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and   the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

All: And also, with you 

O Lord, open our lips

All: and our mouth shall proclaim your praise

Give us the joy of Your saving help

All: and sustain us with Your life-giving spirit

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s Holy Word, to pray for the needs of the world and to seek forgiveness of our sins that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God



Welcome to Marldon Church, whatever your reason for wanting to find out more about us!

We form part of the Totnes Team of nine churches, which offers a wide range of opportunities to journey in community and to grow in faith through traditional and informal worship, Open the Book, Messy Church, Junior church, House groups, Julian group, nurture courses and contemplative worship.

If there is a particular matter that we can help you with, whether that is planning a wedding, baptism or funeral or joining one of our groups or if you’d like to hear more about the charitable work we do locally, nationally and internationally, please contact us.

Whether you are new in faith or whether you have been a Christian for many years we recognise that growing in faith and being transformed by the knowledge of God’s unconditional love for each of us is a lifetime’s journey. We are companions on the way, learning from and with each other and supporting each other through the ups and downs of life.

If you come along to a service do introduce yourself and join us for coffee in the village hall after the service.

Rev. Debbie Parsons


“If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

  • Our Team Safeguarding Representative is 01803 849345
  • Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Mrs Stephanie Webb
  • The contact details for our Parish Safeguarding Representative:01803 524135
  • This is the link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details –

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.”

Should you wish to read the Parish Safeguarding Policy and supporting documentation in full, please contact Mrs Webb.