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)

Q. Should I wear a face covering in a church building?A. Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and is mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24 July 2020. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship.We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.


In preparation for the reopening of the church for services, please note the following:


This statement is prepared in accordance with the Government & Diocese of Exeter rules and requirements.

The purpose of this statement is to show the church will adhere to the prescribed guidelines as set out by the Diocese and Government. The Priest, Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council will manage the information provided by those attending church services throughout the time ‘Track & Trace’ is in operation. The aim of this PIS is to ensure and cover the individual’s privacy, health and any potential risks to the church.This statement is an addendum to the current General Data Protection Rules, a copy of which can be viewed on the church website and if requested a copy can be provided via the Secretary on behalf of the church.

  • We aim to ensure and minimise risk to individuals and the church.
  • This statement enables the church and individuals to be sure of compliance.
  • This statement is confirmation of the privacy of all individuals entering the church during the period of ‘Track & Trace’ operations.


  • individuals enter church building without providing their contact details.
  • Contact details provided are incorrect.
  • Contact details incorrectly recorded.
  • Records are not stored correctly.
  • Records are not destroyed at the appropriate time (every 21 days).

The following are risks associated with PIS but do not form part of the Privacy Impact Statement per se:

  • Individuals attend church who are currently infected with COVID-19.
  • Vulnerable persons attending services.
  • Insufficient materials available for those attending, e.g Hand sanitiser, etc
  • Stated rules regarding social distancing etc ignored.

Use of the individual’s Information:

  • Only the name, contact details, (telephone number/email address, Postcode) of the individuals will be collected.
  • Failure to provide the above information could result in an individual being advised they cannot enter the church building.
  • The information collected will only be held for 21 days and then destroyed.
  • The individual providing their contact details understands that should a member of the church community who attended the service they attended become ill during the following three weeks, the information provided at the time of the service which is held in their regard will be used to contact them to advise they seek a COVID test.
  • Should the individual become ill it is incumbent upon them to contact any of the designated members of the church. (Designated church members listed at the end of this statement.
  • No details other than those stated in this document will be requested by the church.

Privacy :

  • Permission is verbally granted to the church in regard to the individual’s details at the time of church attendance (this is when the details will be collected)
  • Details will be stored in church
  • Details will be destroyed on a 21 day cycle
  • All information provided will only be viewed by the sidesperson on duty at service times.
  • Personal details will remain private and not be made public by the church
  • Public Health England can request access to stored details and permission would be granted by the church.
  • Individuals will be able to request copies of the data held on them. In order to comply with the law, one of the designated persons below will respond to these requests whilst still protecting those individuals’ data.
  • This designated person will need to make sure that the information they are supplying is given to the correct individual by confirming the identity of the person asking for their data, making sure that people’s personal data is not shared with just anyone who asks for it.

Designated Persons

Revd. Jim Barlow 07775 356652 or a member of the Totnes Team Ministry

Steph Webb – Churchwarden 01803 524135

Fred Webb – Churchwarden 01803 557210

or any member of the Parochial Church Council. Contact details are available on the website

A very warm welcome to Jim and Harriet who have joined our community

Harriet and I were much looking forward to our arrival in Totnes, though we are hardly strangers to the town since my mother, Joan, has lived nearby for many years. At the moment
we are packing up and getting ready to move and it will be chaotic at the Rectory for a week or two, so please bear with us! We have more books between us that can possibly be healthy but that is because we love history and art, stories and poetry and everything to do with the life of the mind and thespirit. It is a very odd time to be moving, with everything that has been happening, but we look forward to
meeting you all in due course – whether virtually or at a safe distance! I will be keen to hear what is on your hearts at this time, as we emerge into a strangely different world. The church has weathered many storms over the centuries. We have deep roots to sustain us and the light of Christ. As He says: ‘Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you – I have called you by name, you aremine’ (Isaiah 43.1-4, paraphrased by Gerard Markland).God bless and keep you


    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)


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 can reflect our Team Ministry.

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.