Marldon Church

Church Hill, Marldon, Paignton, Devon TQ3 1SL

Our prayers remain with the people of Ukraine

Services for August: Sunday August 14th Village Worship, and August 21st and 28th Holy Communion services.

  There will be a service at Marldon church every Sunday at 10 am (except if the 5th Sunday in the month). All welcome – and for coffee after the service!  

Junior Church is open! Come and join us! 

ORGANIST /MUSICAL DIRECTOR WANTED NOW! If anyone can join the rota of organists and pianists, we would be hugely grateful!

St. John Baptist, Marldon is looking to appoint a new organist/pianist who will enhance the worship and encourage the musical life of the parish. We have a beautiful church, two organs, a piano and a congregation for whom singing is an important part of their worship. Pre-pandemic, the village had a committed church choir and a lively community choir and there is potential to build on this in the future, if desired, for the right candidate. The commitment would be for a regular Sunday morning service, at 10.00 am (Fee – £28 per Sunday morning plus travel expenses) Additional income could also be generated from occasional offices (weddings, funerals). For more information please contact: Churchwarden – Steph Webb on 07810685371. All appointments are subject to safer recruiting. Alternatively, if you could join a rota to play, we would be very grateful

Please feel free to continue observing social distancing and Covid safety requirements, including mask wearing as you wish. If you feel at all unwell, please stay at home.  Please stay safe and well.               

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. Preb.Debbie Parsons

Help us celebrate Marldon and Compton!

Our cookbook is turning into a celebration of Marldon and Compton! We’re including memories of events and incidents over the past 30 or so years with the help of the Local History group, plus information about the clubs and organizations and what they offer today! While we’d still love your recipes- and they can be your favourites from chefs etc as there’s little copyright on recipes, we’d love any light hearted memories too! We are aiming to raise funds towards the upkeep of the Church Building and would be really grateful for your contributions  we would love to share them! Contact Isla, Steph or Joan or email

To help keep people safe but also enjoy some freedoms, we will:

  • Mask wearing is voluntary).
  • The Peace – continue to share in a socially distanced fashion.
  • Communion – we keep wafers in covered vessel, celebrant to sanitise hands, wear mask when giving communion.
  • The church is cleaned once a week on a Saturday morning.
  • Please contact our churchwardens if you have any concerns. Details of the Risk Assessment completed are available from Steph Webb (see contacts)

More Tea, Vicar?

If you`d like to book a slot to speak to Revd. Preb. Deborah Parsons, for prayer, pastoral or spiritual matters etc. please email her at: or telephone her on 07776359402. She`d love to hear from you.


The church is open for private prayer daily from 10am -4pm from now on. Please follow the guidance and keep safe.

Kay  Hart,  Marldon  resident  and  retired  horticultural  lecturer,  has  successfully  published  her  second  gardening  advice  book  on  Amazon,  title;  ‘Gardening  IS  for  Everyone,’  ISBN 9798521841370 expected  retail  price  from  Amazon  £14.50  plus  postage. A  minimum  of  £1 from  each  book  sold  over  the  next  six  months  will  be  donated  by  Kay  to  Marldon  church  funds.  Kindle  reader  members  can  preview  the  book  online  for  free  or  low  cost.  Many  unique  photos  included  plus   month by month ideas  to help  you  enjoy  your  garden. Kay  can  be  contacted  by  e-mail;


For details of the Zoom and Phone-in services and contact details please get in touch via email to


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)


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


Zooming Ahead together: The Totnes Team Eucharist. Every Sunday at 10am and Phone in service

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.


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

• Deborah now has set up a site on YouTube and her Facebook page called the Wisdom of Deborah.



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





“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:


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…