Latest news about St Mary's Abbotskerswell can be found here. This includes news of the concert in the church by the Ashburton Singers on Thursday 11th July.
We are a very friendly village Church situated between Newton Abbot and the South Hams in South Devon. For further information, please select from the menu down the left-hand side.
We have at least one act of worship every Sunday. Details of our Sunday worship (times and types of service) can be found on the Sunday Services page. You will also find a description for each type of service. The Calendar gives service times and details of some other church events.
We extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us for worship, or indeed any of our meetings or simply to look around our village Church.
Car parking for those attending church services is available at Court Farm Inn, by kind permission of the owners (Post Code TQ12 5PG with access from Wilton Way). We do ask you to respect this offer of parking. You will find access to the Church via a gate to the right of the Pub as you face the main entrance. Turn left as you pass through the gate and the Church is about 50 yards in front of you through the Lytch Gate. For Church House, turn right as you pass through the gate and Church House is at the bottom of the lane on the right.
We try to cater for as many needs as possible and you will find a range of different types of worship from the 1662 book of Common Prayer to more informal styles of worship where we mainly use hymns and choruses from Mission Praise. We have a Messy Church which is held usually on the first Thursday of each school holiday.
There has been a place of worship on this site since the 13th Century and we have visitors from all over the world who come to look around. You are welcome to do this and to spend a few minutes in quiet prayer and contemplation.
Please add a comment to the Visitors Book.
Refreshments can be found in the village at the Orchard Cafe and Deli. There are public toilets 50 yards from the Church opposite the back of Church House.
Abbotskerswell Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement
Statement of Safeguarding Principles
The Abbotskerswell Parochial Church Council fully recognizes and accepts the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy Statement “Promoting a Safer Church 2017”, and commits to complying with the current Church of England and Diocesan safeguarding policies and practice guidance. In so doing we will comply with the secular multi-agency safeguarding procedures relating to children and young people and adults experiencing or at risk of harm, abuse or neglect.
We are committed to:
- Promoting a Safer environment and culture within our Parish and in our Parish activities by adhering to safe working practices and acknowledge the principle that safeguarding is everyone’s business.
In addition we will ensure that any individual organization renting/using our premises for activities involving children, young people or vulnerable adults is aware of this, our Safeguarding Policy, and aware of their own individual responsibilities to have appropriate safeguarding policies and processes in place, including safer recruitment.
- Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibilities related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church in accordance with the House of Bishops’ Safer Recruitment: Practice Guidance 2016.
We will ensure those appointed are aware of the Diocesan and Parish Safeguarding Policies and are aware of their roles and responsibilities. We will support them by ensuring they receive Diocesan safeguarding training commensurate with their role and that they are fully aware of and have access to the practice guidance.
- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation in accordance with the statutory child and adult safeguarding procedures and the House of Bishops’ safeguarding practice guidance.
We will ensure that any complaint made regarding a vulnerable person, who may have been harmed or is in significant danger, will be reported immediately and we will fully cooperate with statutory agencies during any investigation into allegations concerning a member of the church community or any other person.
- Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
We will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation and provide them with details of local and national support agencies.
- Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
We will work with others to ensure the appropriate support for them and those affected. Where that person is considered to pose a risk to others, we will work with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor to mitigate any identified risk.
- Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
We will endeavor to offer pastoral care and support whilst ensuring any risk has been assessed and is being managed in accordance with House of Bishops’ policy and guidance and in collaboration with the statutory agencies and the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor.
We will ensure that there is an identified person/s to be the Parish Safeguarding Representative/s who will be suitably recruited and trained, and is aware of their role and responsibilities, and who will be the point of contact for any concerns.
We have appointed Anthony Johnson as our Parish Safeguarding Representative.
Copies of Diocesan and parish guidelines and procedures are held by the PCC secretary.
This policy will be formally reviewed annually and a copy shared with the Archdeacon at the time of the Visitation.
Date of Adoption
The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 24 June 2019.
The PCC shall review this policy annually. The next review will take place at the first PCC meeting following the APCM to be held during April 2020.
Incumbent/Vicar/Rector/Priest in Charge VACANCY
Churchwarden : RICHARD WHIFFIN
Churchwarden : PAM WAKEHAM
Date 24 June 2019