CORONA VIRUS

All church buildings are currently closed due to the Corona Virus.

Find our more information about our digital services and how we can help you at this time.

 

HOLY WEEK

Find out more about our digital services for Holy Week.

 

YOUTUBE

See all of our services on YouTube whilst churches are closed.

Welcome to St Mary's

Thank you for clicking onto St Marys Church website. A very warm welcome to you!

St Marys Parish Church is tucked behind the Town Council Building, close to the Old Bridge in Bideford. Due to its locality there is a danger it can be over looked! This website seeks to be our ‘Shop window’.

We offer a ‘mixed diet of Services and Events which we feel are relevant, interesting and uplifting. Hopefully when you scroll down these pages you will find that there is something you feel drawn to.

At the heart of who we are is Jesus, ‘who came to bring life in all its fullness’. (John 10:10) This is a life of freedom, joy, and loving service. I feel honoured to be the Team leader of St Marys Church and this Mission Community where our vision is to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God’ (Matthew 6:33)

Whatever brings you to St Marys; whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey… you are very welcome. Do come and ‘say hello!’

Every blessing,

Reverend Claire Rose-Casemore (Team Rector)

ABOUT US

St Mary’s is the Parish Church
of Bideford and offers all who enter through its doors the warmest of welcomes.

CHURCH FAMILY

We are blessed with a truly diverse church family; from young to old, a mix of worship styles and a host of activities, groups, and clubs. Learn more here.

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

As the Parish Church, St Mary’s is deeply entwined with the community it serves. Find out more about its work here.

Corona Virus

Important update: Church buildings are now CLOSED due to the Corona Virus.

The Church Buildings are now closed in line with Government guidelines.

However you can access our YouTube channel by clicking the image below.

click to visit the Bideford & 4 Villages Mission Community YouTube Channel

We will be regularly uploading content, prayers and short services so please keep checking the channel.

In practice, this means:
Because we are closed for public worship, for the moment, you cannot attend our normal weekday events and Sunday services.

Members of our ministry team will continue to maintain the daily rhythm of prayer in Bideford and the villages (Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard) in their homes.

If you would like us to pray for you do let us know on either 01237 475765 (Rev’d Claire) or 01237 239339 (Rev’d Marisa)

We are working on ways of sharing worship virtually (digitally). There will be a short Service every Sunday beginning on Mothering Sunday.

There will be activities and songs/bible stories for children during this time off school provided by Bekah Tanton- who leads Messy Church and Music Makers.

There are useful resources for prayer and reflection in these exceptional times on the Church of England website and on the Exeter Diocese website.

                                  If you need a chat, prayer or help with shopping, prescriptions etc please e-mail admin@stmaryschurchbideford.org or clairerc@btopenworld.com

Revd Claire 01237 475765/Pastoral Care Co-ordinator Lorna Dorrinton 477117 and for the Villages Revd Marisa 01237 239339

If you are self-isolating or unwell, the following may be helpful…

Simple Acts of Worship For Those Unable to Attend Church

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_devon

 

And finally, a prayer about the Corona Virus outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer for the day

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Safeguarding

The 5 parishes of the Bideford and 4 parishes Mission Community (Bideford, Landcross, Littleham, Monkleigh and Weare Giffard) have adopted the House of Bishop's 'Promoting a Safer Church;  Safeguarding Policy Statement'.  Signed copies may be found on display at each of our churches.

 

If you are concerned about a child or vulnerable adult, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:

You may also report concerns to:

Concerns About Children

  • Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):  0345 155 1071
  • Plymouth Children’s Services: 01752 308600 (Out of hours: 01752 346784)
  • Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 01803 208100
  • NSPCC confidential helpline:  0800 389 5344
  • Childline:  0800 11 11

Concerns About Adults

  • Devon – Care Direct: 0345 155 1007
  • Plymouth Adult Services: 01752 668000 (Out of hours: 01752 346984)
  • Torbay Safeguarding Adults Team: 01803 219700

Domestic Abuse

  • Devon Domestic Abuse Service:  0345 155 1074
  • Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service:  01752 252033
  • Torbay Domestic Abuse Service:  01803 698869

Rape Crisis

  • Devon & Torbay:  01392 204174
  • National:  0808 802 9999
  • Devon & Torbay:  01392 204174

Modern Slavery

  • Immediate danger:  999
  • Suspicious activity:  101
  • For advice call The Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or The Salvation Army on 0800 303 8151

St. Mary's Bideford Safeguarding Officer:  sue_sparkes@hotmail.co.uk