Advice for Churches
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 31st October 2020, churches may only open for private prayer, funerals, and streaming services.
Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice.
Whilst our buildings are closed, the church is still working and praying, please find resources to help you at home on this page.
The latest advice for churches can be viewed by following this link: www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
Services and Resources
Sunday Eucharist services for the Plympton Team Ministry are being streamed on Zoom. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for the code and password each week.
The Church of England has many resources including: Today’s Prayer, Daily Prayer including listening to Prayer during the Day and Night Prayer, Link to the Time to Pray App and special prayers, intercessions and liturgy for COVID-19, all available by following this link: /www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
The Archbishops of Canterbury and of York have asked that we make November a month in which we renew our commitment to prayer, for one another and for the Nation, and have produced a prayer booklet which provides themes for prayer on each day of the week and suggests prayers you may like to use. If possible, we are asked to join with Christians across the Nation by joining in a period of prayer at 6.00 pm. You might also like to light a candle in a window so that others may be aware of the light of Faith shining through the darkness. The booklet can be found by clicking this link: Prayer for the Nation
The weekly notices are not currently being printed but can be found on the Weekly Newsletter page of the website
Guidance from the Diocese of Exeter regarding responding to concerns about vulnerable adults can be found here: http://www.exeter.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Responding-Guidance-During-Covid19-Isolation-20200323.pdf
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults information, and the Plympton Team Ministry community response can be found here: Safeguarding community contacts list
Plympton Team Ministry Community Foodbank
Please see our dedicated Foodbank page for further information
If you would like to volunteer to assist with the hot meal delivery service supported by the Brook Inn and/or the new Plympton Foodbank, please click the Volunteering in Plympton link. These are both co-ordinated by the Plympton Team Ministry. Within the link you can also find out how to volunteer for the ‘Support a Neighbour’ scheme run by the Health and Social Care team. Volunteering in Plympton
If you would like to help as a church steward or cleaner, please click this link. Volunteering forms – Cleaning and Steward July 2020 v2
The Risk Assessment for opening the church can be found by clicking here: Church opening during COVID Risk Assessment (Issue 5)
Covid-19 Test and Trace
In line with Government guidance, we are asking everyone who attends St Mary’s church to register their name and contact telephone number in case it is requested by NHS Test and Trace. Our Covid-19 Privacy Notice can be read here: Covid 19 Test and Trace Privacy Notice v1