St Thomas of Canterbury
Welcome to the Anglican parish church in Kingswear.
We have services in Church every Sunday at 10.30am (bring your own face mask). We also have pre-recorded online video services. The YouTube links for these are available on Brixham Mission Community's Youtube account from 8am every Sunday.
Now that Sunday services in church have restarted, please see notes on safety below.
The church building is also be open 10am-4pm for visitors and private prayer on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
You can find out how to join in our online services via Brixham Mission Community's YouTube and Facebook accounts, read daily Bible meditations from our Team Rector, the Revd Stephen Yates, and Team Vicar, the Revd John Gay, as well as finding online Anglican Morning and Evening Prayer for each day, and links to national online services and BBC radio worship, on our 'About Us' page.
So there will be a service in church every Sunday at 10.30am, an online service published on Kingswear Church, Devon Facebook page and Brixham Mission Community Youtube account from 8am every Sunday. There are notes below to advise how church will work now that we have to take safety precautions to minimise risks and advice about masks etc.
For attending the service in our church building, please see below details on how church will work given the safety measures we have to take as well as a note about face masks.
Returning to Church – What to Expect
If you are returning to church this Sunday you will find things are very different to when you left. All the changes are necessary to make us as safe as possible. As we return to worship we must keep safe by having good hand hygiene and by keeping socially distant; following the new lay out. Please try to be patient with us all as we learn new ways of doing church together.
1. Arrival - Outside
a. Try and get to church in good time as it may take longer to get in. Wear a face covering.
b. Please respect the signs directing you to the entrance.
c. You might need to queue outside remember to keep apart 2 metres when doing so.
2. Arrival – In the building
a. Use the hand gel – using this is one of the most important ways to keep safe.
b. Take a Service Sheet and Grapevine from the table.
c. Follow the directions of the Steward who will take you to your seat.
d. This will probably not be your normal place and it might not be obvious why you are asked to sit where you are but there is a plan!
3. Once Seated
a. Please don’t move around – keep socially distant.
b. Please keep noise down – whilst it is natural to want to talk across the church to chat withthose you might not have seen for a long time, the louder you talk the greater the risk of spreading infection.
c. If you have to leave your seat follow the one-way system to ensure social distancing.
a. Wait in your place until you are told to move.
b. Use the hand gel in the aisle before receiving.
c. There will be no words when you are given the bread, try to remember not to say Amen.
d. Follow the one-way system as you return to your seat.
e. If mobility is an issue we will serve you at your pew, just ask a steward.
a. After the blessing please remain seated.
b. Wait until a steward dismisses you.
c. Take your service sheet with you
d. Follow the one-way system as you leave.
e. Keep social distance once outside the building
f. Remember to thank the stewards, they have had a long morning.
We are now to wear face coverings in church unless you have an exception <span style="font-size: 0.875rem;">but remember that the best way to avoid infection is by maintaining social distance.</span>
The parish of Kingswear is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer, PSO. You can find contact details on the About Us page on this website.
The Diocese of Exeter’s safeguarding web pages (https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/) contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise PSOs.
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA). If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.