Church Services
1st Sunday: joint service with Methodists 11.00am
2nd Sunday: Morning Prayer 9.30am
3rd Sunday: Holy Communion 9.30am
4th Sunday: 8.00am Holy Communion (said service BCP) Children’s Club 9.30am
5th Sunday: United Benefice Service 11.00am
(venue varies)
 
 
Finding prayer a bit boring? A growing number of people are discovering a new depth and richness to their faith through the exploration and practice of Christian contemplative prayer.
This ancient and almost forgotten way of praying has been experiencing a revival in recent years as Christians from all church backgrounds experience the transforming and healing qualities of silence, stillness and meditation.

Come and try it for yourself. All are welcome to join our prayer group on Thursdays 11.00am at Rowden’s Barn, Bridestowe.

Contact Revd. Adrian Brook for details: Tel. 01837 861580
 
Church Information:
There have been three churches within the Parish – the first was probably of wood and further west at the stream confluence. The second was near the present building. In 1830 Rev Luxmore wrote “The old church remained in the churchyard and was converted by the addition of chimneys into a poorhouse After 30 years of exertion to get the nuisance removed, I succeeded”. He reports having the arch, which divided the chancel from the body of the church, rebuilt at the principal entrance to the churchyard. The present church was built in 1450, possibly because the settlement had outgrown the old one with its round tower built of local stone. The present church was much changed during the 19th century – the tenor bell has the inscription “these bells re-hung and the tower heightened and beautified, 1828”. By 1890 the church was changed by Rev Francis to basically what we see today.

There are six Table Tombs’ in the churchyard five of them being listed, and two 18th century brick tombs.

The window over the altar is very colourful and consists of three main lights, being a 19th century restoration.
Thanks to Vera Whiting for the research.
 
Safeguarding Policy for Bridestowe PCC

The following policy statement was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 11.09.17

‘As members of the PCC we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable. We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community. We are fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures. We will also act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation Services and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. We welcome staff and volunteers who are recruited in accordance with House of Bishops’ Interim Guidelines on Safer Recruitment 2013. This means we will ensure that those who are employed or who volunteer to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults are suitable for the role, that they know what the role entails and that they are supported in carrying it out.’


• The PCC offers a range of activities and services for the community. This, therefore, means there are a range of individuals engaging in these opportunities. The PCC must ensure that all involved are vigilant that vulnerable persons are looked after and concerns reported in the appropriate manner.

• In accordance with the latest legal requirements and national church guidance we undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


• All staff and volunteers who work with vulnerable peoplehave the opportunity to take up the provision of Diocese safeguarding training.

• As part of the PCC local safeguarding training we have discussed and practiced responding in an appropriate and timely way. This has involved some scenario planning for situations when, for example,
o a child/vulnerable adult may disclose something that has upset or harmed them
o someone else might report something that a child/vulnerable adult has told them, or that they believe that a child/vulnerable adult has been or is being harmed
o a child/vulnerable adult might show signs of physical injury for which there appears to be no explanation
o a child/vulnerable adult behaviour may suggest he or she is being abused
o the behaviour or attitude of someone towards a child/vulnerable adult may cause concern
o a child demonstrates worrying behaviour towards other children.

• If you have a Safeguarding concern surrounding a person involved with Bridestowe Parish Church please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer:
• Dave Egford 01837 861 444; The Devon Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or the NSPCC. Contact them via the website, https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ , via email help@nspcc.org.uk Or phone 0808 800 5000. If you think an individual is in immediate risk of hard please contact the Police on 999.

• If there is a concern the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser will be contacted in a timely manner. We will also contact other organisations, these include but are not limited to:
o the parish’s insurer
o Disclosure and Barring Service
o Charity Commissioners

• The PCC is committed to co-operate fully with the Diocese and appropriate statutory agencies during any investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

People within the PCC and the parish who hold formal responsibilities for safeguarding (such as safeguarding representatives, people who are advertised as being safe to report a concern to, etc), with a summary of their responsibilities.
Vicar
Churchwarden
Safeguarding Officer
Tower Captain


This policy will be reviewed on ……September 2019