Who we are

Rev. Matt Rowland.

You can call Rev. Matt on 01548 830260 or send him an email:  matt.rowland@modburyteam.org

Alternatively, you can get in touch with one of the churchwardens from any of the five churches.

See appropriate church page for contact details.

Rev. Oli Long.

Rev. Oli is Curate for the whole of Modbury Mission Community, serving all five parishes of Aveton Gifford, Bigbury, Kingston, Modbury and Ringmore.

Email: oli.long@modburyteam.org

Telephone:  01548 732007

Joyce Howitt.

Joyce is also a Lay Reader who moves around between the five churches to lead Sunday services.

Gilbert Snook.

Lay Reader in the Mission Community, leading services around our five churches.

Michael Tagent.

Reader Emeritus, Modbury Mission Community.

Sara Chapman.

Families Worker, organising and running children’s learning activities, mainly in Modbury and Aveton Gifford.

Emma Romney.

Vicar’s PA


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About Mission Communities.

There are around 120 mission communities across the Diocese of Exeter. We aim to be mission-oriented, community-focussed and locally-rooted. As God’s people we are called to live out our faith and continue the mission of God as revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Communities are how we relate to one another. We discover both what we need from others and what we can offer so that all may flourish. In the same way Mission Communities help us as the Church to work together across boundaries and break down a sense of isolation. They enable us to be flexible in our mission and more adept at responding to the different contexts and cultures of Devon.

Not every parish can offer every aspect of the Church’s life and ministry, but by joining in partnership with neighbouring churches and forming a Mission Community we can work together more effectively.

We are committed to:

  • regular prayer and worship

  • pastoral care

  • evangelism and mission

  • opportunities for learning, teaching, nurture and growth for disciples of all ages

  • youth and children’s work and worship

  • equipping members for ministry and the development of ministry teams

  • ensuring our churches are safe places for all God’s people by working together to prevent abuse

  • connecting with the local community especially in service to the marginalised

  • good administration and stewardship of time, resources and buildings

More about Safeguarding

Safeguarding is at the centre of our faith, in our practice, in our worship, in our praying, and in our believing.  Modbury Mission Community 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 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.

As a Mission Community 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 acknowledging the principle that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

  • Ensuring that any individual organization renting/using our premises for activities involving children, young people or vulnerable adults is aware of 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.

  • Ensuring those appointed are aware of the Diocesan and Parish Safeguarding Policies and are aware of their roles and responsibilities. We support them by ensuring they receive Diocesan safeguarding training commensurate with their role and ensuring that they are fully aware of and have access to 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.

  • Ensuring 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.

  • Seeking 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 providing 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.

  • Working 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.

  • Endeavoring 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.

There is a person in each parish who is the Parish Safeguarding Representative.  Each is suitably recruited and trained, aware of their role and responsibilities and is the point of contact for any concerns. Their names and contact details are listed on the homepage of this website.

Our Safeguarding Policy is formally reviewed annually and a copy shared with the Archdeacon at the time of the annual Visitation.

If you are someone who feels unhappy about something …..

You can call Childline on 0800 11 11

Domestic Abuse: if you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are in danger and are unable to talk on the phone, call 999, and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without having to speak.

If you are not in immediate danger, the following numbers may be helpful:
Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Victim Support National 24-hour Support line: 0808 1689 111

Safe Spaces.

Here to help you.  

Telephone 0300 303 1056