Safeguarding Policy

“Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
In the Parish: of The Isles of Scilly, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Tel contact – 01720 422503
In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351
Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300
In emergency situation:
Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116
Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Church Service Times

Please check weekly Pew-Sheet for changes to the advertised times and venues.

St. Marys

Sunday            11.00 a.m. Holy Communion in the Parish Church

                      6.00 p.m. Epilogue in Old Town Church (May to September)

St. Agnes         09.00 a.m. Morning Service
St. Martins      10.00 a.m. Morning Service
Bryher            09.00 a.m. Morning Service
Tresco            11.00 a.m. Morning Service

Weekly Church Pew-Sheet below. 

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Worship in the Parish of the Isles of Scilly

Everyone is very welcome to attend any of our acts of worship within the parish. The main service in each of the island churches will either be Holy Communion or a Service of the Word. At our Communion services, Christians of all denominations who would normally receive the Sacrament are very welcome to receive it with us. We do hope that you will come and share our worship of God, whether you be young or old, islander or visitor, regular or first-timer! Our services are designed to be easy to follow; we have printed service booklets and hymnbooks, which are both available in large print if you prefer.


 The Church on the Isles of Scilly

The Church on the Isles of Scilly is more than just our lovely island church buildings!

We are trying to be a living community of Christian disciples, open to all, worshipping God with reverence and joy, seeking to learn more about God and his will for us, serving each other and our community in his love, caring for God's world.

We welcome all who wish to join us to find out more about God's love, salvation and purpose for us, as individuals, as a Christian community, and as island communities.

We are trying to grow in love of God and our neighbours, following the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
We know that we do not always succeed in our desire to know God more fully and we do not always do his will. We try to be forgiving of each other, as we seek God's forgiveness of our shortcomings. We try not to judge others, for we know that God's love and message is for everybody. We are not perfect, but we are trying to be better! If you would like to join us in our quest, please come along. WE NEED YOU to help us in our mission.


Baptisms (Christenings) in our Island Churches

If you are interested in finding out more about Baptism for yourself or your child, please contact the Chaplain for more information. Please check contacts for details.

Baptism, whether of infants or adults, marks the start of a faith journey within the Church. At Baptism we become members of God's Church and disciples of Christ. We commit ourselves to God and make serious promises about the direction of our life. We promise to worship God, to learn more about him and his ways and to follow the example of his Son, Jesus. In infant baptism parents and godparents promise to bring children up in the Church, to help them to grow in faith, to bring them to worship God and to care for his world and everything and everyone in it.

The Church wants to help new members to keep these promises they have made. We welcome children of all ages (see Children in Church), and provide welcome bags and activities if required.


 Marriages in our Island Churches

We would be delighted to help you plan the arrangements for your marriage.To discuss the possibility of having a marriage ceremony in any of our island churches, please contact the Chaplain for more information. Please check contacts for details.
Many non-residents are also able to marry here, but do contact the Chaplain in plenty of time, since the preliminary legal process is different and takes longer to complete.
Please do discuss dates and book the Church before you book the reception venue to avoid clashes and possible disappointment! The summer, in particular can get quite booked up. Marriages can take place on any day, except Good Friday and Christmas Day.


Isles of Scilly Churchyard Policy

Statements of intent

  • The incumbent, together with the P.C.C., has the responsibility to maintain the churchyards of St. Agnes, St. Martin’s, St. Nicholas Tresco, All Saints’ Bryher and Old Town Church St. Mary’s. The churchyards on St. Agnes, St. Martin’s, Bryher and Tresco are open for burials, Old Town churchyard is closed for burials as it is full, but there is provision for burials in the adjacent council-owned and run cemetery. (For further information about Old Town Cemetery, please contact the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)
  • The incumbent and P.C.C. adhere to the Diocesan Guidelines for Churchyards and Monuments published by the Diocesan Registrar. (Copies attached and displayed in each church/churchyard.)
  • The incumbent and P.C.C. recognises its responsibility in law to permit the burials of residents of the Isles and those who have died within the parish in the islands’ churchyards.
  • The incumbent and P.C.C. are aware that the islands are special to many people who are non-resident, some of who may wish to be interred here.
  • The incumbent and P.C.C. wishes to be pastorally sensitive to those planning their own funeral arrangements and to their grieving relations.
  • The P.C.C. has come to the view that, in order to preserve the very beauty and peace of the island churchyards which so many appreciate, restrictions now need to be placed on the erection of monuments following the interment of non-residents in the island’s churchyards.

This policy covers all the Parish’s churchyards.

Policy (*residents of the Isles of Scilly)

  • The term "*resident" means those whose main residence is on the Isles of Scilly, and who, therefore, spend the majority of the year on the Isles.
  • All who die on the Isles, or whose main residence at the time of death is on the Isles, have the right to be interred here (burial or interment of ashes) and to have a monument
  • In the case of people who have had strong historical links with the Isles, including a long period of residency (at least 10 years), the P.C.C. may agree to a request for an island burial, but this is solely at the discretion of the P.C.C., who will judge each case individually on its merits.
  • Former residents of the Isles who can demonstrate strong historical links or existing residents may wish to pursue the option of reserving a burial plot by faculty to guarantee their right to burial on the Isles. The P.C.C. and Diocesan Registrar would need to agree to the application to reserve a plot.
  • In the case of someone who is buried at sea off Scilly, or lost at sea, a monument may be placed in one of the churchyards with the agreement of the Chaplain.

Policy (non-residents of the Isles of Scilly)

  • Non-residents who die whilst on the Isles have the right to burial on the Isles and a monument.
  • Non-residents who are lost at sea around Scilly, with or without the recovery of mortal remains, may have burial (if appropriate) and a monument.
  • Non-residents who wish their ashes to be interred in the island churchyards may request this, but may not erect a monument. All enquiries should be made to the Chaplain, who will do his best to accommodate all such requests.
  • Non-residents whose remains are interred elsewhere may not erect a monument.
  • The P.C.C. reserves the right to refuse requests for interment (burial or interment of ashes) and the erection of monuments subject to the policy above, and to review and/or to amend the policy regularly.

    This policy was adopted unanimously by the P.C.C. on 4th September 2007 and renewed in 2021.

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