Caring for Others
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. (Ephesians 1:3-10)
- Social Services: supporting individuals and their families through difficult times, safeguarding them from harm.
- Jasmine House (Sight and hearing): advice and support to both children and adults with sight and hearing problems.
- Women’s Refuge: a safe house where women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse can stay free from fear.
- The Haven: supporting those in times of need or hardship, advancing the Christian Faith.
- Signposts for carers: Torbay's dedicated support service providing specialist information and advice to unpaid carers in Torbay.
- Salvation Army: Their mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.
MP, Council, Community and Tourism
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:15-23)
- Mr Kevin Foster, MP
- Collaton St Mary: John Thomas
- Clifton with Maidenway: Ian Doggett, Margaret Douglas-Dunbar
- Goodrington with Roselands: Rick Heyse, Lee Howgate
- Kings Ash: John Kavanagh, Jacqueline Thomas
- Preston: Chris Lewis, Lynn Sykes, David Thomas
- Roundham with Hyde: Christine Carter, Barbara Lewis
- Shops and businesses, hotels and guesthouses, restaurants
- Paignton Community Larder
- Homes and families
Healthcare and Emergency
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2. 2:1-10)
- Community Nurses: Working in clinics and health centres, residential homes and in the wider community supporting elderly, disabled or vulnerable patients. Doctor’s Surgeries: Cherrybrook, Corner Place, Mayfield, Old Farm, Pembroke House, Withycombe.
- Dental practices and other medical services (chiropody, podiatry)
- Paignton Hospital (Physiotherapy) and Torbay Hospital
- Rowcroft Hospice
- Police, Ambulance, Paramedic, Fire services, Coastguard, Air Ambulance
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 3:2-6)
- U3A (University of the Third Age) is a UK movement of retired and semi-retired people who come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.
- Age Concern: friendly, caring and support services including Days Out, Home Support, Befriending, Careline and Traders Register.
- Residential and nursing homes: Anderlain, Arundel House, Battersway, Belle Vue, Braemar Court, Burnside Court, Burrow Down, Cedar Court, Cornerways, Croft House, The Firs, Grange-Lea, Harbour Rise, Jasmine House, Kingsmount, Levanto, Little Oldway, Oldway Heights, Mount Olivet, Pendennis, Pippins, Primley Court, Primley House, Roundham Court, Southwater, Tudor Court, Warwick House, and homes across Torbay.
- Community carers: Residents and carers who visit older people in their own homes, particularly those who have difficulty walking or getting around. Assisting older people who want to live independently
- Assisted living: Residents and staff who provide personal care and support services. These are tailored to you and can include help with washing, dressing, going to the toilet and taking medication. Domestic help, such as shopping and laundry, and meals may also be provided.
Education: Children and Young People
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
- Schools and Colleges: South Devon College, Paignton Community and Sport Academy, other secondary schools, Primary Schools.
- Linx Christian Youth Trust: Seeking to provide a credible resource to secondary schools, supporting young people in every aspect of their development: emotional, social, relational and spiritual. Lessons offered include RE/PSHE/SRE, delivered to small groups and offering general support to the school community.
- ICE Torbay: Initiative in Christian Education - working within primary schools in and around Torbay. Their purpose is to assist the local body of schools by providing character education programs.
- Youth Genesis Trust: A way for the local churches to service the needs of young people in the town.
- Open the Book: A project which offers primary school children an opportunity to hear key Bible stories.
- School pastors
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
- Church of England: Christ Church, Paignton Parish Church, St Andrew’s, St George’s, St Paul’s; Collaton St Mary and village parishes.
- Methodist: Goodrington, Palace Avenue, Southfield.
- Baptist: Paignton (Winner Street), Preston, Roselands Community.
- Roman Catholic: Sacred Heart.
- Gospel Halls: Gerston Chapel, Great Parks.
- Pentecostal: Living Waters, Riviera Life.