Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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Updates and resources to use at home

  • “On the Way” was launched on Thursday September 23rd with Bishop Hugh, Chris Painter the Rural Dean, our very own David Watters, and Julian Briscoe from Church House. The process is planned to finish by Easter next year. Here’s a summary of the timing:

 

  • The first job for everyone is to fill out the survey to get people’s initial ideas of what church means to them. You will probably have already have got an email with the link to the survey and other useful information. If you didn’t get an email please email or call Rev. Lynn. Please forward the email to other people you know, especially people who don’t go to church as we need to know what they think too! The survey needs to be done by the end of October so please fill it in ASAP – it’s short and simple.
  • You can find out more about the process here.
  • You can also find out more about On the Way on the Diocesan website here that includes a video from Bishop Philip.
  • Bishop Philip recently gave a very pertinent Presidential Address at the recent Diocesan Synod meeting where he shared his vision of the Church in Cornwall. You can read a summary of this in the current monthly newsletter here or read it in full here. It’s worth reading all of it!

‘At the heart of Christmas’ is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021.  Local churches all over the country will be welcoming their communities – onsite and online – to celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events, supported by a wide range of national resources and support. Read more here

  • Our worship and church life continues online in midweek and Sunday evening, led by Rev Lynn and the Ministry Team using Zoom software. These include morning and evening prayer and are still on most days of the week. Click here for details. Please contact Rev Lynn if you would like to join us, there is no requirement to live within our benefice, you would be most welcome! With our now having services in both in church and online on Zoom, we have become a “hybrid” church – a church that recognises that it is the being together that counts, more than where you are sitting, to worship God.
  • Pub theology continues online……click here for details, now moved to Monday evening, monthly, starting from June 7th.
  • Other events can be found below ‘Pub theology’

 

  • Our monthly newsletter can be downloaded here.
  • Covid restrictions following the lifting of restrictions by the government on July 19th. The government has put emphasis on all of us taking care of our own well being and safety. Our policies are designed to respect those in our congregations who are more vulnerable, and those who wish to continue with the restrictions. Mindful of the anxieties from our congregation and visitors, the churches have a responsibility to support public health. We will therefore continue to strongly encourage all our visitors to wear face coverings, sanitise hands and register with the Test and Trace system when visiting or worshipping.
    • In addition, our worship patterns will remain the same. We may experiment with singing of hymns, but with masks, which may be uncomfortable. Holy Communion will continue to be in one kind (the bread) only. We will continue to remain in our seats for the sharing of the peace. We will continue our strict cleaning regimes.
    • All our churches are open to visitors as places of interest, prayer and reflection.
    • We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and may change our advice as deemed necessary.

Online options

There are many options for worship and prayer online….

Or you could still listen to one of the many radio options – Radio 4, Radio Cornwall offer services on a Sunday around 8am.

Or you could look at: Church of England website that now has more services to join – or at many churches and cathedrals up and down the country who have other offerings

A very good resource is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

Browse a whole range of prayers you can choose from to read – or listen to:

Or using your computer, tablet or phone (as you prefer) and from your web browser access morning and evening prayer using this link:

Click here and choose what you need.

To read or hear the prayer for today, click on this link: http://cofe.io/TodaysPrayer

Browse around the various pages and you’re sure to find something that interests you.

Alternatively download an App for your tablet or phone. Church House Publishing or provide a number of these Apps and these can be downloaded from https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer

If you have any difficulties with the daily prayer or have any questions please email and we’ll try to help.
Have a browse around the Church House Publishing website as there are other things of interest, perhaps https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/reflections-for-daily-prayer   Some of these apps require a small subscription, but Daily Prayer is free.

 

 



Safeguarding:

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: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230676 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131


Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters

Curate: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Rosemary Stevenson

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters, Matt Frost

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, Rev Laura Bushell-Hawke

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Rosemary Stevenson

For Safeguarding:  Rev Laura Bushell-Hawke

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  Paul Gribble

Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble

Electoral Roll: Rosemary Stevenson

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Evelyn Reed

Deanery Synod Reps:  David Watters,  Rosemary Stevenson and Paul Gribble

Cashiers: Peter Daw – St Germans; Tim Pullin – Downderry; Hugh Parker – Tideford and Fiona Bristow – Hessenford.

Additional PCC Members from May 2020

Tim Pullin, Stephen Guffick, Tilly Thompson, Yvonne Byles, Hugh Parker, Susan Booth, Dawn Couling, Fiona Bristow, and Bill Woods.


Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenfordhttp://www.hessenford.net

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‘At the heart of Christmas’ is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021.  Local churches all over the country will be welcoming their communities – onsite and online – to celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events, supported by a wide range of national resources and support.

In 2020, many of us experienced a Christmas when so many of the ways we traditionally mark the season were suddenly denied to us.  This year, of course, we hope and pray that many of the familiar experiences that help Christmas come alive return to our homes, our churches and communities. But whatever else December brings, it will offer us an opportunity to enter more deeply into the joyful mystery that lies at its heart: God becoming human in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. It is also a challenge to each of us to ponder in our hearts – as Mary did – what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.

At the heart of Christmas is a deliberately simple and open theme – one that can be used to invite our communities to share in celebrating the good news of Christmas in a whole variety of ways, whatever the prevailing circumstances.

Reflections: There will be 12 Stories and Meditations from Justin Welby, Stephen Cottrell and guests where they will share personal stories exploring themes close to the heart of Christmas.   Starting on Christmas Eve and continuing daily (Monday to Saturday) until the Epiphany (6 January), these reflections will help you make space for that exploration. On each of the twelve days, a different contributor will share something that lies close to the heart of Christmas for them, bringing the theme to life through a mixture of personal story, Bible reading, reflection and questions to ponder.  These reflections will be available via the app and a Church House Publishing Booklet.

National Online Services: In collaboration with a range of Christian charities and organisations, there will be online services for the Sundays of Advent and Christmas. They will all be broadcast on the Church of England’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

We are starting to reintroduce our public events, whilst some continue online.

St Nic’s Lunch Update

Much progress has been made by Sandra Pearce and her team towards getting the lunches going again.

Look out for updates!

Zoom Pub Theology

Now running monthly

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes (or more), the conversation is open.

Meet via Zoom from 7.30 – 8.30pm first Monday of the month, starting June 7th

Topics:       TBA….please let Richard have any suggestions

For a Zoom link or enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on richard.laugharne@nhs.net

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Events at St Germans Priory Church

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Advance notice:

Christmas market!

At the end of November, details to follow

 


 

 

 

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

With the restrictions imposed by the government it is now difficult for us to collect and deliver food to the foodbank, though this situation is improving You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as panic buying and wage cuts take effect How can you help the Foodbank? The…

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St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. Board of Priory Trustees Chair- Richard Laugharne Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow Secretary – Brenda Daw Support Officer – Jo Rimron Ann Demaine Peter Daw Hugh Parker Bob Foulkes.

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Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)

The parish address for email is:

parker30@hotmail.com (main contact)

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2552/benefice/

If you are able, please consider a donation to help the work of the church in our community by clicking on the logo:

   

All our churches are open for worship, please see below for details.

Our online services will continue, details also below.

We are continuing to practice social distancing, wearing of masks, hand sanitising etc., respecting those in our congregations who are more vulnerable.

Please refer to main page for further details.

All services are at 10am unless otherwise noted

 

 

SundayDateLocation
Service
1st Sunday3rd OctoberSheviockCommunion at 10am
Harvest
3rd OctoberDownderryMorning Prayer at 10am
3rd OctoberOnlineWorship at 7pm
2nd Sunday10th OctoberSt GermansCommunion at 10am
Trinity 19
10th OctoberAntonyBCP Morning Prayer at 10am
10th OctoberOnlineWorship at 7pm
3rd Sunday17th OctoberDownderryCommunion at 10am
Trinity 20
17th OctoberSheviockCommunion at 10am
17th OctoberOnlineWorship at 7pm
4th Sunday24th OctoberAntonyBCP Communion at 10am
Last after Trinity
24th OctoberSt GermansMorning Prayer at 10am
24th OctoberOnlineWorship at 7pm
5th Sunday31st OctoberSt GermansCommunion at 10am
All Saints31st OctoberSheviockCommunion at 10am
31st OctoberOnlineWorship at 7pm

Regular weekday services:

Every Tuesday10amTidefordHoly Communion
Every Thursday10amHessenfordMorning Prayer

Our online services are as below:

DayTimeService
Sundays7pmEvening Worship
Mondays7pmEvening or Night prayer
Wednesdays10amMorning Prayer
Thursdays7pmEvening or Night prayer
Fridays10amMorning Prayer
Saturdays7pmEvening or Night prayer

Please email Rev. Lynn, details below, if you would like to join us.

Rev. Lynnparker30@hotmail.com

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All our churches are now open for private prayer.

 

A good resource for prayers and services is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

foodbank

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

With the restrictions imposed by the government it is now difficult for us to collect and deliver food to the foodbank, though this situation is improving

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as panic buying and wage cuts take effect

How can you help the Foodbank?

The best way to help now is to give money directly to the foodbank – please give what you can using this link:

https://liskeardlooe.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

Alternatively, if your supermarket has a foodbank bin, please put items in there.

If you could help through regular donations they would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. They can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

To learn a bit more about how the foodbank works, please click here to watch a useful video made by the Truro foodbank.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from February 2020

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Paul Gribble

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Peter Daw

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods