Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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New and events summary

Our new Oversight Minister, Revd. Jo Northey, has spent her first weeks travellnig around the benefice and attending services. We are delighted to welcome Revd. Jo and are looking forward to working with her.

We’re also pleased that Rev. Laura continues to be our curate!

No doubt changes will be coming in the near future as Revd. Jo gets to work – the first joint meeting will be held in the near future. In the meantime, please continue to contact your churchwardens for any matters (see panel at right) or use the general email stgermanspriory@gmail.com

Our Worship

Details of our regular Sunday worship can be found here.

(Photo by Joshua Eckstein on Unsplash)







Pub theology successfully returned to the pub, now meeting at the Halfway House, Polbathic. The meetings run from 7.30 – 9pm on the fourth Monday

  • St Nics lunches Next event….October, date TBA


  • Other events in the Benefice:
    • Harvest Tea at St Mary’s Sheviock, 5pm on Sunday 10th September
    • All age service of thanksgiving and blessing of our pets in Sheviock Churchyard, Sunday 1st October at 3pm
  • Other events of interest:
    • Men’s Retreat Weekend at Buckfast Abbey with St Martin’s, Liskeard. Held between 22nd and 24th September.
    • Book of Revelation short course. Tuesdays 12th September to 28th November 9:30-1pm at St Matts Church, Plymouth, PL4 8HF
    • SAT-7 – Dare To Believe event – Saturday 14th October in Exeter
  • Click here for details of the events briefly described above.

Next steps for On The Way

Deanery Synod – the next meeting will be on Thursday 28th September, 7pm for 7.30 at Bishop Cornish school. This follows a very pleasasnt and useful informal meeting organised by Revd. Lynn in July. Current Deanery Synod reps are invited to attend the September meeting where officers will be formalised together with updates for the On The Way Process and general Deanery matters.

Appointment of the new Rural Dean/Strategic Lead
Archdeacon Kelly has recently told us that Revd Michael Johnson, at present Vicar in the Team Ministry for the Benefice of Beaconsfield in the Diocese of Oxford, is to be the Rural Dean and Strategic Lead in East Wivelshire Deanery. The post is an integral part of the On The Way process, appointing a stipendiary minister with oversight of the whole Deanery. It is currently anticipated that Revd Michael will be licensed in January next year.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
Extending the reach of CAP is a critical part of the Deanery Plan, taking the church into the community and providing concrete help to those in need.

The process is advancing as previously reported. Melissa has been appointed as a Debt Coach for CAP for the PL10 and PL11 areas and is very busy in her training at present. Melissa will provide updates as appropriate describing her role in CAP, which will be circulated separately from this newsletter and her third update has been distributed. Please have a look at this and think about how you might be involved.

The Diocese has just approved a 10 year plan that links the Deanery On The Way plans with Diocesan plans. You can read this by clicking this link: https://trurodiocese.org.uk/2023/05/diocesan-ten-year-plan-approved/

The Deanery Website will continue to carry the latest news for On The Way. Here’s the link to the website:




We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, and also for those in Russia at this critical time. Let’s also remember the countless other people in Yemen, Syria and so many other countries in our troubled world.


Click here for a letter from our Archbishops.

Click here for a form of prayer from the 24-7 Prayer group (Lectio 365)


Safeguarding Update for PCCs

All PCC members are required to complete the Basic Awareness Course every three years, the link for the course is here: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org

Churchwardens must also complete the Leadership level every three years, please do check if you are in date, courses can be booked here: https://trurodiocese.org.uk/resources/safeguarding/training-safeguarding/leadership-training/

DBS checks are now valid for three years, while each Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) will keep an eye on this please do check your own certificate and ask the PSO for help to renew it if it was issued prior to 2019.

PCCs will also need to check they are compliant with the new Safer Recruitment procedures. https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-10/ParishSafeGuardingHandBookAugust2019Web.pdf

Home/Small Groups

Home Groups will be launching in the Benefice this September.  Those of you who have previously been involved in such groups will know that Home Groups are an important part of nurturing a church community, they keep the fire of faith burning between Sundays and therefore raise the spiritual temperature that we start from on a Sunday – we’ve already seen this effect through the weekday Zoom services.

The groups will meet weekly at a time to suit the group members and each group would have 6-8 people. The groups can use the time to discuss that week’s sermon, for prayer and fellowship.

Home Groups need a leader and a host, this may be the same person or it may be two people who pair up to run a Home Group.  Hospitality (Gospeltality!) is a key part of this; however it doesn’t need to take place in someone’s home.  Zoom could also be used to help accessibility for a group – although that does make offering coffee and cake slightly harder!

Thank you to those who have responded, we do have space for more groups though.  Once our leaders are in place, we will be looking for group members.  If leading is not for you, at this moment, do keep an eye out for information on how to join a group.


Our newsletter has been replaced by a diary of weeklyish events, which will be reflected here. If you’re not on the mailing list please email stgermanspriory@gmail.com with your details.


  • Covid restrictions – we are currently reviewing our policies in the light of the forthcoming removal of restrictions.  We remain mindful of the government 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 sanitise hands and practice social distancing where appropriate. Wearing of masks is optional.
    • Our worship patterns will remain the same.
    • Holy Communion will continue to be in one kind (the bread) only.
    • 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.

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St Nic’s Lunches

Next lunch will be in October.


Contact Rosemary (stggp.churchwarden1@gmail.com) or Paul (stggp.churchwarden2@gmail.com)
to book a space

As always, no charge, but donations welcome.


Pub Theology

Meet at the Halfway House, Polbathic, 4th Monday of the month, 7.30-9.00pm.

Next meeting in September

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.

Provisional autumn programme:

September 25th: Spiritual crises in the Bible: Elijah after Mount Carmel
October 23rd: Spiritual crises in the Bible: the consequences for David after his affair with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah
November 27th:  Being a lay Dominican with Conchita Dunn


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

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2023 Events at St Germans Priory Church

Friday 29th September: Evensong with the Bishop of St Germans and the Roman Catholic Bishop of St Germans

Bell ringing practice every Thursday evening

Events in the Benefice

A Service of Harvest Thanksgiving at St. Mary’s, Sheviock.

The service will be followed by a traditional Harvest Tea.

Please bring a harvest donation of food stuffs suitable for the Foodbank – see list at left








A short all-age service of
Thanksgiving and Blessing
for our Pets in
Sheviock Churchyard
(or inside if wet)

3pm on Sunday 1st. October
Followed by tea and pet refreshments.



Other Events of Interest

Men’s Retreat Weekend at Buckfast Abbey with St Martin’s, Liskeard

Held between 22nd and 24th September, if you’re interested, please use this link:
Book of Revelation short course
Taught by the Revd Dr James Harding who holds a PhD on the book of Revelation.
Tuesdays 12 Sept-28 Nov, 9:30-1pm at St Matts Church, Plymouth, PL4 8HF. Cost for the course is £325. For any questions, please contact: southwest@stmellitus.ac.uk
SAT-7 – Dare To Believe event – Saturday 14th October in Exeter

If you’d like to go along talk to Matt Frost or register online at

Sarum College – Is Theology Still Relevant – free online course

Please go to https://www.sarum.ac.uk/short-courses/ to see the details of this course and many others that Sarum are running.

If you have events you’d like to be included in the newsletter please email stgermanspriory@gmail.com

Alpha Leadership Course!
Speakers include Nicky Gumbel, Danielle Strickland, Bear Grylls and many others. You can get more information by clicking on this link:

Alpha Course Leadership

Parish Contacts

Oversight minister: Revd. Jo Northey is our new oversight Minister. For the time being The main point of contact for all matters are the parish wardens. For weddings, funerals, baptisms and church services please make contact using the list below.

The general email for the parish is stgermanspriory@gmail.com

Curate: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble (stggp.churchwarden2@gmail.com) and Rosemary Stevenson (stggp.churchwarden1@gmail.com)

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

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: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:  David Watters

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Vacant

Parish Giving Scheme:  Paul Gribble

Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble

Electoral Roll: Rosemary Stevenson

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne or Fiona Bristow

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Evelyn Reed

Deanery Synod Reps:  Richard Laugharne and Paul Gribble

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

Additional PCC Members from May 2023

Tim Pullin, Tilly Thompson, Yvonne Byles, Hugh Parker, 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






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

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as the cost of living spirals ever higher. How can you help the Foodbank? The foodbanks have recently requested: Deodorant Fruit juice Jam/Marmite/Peanut butter Spaghetti hoops Tinned fruit Washing powder Anti bac cleaning spray Hair conditioner/shampoo Jars of pasta sauce It…

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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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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: David Watters, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 078260545696

In the Diocese: Andy Earl, 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

General contact details:

Please contact one of the parish wardens:

Paul Gribble on stggp.churchwarden2@gmail.com

Rosemary Stevenson on stggp.churchwarden1@gmail.com

Alternatively email us at stgermanspriory@gmail.com

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

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


Details of our services are given below.

Please refer to main page for further details.

All services are at 10am unless otherwise noted

Service type shown may vary depending on minister availability

1st Sunday3rd SeptemberSheviockHoly Communion
Trinity XIII
DownderryMorning Worship
 2nd Sunday10th SeptemberSt GermansHoly Communion
Donations for food bank please at all servicesSheviockMorning Worship
 SheviockHarvest Tea @ 5pm
 3rd Sunday
17th SeptemberDownderryHoly Communion
Trinity XIV
SheviockMorning Worship
 4th Sunday
24th SeptemberSt GermansMorning Worship
Trinity V
SheviockHoly Communion
 5th Sunday
No 5th Sunday


Regular weekday services:

Every Thursday 10am Hessenford Morning Prayer

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All our churches are open for private prayer.

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


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

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as the cost of living spirals ever higher.

How can you help the Foodbank?

The foodbanks have recently requested:


Fruit juice

Jam/Marmite/Peanut butter

Spaghetti hoops

Tinned fruit

Washing powder

Anti bac cleaning spray

Hair conditioner/shampoo

Jars of pasta sauce

It is the school holidays, a time when children need an endless supply of snacks, squash and packed lunches, so please consider this when donating.

There is a drop off point in the porch of St Nicolas, Downderry and St Anne’s, Hessenford.

The app BanktheFood is being used by our local foodbanks to show the Priority Items they need; it is in real time so is always up to date.  More information here

To give money directly to the foodbank – use this link:


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.