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New and events summary
Our new Oversight Minister, Revd. Jo Northey, has spent her first weeks travelling around the benefice and attending services. We are delighted to welcome Revd. Jo and are looking forward to working with her.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our weekly newsletter can be found here: StGs 19th Nov
Details of our regular Sunday worship can be found here.
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 continue on first and third Wednesday of every month though fully booked at present
- Other events in the Benefice:
- Christmas Market at St Germans Priory, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November
- Other events of interest:
- 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 pleasant 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. The licencing will take place at St Germans Priory in January, details to follow.
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 the newsletter 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/
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 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 email@example.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.
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
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~ News and Events in the Parish ~
St Nic’s Lunches
First and third Wednesday every month.
Contact Rosemary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Paul (email@example.com)
to book a space
As always, no charge, but donations welcome.
Meet at the Halfway House, Polbathic, 4th Monday of the month, 7.30-9.00pm.
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:
For enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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2023 Events at St Germans Priory Church
Thursday 19th October – St Germans Primary School Harvest Festival
Saturday 4th November 2023- Jopes Ensemble Candlelit Concert – Nick Beach
Bell ringing practice every Thursday evening
Events in the Benefice
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-
If you have events you’d like to be included in the newsletter please email email@example.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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Curate: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke
Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble (email@example.com) and Rosemary Stevenson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
The St Germans Priory Trust: www.stgermanspriory.info
Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford: http://www.hessenford.net
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 email@example.com
Rosemary Stevenson on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively email us at email@example.com
St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services
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Details of our services are given below.
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All services are at 10am unless otherwise noted
Service type shown may vary depending on minister availability
|1st Sunday||5th November||Sheviock||Holy Communion|
|2nd Sunday||12th November||Tideford||Remembrance Sunday|
| 3rd Sunday||19th November||Downderry||Holy Communion|
| 4th Sunday||26th November||Tideford||Holy Communion|
| 5th Sunday||No fifth 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 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:
- the Archdeaconry of Bodmin (est. 1878): includes Deaneries of Trigg Minor and Bodmin, East Wivelshire, Stratton, Trigg Major, and West Wivelshire
- the Archdeaconry of Cornwall: includes Deaneries of St Austell, Carnmarth North, Carnmarth South, Kerrier, Penwith, Powder and Pydar
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.