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New and events summary
- Christmas approaches as we continue in Advent, waiting, watching and preparing
- Advent Course – commences on Zoom on Wednesdays at 7.30pm
- Please email for a link if you’d like to join
- The course encourages us to:
‘Reconciliation started small’. In this season of Advent, can you take a moment each day to be attentive to where there are signs of hope and reconciliation – within your own life and that of your community?
Think about what your Christmas preparations and celebrations will look like this year and bring these before God. Ask where God might be calling you to nurture a small seed of reconciliation and pray for God’s equipping.
- Advent Course – commences on Zoom on Wednesdays at 7.30pm
- PLEASE NOTE! The Carol service at Downderry on Thursday 15th has been changed to offer hospitality in the Church after the school’s Carols on the Beach. We will be serving mulled wine and mince pies!
- Rev. Lynn has now officially retired and the parish is now in transition
- A prayer for the parishes in transition:
Dear Lord, our God and Father, in this time of transition, give us eyes to see Your presence in our lives, ears to listen to Your will, lips to speak Your words, and hands to do Your work. Grant us grace and go before us, as we seek Your Holy Spirit’s counsel, as we live in community during this time, and as we prepare for the arrival of a new priest in our midst. In Your name we pray, in sure and certain hope of Your promises to us. Amen.
- Alpha Course: The first Alpha Course that ran in St Germans has now finished. Alpha is a safe place to learn about different topics of the Christian faith with others. There’s no pressure to talk and no follow up, plus it’s free. Everyone’s welcome. No matter your background or beliefs. If you would like to attend the course please talk to Rev Laura, Richard Laugharne or Steve Guffick. Another Alpha course is planned for St Nicolas at Downderry in the New Year.
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)
Details of our regular Sunday worship can be found here.
Next steps for On The Way
Members of the PCCs of the new Benefice attended the meeting with Archdeacon Kelly on 24th October. The PCCs are asked to find two representatives to join the Transition Team that will soon be gathering to write the Parish Profile for the new Priest-in-Charge.
More details, including notes from the first Deanery Implementation Team meeting will be available soon.
Deanery Plan Prayer Group
The Deanery Plan was approved by Deanery Synod earlier in the year. In order to support the work of the implementation team a group of us will be meeting weekly on Zoom starting on the 7th November at 0900 hours for half an hour. If you can join us in prayer we would love to see you.
Meeting ID: 252 179 2902
The Deanery Website will continue to carry the latest news for On The Way. Here’s the link to the website:
Our first Alpha course that ran in St Germans in September is now finished. Another is planned for the New Year at St Nics in Downderry. Please speak to Revd Laura, Richard Laugharne or Steve Guffick to find out more.
Pub theology successfully returned to the pub, now meeting at the Halfway House, Polbathic. The meetings run from 7.30 – 9pm but the next one will now be on Monday January 16th. Details to follow,
- St Nics lunches
- Next event….TBA
- St Germans Priory – Carols and 9 lessons with the Reflections Choir, Sunday 18th, 6pm
- Angel Festival at Sheviock, with angelic refreshments throughout, Saturday 10th/11th December
- Click here for details of the events briefly described above.
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
- 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. Wearing of masks is optional.
- Our worship patterns will remain the same.
- 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.
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
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 Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker has now retired. 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 email@example.com
Curate: Rev. Laura Bushell-Hawke
Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rosemary Stevenson (RosemaryEStevenson@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: 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 2021
Tim Pullin, Stephen Guffick, Tilly Thompson, Yvonne Byles, Hugh Parker, Susan Booth, 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
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~ News and Events in the Parish ~
St Nic’s Lunches
Thanks to Sandra Pearce and her in getting the lunches and other events going again. The next event(s) is/are:
Contact Rosemary (RosemaryEStevenson@gmail.com) or Paul (email@example.com)
to book a space
As always, no charge, but donations welcome.
Now running monthly, and back in the pub!
Now meeting at the Halfway House, Polbathic.
Next meeting will now be on Monday, January 16th – details to follow
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.
Topics: TBA….please let Richard have any suggestions
For enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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2022 Events at St Germans Priory Church
Sunday 18th December, 6pm, Carols and 9 lessons with the Reflections Choir. Remember to wrap up warmly!
Bell ringing practice every Thursday evening
Events in the Benefice
Angel Festival at Sheviock, with angelic refreshments throughout, Saturday 10th/11th December
Saturday 10th December
10 am – 3 pm Angel Exhibition Open
7 pm – 9 pm Angel Voices with Reflections Choir Concert Tickets £5
Sunday 11th December
10 am – 12 noon Angel Exhibition Open with Carolaire
2 pm – 4 pm A Classic Angel Film on our big screen
Rev Lynn Parker has now retired.
Please contact one of the parish wardens:
Paul Gribble on email@example.com
Rosemary Stevenson on RosemaryEStevenson@gmail.com
Alternatively email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
As a result of the parish being in transition/interegnum/vacancy, our online and Tuesday Tideford services are regrettably being discontinued. Details on main page.
We are continuing to practice social distancing, hand sanitising etc., respecting those in our congregations who are more vulnerable. Wearing of masks is optional.
Please refer to main page for further details.
All services are at 10am unless otherwise noted
|1st Sunday||4th December||Sheviock||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Advent 2||4th December||Downderry||Morning Worship at 10am|
|2nd Sunday||11th December||Antony||Antony remains closed until further notice|
|Advent 3||11th December||St Germans||Holy Communion at 10am|
|3rd Sunday||18th December||Downderry||Holy Communion at 10am|
|Advent 4||18th December||Sheviock||Out of the Darkness, 4pm|
|18th December||St Germans||Carols and 9 lessons with Reflections Choir, 6pm|
|Christmas Week||20th December||Portwrinkle||Carols on the harbour, 6pm|
|Christmas Eve||24th December||Sheviock||Cafe Carols, 3pm|
|24th December||Hessenford||Christingle, 6pm|
|24th December||Sheviock||Holy Communion, 9pm|
|24th December||St Germans||Holy Communion, 11.30pm|
|Christmas Day||25th December||Downderry||Holy Communion at 10am|
Regular weekday services:
Every Thursday10am HessenfordMorning 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.
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
Paul Gribble and Bill Woods
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
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