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New and events summary
Holy Week and Easter – advance notice of services
2nd April Palm Sunday, 10am Sheviock and Downderry
Monday 3rd April 10am, Online
Tuesday 4th April 10am Online
Wednesday 5th April 10am Online
Maundy Thursday 6th April 10.30am Chrism Eucharist, Truro Cathedral
6.30pm St Nicolas Downderry
Good Friday 7th April 2pm St Mary’s, Sheviock
Holy Saturday 8th April 10.30am Church Care and Decoration and Hot Cross Buns, St Germans
Easter Day, Sunday 9th April Sunrise Service, Crafthole – details to be announced
Easter Day, Sunday 9th April 10am with the Bishop of St Germans at St Germans
- Easter Eggs for Schools! Every year we donate Easter Eggs to the schools at Antony, Downderry and St Germans. This costs in the region of £300, if you are able to contribute please speak to Paul Gribble, Treasurer at the St Germans Group. Many thanks to all those who have given generousl.
- Congratulations to Revd Laura as the portfolio she has been undertaking during her curacy was passed with flying colours. This is a big step forwards as she now waits to hear from the Bishop as to whether she will be ‘signed off’ allowing her to seek her first job as incumbent or other position of responsibility. The portfolio is a truly huge task and succesful completion a great success.
- Rev. Lynn has now officially retired and the parish is now in transition
- The main contacts for the St Germans Group parish now become the parish wardens.
- Prayers for Rev. Laura please as she continues her ministry with us.
- More information about transition can be found by following these links:
- General information
- An overview document
- 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.
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.
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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 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 April, also in St Germans. 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 on the fourth Monday and the next one will be on Monday February 27th discussing the Book of Revelation.
- St Nics lunches Next event….TBA
- 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
If you have any difficulties with the daily prayer or have any questions please email and we’ll try to help.