Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

 WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME

to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!                

 


Latest News



September Newsletter 


 St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 3rd April 2016:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary -
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and David Watters
Church Stewards: Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
PCC members: Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Jenny Daniels, Fran Moore, 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Paul Gribble
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Next meeting of the PCC - Sunday 2nd October following the 9.30am Parish Family Service at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

Home Group on Monday morning at 10.30am,  19th September at Margaret's, Hessenford

All are welcome

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on the third Saturday,  17th September at 3pm in St Germans Priory

All children and their accompanying adults  are very welcome - and help on the day from our parishioners very welcome too!

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Please contact Evelyn Reed (01503 230449) for more information,  and also if you are able to help.............

Parish Praise

our next monthly services of informal worship for all the family

  11th September at 11am at  St Germans Priory

 

Cafe Church in Downderry

Come and join us for breakfast with worship and a chat on the fourth Sunday, the 25th September at 9.30am at St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

A leisurely start to Sunday for the adults and activities for the children

 

Rev Michael's Message

I am reading a book by Jonathan Sacks called “Not in God’s name”. Within its pages he discusses the relationship between God and people, using as a template the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) with reference to the book of Genesis.  In his introduction he asks an odd question, “What is the difference between a Sat-Nav and an Ant?” The answer tells us much about ourselves and God.  Apparently if an ant gets lost it searches around to find the scent trail of another ant; then, assuming that the trail has been left by an ant who knows where it is, it follows it. With a sat-nav,  if you miss a turning it tells you to turn around -  if you don’t then it recalculates a new route to your destination.  With ants there have been cases where hundreds of ants have ended up following each other until finally they all die of starvation.  God is like a sat-nav in the sense that He knows where we need to be and guides our route, encouraging us to turn around, and repent if we take a wrong turning  - or  - if we insist on continuing , God recalculates a new route for us to bring us to where we need to be.               

The church's role is to help with this relationship between people and God. With this in mind we shall be running a discussion group called Pub Theology in the Eliot Arms St. Germans on the second Wednesday of each month.  The times and topics are posted within the newsletter and posters will be put up.  There is no hidden agenda and all views will be respected.  You will of course expect me to put forward a Christian perspective.                                                                                                                 

If you would like to try church again or for the first time then we have a variety of services from the relatively informal “Café Church” in Downderry and “Parish Praise” in St. Germans to more relaxed but formal service of Holy Communion in all the churches, “Parish Prayers” every Tuesday in Hessenford and an Sunday evening service at 5pm in Tideford on the first Sunday of the month. 

Please remember wherever we find ourselves God is always there and ready to help. We are much loved by Him

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 - Evelyn Reed
Support Officer - Jo Rimron
  Malcolm Cross, Chris Bowditch,

Chris Cook,  and Bob Foulkes.

 

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 THE FOOD BANK  - no change to the message - our help is needed. There are collecting boxes in all our four churches - please keep the contributions coming in...........
You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in.  

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, Sponge Puddings, Tea, Instant Coffee.

However, money is becoming an increasing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

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

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

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.
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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.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire

 



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