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August Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary - post unfilled
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 - also on PCC as Reader
PCC members: Downderry: Tim Pullin, Sue Booth; Cashier; Sue Pidgen and Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Fran Moore. 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: June Greaves
Chris Bowditch;
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on Saturday 12th September at 3pm in St Germans Parish Church

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.............

Gary's Message

Reflections of a newly ordained Deacon:

I spent the week before ordination, or at least most of it, in silence and on retreat at Epiphany House. It would be difficult to find somewhere better to spend such a week, the weather was most clement and the gardens were glorious. But the highlight of each day were the times of Prayer in the chapel. These were led by Bishop Bob, the former Bishop of Crediton, who had a wealth of wisdom and experience to pass on to each of us on the retreat.

A recurring theme of Bishop Bob's teaching focused on the book of Joshua, in particular Joshua 3: 4; " Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before...". Although Bishop Bob's teaching focused mainly on the journey of ordination, this scripture applies equally to all of life's journeys. We each need to take time to focus on what is going on around us each day. Life is as much about the journey as it is the destination. Of course, as Christians, we also have an added awareness of whom we journey with.

When the big day finally arrived I was overwhelmed both by the events at the cathedral, and also by the number of people who gave up their time to come along and support me. I cannot put into words how grateful I am to everyone who came; we often use the phrase 'I will remember it forever', but in this case I know I will.

My reflection is simple, we believe in a God of loving kindness, which is made manifest in the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God calls each of us into that relationship as we make life's journey, and beyond. But we are never closer to God then when we are close to each other, and even though none of us have ever been this way before (no matter where we are in our own journey), when we journey together in love and friendship, we journey with God.

Have a great summer, and those of you who are going away, remember that you go with love and prayers.




So far this year the Coffee mornings and Soup and Pud lunches in  January, March and May have raised about £750 pounds for Parish Funds. 

The next Coffee morning and lunch will be on 12th September.

 We are repeating this sort of fundraising event on a regular basis, as we are concerned to meet our increased contribution to Diocesan funds (the MMF) .  All ideas and offers of help gratefully received.   Please speak to Margaret or David W. 

St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at  and let us know your contact details. 

Board of Priory Trustees  
Chair- Martin Edwards
Richard Laugharne, Jo Buchanan
Evelyn Reed, Fiona Bristow, Chris Bowditch, Lorraine Evens, 

Malcolm Cross, William Trinick and Bob Foulkes.



 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 - 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, Instant Mash Potato and 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:

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.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire