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February Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary - Rosemary Stevenson
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and Andrew Pidgen
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
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling;
St Germans: June Greaves
Chris Bowditch; Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford: John Ditchburn, Hugh Parker Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
2015 AGM

19th April following the 9.30am eucharist service at Downderry

Mothering Sunday
reakfast Cafe Church
Sunday 15th March 9.30am at St Nicolas' Church, Downderry
join us for breakfast and conversations around Mothering Sunday - for all the family -  with children's activities  

Coffee Morning and Soup and Pud Lunch
on Saturday 14th March at St Nic's Downderry
- inviting children to accompany their parents to the coffee morning and help prepare decorations and presents for the Mothering Sunday Cafe Service    


Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on SATURDAY 18th APRIL at 4pm

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

Michael's Message

February 2nd is Candlemas when we celebrate Jesus being brought into the Temple by Joseph and Mary to be presented to the Priest.  A welcoming into both the culture of Israel and the Jewish faith and the rite of purification for Mary.  Today we no longer would wish to regard birth as a ritually unclean event and so the “Churching of Woman” is no longer practiced.  However Baptism is.  We have to be careful not to regard the presentation into the temple and Baptism as the same;  they are not, but carry in them ideas about God and God’s relationship with the world.  Parents then and today bring their children to church because they are aware of something other than the physical in the world -  life has a spiritual dimension.  As a parishioner every resident has the legal right to have their child baptised and I would have it no other way.  During baptism the parents are acknowledging the presence of God in the world and presenting their child to him within the framework of a church service.  Neither the service nor the vicar have any magical powers.  The service is merely a formal presentation of what is happening:  that is the child being welcomed into the world wide Christian church. Indeed I heard a story recently told by a Canon in Church that when he was a boy the local vicar would on the third Sunday of the month at 3pm stand beside the baptismal font in the church and any of his parishioners could walk in and have their child baptised.  I personally do like to meet with the families and talk about the Christian way of living and what the commitments they and the Godparents are making both on behalf of the child and themselves mean.  However in a very real sense that long ago vicar had it right.  Baptism is about God and the child;  all else is just explanation and guidance helping all present to realise the mystery of God and why God wishes to have a relationship with us.  The water is poured,  the head is anointed with oil and a candle to represent Jesus lighting the way through life is given.                                                                                                                                      Candlemas Candlemas is also a time in some church traditions when the church candles are blessed as symbols of Jesus being both the light for the whole world and also for us as individuals.  So as the days lengthen and spring arrives may we venture out into the world guided by the light of Jesus.

Blessings Rev'dMichael                                                                                                                               


The Coffee morning and Soup and Pud lunch on the 24th January raised about £320 pounds for Parish Funds.  We hope to repeat 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



 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