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2014 Annual Parochial church Meeting Sunday 27th April at Downderry after the 9.30am Eucharist.

 St Germans Group Parish:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary - Rosemary Stevenson
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and Andrew Pidgen
Church Stewards: Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne - also on PCC as Reader
PCC members: Downderry: Sue Pidgen,Tim Pullen, Sue Booth
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling
St Germans: June Greaves
Chris Bowditch
Tideford: Ron Bradley, John Ditchburn, Hugh Parker
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Steve Liddicoat, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church has arrived in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on Easter Day at 4pm in St Germans Methodist Church. Thereafter continuing on the third Sunday of each month.  All children with their accompanying adult  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

Dear friends                                                                

Easter day will soon be upon us.  A day when the Christian Church celebrates the freedom bought by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  With this we all have the opportunity to enjoy a life full of love.  To paraphrase St. John’s Gospel; not the love that the world gives but God’s love.  A place where forgiveness and welcome are freely given, the cost of our brokenness being taken by Jesus, expressed on the cross and written off in the resurrection.  Not only that, but also the promise of help and strength to sustain us through life.  God never promised us an easy life, rather that in Jesus life would be worth living and unexpected joys and peace will emerge.                                                                                                                      At least 20 people are coming to the Priory at St. Germans on the 13th April at 6.30pm for a Confirmation Service with Bishop Chris to say publically that they want to share in this life.  Confirmation is an acceptance of the baptismal vows made either on your behalf or by you which affirmed a belief in God.  Confirmation is simply reaffirming these promises for yourself and committing yourself to the Christian tradition that in our case is expressed in the Anglican Communion.  Perhaps you have attended a Baptism and started to wonder what it all means.  Then come along and experience the service.  I am always willing to discuss and answer questions.  It is too late for this confirmation service but there are others, so why not start the journey this spring.  We are fortunate to have the Rt. Rev’d Christopher Goldsmith, Bishop of St. Germans, with us all day on the 13th. April.  He will be leading our Palm Sunday procession and service at 10am at St. Nicolas Church, Downderry.  There will be a chance to meet him over coffee after the service before he travels to the Priory at St. Germans for our lunch time choir concert (see details below) before hosting the Deanery Confirmation Service in the evening.  There is a lunch and afternoon refreshments connected with the concerts (again see below) to which you all will be welcome.On a different matter; some but probably not all of you will know that our parish has been in suspension to enable reorganisation to occur, not just locally, but across the deanery.  I have now been informed that this is to be lifted; it was purely a legal device, and because of this I need to be relicensed as Rector instead of Priest in Charge.  This changes very little and contrary to what some may think I do not get paid any more!  This re-licensing will probably take place in due course, and notices will be posted on all church notice boards.  May you all have a blessed, joyful time this Easter celebrating the freedom to be found in Jesus’ love.




Raise money for the parish by using your talents using the £5 lent by the parish........

"Master,  you handed over to me five talents.  See, I have made five more talents."

"Well done, good and trusted servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things,  I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master."

The scheme started in the parish at the beginning of March.  This is your opportunity to use your imagination and gifts to create more money for parish funds.  There will be a grand 'handing in' of results at Harvest Festival in October, so we have all the spring and summer to get to work...................

Your initial £5 'loan' is available from Rosemary Stevenson or Rev'd Michael


Service Schedule as from April 2014


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. 

Concert at St Germans Priory -

3th April beginning at 1.30 pm.

A musical programme that includes music from early medieval to the modern day.  Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. There will be a soup and roll lunch available from 12 noon, and tea and cake after the concert.  For further information about the choir and to book tickets please see the Priory Trust website:  www.stgermansprioryinfo

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