Welcome to St Germans Group Parish


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

October 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 17th October 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.............

Michael's Message

During October we shall be celebrating our harvest services, so please see above for details, which may seem late for some of you. The harvest comes in many guises, and is not just the corn from the fields.  Apples, potatoes, and, of course, winter vegetables and sea food will be harvested beyond October.  Whatever the season it is always good to give thanks to God.  At harvest time we thank God for physical things -  things we see smell and eat.  These enable us to survive;  indeed in older times the size of the harvest was fundamental to the welfare of the community.  Today, of course, we only have to worry about the shortage because the prices in the supermarkets rise.  For others in different parts of the world it is still a matter of life and death.                                                                                     

 It is little wonder that people have always moved to better places, not just to eat but also to live well.  We have, over this summer, seen pictures and read stories of other refugees moving across Europe to avoid war, hunger and to find a better place to live.  As we celebrate the bounty that is ours by virtue of where we live,  let us not forget that God is the provider.  God, who gave life to seed and root, strength for growth and intelligence to adapt and develop new and better stains of crops and animals.  Let us also not forget that God loves and cares for all life especially humanity upon this earth and in our remembrances and joyful celebrations may we be generous to those whose life harvests are hard,  loving them as God has loved us. 

                         Events in the Parish.....


St Germans Group Parish is hosting a

 Community Breakfast

at the Inn on the Shore, Downderry on

Saturday 3 October at 8.30am.

As we all share in the life of our local community, we want to help identify and work towards answers to our local burning issues, working alongside other organisations and in close collaboration with all those who have concerns. We do not want to preach to you or at you - promise!

 So - we are want to find out what matters to you and we may decide to have those breakfasts on a regular basis - say every couple of months or so - to continue to explore issues, progress, frustrations, and so on.

 You can just turn up on the day but it may be helpful to have an idea of numbers - so, if you want to, let David Watters know on 01503 250 521 - or you can just roll up on the day. The cost of the breakfast will not be excessive - you will pay for what you eat!


St Germans

4th October 5pm Choral Evensong followed by Concert with the Valley Voices Choir

St Germans Priory Christmas Market

Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November

Parish stall on Saturday 21st November - with church information leaflets and Christian literature, cakes, books and bric a brac. Proceeds in aid of Parish funds.


18th October 11am St Luke's Patronal Festival with Harvest Eucharist



10th October Harvest Supper in the Parish Hall

Hessenford Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 28th November in the Hessenford Parish Hall


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- 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: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

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