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

February 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

 The APM to elect Church Wardens and the APCM will be held on 3rd April after the 9.30am Parish Family Service at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

Lent in St Germans Group Parish

Held in the Arms Discussions

starting 16th Feb for four Tuesdays 7.30pm start at the Eliot Arms, St Germans

Home Group on Monday mornings at 11am

15th, 29th February, and 7th, 14th and 21st March at Margaret's, Hessenford

All are welcome to either or both!

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on Saturday 20th February 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

a new monthly form of worship for all the family

  14th February at 11am at  St Germans Priory



Cafe Church in Downderry

Come and join us for breakfast with worship and a chat on Sunday 21st February at 9.30am at St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

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


Michael's Message

February is easing its way in with lengthening days,  and early signs of the new life of spring are beginning to show.  On the last Sunday of January we celebrated Candlemas,  when Mary and Joseph bring the baby Jesus to be blessed in the Temple.  Scriptures tells how he is described as a 'Light to the nations'; not a bad introduction to the season of Lent. 

 Lent is a time of giving up nice things and feeling miserable  -  at least that’s what some would have us believe.  It’s not like that:  it’s a time of looking at ourselves with the light of Jesus as our guide.  Finding the lost coins of who we are and celebrating God’s revelations, so that when we come to Holy week we begin to understand how much we are loved and at what cost.

 As part of our Lent searches we will be holding another series of “Held in the Arms” discussions starting on February the 16th around the topic of Christianity, and what it might mean.  These are open discussions so please come as much to hear as to speak, to listen as to tell.                                                                                                           

We are also starting a third Sunday service in St. Germans:  there will now be services on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays).  The new service will again be exploring looking at Jesus differently;  this time in worship, with a new worship band and a more relaxed style.  Fear not -  there will still be a recognisable liturgy.  This is a chance for those who find a full communion service difficult or who wish to explore gently what worship is, and to come and share with us.  It might also shed “new light” on our other services. 



         Events in the Parish.....

                   Community Breakfast

 Saturday 13th February at 8.30am

Inn on the Shore, Downderry

-    a get-together over breakfast (£4.95 each) to chat about community issues that may be of interest or concern.  Maybe we can find a way to help out or to come up with suggestions to improve life in our villages

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 from January)
Vice Chair - Fiona Bristow (from January) 
                                 Jo Buchanan,  Evelyn Reed, Chris Bowditch, Joanna Rimron,  Malcolm Cross,  Lorraine Evens

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