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November 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

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on 16th November at 4pm in St Germans PARISH Church.

(The Methodist Church is having a new roof and other improvements). 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

November is a month which has this year a Christian festival at its beginning and its end.

We start with All Saints when we remember all those wonderful Christians who by their lives and faith have proved to be an example to the modern church.  We within the group parish have churches dedicated to St. Nicolas, St. Anne, St. Luke and St Germanus.  Some Christian traditions encourage us to read the lives of the saints in conjunction with the gospels, seeing how the one informs and highlights the other to our benefit.

At the end of the month we have Advent Sunday when we highlight the coming of Christmas and are called upon to reflect as to what the Christmas festival means.  Advent is a time to look to our own lives; maybe reading the bible passages which surround the Christmas story and asking important questions about our own lifestyles.

This year Bishop Tim will be with us on the 30th November at 11am in St. Germans to preach and celebrate communion.  It is during this service that our travelling nativities will be given out.  These are the simple representation of Christmas which we share each year.  We host it for one night and then pass it to our neighbour or friend and so they travel through the community.  By this means many are reminded about the coming, as a baby, of the saviour of us all.

I recently came across Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” rewritten for those who lead in the church.   I have followed this idea and now share below my version rewritten for all who live under Jesus’ banner.  After all, it’s no good remembering the story if it doesn’t make a difference to our lives.

“If we can speak of God most eloquently, hold people enthralled and pack a room every time we speak, but don’t take time to be quiet and listen - really listen – to the voices of those around us, and in our care, will our words be gospel?

If we are up to date with every trend in modern worship and evangelism, know our bible back to front and inside out and have an answer for every tricky theological question, but don’t know the joys  or pains of our neighbours, then what is the point of all that knowledge?

If we can have time to share with people, supporting them, working with them, holding out the love of Christ to them, being interested in the small things of life as well as the large, then we will be Christians, God’s children.”  (My thanks to Neil Winton for the original idea)                                               


2nd November    9.30am    Parish Family Service

11th Nov 10.45am   Remembrance Day Service at War Memorial

17th November     7.30pm   PCC Meeting at St Nicholas Church,


 St Germans

21st, 22nd, 23rd November            Christmas Market

30th Nov  11am   Parish Advent Day Eucharist with Bishop Tim

21st Dec   3pm  Carols and Christingle Service


2nd Nov  5pm All Souls Service

9th Nov  10.45am  act of Remembrance at War Memorial followed by service in St Lukes

11th November  10.30am-12.30  Coffee morning in British Legion Hall


11th Nov 10.45am Remembrance Day Service at War Memorial

29th November   2-4pm   Christmas Fete
21st December  6pm       Christingle Service


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