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September 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

Harvest Festival 5th October at 9.30am

at St Nicholas Church, Downderry

- to include the Open the Book team and the grand

handing in of the offerings from the Talents Scheme

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on 21st September 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

This week - the week I am writing this letter, many students' exam results came out.  For some it was the happy moment of fulfillment of their dream of a university place, whilst for others it meant a visit to 'clearing' to consult and reorganise.  By the time you are reading this schools will be re- opening for their autumn term with new pupils starting and others changing classes.  Some seem to think that the church should be like schools, teaching a good moral and spiritual education so enabling people to pass the final test and ascend into heaven.  Indeed many point to the Sermon on the Mount and the Ten Commandments saying that is what we have to do to pass.  I’m delighted to say it’s not like that.

Recently I was in St. German’s church when a couple came in and read the information boards.  They were puzzled as to what was the Pelagian Heresy that was mentioned.  I explained that during the early years of Christianity in Britain a movement arose which said that the better you were the more chance you had to achieve resurrection.  In effect one could earn part  - if not all  - of the inheritance of eternal life.  As they were Hindu they understood this concept very well and wondered why for Christianity it was wrong.  I explained that our salvation is already assured through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  He took upon himself all the wrongs of the world.  It is in response to this generosity of love that we as Christians try to live a good life as detailed within the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.   Jesus showed us the way, and we endeavour to follow.  For some the hardest part is a true acceptance that they are free from the guilt of the past through no effort of their own, but it is only by accepting this and living in response to it that we can truly fulfil our potential as human beings.

I wish all those starting out anew and those continuing in their education a good year, and those who wish to respond to God’s gift of freedom the courage to do so.



Saturday 7th September   after the 9.30 Parish Family Eucharist  at St Nicholas Nicolas Church Downderry.

Come and buy the food, cakes, jams etc that our  congregation have made and grown - or just join us for the service and a coffee and chat......                                                      

The scheme started in the parish at the beginning of March in aid of  parish funds. 

 St Germans

Re-licensing of Rev'd Michael Goodland  and formal welcome of Rev'd Sacha Pearce SSM as Honorary Curate by Chris, Bishop of St Germans at 6.30pm on 14th October.

 Christmas Market -  21st, 22nd, 23rd November




Formal re-opening of Hessenford Church Hall by Bishop Chris - 4pm on14th October, with a tea - ALL welcome

Christmas Fete - 29th November


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