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St Germans Group Parish:
|Permanent members of the PCC||
Secretary - Rosemary Stevenson
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
|Parish Wardens:||Brenda Crago and Andrew Pidgen|
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne - also on PCC as Reader
Downderry: Sue Pidgen,Tim Pullen, Sue Booth
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling
St Germans: June Greaves
Tideford: Ron Bradley, John Ditchburn, Hugh Parker
|Deanery Synod Reps:||Rosemary Stevenson, Steve Liddicoat, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne|
Christmas Day will soon be upon us with all its festivities, the arrival of a longed for day. The western world seems ready to burst with excitement. During the month of December before Christmas Day we observe Advent, just like before Easter Day we observe Lent. Advent is not a time for giving things up; rather it is a time of reflection - looking back over the year and forward to a new start in January. For some the year has been difficult, for others a time of delight, more cards to send or maybe fewer presents to buy.
The Christmas story tells us of a great Love. It talks about the mystery of God and the love that pours out towards us. The basic story is well know, learnt not least in primary school with the nativity plays. I sometimes think that it looks like Jesus was born on the Ark rather than in a stable with the great variety of beasts present. The message though is still the same. God came as a baby bringing with him Peace, and Goodwill to the world. Unfortunately many in the world will celebrate the day and then go back to behaving as they did before - taking the joy but missing the Love and the Peace so generously given by God. I wonder what presents I will receive? To whom I have forgotten to send a card? From where will come the slippers and the socks? God does not forget, neither does he keep a list. God pours out love through Jesus to all and any who will be prepared to unwrap their hearts. Not taking away the hopes and fears for that is part of what makes us human. Rather enhancing us to become fulfilled, complete, remarkable, made in the image of God. This Advent, this Christmas, make a little time to reflect on who you might become, filled with the Love, Peace and Goodwill of God.Blessings Rev’d Michael
Tel: 01503 230275 Correspondence to:
The Vicarage, Quay Road, St Germans. PL12 5LY
Service Schedule as from January 2014
St Germans Priory Trust
The Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Officer made his first visit to St Germans Priory in late May to help the Trustees put a robust bid together for funding for the project. His advice is being worked up into our bid submission which is being crafted as I write.In a practical level, work is going on to enhance the way that we tell the story of the Priory over the years and highlight the history and heritage of the building and its close links with Port Eliot and its place in the community. Two educational trails around the building have been designed for schools and school groups will be visiting the Priory in June in conjunction with the Ceramics Exhibition at Port Eliot. Some fascinating ‘story boards’ will be on display soon, delving into elements of life in yesteryear, a comprehensive booklet about the Priory’s history is being researched and the inaugural Priory Lecture is being planned for September. Watch this space for more information and 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.
December 2013 -
Priory Trust Event Priory Christmas
Market – Thu 5th, Fri 6th and
Sat 7th December
10am - 3pm A traditional art and
craft fair with some fabulous local talent coming to
show their goods. It will be a great chance to pick
things up for Christmas and Saturday will be focused
on the children with Father Christmas coming (if he
is not behind with his reindeer training programme),
a lovely raffle and mulled wine and mince pies.
Board of Trustees
Chair- Martin Edwards
Richard Laugharne, David Watters, Jo Buchanan
Evelyn Reed, Fiona Bristow, Chris Bowditch, Lorraine Evens
December 2013 -
Priory Trust Event
- Priory Trust Event
Priory Christmas Market – Thu 5th, Fri 6th and Sat 7th December 10am - 3pm
A traditional art and craft fair with some fabulous local talent coming to show their goods. It will be a great chance to pick things up for Christmas and Saturday will be focused on the children with Father Christmas coming (if he is not behind with his reindeer training programme), a lovely raffle and mulled wine and mince pies.
Concert at St Germans
Canoryon Lowen at St Germans Church
December 8th, 7.30pm
Canoryon Lowen, one of Cornwall’s most versatile choirs, will present a Christmas Concert in St Germans Church. Included in the programme will be favourites such as
John Rutter’s Nativity Carol,
the medieval Boar’s Head Carol accompanied by a brass ensemble , and a new work by Cornish Bard Nick Hart - The Midwinter Cantata.
The Secular Cantata, which is accompanied by the
Liskeard Chamber Ensemble, is a setting of a number of
poems which describe the sights, sounds and feelings
associated with this most important season of the year -
of friends and family, winter nights, resolutions, party time
and the journey from darkness to light.
The concert will feature community carols with thrilling
descants from the choir, music for flute and strings and
that special atmosphere that is Canoryon Lowen at
Tickets at £6.00 are available from St
Germans Community Shop or telephone 01579 320683
for telephone reservations.
Two further performances of
the new work can be heard at St Neot Church and
Tavistock RC Church on the 19th and 20th December.
www.canoryonlowen.comence Harvest event at St Germans Priory Church.
Please try to bring at least one tin each time you attend worship - in whatever church in the Parish! Our help is needed, especially with Christmas coming. Remember we collected half a ton of food during the past year. However, the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in. There is a collection for Foodbank at Morrisons, Liskeard on Saturday 7th December.
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:
- the Archdeaconry of Bodmin (est. 1878): includes Deaneries of Trigg Minor and Bodmin, East Wivelshire, Stratton, Trigg Major, and West Wivelshire
- the Archdeaconry of Cornwall: includes Deaneries of St Austell, Carnmarth North, Carnmarth South, Kerrier, Penwith, Powder and Pydar
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.
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire
- Botus Fleming
- St Dominick
- St Germans
- St John
- Landrake with St Erney
- Maker with Rame
- St Mellion with Pillaton
- South Hill
- St Stephens by Saltash