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December 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 18th JANUARY at 3pm in St Germans Methodist 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

Advent is upon us. Shops and garden centres are full of festive goods, and Michael is soon to get his nativity out in the garden. By the time you read this our travelling nativities will have been blessed by Bishop Tim and be travelling from home to home, to be brought back at one of our Christmas services. It is a time of busyness and waiting, trying to get everything done and waiting for the day. Maybe memories of past Christmases come to mind, a smile and a tear shown. Our nativities also remind us of the great story we celebrate at Christmas - of a people so loved by God that his Son Jesus came to live among them as a human, so the world could see and feel his presence. There is a carol, the three verses of which is printed below, that is becoming more popular called “Who would think that what was needed” sung to the tune of 'Scarlet Ribbons'. If you feel a little jaded by the festivities maybe this will help you.

Who would think that what was needed to transform and save the earth,
might not be a plan or army, proud in purpose, proved in worth?
Who would think, despite derision, that a child might lead the way?

God surprises earth with heaven, coming here on Christmas Day.

Shepherds watch and wise men wonder, monarchs scorn and angels sing;
such a place as none would reckon hosts a holy helpless thing.
Stable beasts and by-passed strangers watch a baby laid in hay,
God surprises earth with heaven, coming here on Christmas Day.

Centuries of skill and science span the past from which we move,
yet experience questions whether, with such progress, we improve.
While the human lot we ponder, lest our hopes and humour fray,
God surprises earth with heaven, coming here on Christmas Day

(John Bell & Graham Maule)

Merry Christmas

Blessings Rev'dMichael                                                                                                                               


24th January  10.30am - 1.30pm  Coffee morning and soup and pud lunch, with sale of cakes, home produce and other 'talents' activities in aid of parish funds

 St Germans

21st Dec   3pm  Carols and Christingle Service


17th December  8pm Carol singing in the Copley Arms
19th December 6pm  Carol Singing around the Christmas Tree with hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies in the Church Hall
21st December  6pm       Christingle Service in St Annes Church


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