May I wish you all a joyous Christmas and a peaceful New Year. It has been a delight over the last few months for Ruth and me to find ourselves living with in the group parish.
Alongside is a list of services around the Christmas period and in the Notices the general service plan for the parish which will commence in February. I would like you to come and join the celebration over the Christmas season, and on that note ask if you can refrain from opening one of your presents on Christmas morning until during the Christmas Day family service at Downderry. We shall share a moment when we can all open the parcels ourselves thus sharing some of the joy together. This Christmas we shall also be launching at least 4 travelling nativities, these little nativity sets will be handed out on Advent Sunday December 2nd and spend each night with a different household, each house passing it on in the morning. They will then come back together at the Christmas Day service. Please let your local church know if you wish to host the Holy Family this Christmas. Another thing that is happening is that in the week before Christmas there will be a branch placed in three of our churches for those of you who may wish to hang a bauble as an unspoken prayer from your heart.
You will note from the service plan that I will be attending each church in rota for a midweek communion. I shall be there from 9-30am. so that if any one wishes to meet me before the communion service they can. May God grant you peace at this time and hope for the future. Happy Christmas.
Rev’d Michael Goodland.
Hessenford Church Hall
The hall is closed until further notice due to flooding.
Memorial Garden in Hessenford Churchyard is completed.
Over the last weekend we managed to lift several tons of topsoil, sand and gravel to finish the surrounds of the area that has become known as the Memorial Garden.
This has been achieved by the stalwart effort of a significant number of Hessenford residents and funding from Viridor Credits.
Bishop licenses the Revd Michael Eric Goodland
On 3rd September Revd Michael Goodland was licensed by the Bishop of Truro as Parish Priest of the Group Parish of St Germans, Rural Dean of East Wivelshire (see below), and Assistant Curate of Saltash.
His Contact details are:
Tel: 01503 230275
St Germans. PL12 5LY
THE FOOD BANK – continues to need our support!! Please try to bring at least one tin each time you attend worship - in whatever church in the Parish! Those who need the Food Bank are more in need of our support than ever!
Tinned Meat, Tinned Fish
Long Life Milk, Fruit Juice,Sugar (small bags),
Tinned Tomatoes, Tinned Vegetables.
In case you missed it, we had a great piece broadcast on ITV Westcounty on Tuesday 12 June, and a plug for the Rusty Bucket. You can run the video clip if you follow this link: - http://vimeo.com/43913940
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)
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