Newsletter – 24 February 2019


 for the United Benefice of

Padstow, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor 

Rector:  Revd Dr Stephen Holmes           07584 091870

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24th : Second Sunday before Lent


A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.  Please take our love and prayers to your home parish.



Heaven’s door is open to us in this place that we may experience the power and glory of God.   Let us join with the voices of heaven and give worthy praise to the living and loving Trinity.



Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit

reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.  Amen



God our creator, by your gift
the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise,
and the bread of life at the heart of your Church:
may we who have been nourished at your table on earth
be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross

and enjoy the delights of eternity;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


TODAY’S READINGS (Page 803/806)

First Reading                     Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-25

Genesis means “beginnings” and here the writer presents a picture of God’s

Creating power that brings all things to life and creates a pattern for human relationships.


Second Reading                Revelation 4      

A door is opened to reveal God’s eternal kingdom for those who seek him. A picture of heaven is painted to reveal the beauty and wonder of all that is holy.


Gospel                                St. Luke 8:22-25

Jesus rebuked the wind and waves to bring calm as the Father had brought order to the chaos when time began. The disciples still have yet to recognise just who Jesus really is and why he has come.




World Day of Prayer– Service at St. Johns Methodist Church on Friday March 1st at 10.30 am- The service this year has been prepared by Christian Women of Slovenia- Come Everything is Ready- All Welcome.  A Woman led, Global Ecumenical Movement.



LENT is round the corner!

The Great Forty-day Fast of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 6th March. On that day there will be an opportunity to begin Lent by receiving Holy Communion and the traditional ashes in each of our parishes:

St Merryn      10.30am          Eucharist & ashes

St Issey           10.30am          Eucharist & ashes

Padstow         5.30pm           Sung Eucharist & ashes


Old Palm Crosses – If you have any old Palm crosses, there will be a box on the table at the back of our churches to collect the old ones for burning for ash to use at the Ash Wednesday service.


St. Petroc’s and St. Saviour’s churches will again be supporting the WaterAid charity with its 2019 Jars of Change Lent Appeal.  This is to raise money to help support WaterAid in providing clean drinking water, and sanitation.  The country of focus this year is Malawi. Jars will be available to collect from both churches at the beginning of Lent.


New Benefice Facebook Page: a new page for our parishes has been launched ‘The Church in Padstow, St Merryn & St Issey’. It carries news and events in our five churches, send information to Fr Stephen or the Benefice Administrator, Sue Norfolk.



The rebuild for the Parish of St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor will continue until Sunday, March 10th.


Every 6 years the Electoral Rolls of our Parishes are rebuilt from scratch.  If you would like to be included on the Electoral Roll of your Parish please contact your Electoral Roll Officer:


St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor                         Cathy Gwinell


By signing up you show that you are a member of your Church.

This will not commit you to anything, but you will, after 12 months, be eligible to serve on the PCC in your Parish if you wish and it also enables you to vote on church matters at the Annual Parochial Church Meetings.




These will take place each Tuesday in St Johns Methodist Church Padstow at 7:30pm. Each session will be led by a member of the Clergy and the Topic this year is the SORROWFUL MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY.


Tuesday 12th March   The Agony in the Garden      Fr Robbie Low

Tuesday 19th March   The Scourging at the Pillar     Canon Michael Fisher

Tuesday 26th March   The Crowning with Thorns   Fr Stephen Holmes

Tuesday 2nd April       The Carrying of the Cross    Fr Ciaran McGuinness

Tuesday 9th April       The Crucifixion.                   Revd Alistair Sharp


PLAINCHANT COMPLINE, a short candlelit service for the end of the day (lasting about 20 minutes), will be sung in St Petroc’s Church after each Tuesday Talk at 8:30pm.

All are welcome to sing or just be present. There will be a practice session to run through the music (ability to read music not required) at 11am on Sat 9 March in St Petroc’s.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be followed each Friday in Lent at 12 noon in St Petroc’s Parish Church (apart from Good Friday when the Walk of Witness will take place accompanied by St Minver Silver Band).




9.30 am            Sung Eucharist                                            St. Issey

9.30 am             Service of the Word                                   Trevone

11.00 am          Sung Eucharist                                             Padstow

11.00 am          Morning Prayer (BCP)                                 St. Merryn

4.00 pm           “Teatime” Family Service                             Padstow



Bell Practice:     Monday afternoon 3-4.30 pm                      Padstow


Tuesday 26th       

9.30 am            Roman Catholic Mass                                 Padstow

10.30 am         Eucharist in the Osborne Room                  St. Issey


Wednesday 27th   George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633

10.30 am         Eucharist                                                    Trevone


Thursday 28th

10.30 am         Eucharist                                                    Padstow


Friday, 1st March     

6-7.00 pm         Children’s Friday Fun Night, Church Rooms       Padstow


Saturday, 2nd

9 – 10.30 am    Holy Dusters Cleaning Team                       Padstow

5.30 pm            Roman Catholic Vigil Mass                           Padstow




9.30 am             Morning Prayer – BCP                                 St. Issey

9.30 am             Sung Eucharist                                            Trevone

11.00 am          Service of the Word                                   Padstow

11.00 am          Sung Eucharist                                            St. Merryn



Benefice Administrator: Mrs Sue Norfolk

Benefice Office, Church Rooms, Church Street, Padstow PL28 8BG          01841 534898

Office hours Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 1.00 pm

** All items for inclusion in the Weekly News sheet to be with the administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday**


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