Newsletter – 10 March 2019

                           WEEKLY NEWS

                           for the United Benefice of

                         Padstow, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor


                           Rector:  Revd Dr Stephen Holmes

                           07584 091870

                   SUNDAY MARCH 10th : The First Sunday of Lent


A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.  Please take

our love and prayers to your home parish.



In Lent we renew our desire to fulfil God’s purposes. Let us turn to God in prayer and repent of the same human pride which crucified our Lord.



Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever Amen .



Lord God, you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;
by it you nourish our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love:
teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,
and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your mouth;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


TODAY’S READINGS (Page 816/819)

First Reading                          Deuteronomy 26.1-11

The ancient Israelites regularly reminded themselves of the relationship

between themselves and a loving, generous God, who had chosen to make

himself known to them. A recital of his past saving acts acknowledged that

they were constantly in his debt and must give him praise and honour.


Second Reading                                 Romans 10.8b-13

St Paul stresses the continuity of the new revelation of God in Christ with the

covenant described in the Old Testament. Yet salvation has now become

available to all who confess their faith in the God who gives life and

overcomes death.


Gospel                                                St. Luke 4.1-13

The human Jesus had to resist the chance to see himself as more powerful

than God: in the desert places of the Christian year, especially Lent, we must

also learn to resist, recognising the true nature of temptation.



Community Garden Party A Planning meeting will take place on Saturday March 16th at 10.30 a.m. in the Church Rooms, to start the preparations for the 9th Annual St Petroc’s and Community Garden Party to be held on Saturday August 10th at Prideaux Place, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Prideaux-Brune.  If you would like to help, have ideas for fund raising stalls or belong to a local organisation or charity then please come along.  Last year’s event was a great success for local organisations and charities.  Let’s make it bigger and better.  For more information; contact Tim Bishop or Sue Norfolk.

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.

St. Issey Electoral Roll Rebuild – The rebuild ends today please contact Cathy Gwinell if you want your name included on the roll.


Thank You – Rex and Joan Tansley for St. Merryn wish to thank everyone for their cards, thoughts and prayers following Joan’s recent stroke.  She is now making wonderful progress and looking forward with thanksgiving.


St. Petroc’s Church Needs You – Can you help out with any of the following jobs in St Petroc’s Church?  We are looking more volunteers for the Coffee Rota, help with Holy Dusters, choir and flowers.

There is also a need for more Servers in the Church for the Sunday and mid-week Eucharists.   Linda Morey is retiring from being our Sacristan after several years of loyal service, if this or any of the above jobs are of  interest to you and you would like more information of what the job entails then please talk to Linda, Fr Stephen, or Sue.

Get Well wishes – We send our prayers and get well wishes to Wyn May for a speedy recovery after her recent accident.


VACANCIES PADSTOW PCC – There is a vacancy for the post of  Churchwarden for Padstow, also 3 vacancies to serve on the PCC to represent Padstow and 1 vacancy to serve on the PCC to represent Trevone.

If you are interested in any of these positions, you will find a nomination form at the back of the churches in Padstow and Trevone.  You must be on the Church Electoral Roll to be eligible.

Can we thank Molly Bishop, Andrea Curnow, Angela Reskelly and Martin Saunders for their service to Padstow PCC.  Thank you also to Linda Morey for her service as Churchwarden to this Parish.




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).


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**



9.30 a.m.           Service of the Word                                 Trevone

9.30 a.m.           Sung Eucharist                                Little Petherick

11.00 a.m.         Sung Eucharist                                          Padstow

11.00 a.m.         Morning Prayer – B.C.P.                         St. Merryn

2.30 p.m.          Holy Baptism                                           Padstow

2.30 p.m.          Holy Baptism                                            St. Issey

4.00 p.m.          “Teatime” Family Service                          Trevone



Bell Practice:     Monday afternoon 3-4.30 pm                      Padstow


Tuesday 12th  

9.30 a.m.          Roman Catholic Mass                                 Padstow

10.30 a.m.        Eucharist                                         Osborne Room

7.30 p.m.          Lent Talk                      St. John’s Methodist Church

8.30 p.m.          Plainchant Compline                             St. Petroc’s


Wednesday 13th Ember Day

10.30 a.m.        Eucharist                                                   Trevone


Thursday 14th

10.30 am         Eucharist                                                  Padstow


Friday, 15th

12 noon         Stations of the Cross                               St. Petroc’s

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


Saturday, 16th

10.30 a.m.      Garden Party Planning Meeting           Church Rooms

2.30 p.m.       Funeral of Trevor O’Hagan                     St. Saviour’s

5.30 pm         Roman Catholic Vigil Mass                           Padstow



9.30 a.m.             MORNING PRAYER  – B.C.P.                 Little Petherick

9.30 a.m.             SUNG EUCHARIST                                              Trevone

11.00 a.m.           SERVICE OF THE WORD                                   Padstow

11.00 a.m.           SUNG EUCHARIST with Baptism                St. Merryn

1.45 p.m.            Holy Baptism                                                    Padstow

7.00 p.m.           Taize Service                                                      Trevone

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