Newsletter – 15 March 2020


for the Petroc Benefice: Padstow & Trevone,

St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor

Rector:  Benefice in Transition

Curate:  The Revd Fiona Giorla            01841 532956

Sunday March 15th – Third Sunday of Lent

A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.


As we need to quench our bodily thirst, so do we need to quench our spiritual thirst, our deep desire and need for God.


Almighty God,

whose most dear Son went not up to joy

but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
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


Merciful Lord,

grant your people grace to withstand the temptations

of the world, the flesh and the devil,
and with pure hearts and minds to follow you,

the only God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen

TODAY’S READINGS (Year “A” Readings- Track 2 related)

Old Testament Reading                   Exodus 17: 1-7

The Israelites were thirsty and rebellious, doubting God and Moses. But God answers doubts and provides for his people when they listen to his word.

New Testament Reading                  Romans 5: 1-11

Like water onto a parched land, God’s Spirit has been poured into our hearts and Christ has shown his love for us by dying to set us free.

Gospel                                                St. John 4: 5-42

Jesus offered the living water and the living bread to all people, even his enemies. And today, all are welcome at the fountain head of life.


It is our view, in light of the continued increase of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom, that it is now necessary to suspend the administration of the chalice as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace, blessing or “laying on of hands”.  We therefore advise that all priests should:-

  • Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine.
  • Suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the peace;
  • Suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or ‘laying on of hands’.

LENT COURSE “Caring for Creation” “Churches Together” encompasses the Anglican, Catholic and Methodist Communities with the Benefice and it 3 Parishes.  As usual we are running a Lent course, which this year tackles the important and topical subject “Caring for Creation”.  There will be four sessions on Tuesday evenings, March 3rd, 10th,17th & 24th, meeting in St. John’s Methodist Church, Padstow.  7.15 for coffee, 7.30 start until 8.30 pm.  Please come along if you can.  For more information contact Revd Fiona. 

LIVE LENT 2020 Archbishop Justin has launched the C of E first ever ‘green’ Lent campaign.  Sign up for 40 daily reflections.

“GIVE A TIN FOR LENT” Struggling to decide what to give up for Lent?  Why not give for Lent!  I will be donating tins/packet of food for St. Petroc’s for the homeless in Lent rather than giving something up.  If you would like to donate a tin/packet, there will be a box at the back of St. Petroc’s church Padstow, from Ash Wednesday 26th February.  Sue Norfolk.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – A short service each Friday in Lent as we follow Jesus to the Cross.  12 noon in St. Petroc’s Padstow.


St. Merryn – St Merryn Bell Restoration Appeal Quiz Night. 7:30pm Saturday 21st March in Farmers Arms hosted by Dan. Teams of 4 or 5.

SMOC practices. Sunday 22nd March Mothering Sunday 9:30am

Sunday 29 March 9:30am Preparation for Easter Sunday 12 April

Sunday 5th April 10:30am Steve Tyrell playing Palm Sunday

Sunday 12 April 9:30am Easter Sunday.

Padstow flower team will be meeting in the Church Rooms on Saturday 21st March at 2.00 pm to make up Mothering Sunday posies.  If you would like to help all are welcome.

Trevone flower team please meet at the Old Farmhouse at 2pm on Friday March 20th to make Mothering Sunday posies.

Padstow PCC Approval of accounts – Would all members of the PCC please meet in the Church Rooms on Saturday 21st March at 10.00 am for a short meeting to approve the accounts.


APCM St. Merryn Thursday 26th March at 7.00 pm in the Church Hall.

APCM Padstow Tuesday 31st March at 7.00 pm in the Church Rooms.

APCM St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor Wedneday April 1st at 7.30 pm in the Osborne Room.

PADSTOW & TREVONE TEATIME SERVICES– Please note that there are no teatime services on 22nd March in Padstow, and 5th April in Trevone.

Benefice Administrator: Mrs Sue Norfolk

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

Office hours Tuesday – Friday 9.00 – 1.00 pm

Sunday 15th    Third Sunday of Lent

9.30 am           Sung Eucharist                                                 Trevone

9.30 am           Sung Eucharist                                   Little Petherick                 (Giving thanks for the long and dedicated service of Churchwarden Sidney Rundle)     

11.00 am         Sung Eucharist                                                St. Merryn

11.00 am         Service of the Word                                       Padstow

REGULAR PRACTICES: –                                                                 

Bell Practice:     Monday afternoon 3-4.30 pm                               Padstow

Tuesday 17th   

9.30 am           RC Mass                                                           Padstow

10.30 am         Eucharist                                                     Osborne Room

7.30 pm           Churches Together Lent Course St. John’s Methodist Church                

Wednesday 18th                                                             

10.30 am          No Eucharist                                                 Trevone

Thursday 19th                                                                 

10.30 am          Eucharist (BCP)                                               Padstow

Friday 20th

12 Noon          Stations of the cross                                          Padstow

6-7pm              Friday Fun Club                                          Church Rooms

Saturday 21st

10.00 am          Padstow PCC Adoption of Accounts          Church Rooms

 5.30 pm          RC Mass                                                          Padstow

Sunday 22nd  Fourth Sunday of Lent – Mothering Sunday

9.30 am           Service of the Word                                       Trevone

9.30 am           Sung Eucharist                                            St. Issey     

11.00 am         Morning Prayer BCP                                       St. Merryn

11.00 am         Sung Eucharist                                                 Padstow

6.30 pm           Taize Service                                                   Trevone

Items for the Weekly News to be in the office by 12 noon.

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