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Welcome to the parish church of St Germans: St Germanus of Auxerre in the Anglican Diocese of Truro and county of Cornwall England.

The memorably picturesque ensemble of church, house and park is of the highest architectural and historic interest.

The present church building in St Germans is the third that has stood on this site. The first was a small Celtic church erected by St Germanus, who visited Britain in A.D. 429. The second church was built by King Athelstane in 936, the year in which he finally conquered the Celts in Cornwall.

The present church was begun in the 12th century, but was not consecrated until 1261. Now, much changed by decay and renovations, it survives as a massive and inspiring building blessed with a wonderful acoustic - so much used for significant religious events and concerts. St Germans church frequently plays host to the East Cornwall Bach Choir.

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Revd Michael Goodland
The Vicarage
Quay Road
St Germans
Saltash
PL12 5LY

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Michael's February Message
Dear Friends, February 2nd is Candlemas when we celebrate Jesus being brought into the Temple by Joseph and Mary to be presented to the Priest. A welcoming into both the culture of Israel and the Jewish faith and the rite of purification for Mary. Today we no longer would wish to regard birth as a ritually unclean event and so the "Churching of Woman" is no longer practiced. However Baptism is. We have to be careful not to regard the presentation into the temple and Baptism as the same; they are not, but carry in them ideas about God and God's relationship with the world. Parents then and today bring their children to church because they are aware of something other than the physical in the world - life has a spiritual dimension. As a parishioner every resident has the legal right to have their child baptised and I would have it no other way. During baptism the parents are acknowledging the presence of God in the world and presenting their child to him within the framework of a church service. Neither the service nor the vicar have any magical powers. The service is merely a formal presentation of what is happening: that is the child being welcomed into the world wide Christian church. Indeed I heard a story recently told by a Canon in Church that when he was a boy the local vicar would on the third Sunday of the month at 3pm stand beside the baptismal font in the church and any of his parishioners could walk in and have their child baptised. I personally do like to meet with the families and talk about the Christian way of living and what the commitments they and the Godparents are making both on behalf of the child and themselves mean. However in a very real sense that long ago vicar had it right. Baptism is about God and the child; all else is just explanation and guidance helping all present to realise the mystery of God and why God wishes to have a relationship with us. The water is poured, the head is anointed with oil and a candle to represent Jesus lighting the way through life is given. Candlemas is also a time in some church traditions when the church candles are blessed as symbols of Jesus being both the light for the whole world and also for us as individuals. So as the days lengthen and spring arrives may we venture out into the world guided by the light of Jesus. Blessings Rev'd Michael
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Michael's February Message
Dear Friends, February 2nd is Candlemas when we celebrate Jesus being brought into the Temple by Joseph and Mary to be presented to the Priest. A welcoming into both the culture of Israel and the Jewish faith and the rite of purification for Mary. Today we no longer would wish to regard birth as a ritually unclean event and so the "Churching of Woman" is no longer practiced. However Baptism is. We have to be careful not to regard the presentation into the temple and Baptism as the same; they are not, but carry in them ideas about God and God's relationship with the world. Parents then and today bring their children to church because they are aware of something other than the physical in the world - life has a spiritual dimension. As a parishioner every resident has the legal right to have their child baptised and I would have it no other way. During baptism the parents are acknowledging the presence of God in the world and presenting their child to him within the framework of a church service. Neither the service nor the vicar have any magical powers. The service is merely a formal presentation of what is happening: that is the child being welcomed into the world wide Christian church. Indeed I heard a story recently told by a Canon in Church that when he was a boy the local vicar would on the third Sunday of the month at 3pm stand beside the baptismal font in the church and any of his parishioners could walk in and have their child baptised. I personally do like to meet with the families and talk about the Christian way of living and what the commitments they and the Godparents are making both on behalf of the child and themselves mean. However in a very real sense that long ago vicar had it right. Baptism is about God and the child; all else is just explanation and guidance helping all present to realise the mystery of God and why God wishes to have a relationship with us. The water is poured, the head is anointed with oil and a candle to represent Jesus lighting the way through life is given. Candlemas is also a time in some church traditions when the church candles are blessed as symbols of Jesus being both the light for the whole world and also for us as individuals. So as the days lengthen and spring arrives may we venture out into the world guided by the light of Jesus. Blessings Rev'd Michael
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Incumbent: The Revd Michael Eric GOODLAND
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2561
Archdeaconry: BODMIN (392)
Deanery: EAST WIVELSHIRE (39205)
Benefice: St Germans (39/153BM)
Parish Legal Name: Saint Germans Group Parish (390285 )
CofE Church Info: (639285 39/285)
Short URL: acny.uk/2561/
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This page was last updated on Thursday 1st December 2016
 
 
 
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