St Paternus Parish Church North Petherwin


We hope you enjoy your visit. Here are some highlights to look out for as you browse the pages. 

A rolling calendar of regular and special church services* Our fully indexed and comprehensive 'News and Notices' section including: news of events to come and reports on events since passed; interesting topical articles with a strong link to religion; special stories and appeals related to the war in Ukraine and much more. A fascinating Everyday Faith feature initiated by the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury which includes stories of real life encounters with faith, our own Prayers in the Community initiative which includes our Daily Prayer Hour A detailed History of St Paternus by Caroline Stone. Plus lots more! 

Our church is open for prayers every day during the daytime and we invite you to visit the church to pray as often as possible.

Where are we?

North Petherwin is a large Parish in a beautiful, predominantly rural area, situated just a few miles to the North West of Launceston. St Paternus, the parish church, is situated towards the southern end of the parish in the hamlet of North Petherwin and close to the village of Petherwin Gate, the main centre of population of the parish.

Our welcome to you.

The St Paternus Church Community extends a very warm welcome to you all!  Whether you are visiting or resident in our beautiful, rural Parish we are pleased that you have taken time to visit our church website.

Your local Church is made up of people just like you! So do please introduce yourself to us if reading the pages of this website leads to you visiting our church in person for one of our services. We’d love to get to know you. Of course, you are most welcome to visit the church at other times during the day when it is light for prayer or quiet contemplation, or simply to explore it's beautiful expansive interior and grounds. Information is there to read or purchase and you will find it on the table in front of the bell tower. We do hope you find what you are looking for but you would be most welcome to contact us via our 'Get in Touch' page if not.

Church services are held on Sundays and usually begin at 10 am. Please find the latest details of services on our 'Services and Events' page, giving details of our services for generally the current month.

We are happy to book in Christenings and Weddings, Please join us for one of our services or make a phone call to make an appointment.

We also have a dedicated chat line for anyone who is lonely or in need of help and would like a friendly voice to talk to. Please visit the 'St Paternus Telephone Helpline' page in our 'Everyday Faith' section for a more detailed description of how we can help.

Our 'About Us' section also includes details on our Vicars, articles on the history of our beautiful church and lots more and we most cordially invite you to study these. 

You can also dial into the virtual 'Daily Hope Line' hosted by the Church of England. This service is available at all times and enables you to listen to a weekly service, a weekly address by the Archbishop of Canterbury, a selection of popular hymns and much more. Simply dial 0800 804 8044 for this service.

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Get in touch

What's on

Morning Worship

Sunday 21 July 2024 Sunday at for 1 hour
St Paternus Parish Church North Petherwin
North Petherwin Near Launceston Cornwall, PL15 8LR, United Kingdom

Our less formal service, compared to Holy Communion, led by one or more of our Local Worship Leaders. Suitable for families. Held on the third Sunday of the month, it begins at 10.30 am.
The service will be followed by light refreshments.
All are welcome.

Everyday faith

Discover how we can support you to find and follow God in your everyday life.

Our comprehensive list of all of our news stories, including articles, prayers and more.


Our parish of North Petherwin is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO); please see below for details. Our Diocese of Truro’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the PSO or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor via the following link:
If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services."

The Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) for North Petherwin Parish is BILL WILLIS. He is responsible for ensuring the coordination of any concerns about a child, young person or vulnerable adult, or the behaviour of an adult working with vulnerable groups. His role is to ensure that these are appropriately reported both to the statutory agencies and to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.
The contact details for Bill Willis can be found on the church noticeboard and are repeated below:

Bill Willis
07581 418230
[email protected]

If you wish to speak to Bill, please contact him for advice, guidance or just for a chat about any concerns you have.

The website address for the Truro Diocese Safeguarding Team is:
which can be accessed by clicking the download button below.

More information on Safeguarding can be found on the following website:

INVITATION TO TAKE PART IN THE INEQE SAFEGUARDING AUDIT - a survey to bring together a wide collection of experiences of Safeguarding by Parish Community members.

For more information, please see the story entitled SAFEGUARDING SURVEY in the 'News & Notices' section.

Truro Diocese Safeguarding Team