St Calixtus Church

About St Calixtus Church

The Church is situated in the centre of West Down and it is visible from most of the Parish.  The Church is part of the North Taw Mission Community (NTMC) comprising St Calixtus (West Down), St Augustine’s (Heanton Punchardon), St Michaels & All Angels (Marwood) and St George’s Georgeham and St Mary’s Croyde.

For more detail about the Church, its Bells, Tower and St Calixtus see History of the Church.

Latest Coronavirus Update

The government announced on Monday 23rd June that services for up to 30 with social distancing may start from Saturday 4th July.

Within the North Taw Mission Community, we plan to open our churches for private prayer and services on the dates and times listed below.

Guidance and signs will be placed in each church.

Please be aware that if you have a high temperature, a new dry cough, or loss of taste or sense of smell do not attend Church. You need to self-isolate and follow the latest NHS guidelines.

  • Please make your own decision about wearing a face covering.
  • Please bring a mobile phone with you in case you need help for any reason.
  • No dogs will be allowed.

Church opening and Services (North Taw Mission Community) – July to August 2020

Sunday Services

Date Church Time Service
19th July Heanton 10.30am Morning worship
26th July West Down 10.30am Holy Communion
2nd August Marwood 10.30am Morning Worship
9th August Heanton 10.30am Holy Communion
16th August West Down 10.30am Morning Worship
23rd August Marwood 10.30am Holy Communion
30th August Heanton 10.30am Morning Worship


Midweek Services

Date Church Time Service
28th July Heanton 4.00pm Evening Prayer
4th August Heanton 4.00pm Evening Prayer
18th August Heanton 4.00pm Evening Prayer
25th August Heanton 4.00pm Evening Prayer


Churches open for Private Prayer

Date Church Time
8th July West Down 6.30-8.00pm
9th July Marwood 10.00am-12.00pm
15th July West Down 6.30-8.00pm
16th July Marwood 10.00am-12.00pm
23rd July Marwood 10.00am-12.00pm
29th July West Down 6.30-8.00pm
5th August West Down 6.30-8.00pm
6th August Marwood 10.00am-12.00pm
13th August Marwood 10.00am-12.00pm
19th August West Down 6.30-8.00pm
26th August West Down 6.30-8.00pm
27th August Marwood 10.00am-12.00pm

NB St Georges Church, Georgeham will be hold a Sunday service each week at 11.00am from 26th July.

St. George’s Church will also be open for private prayer each Monday from 2.00-4.00pm

St. Mary’s Church, Croyde will be open for private prayer each Friday from 2.00-3.00pm

We would like to acknowledge and thank those of you who, as part of your commitment to worship, have given financially to the work of our churches. We also recognize that many of you, in spite of the difficulties of the current situation, continue to give through standing orders and the Parish giving scheme.

Over the last few weeks the income of our churches has, quite understandably, dropped significantly. One of the reasons for this is that we are not currently able to receive gifts physically through offerings made during services. If you have not been able to make a contribution through worship in the usual way and would like to, or if you would simply like information about how you could give to the work of the church please contact the relevant treasurer:

  • Heanton – Stan Westlake – 01271 816340
  • Marwood – Sue Nightingale – 01271 812291
  • West Down – David Ravenscroft – 01271 865413

Prayer for this time

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Services – For information about online Sunday services (from Mothering Sunday onwards) please use the following  link  – Individual services are shown below:

Sunday 12th July – fifth Sunday after trinity  (click here)

Sunday 5th July – fourth Sunday after trinity  (click here)

Sunday 28th June – third Sunday after trinity  (click here)

Sunday 21st June – second Sunday after trinity  (click here)

Sunday 14th June – (click here)

Sunday 7th June  – A farewell service for The Archbishop of York – (click here)

Sunday 31st May – Pentecost (click here)

Sunday 24th May – Mental Health Awareness with Prince William  (click here)

Sunday 17th May – National weekly service (click here)

Sunday 10th May – National weekly service with the Bishop of London (click here)

Sunday 3rd May – 4th Sunday after Easter (click here)

Sunday 26th April – Rev Kate Bottley (click here)

Sunday 19th April – Low Sunday Service (click here)

Easter Sunday 12th April – Justin Welby (click here)

Sunday 5th April – Palm Sunday – David Walker (click here)

Sunday 29th March – John Sentamu (click here)

Sunday 22nd March Mothering Sunday – Justin Welby (click here)

Next North Taw Mission Community Services:

Please do take a look at the Northtaw site for information about our local community services.  Rev Steve has been putting regular updates on this site including written services and audio files.

The following links, from the above site, are for Sunday 12th July:

Sunday Service – (click here)

Reflection by Rev Caroline – (click here)

Save the date

It is with regret that we announce that the 100th anniversary event planed for Sunday 13th September 2020 at 11 am to mark the erection of our war memorial for the parish of West Down has been postponed for a year.  It will now be held on Sunday 12th September 2021.

Activities at other Churches (for more detail, look at the website above or in the Link Magazine):

  • Cancelled due to Covid-19


The last annual meeting was held on Monday 1st April 2019.  Minutes of the meeting may be obtained from the Secretary.  The date for the next meeting was due to be Thursday 23rd April commencing 7 p.m. in the Iron Room but this has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  It is intended that the APCM will be held before October 2020.

Iron Room Management

If any users of the Iron Room have any comments to make about the church hall would they please make them known to the Caretaker Andy Odell –  We would be keen to hear views about the equipment, services and charges – both positive comments and areas for improvement.  As a result of feedback, additional lighting has been made available along with two fans heaters to boost the oil filled radiators.  Users are more than welcome to put on the heating about an hour before any event/meeting starts.

Bible Study – all cancelled due to Covid-19

Held in the Iron Room (or a participants house) usually on a Monday afternoon.  Come and explore the Bible and issues of faith in a warm and friendly environment.  Call or email Rev Caroline to find out more or to join in – 01271 815560 or

Messy Church – all cancelled due to Covid-19

Look out for information about the next date.

Mums and Toddlers – all cancelled due to Covid-19

Every Tuesday morning from 9.00am to 11.00am in the Iron Room during term time.  Any changes will be shown on the Iron Room Notice Board.

Church Yard Rules and Charges for Services

A copy of Church Yard rules and Charges for Services may be obtained from

Electoral Roll

The Electoral Roll is a list of the members of the Church of St Calixtus.  The list was updated in March 2019.  The position of Electoral Roll Officer for St Calixtus is Dianne McGahran.

Year End accounts to December 2019

A copy of the last year end accounts (December 2019) may be obtained from the Treasurer.


The PCC takes the lead in carrying out the mission of the church – the whole church. Working alongside and supporting the clergy, pastoral care, telling the story of faith, social action and co-operation with churches of other denominations all fall within its remit. In many ways it is the PCC that shapes the health of the church.

PCCs are legal entities and are governed by two pieces of Church of England legislation, called Measures. These are the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956, which defines its principal functions, and the Church Representation Rules.

This second document is particularly useful in understanding the operational rules that govern the PCC and includes information on how often it meets, its members, how elections are held, the responsibilities of its officers and how it relates with bodies such as the Deanery Synod and Diocesan Synod. It also looks at the rules that govern bodies such as District Church Councils, Joint PCCs, Team and Group PCCs.

Further information for specific roles within the PCC can be found below, along with links to the downloadable forms and guidance each role might find useful.

If you have any further questions please contact the Synod Office by email or by telephone on 01392 294931.

PCC Members for St Calixtus

The following persons are members of the PCC:

Rev Steve Painting       Priest in Charge               812605

David Ravenscroft       Treasurer                       865413

David Roff                       Reader/Vice Chair                813329

Dianne McGahran         Secretary                                             866396

Jackie Bodman                Member

PCC Meeting Dates – cancelled until further notice due to Convid-19 but when possible meeting will be held using Zoom.  It is intended that PCC elections will be held before October 2020.

The PCC meets on a regular basis to undertake its duties.  PCC meetings are open to members only but if you wish to raise something about a church matter please contact the Secretary or speak with a Church Warden.

Remaining dates for 2020 are (all 7 p.m. in the Iron Room unless stated otherwise):

  • It is intended that a PCC meeting will be held before October 2020.

Minutes of PCC Meetings

Minutes of meetings are held by the Secretary and are available on request.


Churchwardens may traditionally be responsible for maintenance of buildings and keeping records, but today they are vital to mission and ministry, caring for both parish and minister. It is a post that is challenging as well as rewarding.

The position of Churchwarden for St Calixtus is currently vacant.

Keeping in Touch with Rev Iain & Ann-Marie

Iain has moved on to Plymouth.  His new address is The Vicarage, 16 Southway Lane, Plymouth, PL6 7DH.  His email address is  Ann-Marie’s is

The Iron Room (Church Hall)

There is an Iron Room Caretaker – Andy Odell – who looks after the day to day running and booking.  He may be contacted on  Please note that the Iron Room will be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions until further notice.  No bookings are being taken for the time being.

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Villages Mission Community –

Who is St Calixtus?

St Calixtus (Callistus) Pope and Martyr c.160-c.222, pope (217-222) Patronal day – October 14.

St. Calixtus (or Callistus) was a Roman from the Trastevere district.  As a youth he was the slave of a Christian Freedman, Carpophoros, who set him up as a deposit taker.  He lost the money belonging to other Christians and fled from Rome.  He was caught & returned to his master.  After fighting in a synagogue he was sentenced to work in mines in Sardinia but was eventually released with other Christians.

He became Archdeacon to Pope Zephyrinus and in this post, he constructed a cemetery on the Appian Way to provide a tomb for each Christian, including the poor and the slaves.  It is one of the most famous of Christian cemeteries and in it are buried up to 500,000 Christians including many popes and martyrs.

He succeeded St. Zephirinus in the pontificate in 217 or 218, and governed the church five years and two months during which time he enlarged the catacombs, which became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome and which took from him their name.  As Pope he established the practice of admitting to communion those who repented from their sins – even the most heinous.  This made him unpopular so he died a martyr by being thrown into a pit.  He was buried in the Cemetery of Calipodius on the Aurelian Way.

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