The Church is situated in the centre of West Down and it is visible from most of the Parish. The Church is part of a Villages’ Mission Community (VMC) 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.
A new Rector for the four parishes is currently being sought. A copy of the profile for the four parishes is shown below. Please click on the link for further information.
For more detail about the Church, its Bells, Tower and St Calixtus see History of the Church.
There is a pattern to the services which take place in the Church. This is outlined below:
1st Sunday Morning praise
2nd Sunday Morning praise
3rd Sunday All age worship (now back to a 9.30 a.m. start)
4th Sunday Holy Communion
5th Sunday Normally but not always a Villages Mission Community Service at time and location to be announced (see specific details below)
All services commence at 9.30 a.m. (except for VMC services which start at 10.30 a.m.) unless notified otherwise.
Any member of the community may attend all services.
The remaining services for October 2017 are shown below:
22nd Holy Communion Rev Colin
29th VMC United Service Rev Caroline & Margaret (10.30 am start)
Villages’ Mission Community (VMC) Services
VMC services are being held on the below dates:
29th October at St Calixtus, West Down starting at 10.30 a.m.
Other VMC Activities
Tuesday 31st October 2017 from 6 – 7.30 p.m. Starlight Party – hot dogs, soup, and drink. 1.50 each or 6 for a family. Bring warm clothing, wellies and a torch.
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 email@example.com. Ann-Marie’s is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next annual meeting will be held on Monday 19th March 2018. Minutes of the last meeting may be obtained from the Secretary. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
AGM of Iron Room Management Committee – postponed to a later date.
The next meeting has been postponed. Look out for a new date.
The next Gift Day is in 2018.
Thank you to everybody who contributed at the annual 2016 Gift Day which raised £1221.34p.
Clock Repair and Dedication Service
We are pleased to announce that the clock has been reinstated.
A dedication service was held in the Church on Sunday 24th July 2016.
Restarted in the Iron Room on 8th January 2016 from 2 – 4 p.m. Thereafter every Friday at the same times and venue. Come and explore the Bible and issues of faith in a warm and friendly environment. Light refreshments will be available. Call or email Rev Caroline to find out more or to join in – 01271 815560 or email@example.com
Usually the 3rd Thursday in every month at 3.15 p.m. in the Iron Room (Church Hall) but days and times subject to change.
The next session will be in October 2017.
Mums and Toddlers
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 http://www.exeter.anglican.org/.
The Electoral Roll is a list of the members of the Church of St Calixtus. The list is updated on an annual basis. The position of Electoral Roll Officer for St Calixtus is currently vacant following the death of our dear friend Jane Devlin.
Year End accounts to December 2016
A copy of the last year end accounts (December 2016) 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 Caroline Raby Assistant Curate firstname.lastname@example.org 815560
David Ravenscroft Treasurer/Warden email@example.com 865413
Juliet Alexander Church Warden firstname.lastname@example.org 03330 112214
Eric Philipson Secretary email@example.com 865480
David Roff Reader firstname.lastname@example.org
Dianne McGahran A/Chairman email@example.com 866396
PCC Meeting Dates
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.
Dates for 2017/18 are (all 7 p.m. in the Iron Room unless stated otherwise):
27th November 2017
12th February 2018
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 two Churchwardens for St Calixtus are David Ravenscroft and Juliet Alexander. Their contact details are shown above.
The Church holds an annual meeting which is open to all members of the Parish. The next meeting is being held in the Iron Room on Monday 27th March 2018 starting at 7 pm.
Minutes of ACPMs are held by the Secretary and are available on request.
The Iron Room (Church Hall)
There is an Iron Room Management Committee which has oversight of the management and day to day running. It meets on an annual basis and the position of Secretary is currently vacant following the death of our dear friend Jane Devlin.
Exeter Diocese – http://www.exeter.anglican.org
Villages Mission Community – http://www.heantonparish.org.uk
Email the VMC – firstname.lastname@example.org or call on – 01271 815795
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.