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.
Coronavirus update 5th November
Following the introduction of further Government coronavirus regulations for England we have made changes to the provision of services in the Benefice of Heanton, Marwood and West Down. From Thursday 5th November 2020 until Wednesday 2nd December all public acts of worship will be suspended. Our Church buildings will be closed at all times with the exception of Marwood Church, which will be open for Private Prayer between 10.00am and 12.00 noon each Thursday throughout this period.
We plan to resume Sunday worship on 6th December 2020 providing that Government restrictions are lifted. Please return to this site as soon as the Government makes an announcement about post lockdown restrictions.
Funeral services can still be held in each of our churches with appropriate restrictions in place. Weddings and Baptisms are not permitted during this period of lockdown.
We realise that this is likely to be a difficult time for many people. If you would like us to pray for any specific need please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure that members of our prayer team pray for you. If you have any other pastoral need, please feel free to contact either of us.
Rev Steve Painting (Rector) 01271 812605
Rev Caroline Raby (Associate Minister) 01271 815560
A Call to Prayer
We are backing an initiative by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to make the month of November a month of prayer for our nation. We encourage everyone regardless of church background to pray as we continue to work through this difficult time. An open letter from the Archbishops as well as prayer resources are available here.
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 recognise 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. Due to Coronavirus restrictions at West Down there will not be a collection during our services. If you would like to make a financial contribution to help with the running of the church, the maintenance of church buildings and the Diocesan Parish Share you can use the collection plate as you leave using the yellow gift aid envelopes. Alternatively you could make a donation by an internet banking transfer using the following details:
St. Calixtus, West Down, Parochial Church Council (West Down PCC)
Sort Code: 20-04-59 Account number: 90689920 Reference: donation
Should you wish to make a regular donations please contact our treasurer, David Ravenscroft (01271 865413) to discuss options.
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.
For immediate access to weekly online Church of England Sunday services (from Mothering Sunday onwards in date order) please use the following link (click here)
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 link is to the latest available service and talk (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):
ACPM – 18th October 2020
The last annual meeting was held on Sunday 18th October 2020. Minutes of the meeting may be obtained from the Secretary.
Iron Room (Church Hall) Management and Use – closed until end of second lockdown
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 – Iron.Room@hotmail.co.uk or 07940 524302. 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.
Andy Odell looks after the day to day running and booking. Please note that the Iron Room has been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but following a risk assessment it is open from w/c 21st September 2020. COVID-19 means that the room is laid out differently and we can only accommodate 6 people at a time. Please follow the COVID guidance in the Iron Room at all times.
Please note that for the time being keyholders are not to enter the Iron Room without having made a booking.
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 email@example.com.
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 here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 812605
David Ravenscroft Treasurer email@example.com 865413
David Roff Reader/Vice Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 813329
Dianne McGahran Secretary email@example.com 866396
Jackie Bodman Member
PCC Meeting Dates – cancelled until further notice due to Convid-19 but when possible meetings will be held using Zoom. The last Zoom meeting was held on Wednesday 9th September. It is intended that PCC elections will be held at the APCM on 10th 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.
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 positions of Churchwarden for St Calixtus are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Ann-Marie’s is email@example.com.
Exeter Diocese – http://www.exeter.anglican.org
Villages Mission Community – http://www.heantonparish.org.uk
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.