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.
September Link Magazine
September 2021 Link Magazine may be read here.
Please note that there is an error for the start time of the West Down outdoor service on 12th Sept. It starts at 10.30 am.
Coronavirus update 25th August 2021
The Iron Room opens for meetings without mandated restrictions on 19th July. Please see below the separate section which contains information to hirers and users.
St Calixtus Church
Whilst most legal restrictions have been lifted we will continue to exercise caution in our practices, in order to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus. In North Devon, infection rates remain high, and whilst it seems that vaccines are considerably reducing the risk of serious illness, the extent of that protection is not yet completely clear.
With all this in mind the PCC’s of each of our churches have agreed to adopt the following precautions for the immediate future.
*****If you have any symptoms of Covid 19 or have been advised to self-isolate, please do not come to the service. If you develop symptoms and/or test positive for Covid 19 within a week of attending a service, please contact the Rector on 01271 812605 and the NHS Track and Trace service.*****
Services from end August and September 2021
If you want to know who is taking the services please us the link to the monthly magazine (above) for more detail.
NB: The Benefice Communion Service for 28th August (week 5) will be held at Heanton at 10.30 a.m. – there will be no services at Marwood and West Down.
|1||Holy Communion 11 am||Family Worship 10.30 am||No Service|
|2||No Service||Holy Communion 9.30 am||101st War Memorial outside service 10.30 am|
|3||Family Communion 11 am||No Service||Family Worship 9.30 am|
|4||Morning Worship 11 am||Evening Prayer (BCP) 6 pm||Holy Communion 9.30 am|
For times of services at St George’s Church, Georgeham and St Mary’s Croyde go to the website:
Heanton Church is now open for private prayer and reflection on Wednesdays from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Marwood Church is open on Thursdays and Sundays from 10.00am – 4.00pm aside from times designated for Sunday services.
A call for prayer
Prayer is at the heart of the Christian faith and we encourage everyone viewing this website to give some time between 6.30pm and 7.00 pm on Sunday evenings in a collective act of prayer into our situation. Each week we will produce a guide for prayer which can be found here.
We realise that this is a difficult time for many people. If you would like us to pray for any specific need please e-mail us at email@example.com 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.
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:
Should you wish to make a regular donations please contact our treasurer, David Ravenscroft (01271 865413) to discuss options.
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 – 12th September 2021 – 100th anniversary of erection of war memorial
It was with regret that we had to announce that the 100th anniversary event planed for Sunday 13th September 2020 to mark the erection of our war memorial for the parish of West Down was postponed for a year due to COVID. It will now be held on Sunday 12th September 2021 commencing at 10.30 am. More information about this event may be found by clicking here.
Activities at other Churches (for more detail, look at the website above or in the Link Magazine):
ACPM – 9th May 2021
The last annual meeting was held on Sunday 9th May 2021. Minutes of the meeting may be obtained from the Secretary.
Iron Room (Church Hall) Management and Use – Reopening for public use on Monday 19th July without mandatory restrictions.
The Iron Room is open for meetings from Monday 19th July. It will be up to individual users to take what measures they think fit whilst inside the Iron Room. Hand sanitiser will be available for use on entry and exit. Hirers are asked to consider their own safeguards especially when meetings/events involve large numbers which should be avoided. Please do not enter the Iron Room if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been advised to isolate either through an App notification or by Track & Trace.
Please book through Andy Odell who looks after the day to day running and booking.
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.
Please note that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Messy Church – all cancelled due to Covid-19
Look out for information about the next date.
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. If you wish to contact a Member please do so through the Secretary.
Rev Steve Painting Priest in Charge email@example.com 812605
Rev Caroline Raby Associate Priest firstname.lastname@example.org 815560
David Ravenscroft Treasurer email@example.com 865413
David Roff Reader/Vice Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 813329
Dianne McGahran Secretary email@example.com 624153
Wendy Ravenscroft Member
Jackie Bodman Member
Albert Rusling Member
Margaret Rusling Deanery Synod Member
PCC Meeting Dates
The following meetings of the PCC will be held in the Iron Room at 7 p.m.:
The PCC meets on a regular basis to undertake its duties. PCC meetings are open to members only (except for open meetings – see above) but if you wish to raise something about a church matter please contact the Secretary. There are vacant places on the PCC as shown below:
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.
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.