St Calixtus Church

If anyone is interested in learning bell ringing, please come along to West Down Church Tower on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.

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.

April Link Magazine
may be read here.

Church Hall

The Iron Room is open for meetings without mandated restrictions.  Please see below the separate section which contains information to hirers and users.

Services for May 2022


Heanton Marwood West Down
1st – 11 am Holy Communion then APCM 10.30 am Family Morning Worship No Service
8th – No service 9.30 am Holy Communion then APCM 9.30 am Family Morning Worship
15th – 11 am Family Communion 10 am United Marwood Christian Community Service 9.30 am Family Morning Worship then APCM
22nd – 11 am Morning Worship with Baptism 6 pm Evening Prayer (BCP) 9.30 am Holy Communion
29th – 10.30 am Benefice Communion Service 10.30 am Benefice Communion Service at Heanton 10.30 am Benefice Communion Service at Heanton

NB: Thursday 26th May 10.30 am Ascension Day Service at Heanton

APCM: Annual Parochial Church Meeting for all members of the community to attend.

For times of services at St George’s Church, Georgeham and St Mary’s Croyde go to the website:


The COVID policy was reviewed at the beginning of March.  There is continuing evidence to demonstrate that serious illness is unlikely, so the following changes came in to effect:

  • To dispense with the advice to wear face coverings
  • To provide an area of the church for those who are happy to wear them
  • The advice regarding face coverings will apply to every aspect of a service including singing
  • To dispense with social distancing measures but you are advised to use up free space throughout the church
  • Hand sanitiser will be accessible in church for an indefinite period

Please note that the above applies to St Calixtus Church only and other arrangements may be in place at Heanton and Marwood – please check their websites.

A call for prayer

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 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  Please pray for Steve who is taking a short break because he is recovering from an illness.
  • Rev Caroline Raby (Associate Minister) 01271 815560

Church Finances

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.

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)

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

The Iron Room is open for meetings and events.  During this period where there is no mandatory guidance, 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 bookings.

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 – 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.

modern-thumbIron Room Booking Form

Church Yard Rules and Charges for Services

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

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 2020

A copy of the last year end accounts (December 2020) 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               812605

Rev Caroline Raby      Associate Priest                            815560

David Ravenscroft       Treasurer                       865413

David Roff                       Reader/Vice Chair                813329

Dianne McGahran         Secretary                                       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.:

  • To be advised

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:

  • 2 x PCC members
  • 1 x Deanery Synod Representative
  • 2 x Church Wardens

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 –

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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