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A Warm Welcome to The Waterside Churches  

The Future as ‘The Waterside Churches’

  • Many ambitions become possible with shared resources and talents as we seek to strengthen and share our Christian faith.

  • Mission – growing our churches by taking our faith into the community, supporting and serving our parishes, strengthening and maturing our congregations.

  • Children’s Work – building on the welcome of local schools, and the work of Messy Church, Holiday Clubs and Open the Book. It is vital that we reach out to the young in our communities, as well as other age groups.

  • Pastoral – training and developing pastoral teams.

  • The opportunity to create a common vision for the future of the three ‘Waterside Churches’ is both exciting and welcome. We share a thirst to develop our Churches in numbers and maturity, to promote the message and values of the Kingdom in our communities and introduce children to a life of faith.

Our vision for the future

We have welcomed Rev'd. Karen Wilson, and are excited by the prospect of working with her. Together we are looking to: 


  • Nurture and care for the existing congregation and encourage them in their faith and spiritual life.

  • Lead and help to develop ways of widening the involvement in church life by the wider community.

  • Lead and support the teams in the three parishes in this new grouping and encourage greater interaction between them.


The Waterside Benefice

The Pastoral Scheme was approved by Bishop Philip (on 20th September), which was good news indeed!

As of 1st October 2021 our title for official purposes became The Waterside Benefice. We are in Powder Deanery and our Rural Dean is The Revd Marc Baker. The deanery chapter meet on a regular basis to discuss our churches and to celebrate what is happening in our own patches as well as finding ways of working more closely together. We continue to be known as The Waterside Churches in our daily lives: St Feock, St John and St Petroc (Devoran) and St Piran's. 

It is a time to look forward and to see where God is calling us to in the future. We are working together, to share knowledge, to support each other, to pray for one another and to include one another in our plans and activities. Each of the three parishes has its own identity and this will not be diluted by becoming a benefice. Each parish is keeping its own PCC and is represented by three members each on the JCC. 

Please keep checking this website for more details of our plans for the future and how you can be involved. It is always good to see new faces and to have new ideas brought forward. The Waterside Churches welcome everyone; each and every member of the communities of Feock, Devoran, Carnon Downs, Perranarworthal and Perranwell Station. 




​Where we are going:

We believe that our mission is to know God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and to make him known among the people of our parishes. We set out below our priorities: to know God, serve our parishes and reach out to others.

1. Knowing God:

We worship God faithfully and in a variety of ways, such as services of Holy Communion, Messy Church, Book of Common Prayer, Matins, informal ‘Worship For All’, Service of The Word and Family Services.

The three churches understand the need to assume greater responsibility for mission and ministry and welcome the greater resource available within The Waterside Churches to develop our discipleship with Bible study, Prayer groups and Pastoral Care teams,

We have active Lent Groups, Fellowship evenings, a Craft and Activities Group for local youngsters and Messy Church. Where people explore their faith.

All our churches are open for everyone in the parishes to come for moments of quiet contemplation and prayer.

2. Serving our parishes:

We have three churches with vibrant and active congregations engaged with their wider communities by way of lunch clubs, coffee mornings, a breakfast group, film and other activities for the young. 

With increasingly elderly and diminishing congregations we are conscious of our need to embrace all age groups in our ministry and to provide a witness to the children and young families in our parishes.

Weddings, funerals, baptisms nd confirmations introduce many members of the communities to our churches, often for the first time. We plan to give more formal support and follow-up to these events and, with the greater expertise and experience within the three churches, provide a possible signposting service to other agencies when needed.

3. Reaching out to others:

We support the wider mission of the church in Cornwall and beyond with prayerful interest and practical support for local and international charities, such as for example, St. Petrocs, Send a Cow, Pearl of Africa, The Air Ambulance, Shelterbox, Little Harbour Hospice for children and many more..

Working together we can provide a sharper focus and wider resource to this outreach work.

Where we are now:

Full descriptions of the background and activities of the three churches are given later in the profile.

The onset of the pandemic in March’20 interrupted a Lent study programme which had drawn wide support from across the three parishes. We adapted by providing worship with ‘virtual’ meetings and services. Coronavirus has challenged every part of society as well as testing faith. During the lockdown, when physically attending church was not possible, services via Zoom were quickly arranged. We also ensured that members of our congregations and communities kept in touch with each other and arranged practical help when and where needed. The crisis has actually meant that we are closer together in faith and people are now more ‘connected’ than before.

As soon as ‘lockdown’ was eased, we laid on ‘Service of the Word’ and our churches opened for prayer. We have gradually returned to other types of service and worship, and are now looking to move into "outreach" mode. 

A virtual prayer group meets Monday to Thursday at 8.30am. This was formed to pray together during transition and, now established, we look forward to continuing as a Waterside prayer group.

Teams from each church meet regularly to discuss the many practical implications of the new venture and to agree a pattern of services for the coming months. Please see our Services & Events Page for details. 

We have recognized the increasing value of internet and social media in reaching much larger audiences and improving our communication. You are reading our new website and we hope it provides the information you are looking for. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you can't find.  

Where we have come from:

We are a newly formed group of churches in the parishes of Devoran, St Feock and Perranarworthal, close to the city of Truro in Cornwall. 

We were part of the 8 Saints Cluster for over ten years. This was an informal grouping of churches distributed over a large part of mid-Cornwall. It became increasingly apparent that this structure was too large and too disparate to be managed effectively. In February 2020 the three parishes bordering the southern outskirts of Truro approached the Archdeacon with a proposal to form a new group which we have subsequently called The Waterside Churches, reflecting the significance of water in the Christian faith and the proximity​ of all three churches to the water.

The three rural parishes have a great deal in common with a shared understanding of our mission and priorities. Resistance to change is giving way to an enthusiasm for new thoughts and ideas and the opportunities that shared mission offers. Karen has been ‘in at the start’ and is already an integral part of our new journey. We are excited by the prospect of working with her as we believe her to have the energy, vision, bravery and innovation needed to shepherd us on our journey. 

Where has time gone….? A message from Karen

It has now been just over six months since I was licensed as Priest in Charge of the Waterside Churches and I cannot believe where that time has gone….

I feel that now is a good time to have a look at what has been happening in the churches, your churches in the last six months. I use the word ‘your’ deliberately here. They are your churches, serving your community.

The churches in Feock, along with Devoran and Perranarworthal, have been a part of the lives of their communities for hundreds of years. We still continue to do so and we would like to build upon our presence in each of these communities.

The Waterside Churches became the Waterside Benefice in October of last year.

The church of St Feock, along with St John and St Petroc and St Piran made the decision to join together and still maintain their own identities and PCC’s. This conscious decision by the churches joined them together to support one another, to share resources, to worship together, to mission together, to pray for one another, to serve their communities, to build the kingdom of God and to build relationships with each other.

My role, amongst others, is to draw the three churches together, to encourage them to build a benefice which serves the communities of Feock, Devoran, Carnon Downs and Perranarworthal, ensuring that we are both fruitful and sustainable for many years to come.

The three churches each have an equal role to play in the benefice, working and supporting one another.

Much has happened in the six months since I joined you and I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an overview of what is happening in your churches and community. I am aware that much of the work that is going on is ‘background’ work that may not be obvious to everyone but, led by the Spirit, is building a fruitful and sustainable benefice for future years.

We now have a JCC (Joint Church Council) made up of two volunteers from each church, along with a Church Warden from each, which is chaired by me. The JCC members have the overall responsibility for mission and outreach and this will be their focus when we meet.

Our Churchwardens also now meet with me every three months and this gives us an opportunity to pray together and to discuss their work. Churchwardens play a vital role in the life of the church and much of their hard work goes unseen.

The benefice also has a new Ministry Team, which meets every three months. The Ministry Team is made up of our PTO (Permission to Officiate), The Revd. Canon Martin Boxall. Our LLM’s; Jane Darlington and David Watson, our Lay Worship Leaders Anne Ramsden, Jenny Kemp, Nina Davey and a Local Worship Leader, Janet Thomas. We are also joined by Revd. Jeff James, who supports us and leads some of our Holy Communion Services. My husband Chris has recently started to lead services of worship, as he has done in the past and joins us on the team.

We also have a new Pastoral Care Team which is looking after the pastoral needs of our communities: making pastoral phone calls, visiting, following up on baptisms and funerals with support for families. The team has been put together to work towards inclusivity and to reflect the love of Christ to all of our community members.

There are sections of this website devoted to each of these teams.

We hold a quarterly ‘Just As I Am’ service which is aimed at those who find getting to regular church services difficult. It is a short, dementia friendly service followed by refreshments at The Linden Hey Tea Garden.

Anne Ramsden, our LLM, Jane and Chris Ryall are very keen to start a Youth Church and will be working to build upon our work with young families.

St John and St Petroc Church in Devoran hold a Worship for All service on the first Sunday of the month. The W4All team plan and lead this service for families. We are very keen to engage with our young families and young people.

Amongst the activities that we have hosted have been an outdoor Crib Service in Devoran churchyard in December, which was attended by many families. We walked around the churchyard hunting for the characters from the Nativity Story, singing Carols by candle and torch light. There was a wonderful atmosphere and we even heard the angels singing!

At Christmas we held a ‘sheep trail’ in Devoran as well as a Christmas Craft event, both were enjoyed by all who took part.

Chris Ryall organised an Easter Trail in Perranwell in Holy Week, which ended with  bonfire and candlelight service for the children. 

My husband Chris and I have hosted two Men’s Breakfast events in The Perranwell Centre. I cook a full English Breakfast with toast, tea and coffee. Newpapers are available to browse and there is always plenty of chat and laughter. There is no charge for this event and our next one will be on 30th July at 9am. Do contact me if you would like to book a place.

The Oggymen gave a wonderful concert at St. Piran’s Church before Christmas. This was followed up with an atmospheric candlelight concert by Will Keating and John Dowling, as part of their tour of Cornish churches. The church was full for both events and the concerts will be happening again in 2022.

The Pancake Party witnessed our young people bringing a chocolate fountain, as well as flipping pancakes. 

These are only a few of the activities that we have hosted in recent months. None of which would have been possible without our fabulous team of volunteers. They give of their time and energy freely and I couldn’t do without them. There is so much work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to make these events in our churches and halls a success. I am indebted to them all. We are always looking for more volunteers and if you have some time that you would like to give and would like to join these friendly, welcoming teams do let me know, it would be very much appreciated.

Since the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted ‘Coffee Stop’ has been re-started in both Devoran (parish centre and The Perranwell Centre). These coffee mornings, run by volunteers are open for all to come along, to enjoy a coffee and to have a chat (donations for coffee and biscuits).

On Saturday 12th March Nina and Martin Davey launched  ‘Just coffee and cake’ at their tea garden, Linden Hey, raising funds for St Feock Church.

Paul Stuart runs our comprehensive website which advertises all of our events and services and gives much, much more information about us. it has a contact form if you would like to get in touch. Please do go and have a look and find out what is coming up.

We have a presence on social media site Facebook for the Waterside Benefice which is hosted by our LLM Jane, another good way of finding out what is going on. I also host a Twitter feed; just search for Revd. Karen Wilson.

I write an article in the St.Feock Parish Magazine once every two months and write ‘Karen’s Corner’ for our website each week.

Ecumenically, I coordinate the Churches Together Up the Creek team. This volunteer group are drawn from the Anglican, Methodist and Quaker churches in the area.

I organised a Good Friday ‘Walk of Witness’ and we look forward to our Lent Talks for this year, as well an outdoor service to be held in the summer. Many other events are planned for later in the year.

I have met with the Methodist circuit ministers to talk about ways that we can work together and support each other. Community breakfasts have taken place with superb speakers. Again, do look at our website for details.

Bex and Keith from the HAIRE project and I meet to discuss ways in which we can support each other and to offer help and support to our local communities.

More is planned and this quick overview is a snapshot of what has been going on in your churches and communities. This is all aside from our regular services of worship, our Christenings, Weddings, Memorial Services, Funerals and special services.

Your churches, your Vicar and our volunteers are here for you; to support you spiritually, emotionally and with practical help; to serve you. Jesus commissioned us to love each other and that is our prime mission.

Since I have been here I have been witness to our churches inclusivity, their friendliness, their welcoming nature, dedication, their faith and their love for their communities. Often there is much laughter too.

Please do go to our website for more details and to read further about our mission and events. Do get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Every Blessing

Revd Karen 



St. John and St. Petroc, DEVORAN


The church of St. John and St. Petroc sits above the village of Devoran on the banks of Restronguet Creek. The parish also includes the village of Carnon Downs, with its rich history of mining and the hamlets of Point and W. Penpol, which surround the pool of Penpoll Creek. Our pretty church was opened in 1856 and designed by J. L. Pearson, who was the architect for Truro Cathedral some years later. It is in a good state of repair, having recently undergone major work to its stonework and the décor is complemented by a faithful and skilled group of flower arrangers. The church is kept unlocked every day and is available for private prayer and meditation.


The Congregation and Services

The congregation at Devoran is predominately elderly and the electoral roll has fallen over recent years. We do, however, have a small number of families who attend fairly regularly and it is our wish to encourage and build on this foundation. The roll currently numbers 66 persons.

Some services are led by a Reader or a Worship Leader with an increasing reliance on retired clergy. The congregation takes an active part in services in guiding intercessions, readings and leading worship. We have both Common Worship and BCP Services. An average of 25-30 are present at Sunday Eucharist, and midweek Communion and Sunday Evensong have small but faithful attendances. An All Age Worship is held once a month and an occasional Celtic style services is also well received.

Children’s participation is especially encouraged and a children’s pack, linked to the readings, is provided each Sunday, and sent out by e-mail to each family. 

A great deal of pastoral support is provided at present on an informal and ad hoc basis.


Children and Youth Work.

Our local Primary school, which has recently relocated to a new building in the village, is a popular school with some 200 pupils. We have a good relationship with the current Head who has encouraged the continued involvement of church members in the life of the school: in assemblies and project work. In recent years the school Christmas Carol Service has been held at the church with over 100 pupils, parents and teachers attending, and our Crib Service on Christmas Eve usually has some 120 children and parents in the church. Children’s workshops have been held on the Saturdays before special services and proved successful.

A ‘Carnon Valley Messy Church’ was established in 2016 in partnership with the Methodist Chapels and meets monthly in Devoran Village Hall. Some of the parents and children are now beginning to attend services in church.

Uniformed Organizations have links with the church and attend certain services. Until recently a youth group, with little involvement from the church, met weekly in the Centre for an evening’s activities during term time. Discussions are now taking place to form a new youth group, with a different focus, to provide some worship and spiritual growth to the top junior age group.

There is a significant and continuing development of new houses in the area, mainly in Carnon Downs, providing a welcome boost to the number of young families in the Parish.

The Parish Centre and other Meeting Places

  • The Parish Centre adjoins the church to the North of the Nave and was formally opened in 1991. The Centre has a kitchen and office and provides a venue for social gatherings, clubs and meetings.
  • The Village Halls in Devoran and Carnon Downs have recently been renovated and host a wide variety of classes, clubs, markets and Messy Church. The Carnon Downs Hall with its modern facilities and versatile rooms make it a particularly valuable resource.
  • The quays at Devoran and Point are popular venues for annual regattas and open-air services.


The parish is a member of the ‘Churches Together’ movement.

Christians Together up the Creek’ includes the parishes of Devoran and Feock, the local Methodist chapels in Devoran, Carnon Downs, Feock and W. Penpol, Roman Catholics and Quakers. Among other events, a well-attended annual open-air service is organised in Carnon Downs and there is excellent support for the Good Friday ‘Walk of Witness’.

Special services and events.

The church at Devoran has, through the various sub-committees of the PCC, maintained a programme of special services and events to involve our local community and raise funds to support local and international charities.

  • Services at Easter, Christmas, Remembrance Day, Ecumenical services etc.
  • Soup lunches and harvest suppers.
  • Fetes, Bazaars, Exhibitions, Lantern parades.

Village events in the Parish provide an opportunity to make the Church more visible at Regattas, Village Markets, Pub evenings and Carol Singing. The Parish News Magazine was replaced several years ago by a website and Facebook page. That website is no longer current because we have moved on and now feature as one of the three Waterside Churches within this website.  Christmas Cards are delivered around the Parish each year and posters are a regular feature around the Parish.

At Devoran Church you will find :

  • A faithful and welcoming congregation eager to set out on this new adventure alongside the churches at St. Feock and Perranarworthal.
  • An ambition to build on the developing work among children and young people.
  • An enthusiasm to realise the opportunities provided by The Waterside Churches.



Saint Feock Parish consists of a small village surrounded by farmland and borders the estuary of the Fal River with its pleasure sailing and oyster fishing fleets. The parish sits about four miles outside the ‘great little city’ of Truro and has a mixture of housing, predominantly owner occupied and in the upper echelons of the market. The population has a very high proportion of active and well-motivated retired people. Although reliable records show there has been some sort of church on the present site since the 12th century, the present church was built in 1876.

The Congregation

The congregation at St Feock is elderly with attendance on a regular Sunday of around 45. Members of the congregation assist with intercessions, readings and serving at the altar. There is also a strong mixed adult choir of 14 with most Sundays mustering 8 – 12. The RSCM affiliated choir lead hymn singing and anthems during communion services and also sing at occasional weddings or funerals. Our flower ladies are extraordinarily talented and the church is always beautifully decorated. Despite the age of the congregation, they are very loyal, supportive and give a warm welcome to visitors.

Where we are now

We have recently moved to one Service on Sunday mornings at 10 am, and this is currently a mixture of Communion and Services of the Word. At Christmas we traditionally have Carol and Christingle services as well as a Midnight Communion on the 24th December and, of course, a full service on Christmas Day. We also have special services for Maundy Thursday, St Feock Feast, Palm Sunday – complete with donkeys – and an All Souls Service which has become increasingly popular with those, not normally in our congregation, who wish to light candles in remembrance of loved ones.

Many of us join a Good Friday Walk of Witness which is a combined effort of Anglicans, Methodists and Society of Friends (Churches Together Up The Creek).

Palm Sunday at St.Feock

In 2020 we ran a very successful Lent Course drawing in participants from as far as Truro and we would hope to build on this in the future.

In particular, St Feock has a very good relationship with our local Methodist chapel and during the course of a year we share several services and parish events. This is something we are very keen to continue to nurture.

The Community in Feock

There are a number of ‘community hubs’ within the parish.

The Church Hall was recently renovated by Church volunteers. Using their talents saved thousands of pounds. It is widely used by sports groups, ballroom and line dancers as well as Gardening and Flower clubs. In addition, our churchwarden, his wife and team serve two course meals, cooked on the premises, twice a month for between 50 – 100 people. These have become an important part of the parish outreach.

St Feock PALS: (Pleasure and Leisure Society)

This group, started in 2000 as a joint venture between the parish church and the chapel, is the driving force behind many of the village activities including the Film Club, an excellent Spring Show and two away breaks each year. In November, there is a long weekend in Sidmouth and in the spring a week away somewhere. The holidays give single and elderly people the opportunity to holiday safely amongst friends. In recent years we have been to Tenby, Portsmouth and the Shropshire borders. These trips have expanded beyond the two churches and now include many other village residents as well.

At St. Feock we can offer:

  • an active and supportive PCC
  • a very loyal congregation
  • a vision for the future of our church as we seek to live out our Christian calling within the wider community.
  • There is a Film Club once a month.
  • St Feock Chapel also has a series of events, including very popular soup lunches, to which the wider parish is always invited.
  • Linden Hey Tea Rooms is privately owned, but has become a favourite meeting place for individuals within the parish as well as being a hub for​ book club​s and numerous other small meeting groups.
  • Loe Beach is about half a mile from the church and is another vibrant area in the summer months, used predominantly by local people.
  • During the Covid Crisis our local foodbank became aware of a need for toiletries for their clients, so for our September Harvest service instead of the usual apples, cabbages and potatoes we collected ‘loo rolls’ - 724 of them! 



St. Piran's Church is situated between Perranarworthal, on the A39, and Perranwell Station, where there is more modern housing and a branch line between Truro and Falmouth. The church was built in the 15th century, but only the tower with its 6 bells remains. The nave, aisles and porch were built in the 19th century, and a vestry was added a century later. There is a published booklet, “A Short History of the Church of St. Piran, Perranarworthal”, which gives the full history of the Church.

Over the last four years we have added a PA system, electric under-pew heating, new flooring and carpet, and re-painted the walls with specialist paint. The roof beams have also been cleaned and treated.

The Congregation

The congregation at our main Sunday Service, which is common worship, averages between 45 and 50, and is made up of Anglicans and Methodists who are mainly retired. We also have a Book of Common Prayer Service, which attracts an average of 10 worshippers, early on a Sunday morning, and our Family Service, held on the 4th Sunday of each month, has an attendance of around 40.

The Church is open on Wednesday mornings for private prayer and we have a Fellowship Group that meets fortnightly.

Many of our congregation regularly help with intercessions, readings, and assist at the altar. We have an excellent organist, a small choir, a team of Tower Bell ringers and an enthusiastic Hand-bell Team. (Pictured here with Gareth Malone, as they featured on his Christmas CD).

Our small but dedicated group of flower arrangers ensures that the Church always looks attractive.

Fundraising has been necessary to ensure that we are able to pay our MMF, so a variety of people with differing skills have contributed much over the years.

Welcoming new people to the Church and caring for each other is a responsibility taken on by the whole congregation.

Services Through the year

  • Services follow the Christian Calendar throughout the year:
  • Harvest Thanksgiving has been on the 4th Sunday in September and supports the homeless charity St. Petrocs.
  • In conjunction with the local branch of The Royal British Legion, we hold a Service of Remembrance, which begins at The War Memorial and then moves to the Church.
  • Also, in November, we have a Methodist led Toy Service, which supports the local authority’s work with disadvantaged children.
  • Christmas Services include a Christingle Service and a Carol Service.
  • On Christmas Eve, we have a very popular Crib Service in the early evening for families and a Holy Communion Service at midnight. This is followed on Christmas Day by a Service of Holy Communion.
  • Early in the New Year, we hold a Covenant Service, led by a Methodist minister.
  • During Lent, we have a Lent Study Course and hold Charity Lent Lunches.
  • We have a Maundy Meal and, on Good Friday, we have a Walk of Witness, followed by an Hour at the Cross.
  • There is an Easter Day Service.

The Village Community

The village benefits from regular bus services to Falmouth, Truro, Helston and surrounding area as well as a branch line which runs between Truro and Falmouth. There is a very popular primary school, 2 nursery schools, a post office, a shop and a garage. There are 2 public houses. There is an excellent village hall, newly named “The Perranwell Centre”, which is in the centre of the village and is home to a variety of community groups and a range of one day events. There is also a lovely playing field, a football club and a beautiful cricket ground.

The Church holds and organizes a weekly Coffee morning, known as The Coffee Stop, which was started in the village just over ten years ago. This provides an occasion for the whole village community to meet each week and it has gone from strength to strength. We also hold Lent Lunches and a Summer Holiday Club in The Perranwell Centre.

Holiday Club

Each year we run a 3-day Holiday Club for the local children and there is no doubt in our minds that all of these activities should be areas of growth within our new group. The picture shows the children having fun.

Our Church Hall is well used by many groups in the village as well as by the church. The village has a monthly magazine, “Perran News”, which goes to every household, and which we use to pass on our own information and articles.

At St. Piran’s we can offer:

  • An active and supportive PCC
  • A Worship Leader
  • A very loyal congregation of Anglicans and Methodists.
  • Regular input from the ministry team of the Falmouth and Gwennap Methodist Circuit.
  • A vision for the future, as we seek to live out our Christian calling within the wider community.
  • Strong connections with the local Royal British Legion and the village community.
  • A real sense of belonging and Christian friendship.. fellowship.
  • An opportunity to develop a St. Piran’s Family Café, led by laity, to encourage young families who are seeking God and then become involved with church life.

Practical Matters for The Waterside Churches


1/. The Waterside Churches is a benefice governed by a Joint Council.

2/. The Joint Council has delegated responsibility for various aspects of The Waterside Churches' common life, as formally delegated by the three PCCs of the benefice.

3/. The Joint Council has delegated oversight of the following:

     a/. Mission - Oversight and support of the mission of The Waterside Churches.

     b/. Ministry - Oversight and support of the ministry of clergy and lay leaders.

     c/. Stewardship and MMF - Responsibility for developing a common approach to stewardship

     d/. MMF - Responsibility for the payment of MMF.

4/. Each church has its own PCC which retains responsibility for the custodianship of assets (including investments, cash and buildings) plus care of the local church and other buildings. 

5/. The PCCs pay funds into a central account, administered by The Joint Council, from which MMF, administration costs and travel expenses are distributed.

6/. Administration for The Waterside Churches is shared between the church volunteers as we are keen to ensure that our Priest in Charge is not unduly burdened by administrative issues.

7/. The appointment of a Priest in Charge is initially for three years.

8/. A review of becoming one parish and the appointment of the priest in charge will be conducted at the end of the three year period. This will be conducted by the Archdeacon, with input from the Rural Dean, Priest and Churchwardens. 

9/. The criteria for the review will be to focus on ‘fruitfulness and sustainability’ with specific attention regarding the effectiveness of a Joint Council, financial sustainability for the churches and payment of MMF.


1/. We currently have, Lay/Local Worship Leaders at each church and Readers in place. and the Priest in Charge, Revd' Karen Wilson leads the team.

2/. There is also input from a local Methodist circuit.

3/.  Sunday morning services at each church take place at the same time, 10.00 am.

4/. We try to ensure that Holy Communion takes place in at least one, and possibly two, churches each week, as well as Sunday Evensong and a Book of Common Prayer service twice per month. Other regular services include Service of the Word, Family Service, Worship For All and Methodist led services.

5/. It is our belief that there is scope for a variety of styles and types of services across the three churches. 

WEBSITE is ever evolving and reflects the development of our mission. It already records "hits" from far and wide in large numbers, but there is always scope and opportunity for more coverage. This digital outreach is vital in our drive to reach far and wide, as well as providing a critical service our local communities. 


1. The population of each parish is an indication of the work involved in the ‘cure of souls’ in a parish and other mission activities. In the three parishes there is a total of 5,700 people (St. John & St. Petroc, 2,300; St. Feock, 1,400 and St. Piran 2,000). This is a lower number than the average per priest, which is 7,750 (534,000/69), but there are 3 churches from which to minister.

2. One of Bishop Philip’s priorities is ministry among children. The number of children under 18 in the parishes is 925 (St. John & St. Petroc, 381; St. Feock, 244 and St. Piran, 350). This is a lower number than the average per priest, which is 1,467, (101,216/69) but there are two schools in the villages with all the potential for service that they provide.

3. Electoral Roll numbers for the three churches at the start was: St. John and St. Petroc (Devoran) 66; St. Feock 62 and St.Piran 59. The total of 187 was a good number for the total congregation and compared to an average of 159 across the diocese (10,982/69 stipendiary clergy).

4/. The Treasurers from each church have met and are committed and looking forward to working together, with each retaining their individual PCC’s finances and setting up a Joint Council.

5/. There is a bank account for The Waterside Churches into which monies are paid each month in order to deal with MMF, clergy travel expenses and the costs of administration. 

6/. Clergy travel expenses will be evenly divided between the 3 churches.

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