• Welcome to

    St. Augustine's Church Heanton Punchardon.

    St. Augustine's church is also the parish church for RMB Chivenor and the village of Wrafton.

    Our Mission Community partners are:

    St. Michael and All Angels church Marwood, St. Calixtus church West Down, and  St. Georges church Georgeham.


    Coronavirus update 26th November

    Following recent Government statements and changes to coronavirus regulations we pleased to be able to hold public acts of worship in the Benefice of Heanton, Marwood and West Down from 2nd December 2020. Our Church buildings will, though, remain closed at all times with the exception of Marwood Church, which will open for Private Prayer between 10.00am and 12.00 noon on Thursday 10th December 2020.

    Sunday worship will resume at West Down and Marwood on 6th December 2020. Please see calendar for details.

    Funeral services can still be held in each of our churches with appropriate restrictions in place. Weddings are subject to significant restrictions and we are unable to offer Baptisms at this time.

    When attending any of the services the following precautions will be taken at each location:

    • If you have any symptoms of Covid 19 – please do not come to the service. If you develop symptoms within a week following the service, please contact the Rector on 01271 812605 and the NHS Track and Trace service
    • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the service starts
    • Please do not gather on paths or access points before or after the service
    • You will be required to sign in on arrival for Test and Trace
    • Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church
    • You will be shown to specific seats. Please stay in these seats for the duration of the service
    • Social distancing — please stay at least 2m apart from anyone not in your household
    • Wear a face covering at all times whilst in the Church
    • Please take service sheets away with you after the service
    • Please leave the church promptly at the conclusion of the service


    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 northtawprayer@gmail.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.

    Rev Steve Painting (Rector) 01271 812605

    Rev Caroline Raby (Associate Minister) 01271 815560


    A Call to Prayer

    The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called on us all 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 have been asked to pray daily (at 6.00pm if possible) throughout November. As a reminder of this call, a church bell will be rung on Thursday evenings in Heanton and West Down.


    Prayer for the coming week: 23rd – 30th November

    Lord Jesus Christ,
    in these dark and difficult days, we turn our hearts to you.
    In ages past, you have delivered our nation from disaster.
    Do it again, we pray.
    Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders,
    Give strength beyond human strength to the NHS and all our frontline workers.
    Give comfort beyond human comfort to the elderly and all who grieve.
    Lord Jesus Christ,
    in these dark and difficult days,
    turn your face towards us,
    have mercy upon us,
    and heal our land, we pray.


    The December 'Link' magazineis here - see News and Events.


    If you miss the sound of Church bells, listen to ours by going to the Audio Messagespage.


    Safety & Safeguarding

    If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

    .  The Parish Safeguarding Representative is:-  Rev. Margaret Cranston.

    .  The Parish Safeguarding Contact Number is:-  01271 813295

    .  The link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team is:-


    If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.



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