• 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, with St.Mary's Church, Croyde.


    Coronavirus update 10th December 2021

    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.

    Hand hygiene – Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and exit to our Churches.

    Track and trace – Whilst it is no longer a legal requirement to take a register of those attending worship, the UK Government regards Test and Trace as an important tool in managing Cornonavirus. We will therefore ask for contact details of those attending worship and the QR codes for the NHS app will remain in situ.

    Social distancing – We are confident that in each of our churches, we can accommodate a full congregation for Sunday worship whilst maintaining social distance. We will continue to keep a space between pews and have areas in our churches designated for maintaining social distancing. If though, people wish to sit together, they may now do so freely.

    Face coverings – This is now compulsory. Face coverings do protect others and as a matter of Christian principle, we will encourage the continued use of face coverings inside all our church buildings.

    Ventilation – We will continue to keep at least one door open during services

    Holy Communion – We feel that the use of the common cup carries too great a risk given the current circumstances, and there will therefore be no changes to our current practice, with the congregation taking communion in one kind only for the foreseeable future. 

    Hymn singing – Congregational singing is now permitted, but given the additional risk of airborne infection that it presents, congregations still need to wear a face covering whilst singing, unless outdoors.

    Refreshments – The PCCs have completed risk assessments and put in place practices to ensure that refreshments can be served in a safe manner. Refreshments will now be served regularly, after services at Heanton and Marwood and after special services at West Down.

    Baptisms, Weddings and funerals – There are now, no longer legal restrictions on numbers attending weddings and funerals. We will endeavour to be clear in our conversations with families about what we are able to offer in our services, taking into account their priorities regarding the mitigation of the risk of infection. It is our policy to hold Baptisms during a regular Sunday service and so the general recommendations for Sunday worship will be considered when planning a Baptism.   

    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.

    Details of Sunday service dates and times are listed in the calendar. We are also holding a weekly time for prayer on Monday mornings at 9.30am in Heanton Church. An outline of these prayers can be found in the services section of this website for those wanting to join in prayer with us, online. 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.

    We realise that this is still 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


    Heanton Churchyard Work Parties

    Restrictions to the number of people permitted to gather outdoors has remains at 30 and so we are able to continue our churchyard upkeep mornings on the first Saturday of each month. The next one will be on Saturday February 5th 2022 from 10.00am -12.00pm. Please note that social distancing of 2 metres will be maintained and refreshments will not be served until further Covid 19 restrictions have been lifted.


    Now available - The January edition of the 'Link' magazine


    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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