• 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 17th March 2022

    Whilst there are now no legal regulations concerning coronavirus precautions in public worship, as Churches we should continue to be concerned for the health and well-being of those around us. At the same time we also accept that stringent covid security diminishes the ministry and mission of the church. We must also recognise that for some the threat of covid infection is greater than for others and that there will be a range of opinion on how we should proceed. The PCCs have adopted the following practices to be effective from 17th March 2022.

    • We will continue to ask that those with symptoms of Covid 19, colds or flu, or with positive lateral flow or PCR test results do not come to church events. This should be maintained for a period consistent with current NHS guidance on self-isolation.
    • Track and Trace information is no longer required by law, and we will not therefore take contact details from those who attend church services and events. QR codes will no longer be in place in church premises.
    • It is now the discretion of each individual about when it is appropriate to take lateral flow tests.  
    • Hand sanitiser will continue to be made available and its use advised.
    • Face coverings will no longer be required in church.
    • A zone will be provided in each church as an area where increased covid security is practised. Anyone sitting in these zones will be expected to wear a face covering and maintain social distance.
    • In the rest of the church the use of alternate rows of pews only to allow for some social distancing  will continue as far as the size of the congregation allows.
    • Refreshments will again be served in accordance with recommended food hygiene practises.
    • There are no longer legal restrictions for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Social distancing will be difficult with larger congregations. We will discuss numbers attending with the families involved, and endeavour to provide a socially distanced area in the church.
    • Holy communion will continue to be administered in one kind only and with the implementation of current procedures regarding covering of the elements and the use of hand sanitiser by the president. The peace greeting will continue to be shared from a distance.


    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. The Churches at Heanton, Marwood and West Down are now open daily from 10.00am - 4.00pm.

    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 May 7th 2022 from 10.00am -12.00pm. 


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


    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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