• 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 21st January 2021

    Following the significant rise in Coronavirus infections and the implementation of a National Lockdown we have reviewed our risk assessments and provision of services. As a result of that review, we believe that we would be unwise to hold public acts of worship at this time. We recognise the sacrifices that everyone is having to make at this time and that suspension of our services is our commitment to the national effort to reduce the impact of the pandemic. We do though want to do whatever we can to provide spiritual sustenance, through what we recognise, is a time of considerable stress and hardship for many. We will therefore continue with on-line Sunday services and Marwood Church will be open for private prayer every Thursday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.

    Funeral services can still be held in each of our churches with appropriate restrictions in place. Weddings are subject to significant restrictions and can only be held in exceptional circumstances. We are unable to offer Baptisms at this time but will be reviewing the position on this in the coming weeks.

    If attending funerals or private prayer sessions please note the following:

    • If you have any symptoms of Covid 19 – please do not come to the church. If you develop symptoms within a week after being in church, please contact the Rector on 01271 812605 and the NHS Track and Trace service
    • You will be required to sign in on arrival for Track 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 your time in Church.
    • 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


    In the case of attending a funeral the following also applies:

    • 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
    • Please take service sheets away with you after the service
    • Please leave the church promptly at the conclusion of the service


    Sunday Prayers

    In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we recognise the need for prayer at this time and encourage everyone viewing this website to give some time between 6.30pm and 7.00 pm on Sunday evenings to pray into our situation. Each week we will produce a guide for prayer which can be found here.

    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 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


    You can view Rev Steve's latest (21st Jan) video Pastoral Message


    A prayer for these times

    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 January '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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