• 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 23rd February 2021

    As coronavirus rates begin to fall and the vaccination programme moves on, we have good reason to be encouraged that greater freedoms and the opportunity for social interaction is now on the horizon. Following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday evening we now have a timetable for the gradual opening up of our society and look forward to a time when our worship in church is unrestricted. In light of all the positive signs we feel able to recommence public worship and will be once again holding services in our churches from Sunday 7th March 2021. Please see our calendar for dates and times of services. We continue to review our risk assessments in order to be sure that we are able to conduct public worship in a Covid-secure manner.

    We will continue to hold funeral services in each of our churches with appropriate restrictions in place. From 12th April, weddings will again be permitted in our churches but the number of guests attending the service will at first be limited to 15. That may well increase to 30 from 15th May providing that conditions concerning the management of the pandemic are met. We will also review our position on baptisms in the coming weeks.

    If attending services 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
    • 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


    A call to prayer

    Prayer is at the heart of the Christian faith and we encourage everyone viewing this website to give some time between 6.30pm and 7.00 pm on Sunday evenings in a collective act of prayer into our situation. Each week we will produce a guide for prayer.

    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


    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.


    Now available - The March 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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