Welcome to our five churches in the heart of beautiful north Cornwall, which together form the Camel-Allen Benefice. Our churches offer peace and tranquillity and a warm welcome. You may live in the area or be visiting on holiday and seek a few moments of peace in the middle of a busy day or you may wish to attend a service – whatever the reason for your visit we welcome you.
Away from the busy tourist centres, the church of St. Julitta at Lanteglos stands peacefully in its quiet valley two miles from the centre of Camelford. Parts of the church date back to Norman times and it is surrounded by a beautiful churchyard that is full of wildflowers.
In contrast, it’s “daughter” church, dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury, was built in the 1930’s in the centre of Camelford, just off the main carpark. It has a lovely simple interior with a beautiful stained-glass window. As well as weekly services and festivals it is a centre for social gatherings and the local foodbank operates from here on Tuesday afternoons.
The 13th century church of St. Adwena at Advent may seem isolated on the edge of Bodmin moor with only isolated hamlets and farmsteads in the parish, but the number of footpaths that meet at the church give clues to its earlier importance to those who worked on the land. Now walkers and visitors find a welcoming place to rest a while and soak in the peace of this special place that has been prayed in for generations and maybe enjoy a cuppa from the hospitality tray!
The medieval church of St. Tetha is at the very heart of the village of St. Teath, and part of this vibrant community which has expanded considerably in recent years. Visitors from all over the world leave messages in the visitors’ book, praising the peace and serenity of this 15th century building.
The village of Delabole grew up around the famous Delabole Slate Quarry so it is appropriate that the church of St. John the Evangelist built in the 19th century has a magnificent slate altar and candlesticks. This church is also the village community rooms, which, like the mother church at St. Teath, is proud of its strong community spirit.
All our churches are open in the daytime, St. John’s Delabole from April to October and the other four churches throughout the year. Please feel free to visit, relax, and enjoy. (All are closed at the moment due to the Coronavirus Pandemic)
Three Parishes, five Churches, one Benefice: led by our Rector, Curate Readers and Churchwardens, we are a family, proud of our own churches but devoted to working together for congregations and community.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Benefice.