On Passion Sunday, 26th March, we considered the story of the raising of Lazarus. Rev’d Jeffrey terry led services at St Johns and St Julitta, whilst Lay Readers Claire and Sue led a more informal breakfast service as St Teath. We were reminded of the winding path to Easter. To help focus our prayers, we placed figures on a winding path to remind us life isn’t always straightforward…….
Delabole Open the Book has returned to the Primary School [104 pupils]. The ecumenical team, drawn from THe methodist Church, St John’s, the House Church and Tube Station hold a weekly assembly.
This morning, a very simple version of the Last Supper; a pin could be heard dropping as we shared the bread and the cup. After Bible Story, we were encouraged to think about a special meal and to say, ‘Thank you’ for the times we eat with friends.
Next week we will follow the time from Jesus’ arrest, through to his rising from the tomb and meeting with his disciples.
See if you can spot some of St Paul’s words on the Surplice above!
Members of our Delabole fellowship joined with our Methodists for a community celebration of the day. In the afternoon, we shared Evensong at St Julitta, the service being led by Rev’d Canon Judith Pollinger from our Neighbouring North Cornwall Cluster, with Steve Tyrrell at the organ. It was lovely to see so many of our churches represented at this joint event.
This is part of an on line article from The Cornish Times.
A NEW network of churches will offer the solace and sanctuary of Cornwall’s holy sites to many more locals and visitors.
“Celtic Quiet Places” is the brainchild of retired parish priest the Reverend Canon Pat Robson.
So far, 72 churches from all over Cornwall have signed up to be part of the project, and a website detailing their locations and opening times is set to go live in March. From large churches in towns, to isolated chapels set in dramatic backdrop on the windy moor, they all have something in common: their doors will be open to invite anyone in, whether it be to pause and take a moment to step away from life’s troubles, or to seek out and enjoy the unique history and ancestry that each of these places has to offer.
Ancient Celtic Christian sites such as the tiny St Clether Holy Well chapel, near the banks of the River Inney, and the remains of the holy well at Madron, will also be featured on the website.
Pat has taken her inspiration from the Christian students who travelled hundreds of miles from their homes in the very early centuries AD. These young and passionate saints threw off the trappings of the established Roman church of the time, travelling light, and teaching that God was there for you in the meadow or at the stream, found in the beating of a bird’s wing just as much as in the gilded cup held by the high priest.
Some were forced to leave their homes as refugees as the Anglo Saxons moved into Britain, while saints such as Samson and Petroc left behind positions of wealth and royalty to take a different path.
“The story of the Celtic saints in Cornwall is a story still to be told. In Celtic times we were a landbridge for the students leaving Wales to go to Brittany, and wherever people stopped it became a holy place,” Pat explains. “You can’t go very far without finding a Celtic place.”
For Pat, this explains why Cornwall has not promoted its Celtic sites in the same way as Lindisfarne or Iona.
“We haven’t got the one single place, the whole of the county is holy, almost every road that the Celtic saints walked on, every village they stopped in, has something significant. It’s so familiar to us that we haven’t given it a second thought.”
Pat hopes that the Celtic Quiet Places scheme will change this, bringing the beauty of our churches and their deep connection with past to many new people. A benefit of the project, she hopes, will be to bring the footfall of visitors, acting to protect the smaller parishes whose members may fear the loss of their church.
On Sunday 12th March, St John’s church shared in fellowship together, looking at the role of women in the Gospel reading from the book of John, particularly in the light of World Women’s Day earlier in the week.
At St Teath, Claire Salzmann led our Morning Worship, considering particularly buckets – sometimes the old, battered ones are the best and God can use them just the same.
The congregation at St Adwena welcomed the Revd Professor Andrew Lewis as their celebrant and preacher. In his sermon Prebendary Andrew explored the relationship between the woman of Samaria who met Jesus at Jacob’s Well and the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose annunciation we would be celebrating in a little over a week’s time. The conversation between Jesus and the Woman is among the longest in the New Testament and is uniquely between a man and a woman, a Jew and a Samaritan. The unnamed Woman is, like Mary, the means by which Christ enters the life of her people and, like, Mary, when her work is done, she takes a step backward: “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world”.
We are almost unique now on the North Coast of Cornwall, where we sing weekly for services with a choir regularly reaching a dozen. We’re part of the Royal School of Church Music. Even if you don’t fancy singing Sunday by Sunday with us, why not pop in to a rehearsal on a Thursday evening 7.00pm to hear what we do?