The Winding Path

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…….

April Diary Dates

Sunday 2nd April 11.00 am – St Julitta Benefice Service for Palm Sunday, NO SERVICE ST TEATH.

Sunday 2nd April 4.00 pm – St Thomas Songs of Praise with Cake!

Services for Holy Week in our local churches:

Monday 3rd April 10.00 am – St Julitta, Holy Communion

Tuesday 4th April 7.00 pm – St Teath, Stations of the Cross

Wednesday 5th April 9.00 am – St Adwena, Morning Prayer

Thursday 6th April 2.00 pm – 4.00pm – St Teath, Children’s activities for Easter

Thursday 6th April 7.00 pm – St Thomas, Communion

Friday 7th April 2.00 pm – St Adwena, Meditations on the Cross

Sunday 9th April 6.30 am – St John and St Adwena Dawn Services

Sunday 9th April 9.30 am  – St Thomas Easter Communion

Sunday 9th April 11.00 – St Teath Easter Communion

Sunday 9th April 11.15 am – St Julitta Easter Communion

Thursday 13th April 7.00 pm – St Julitta Compline

Sunday 16th April 9.30 am – St Thomas Holy Communion

Sunday 16th April 11.00 am – St Teath Choral Communion

Sunday 22nd April 9.30 am – St Johns Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd April 10.00 am – St Teath Breakfast Service

Sunday 22nd April 11.15 am – St Julitta Holy Communion

Sunday 29th April 11.00am – St Teath Benefice Communion

Open the Book Delabole style!

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.

What to wear?

We were delighted to welcome Archdeacon Kelly to lead our Mothering Sunday services at St Thomas and St Teath this week. She reminded us of what to wear, as we decorated her surplice with words that typified our mothers’ love for us.

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.

Mothering Sunday Services

Why not treat yourself to a traditional Choral Evensong at St Julitta’s this Sunday afternoon? If the morning works better in your family’s day then you will be more than welcome at our services. Delabole Methodist church is always warm and inviting; we are also blessed with the company of Archdeacon Kelly for services at St Thomas and St Teath.

Mothering Sunday services

Sunday 19th March 9.30 am St Thomas Communion (CW) (with our Methodist friends)

Sunday 19th March 11.00 am St Teath Family Communion, welcoming Archdeacon Kelly

Sunday 19th March 11.00 am Delabole Methodist Church Village Celebration

Sunday 19th March 3.30 pm St Julitta Choral Evensong (BCP)

St Adwena joins the Celtic Quiet Places Scheme.

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.

Visit the website to learn more.

Jacobs’ Well and the Samaritan Woman

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”.

A Busy Choir!

St Teath Church choir has had a busy few weeks! Along with our weekly services and rehearsals, in the last month, we have sung for a beautiful wedding (including Sager’s “The Prayer”), entertained visitors to the church Crocus afternoon, and then to top it all participated in the Wadebridge Festival of Speech and Drama. Competing against two far larger and well established choirs, we came a very respectable second, with a “Highly Commended” report from the adjudicator.

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?