Sunday 30th April was a Benefice service at St Teath church, led by our Parish Nurse Rev’d Geraldine, assisted by our wonderful lay readers, Sue and Claire. Geraldine spoke of the need to build fellowship to support each other, and through that be open to the needs of those around us. She shared some beautiful illustrations of that fellowship through a series of meditation starters from a table left out for us during communion. Our choir led us in sung worship and John led us in a thought provoking time of prayer. Looking forward to the next times we worship together as a whole Benefice, on Ascension Day and then at Jeffrey’s Licensing.
The second Sunday after Easter was an opportunity for St John’s folk to meet in joyful fellowship with Jeffrey leading a reflective service. St Teath was full of Bacon baps (and a larger Breakfast Band than ever) and recognising Jesus in unexpected places. St Julitta’s service offered communion in the traditional approach, giving much time for calm meditation.
At 6.30 on Easter the Dawn Service was held at St Adwenna. The Rev. Prof. Andrew Lewis officiated & Katie played the organ. It was a sunny but extremely windy morning & lighting the Pastoral Candle from the fire was not easy, eventually the Candle was lit & the candle was blessed in the shelter of the porch. Then the congregation of 14 entered the dark Church as the candles were lit. Instead of a sermon a very fitting poem by George Herbert was read. After the Service we all indulged in bacon baps cooked by Lizzie Lewis.
This was indeed a very fitting beginning of the Easter Celebrations.
We had some wonderful celebrations throughout the Benefice on Easter Day, including two Sunrise Services (A bit more windy at St Johns than St Adwenna), great praise and celebration at St Thomas and St Julitta, then to top it all off, at St Tetha we had band and choir singing their hearts out in praise. Along with our regular team of Jeffrey, Geraldine and Andrew, it was delightful to have Rev’d Simon Bettersby come and take the service at St Tetha. Since then, the Easter message has continued, as for “Low Sunday” we first were joined with our Methodist friends at St Thomas, and then at St Teath we celebrated communion in the way we used to pre-pandemic, from the East End. Roll on Coronation, we’re ready for you!
Our whole Benefice joined together on Palm Sunday morning for worship in the beautiful setting of St Julitta’s Lanteglos-by-Camelford. Our procession round the grounds with palms was followed by telling the story of Holy Week, followed by Communion together. Here is the St Teath Church Choir, singing God So Loved the World whilst Rev’d Jeffrey is preparing the table. In the afternoon, a more informal approach to Palm Sunday was held in St Thomas, Camelford, where we sang many hymns of the season and even at one stage had a praise conga!