St Teath’s bi-annual flower festival coincided with St Teath Carnival Week, the last weekend in July. The theme was “New Beginnings”, giving plenty of opportunity for imaginative and varied displays. Along with several Action Men and partners adorned with suitable fig leaves appeared babies and their paraphernalia, clocks celebrating new year and even some bees with their honey! Particular thanks again to Elaine from Bruallen for an amazing altar display, accompanied by some wonderful wedding photos and bridal gowns. Musical entertainment was supplied by Gareth Stubberfield, James Westerby and the St Teath Choir singing some of its all-time hits. The hall hosted light refreshments and a range of scrummy cakes.
The weekend concluded with a Songs of Praise led by lay-reader Claire Salzmann and the ever-hearty St Teath Church Choir, before retreating to the Hall to finish off the cakes. A particular thanks to Yvonne who has organised many flower festivals, although feels this must be her last. Long-serving supporters including Lorraine and David have done much to make sure this year was a success. We’re grateful for donations of £900 which will be used to help ensure St Teath church is supporting its local community in every new beginning.
This Sunday, 30th July, 11.00 St Thomas Camelford join us for a Benefice service of Holy Communion. Rev’d Geraldine Ashton will be leading the service, with our Layreader Claire Salzmann preaching the sermon. Then, in the afternoon, a special chance to celebrate the end of St Teath Carnival, with a Flower Festival Songs of Praise in St Teath church, 4.00pm. The Choir are already gearing up, hoping you can join us for a final fling at the end of Carnival week!
It’s not every day you get to see two bishops and a landlord, so this was a very special occasion! We were delighted to host Bishops Philip and Hugh to explain current developments in the On The Way process to us. Friends from across the Deanery joined us for a bite to eat and an informal chat with both bishops in St Teath Church Hall. At the end, they had enough time to pop over to the White Hart to pull a pint or two. Here they are chatting with landlord Barry, who has been an active member of St Teath choir since the age of five. During that time, his duties have included being churchwarden, crucifer and bass in the choir. We’ve given Barry a framed picture of the event, which will hang alongside a picture of our old friends Derryn and Jem, also in their robes and pulling a pint.
Sorry to not have many posts during July. It’s not that we haven’t done much, just events have been so exciting we haven’t had time to do the posts…..
For the Second Sunday in July, we made a welcome return to Delabole Carnival Tent, combining with the free churches of Delabole and our great friends Delabole Methodist church. Sadly the Carnival at the end of the week was postponed due to bad weather. Don’t hide your costumes, though, there will be a static carnival parade in Delabole Park on Sunday 6th August to make up for it.
Rev’d Jeffrey led services at St Thomas and St Teath on our third Sunday, including a baptism at St Teath. The theme was based on the sower sowing seeds in all the wrong and right places. Watch out for those weeds!
Then on the Fourth Sunday we “decamped” to St Teath Carnival Tent, on the village green. Claire, Gareth and John “the baptist” led us in an informal service exploring how we listen, when we get it wrong and when we get it right. It was lovely and reaffirming to hear how God has worked through our congregation in different ways when we listen and trust in Him. Rev’d Geraldine led services at St Johns and St Julittas elsewhere in our Benefice.