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News from the Diocese of Truro DECEMBER 2013

Contents: Waiting For The Promises Of God Let Them Eat Cake Out & About Newbies Abbot Of Landévennec Leads Benedictine Quiet Day On Reading The Lesson A Personal Perspective Pastoral Partnerships Can Change Lives Roadshows Herald New Ways Of Working More Than Food Conference Christmas In The Cathedral Restorative Architect Receives Award A Lifetime Of 'Being Christ to Others' Ride Round England Vists Ladock And Truro A Perspective On Hell Advent Christmas Bells Church Presents Posters And Puzzles Book Review Cornish Christmas Giving BBC's WW1 'At Home' Project

Discovering God’s Kingdom

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Waiting for the promises of God YOU DON’T NEED ME to tell you that Christmas is coming; but what about Advent? Surely this is a season which is easily overlooked or ignored in the headlong rush to Christmas. We think we know what to do with Christmas – it is a bright and busy celebration which has to be planned and prepared for, so much to do and so little time, and money, to spend. But Advent, what is it for and what are we supposed to do with it? By tradition it is primarily a season of waiting; for God’s promises, for his coming and for our own readiness to greet him.

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Such a lot of our everyday lives involve waiting. We find ourselves stuck ‘on hold’ as we wait for someone or something beyond our control to allow us to move forward. Until then, there is often not a lot we can do – and that is uncomfortable. We like to be in charge and when we are not, feelings of impatience, frustration and silent resentment can rise to the surface. But I’ve been struck by how many people God keeps waiting and for how long. Think about Abraham, Moses and Ruth in Israel’s long history. In Advent we especially remember Zechariah and Elizabeth who waited far beyond hope for the child they longed to raise for God; Simeon and Anna waited long faithful lifetimes to see the salvation that God had promised; Jesus waited 30 gritty years in obscurity to begin his ministry; and John, Zechariah’s long-awaited son, scanned 2

the crowd each day for many days looking for the one who was to come after him. Why does God keep us waiting? Why can’t we just get on with doing what is needed? Why can’t we know right away what he wants of us? It seems to me that Advent can be a helpful pause for breath to reflect on these things. For me it is about trust. There are some things I can’t make happen, no matter how hard I try. I have to learn to wait for God’s time, his will, his way. I need to embrace faithfulness and acknowledge that I am not in control and that in his wisdom and grace he is more to be trusted with my life than I am. I find this hard although I know that it is part of being a disciple. We are told that Jesus himself, son though he was, learned obedience – and so must we as we seek to follow him. And yet in all this, perhaps the greatest wonder of Advent is that God waits with for me and all those who seek him. He knows our hearts and our faith in all their mess and wonder. And he knows when we shall be ready for the adventure he is calling us into. In his good time, may we all see his promises fulfilled in our lives. Chris So we wait for God’s time Preparing the way Our turn to toil on levelling mountains and straightening paths Our turn to watch the horizon Our turn to pass on the hope – the one who promised is faithful and will return.


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THE Diocesan House team’s daily round and common task was interrupted in pleasant manner recently when Holly Day from Pirate FM called in with two boxes of cream cakes. Holly has visited over 1,000 different businesses across Cornwall — many of them unusual in nature or less well known — to find out more about the people who work in them and how they operate. So on 1 October, following a telephone call from Suzanne Kerr in the Parsonages Department, it was our turn to entertain Holly — and to share some cakes!

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Out & about

Shared experience

A GRANT from The Archbishop’s ‘Going for G r o w t h Seedbank Fund’ has enabled Revd Marilyn Elliott (Pelynt & Lanreath) and Revd Louise Courtney (Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Lansallos & Talland) to realise their aim of not only working on a ‘cross-parish’ project, but also of working closely with primary school children in their parishes. The money is being used to fund transport for ‘The West Wivelshire Federation’ of primary schools, Pelynt and Polruan, to enable them to combine for themed teaching. On 3 October the combined schools were divided into three groups – Oats, Barley and Wheat – for the day’s activities of art, poetry and a church visit to ‘Experience Harvest’. The various ‘Experience Harvest’ stations in Pelynt Church had been created by an ecumenical team from Pelynt, Polruan,

Lanreath and Pelynt Methodist Churches and depicted Harvests of the Earth, Grain, Flock, Ocean and Garden and their associated Fruits of the Spirit – Joy, Generosity, Humility, Peace and Patience. One hundred and ten children and 50 adults ‘experienced harvest’ with a difference on that day – something that neither parish would have been able to achieve individually, yet by working together, gave both children and adults a day they will long remember. The stations remained in place and were used as part of the ‘Songs of Praise’ worship on the following Sunday, as an exhibition for the community to visit during the week, and as the basis for a ‘traditional’ harvest festival on 13 October.

Appetite for variety FOLLOWING completion of our summer season of monthly Songs of Praise services, the consensus among local people and holidaymakers seems to be that they appreciate occasional variations from the more traditional services that provide the backbone of our regular worship, writes Bob Pirie. Our Harvest Festival & Foodbank Service on 6 October was attended by members of Morwenstow’s Anglican and Methodist congregations, as well as several visitors, including members of the Walk Cornwall 2 faith mission project. Worshippers brought with them a huge array of non-perishable everyday food items which the Vicar then delivered to Bude Foodbank. The church was adorned with displays of local farm and garden produce and the bells rang out across the parish both before and after the service; and the sermon focused on the life and works of Revd R S Hawker, who conceived the idea of celebrating harvest festival in its present form, and held the first such service in Morwenstow Church in 1843. Our only regret was that there were no young families there to experience this very happy occasion in the place where it all began. 4


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service prove popular THE MONTHLY ‘New Forms of Worship’ services at 4pm on Sunday in Mounts Bay United Benefice are proving to be popular, giving our Local Worship Leaders opportunities to be really creative and our parishioners the chance of experiencing worship in new exciting ways, writes Revd Annie HenryHolland.  We are pictured around a parachute reacting to different styles of  music being played on a guitar – exploring the changing moods  and transitions, through  chaos  to calm. Our Swedish visitors helped plan this particular service, telling us about their church, reading and leading Swedish songs.

Team PZ at work and prayer IMAGINE THEM! Nearly 300 primary-aged children “Thank you so much for from Penzance schools wondering what to expect, writes Roz Peskett. the Harvest activities that Green and Orange Class so thoroughly In they came to the huge – and for many, unknown enjoyed last week at St Mary’s Church. – St Mary’s Church. The whole floor space had The children really enjoyed moving been transformed into six intriguing ‘room-spaces’, beckoning them inside to explore different Harvest around, learning about Harvest, themes in small groups. growing food and stories from the Bible.” Sitting on the mat together in front of the chancel steps Pensans School each class was welcomed, taught a fun action song of worship and given a memory bag for collecting precious items from the prayer spaces they visited. The children discovered water with Moses in the desert – water for our bodies and living water for our heart’s thirst; under “The children loved making God’s rainbow we were thankful for the amazing harvest their bags and collecting things of crops which provide us with food; we wondered at the in them from each activity. The awesome power of seeds to grow into crops, flowers and staff were also excellent with the trees, planting a precious pot of cress seeds to care for; children. They were patient and took we thought about fair trade for banana growers and milk farmers; and considered the piles of messy junk we leave to time to listen to their thoughts.” litter our beautiful world. Bolitho School Lastly, centre stage in the chancel, there was the Foodbank display. This ‘Prayer Spaces Week’ succeeded through teamwork and prayer, much preparation and hard work and intercession from members of the Penlee Cluster churches and our Methodist neighbours and, vitally, the eager, willing and prayerful members of the Walk Cornwall 2 team. 5


Commissioning

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for new head teacher A COMMISSIONING service was held for Linda Todd, the new head teacher at Five Islands School, on 27 September at St Mary’s Parish Church on the Isles of Scilly, writes Irene Pooley. A break in the foggy weather meant that Bishop Chris and I were able to make the journey to be met in bright sunshine by Canon Paul Miller who conducted the service, ably assisted by the school choir. Following the service there was an opportunity to meet Linda’s family, governors and officers over a cup of tea. It was a wonderful occasion and we hope that Linda’s time on the Islands will be both joyous and rewarding. We wish her well in her new post. BEFORE the advent of radio, domestic storytelling entertained and educated all. In medieval times, epic tales entertained the nobility. Now, in the 21st century, oral storytelling from memory has become a powerful art form for adult audiences and a nationally-respected exponent is St Ervan’s Local Worship Leader, Churchwarden and Bard, Mike O’Connor.

New words for old

With harpist Barbara Griggs of Tresmeer, Mike has recently crafted an epic tale of the flood legends of Brittany and Cornwall. This hour-long story, ‘Return to Lyonesse’, was launched at Fowey Parish Church for the Fowey Festival. Since then it has delighted audiences from Birmingham to Billericay and Manchester to Penzance, winning high praise for its atmospheric words and stunning original music. The culmination was on 12 October when Mike and Barbara were given the high accolade of a British Award for Storytelling Excellence – storytelling’s equivalent of a BAFTA – for their Outstanding Multi-Arts Performance. 6


Newbies

Discipleship co-ordinator

PAULINE Burdett has been appointed to the part-time post of Discipleship Coordinator.

together − and have a great holiday at the same time! She has successfully planned and led church weekends using the same approach.  

She came to Cornwall six years ago as Scripture Union Development Worker for Devon and Cornwall and was also, at that time, its National Family Ministry Consultant. This involved developing ministry among families and setting it as one of the main focuses within the organisation.

Commenting on her experience, Pauline said: “I have been training children and youth workers in Cornwall and all over the South West for the last six years, and I have been part of the planning and delivery teams for Messy Cathedral, Youth and Children’s Work SW and Critical Mass.

Pauline led a team of paid and volunteer workers who developed Scripture Union’s Family Bible Holidays, which have since multiplied in number. These holidays aim to help families share the Bible and worship

“For the past four years I have been a Foundation Governor at Marhamchurch VC School and I believe  that  discipleship is the key to growth, both personally and corporately.”

DoTE school buildings officer James Hetherington, the new DoTE Schools Buildings Officer, writes… MY career to this point has embraced a fair amount of change, but education has been a fairly constant theme. I started as a junior building surveyor in private practice in Newcastle in the late 1980s before moving to local authority work in East London in 1990. I stayed for almost 20 years working on all types of local authority buildings, including schools. Although much has changed in the management of schools over the intervening years, replacing failing flat roof coverings and rotten windows has remained fairly constant. After 10 years, I followed my interest in older buildings and enjoyed a spell in the planning service as conservation officer. As some of our school buildings were ‘Listed’, my involvement with them continued even then and I like to think I was sympathetic to their need to develop and change. Five years ago my wife and I decided to relocate to Cornwall in what I have since discovered is a well-trodden path for people with young families. I joined Stratton Holborow (now Smiths Gore) where I received a thorough introduction to the special building types and environmental challenges in Cornwall – radon, mundic and mining not least among them. During this time I worked with a number of schools – initially Council maintained but latterly newly converted Academies – helping to deliver successful schemes through the Government’s academies funding programme. I am delighted to have joined the DoTE team and am looking forward to getting to know the head teachers and governors of Church schools over the coming months. 7


Abbot of Landévennec leads Benedictine quiet day

TRURO Cathedral assumed the atmosphere of a Benedictine monastery on 18 October as the Abbot of Landévennec, Frère JeanMichel, led clergy and Readers in a quiet day.

The acts of worship at the beginning and the end of the day were based loosely on the services of Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Vespers (Evening Prayer) as celebrated at the Abbey of Landévennec in Brittany, with sung parts featuring recordings from the Abbey. At several points during the day − which included extended periods of silence − Frère Jean-Michel gave delegates an insight into his personal perspective on the Rule of St Benedict and what it meant for people living their lives outside a monastic environment. He also delivered a brief homily at the Eucharist celebrating the Feast of St Luke. In his first address, he explained that in biblical stories, the Wilderness was a particular place of silence into which people were invited to enter in order to listen to the word of the Lord. This was the background to the Benedictine Rules about listening and silence; through which people can “turn and come to someone, come to The Lord Christ, be taught the word of God and learn obedience”. “Benedict doesn’t ask us just to keep silence, but to listen,” said Frère Jean-Michel. “They are very different things. Listening allows God and his love to fill the space inside us. To guide 8

us. Silence then is not a matter of discipline, it becomes a matter of love.” He spoke of the Benedictine Rule asking monks to open their eyes to the Divine light, especially through scriptural references of transition from dark to light, from sleeping to waking. “Christ is the light that frees us from the darkness,” he said. “His truth.” Frère Jean-Michel told delegates that it is easy to focus on what is wrong in the world; but Benedict asks us to focus on the light − to see what is good in others and in ourselves. To see the joy in others and what they are capable of through love. “God saw all that he had made and saw that it was very good,” he reminded everyone. He spoke of Benedict’s call for people to ‘choose life. hear God’s call, to turn away from evil and seek peace for ever. “Mankind is an incomplete being who seeks life,” he suggested. “When fear comes into our relationship with God, then it loses its truth. We need to look at Christ’s example of how we should build our relationship with God.” In his second address, Frère Jean-Michel, began by quoting words from the Prologue of Benedictine Rule, ‘Listen carefully … to the


master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart’. He noted that this was a simple, rudimentary instruction that had resonances with pupils joining a primary school.

insistent. Stop. Wait. Listen to word of the Lord before entering any action.

He went on to explain that this Rule was really a school for the laws of service. “For beginners,” he suggested. “Whoever you are, you are seeking true life. If we recognise in ourselves this desire for true life, we are welcome in the School. All human beings have this desire deep inside.

Speaking of monastic life, Frère Jean-Michel said: “God is present everywhere. Our behaviour is transformed by the presence of God, whether at work, in the oratory or in the silence of the cell. God is not present as a supervisor but as a father who loves his children. God is love.

“This is a place to cultivate hope and develop closeness with God. He is a mystery of presence. In silence, we can recognise his presence. Worshipping God is an act of service. Not of servitude, but of closeness.”

“Prayer is not apart from everyday life. It is part of everything we do. Sometimes, when we are serving people, prayer seems to come as an interruption to our daily routine. But if we believe that God is part of the service we are doing, then leaving work to pray is simply ‘leaving God for God’.”

Frère Jean-Michel turned next to the Benedictine Rule that asked for insistent prayer. “First thing in the morning is the invocation, ‘Lord open my ears’,” he explained. “This is a filial relationship of a disciple who wishes to do God’s will. It is not polite, but

“The disciple listens to God before going on. The disciple of Christ hears his voice … listens to it and then walking with him.

Verbatim transcripts of Frère Jean-Michel’s addresses and homily can be found at www. trurodiocese.org.uk/2013/10/abbot-oflandevennec-leads-benedictine-quiet-day

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On reading the lesson – a personal perspective (Part 2) IT DOES NOT MATTER that what we read is a translation, because the New Testament (NT) itself is a translation into Greek of Jesus’ message incorporated into the Gospel, the Good News according to its various bearers. The NT records precious few of the Lord’s ipsissima verba in Aramaic as spoken. And Jesus will, I suppose, have had enough Latin – learned in the building trade with all that Roman construction at Caesarea – and maybe enough Greek, the then lingua franca of the eastern Mediterranean seaboard, to get by. But the point is that the Gospels as presented are hardly ‘What Jesus Said’, but more a translation into Greek of what various disciples memorised of the Lord’s message as communicated to, understood and internalized by, them. The NT Letters record the local/immediate stresses and experiences, fears and contentions, of congregations which, just like us, are made up of all kinds of people, with all kinds of conscious and nonconscious agendas, purposes, and relationships. These letters come across as a dynamic, literary record of people as they lived and breathed the new life that the Gospel gives, as they struggled to come to terms with – and make sense of – their experience of salvation.

but those who wrestle with the question of who/what God is? And in addressing this question, we too become children of Israel, we too are constituted (remade) as heirs to the promise.

I might briefly check a Bible commentary, such as Peake – the internet is too much of a fractal labyrinth to be useful, except sometimes for names. I read and re-read the text aloud three or four times each day for a few The fact that the NT is in its days; testing timing, amplitude, original text a translation reminds variation, tonal register, me that it is the message, not emphases, rhythm, pausing, the text that is the first and the cadences and significances paramount consideration. If it of names of people places and is true that ‘the medium is the things – listening for the aural message’ and that, ‘if it’s free, shape that the text forms. you are the product’, then it is us, the Church, who are, somehow, How does this text ‘work’? the Lord’s very salvation that we Watching and listening for preach. archetypes, proverbs, and the occasional phrase that has Having prepared this far, I leave embedded itself into the matrix the text for a day or so. Let it of the English language. This stew. Let my non-directive, nonis where I might check back conscious mind chew it over, with other translations such as like a letter from a lover read the King James Version and its and reread for a day or three modern revisions, or even (for immediately on receipt, but then NT letters, especially 1 John) the secreted and carried close to the Book of Common Prayer. breast above the heart, where it is constantly and reassuringly Part 3 will appear in the January felt as a warm, known – an edition of The Coracle. immediate presence, closely kept, available.

Then, when I remember, I come back to it. What does this text say? How does it express the will of God to/for me today? Where are the knots, in the language, in the ideas? Where/what are the hard places, the moments of crisis, the omissions/lacunae? The assumptions, the quotations, the critical, intellectual, theological, political, historical, mythic, dramatic points that the text yields on careful listening? To whom/when/in what context was it addressed, by whom? For, who are the people of Israel, 10

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An experienced reader writes…


Pastoral partnerships can change lives Sarah Welply writes… Question: What do you get when you bring 120 Local Pastoral Ministers together? Answer: A lot of chatter. THUS observed Bishop Tim during his talk at the ‘Changing Lives’ event for Pastoral Ministers held recently at the Eden Project. The day was organised jointly by the Diocese of Truro, Volunteer Cornwall and Age UK Cornwall to enable some constructive ‘networking’, positive sharing of information, and to begin to explore ways in which pastoral teams can work effectively with the voluntary sector in order to generate mutually beneficial partnerships. This was reflected by the different speakers and activities on the programme for the day. Referring to John 10. v10, Bishop Tim encouraged delegates to use the skills that they already have – including the ability to listen and talk – to enable others to live life to the full. Some of the people working on different projects run by Volunteer Cornwall & Age UK

presented a brief outline of their remits; and there was an opportunity for interested people to find out more in the ‘market-place’ of stalls. Delegates heard from Pat Walton (St Columb Oasis Centre) and Canon Rob Dickenson (Week St Mary) who related how their work had been enhanced by collaborating with other agencies from both the statutory and voluntary sectors. There was also a chance to share information about what groups were running in different areas – from ‘Knit & Natters’ through to gardening clubs. At the end of the day, the Pastoral Ministers went home full of inspiration having enjoyed the chance to be together, find out how other groups worked and seen a few of the ways in which their work in their communities could be enhanced. Andy Brelsford from Volunteer Cornwall commented that the day had been one of the best and most positive events he had ever had the privilege to be part of in his 16 years of organising events in Cornwall. But the final word should go to Terry Twitchell, one of the Pastoral Ministers. “I enjoyed the day very much indeed,” he said. “The programme covered many of the points that are essential in our daily lives when talking to people about pastoral care. “We were able to assimilate much knowledge from experts who spend their lives dealing with people through Healthwatch, Memory Cafes and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, Home Support and so on – the very people with whom we are also closely involved.”

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Roadshows herald new ways of working THE LAST of this year’s series of Autumn Roadshows was held at the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth on 24 October. A total of over 600 delegates attended the six events at venues stretching across the diocese. The theme throughout was ‘Our Vision’ and the speakers explained how the 3 Strands of the strategy — Discipleship, Accompanied Ministry Development (AMD) and Doing Church Differently — will all be woven together to form a coherent approach to the challenges currently faced by the Church of England in Cornwall. Introducing the ‘Our Vision’ project, Bishop Chris warned of the dangers of complacency and spelt out the harsh realities of funding mission and ministry, of falling church attendances and ageing congregations. “We have a window of perhaps five to 10 years during which we can do something about the situation … no longer,” he said. “None of us likes change; but we cannot go on doing things in the same way that we have always done them up until now. We need to ‘do church differently’.” Endorsing the strategy, Bishop Tim pointed out that it was now clear that the traditional model of each parish having its own priest had long gone. He said that it was the right time to be seeking new, more flexible ways of developing shared ministry and encouraging 12

better use of lay skills and talents in the interest of proclaiming the Gospel in the wider community. Accompanied Ministry Development will be particularly useful in this respect, he said. It is still a work in progress and pioneering in its nature, so parishes will be able to tailor the programme to suit their needs; and there is great interest at a national level as to how it develops. Although there were opportunities for group discussions on each of the 3 Strands during every evening, the Roadshow programmes were, of necessity,’ tight’. So delegates were asked to complete feedback questionnaires so that all their views could be heard and, where possible, incorporated into the ‘Our Vision’ projects. A summary of key trends in the feedback will be compiled and published in the January edition of The Coracle. Full details about ‘Our Vision’ can be found at www.trurodiocese.org.uk/vision-strategy


More than food conference MEMBERS of churches from across the South West attended a conference on food poverty and justice in Bristol on 22 October, writes Revd Andrew Yates. ‘More Than Food’ was the second in a series of events emphasising a dual approach to hunger in Britain at this time. Whilst at one level it is encouraging that local communities are supporting more vulnerable people who cannot access food through food banks and similar projects, it is also not acceptable that in one of the richest nations in the world increasing numbers of families and individuals are going hungry. Hence the need of ‘expressing compassion, expecting justice’. In his opening address, the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, said the Christian duties to care for those in need and love unconditionally take the Church inevitably into the area of politics. He added, “Love is about the care of individuals, but it is also about the care of society. Love distributed is about justice and inevitably takes us into the area of politics and how society is organised.” Other speakers referred to the widening gap between rich and poor in the UK, with inequalities now being

greater than since the 1970s. Thirteen million people are living below the official poverty Niall Cooper line; 3.6 million children experience poor quality lives; and 1 in 5 mums are skipping meals to feed their children. Welfare reforms are almost certainly contributing to the situation with the Trussell Trust and other charities reporting a doubling of those seeking food parcels as people are caught in benefit delays and sanctions, often through no fault of their own. Stories were shared about people not being able to cook food because they cannot afford the fuel, and of falling wages pushing others into destitution. More positively there are examples of churches in the region involved in courses to re-skill people to grow and cook food, raising personal confidence and improving community facilities. Others campaign with decision-makers on improving well-being for all, not only those who can afford it. The conference concluded with a call for an enquiry into contemporary poverty in Britain and an encouragement for local churches to support saving schemes through Credit Unions and the Living Wage campaign to improve incomes and bridge inequality gaps. ‘More Than Food’ was organised by the SW Churches Regional Forum. Further details can be found at www.morethanfood.org.uk

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Pillaton’s restorative architect receives award AFTER devastating lightning strike damage to St Odulph’s Church in Pillaton in January 2013 (The Coracle March 2013), Simon Crosbie, from Le Page Architects, led a team of engineers, stonemasons and contractors on a nine-month project to repair and reconstruct the internal and external fabric, for which work he has been nominated Runner-Up in the King of Prussia’s Gold Medal Award.* Although the north-east tower pinnacle was completely destroyed, the stone pieces were painstakingly gathered and reassembled in the stonemason’s yard as a 3D jigsaw, in order to enable a dry-built assessment of the required restoration and remedial works. Once on site, the stonemasons sympathetically replaced missing – or stones too damaged to reuse – with Cornish granite all lifted up to the tower via a specialist scaffolding and hoist which ensured the church was weather protected for the duration of the contract. Careful intervention and connection of the new and medieval timbers were detailed so that not only was the medieval structure retained wherever possible, it also ensures a timeline if future generations re-expose the barrelled roof. The lead roof was severely damaged by the falling granite and so whilst retaining the bells in place both the oak roof and leadwork over it was all carefully repaired. The medieval curved ceiling has been replastered using traditional methods and materials matching that which was lost. This included taking moulds of the bosses and recasting them to exact replacements. 16

Internally, Victorian pews and tiled floor were damaged by falling granite and these have been repaired but with a commemorative floor plaque set into the floor rather than new tiles.

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St Odulph’s Church, Pillaton, re-opened on Remembrance Sunday.

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*The King of Prussia’s Gold Medal Award is made annually for innovative and high quality repair to churches. It is judged by the Ecclesiastical Architects’ and Surveyors’ Association (EASA) and The National Churches Trust. Simon Crosbie was the Runner Up for 2013 ‘for the swift and thorough analysis of the fabric following a devastating lightning strike. The outcome of the analysis allowed much of the original fabric to be retained.’


A lifetime of ‘being Christ to others’ David Watson writes… WHEN I met Revd Wynford Phillips at his home in St Agnes, he greeted me as if he had known me for years, offered me a seat, and at the invitation to tell me a bit about his 70 years of ordained ministry, launched into the rich tapestry that is the history of his life. Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, he described his career from its staunch Baptist roots in South Wales, via Cardiff to gain a BA in Economics and German at the University of Wales, before ordination in 1943 and serving a series of curacies in North Wales, during which period he met his wife, Mabel. Revd Wynford Phillips on his weddding day 15 January 1946

The next move was to Birmingham and it became clear from our conversation that it was here that Revd Phillips experienced a steep learning as to the realities and pressures of being priest in charge of a large urban parish, with Sunday congregations of up to 2,000 people and a population in excess of 35,000 to serve.

It was in 1973, following a five-year spell in Shropshire, that he moved to Cornwall to Roche and Withiel which at the time was the only parish in the Duchy under the patronage of Toc H. During his subsequent years in Cornwall, amongst many things, he has served as Rural Dean of St Austell Deanery, holiday chaplain in the Cathedral and for SAGA; covered several parish interregnums, and is still an active participant of meetings of Truro Theological Society. Asked about the state of the C of E today, Revd Phillips commented: “The Church of England at its best is a wonderful amalgam of holiness and scholarship; but it has been allowed to break away from its sacraments and to become preoccupied by power. It is far too concerned about preserving itself,” he observes with more than a hint of Baptist fervour. Then, after a thoughtful pause, he adds: “Selfishness is the root of estrangement from God. We are challenged in the Spirit of Christ to be Christ to others.”

In 1955, came a move to Clay Cross in Derbyshire where the mission churches were “very individual” and “had communities centred round different industries, such as mining and agriculture”. With more than a little nostalgia in his voice, Revd Phillips spoke of how much he enjoyed his 12-year ministry at this time and how he could go for a walk and “view his parish from the hills”. 17


2,500 miles, 30 cathedrals, one man, one horse and all for charity... Ride Round England visits Ladock and Truro WILLIAM Reddaway and his horse, Strider, have travelled over 2,500 miles to four corners of England visiting 30 cathedrals on the way to raise money for the Family Holiday Association and an Inner London Riding For Disabled Group at the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. They set off from Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds on 10 May and by 26 October had been to the Solway Firth in Cumbria, the Northumberland coast at Bamburgh and North Foreland in Kent and had visited the cathedrals at Gloucester, Hereford, Worcester, Coventry, Lichfield, Chester, Sheffield, Carlisle, Durham, Ripon, York, Lincoln, Southwell, Peterborough, Ely, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, St Paul’s (without Strider), Southwark, Rochester, Canterbury, Chichester, Winchester, Salisbury, Exeter and Truro. On their way to Truro Cathedral they stopped off at Ladock Church. William is a member of the Grocers’ Company who are the patrons of Ladock Church and he was delighted to visit. He and Strider were warmly greeted by members of the congregation including Shirley Soper, the churchwarden, Lady Mary Holborow and Vivian Stals, who had organized his stay in Ladock.

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A perspective on Hell I THOUGHT about writing something about Christmas. Then I realised that for good Anglicans Christmas doesn’t start until 24 December, so I’d be too early. Then I read some letters in the Methodist Recorder and decided to write about Hell instead! And that is seasonal because the old Advent themes were: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – and we’re now in Advent. I believe in Hell. I also believe that it’s empty. Ideas about Life after Death and Heaven and Hell, and all that kind of thing, evolved slowly over the centuries in which the Bible was being written; and have continued to evolve in Judaism and Christianity since. Modern ideas owe a lot to medieval painters and Victorian ‘Hell-Fire’ preachers; and there is no shortage of websites which suggest that most of us are going to a very nasty Hell indeed. That puzzles me. How is it that some people (in many religions) seem to have no problem with the idea of God consigning huge numbers of people who don’t see things their way to a painful eternity in Hell? It’s true that a lot of the teaching about Hell in the Bible is found on the lips of Jesus. It is also true that he paints a very vivid and, indeed, a frightening picture. But the question is how are we to understand these pictures? Do we take them literally? Or do we see them as pictures intended to shock people into wakefulness? Taking them literally makes God into an Eternal Torturer – and I just can’t go with that. But I do believe in Hell. If we think in traditional Christian terms that God has given us the gift of free will, and that he does not compel us to believe in him but

gives us the choice; then it follows that there has to be the opportunity to say “No” to God and to go on saying it. And if you go on saying “No” long enough, I suppose you could eventually cut yourself off from the light and life and love of God. That’s a picture of Hell I can go with – a picture of being eternally alone, or lost in oblivion. But I also believe that Hell is empty. Why? Because, it seems to me, no one will finally do that. Why not? Because God’s love is so winsome and so persistent. That’s the glorious good news that there is nothing in all creation that will be able to separate us from the love of Christ, as Paul says at the end of Romans 8. That’s also the Easter Message that the last word lies with life not death, with light not darkness, with good not evil and with love not hate. Or to put two more texts together – if Jesus came ‘to seek and save the lost’, and if he is ‘the same, yesterday, today and for ever’, then the outcome ought to be an empty Hell. I am not saying that ‘everyone will be saved’. What I am saying is that, because God is Love, I find it difficult to conceive that anyone will not be ‘saved’. I am not saying, either, that it’s going to be all sweetness and light when we are confronted with persistent and winsome Love. For some of us it will be purgatory! Life after Death is mystery beyond our imagining. All our Advent pictures of Hell or Heaven are inadequate. But aren’t some just plain wrong? Stephen Dawes Canon Theologian 19


Advent reminder of our Original Blessing OVER 20 billion years ago, our wonderful planet came into existence, writes Sister Annmarie. In contrast, humanity is only about four million years old. Just imagine there was a time when there was only our amazing Creator God, this earth and the planets. It looks as if we are not the centre of the universe after all! Since the ‘Great Event’ when our artist God created us, we became a part of the creative word of God, and this creative activity still continues today. God’s blessings continue. Like any artist, God is intimately involved with what he has created; like any good parent, he loves his creation, lives on in his creation – and scripture teaches us that his love for us is unconditional. And so it seems that through the whole of creation, including ourselves, flows a blessing from a single, loving activity – atom to atom, molecule to molecule, land to plants, and people to people – for anyone who wishes to become a part of that blessing; with the flow continuing rather like the waves of the sea, or the waves of our years, undulating down through the centuries. St Irenaeus, writing during the second half of the 1st century AD claimed that ‘God became human in order that humans might become God’. Our own Julian or Norwich put it this

way – that we are called to be ‘Oned’ with God. And the poet, Sir Phillip Sidney, wrote: ‘My true love hath my heart and I have his; there never was a better bargain driven’. So who is this Saviour, this Original Blessing that we have all been preparing to welcome yet again into our lives this Christmas – hopefully in a new way? We’re told he is called Emmanuel, literally meaning ‘he-with-us’. The divine made flesh and fully human. Jesus is as fully the product of the 20 billion years of evolution as we are. He is our brother, the image of God par excellence. He is our family history, and he calls us back to our origins, our original blessings, our own royal personhood. Made in his image! So this Christmas, as we indulge ourselves with food and drink and amazing presents, let’s remember that all this is only to remind us of our own unique and loving Original Blessing, as we celebrate the birthday of our brother and Saviour Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord.

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Christmas bells THE BELLS ring out from our towers every week, but it is at Christmas that they seem to have their most special meaning, writes Dr David Pitcher. They appear on cards, in hymns, and as lights and decorations. The Anglican poet, John Keble [1792-1866], wrote a poem about church bells, Lyra Innocentium, in his book of verses about children. Keble’s thought was that the church bells that greet Christmas morning, and ring again for the New Year, contain within their notes memories of the past year, and shed a blessing on the coming year. A child asks her mother to be sure to wake her up early so that she does not miss the bells: Wake me tonight, my mother dear, That I may hear The Christmas bells, so soft and clear... Keble imagines that the “twelve good days” of Christmas contain within them blessings and hope for the whole coming 12 months. Like this child, we hear the bells, with their message of the “babe so sweet”, and we then bear their song within us, whether in an “hour of gloom”, or in happy times. Their music hallows every day of our life, and the sound of the Christmas bells is picked up and echoed by the sounds of the year, long after the snow has vanished: We hear it now in every breeze That stirs on high the summer trees... The dim peal in the torrent seems to dwell It greets us from afar in Ocean’s measured swell... The pine logs on the hearth sometimes Mimic the chimes... Even the “step of time” itself moves to the familiar and holy chime of the Christmas bells as they echo the message of “God’s high love” though the year. Even the frightening and impressive sounds of nature, such as the whirlwind or the cataract, are a part of the bells’ “deep chords”.

It is as if the whole of nature speaks this language which, as Christians, is our language. When the bells are heard at evening from a distant tower, at some time during the year, they are simply picking up and re-echoing the music and message of the Christmas bells Wafting a fair goodnight from his high love Who strews our world with signs from his own world above. Keble’s bells were in Gloucestershire, but in Cornwall the bells were ringing out just as clearly, and with Christmas associations. In his beautiful, if now forgotten poem The Vale of Lanherne [1836], Keble’s contemporary, Henry Sewell Stokes, contrasts the bells of St Mawgan-in-Pydar with the clang of the factory bell in the newly industrialised cities, or the harsh sound of the trumpet, which calls young men away from their life within the parish to travel and fight in distant places: Ah Christian! Would’st though leave the Sabbath bell Sweet as the chant the herald angels sang The merry marriage peal, the parting knellThese, these forsakest thou for the trumpet’s clang? Keble ends his poem by comparing the bells to the “unfailing sky”– varying perhaps from hour to hour, but bearing through our whole lives an unchanging and timeless message “of the same high love and power”. To conclude, I add a thought of my own – that each bell and each note is being sounded by a person who in some way is part of this message, and so each chime also contains something of his or her story. 21


Church presents posters and puzzles IN 2010, St Keverne Church launched an appeal for a major upgrade to conform – as far as is possible for a Grade 1 Listed Church – to disability access regulations, writes Margaret Jackson. The first stage was completed by December 2012, after generous giving from the church ‘family’, the local community; and much prayer and effort behind fund-raising. Additionally, grants totalling over £55,000 have enabled further work to proceed. So Phase 2 will bring re-wiring, new lighting, a re-sited vestry and a dual church/community use room in part of the West End. Among the many events which raised funds were an Art Draw, an Open Garden Day and monthly cream teas. As an additional initiative, the church has now produced five wonderful A3 colour posters from photographs – taken by local artist, Chris Hardman – of St Keverne’s medieval bench ends and roof bosses. The bench ends in St Keverne Church date back to c.1500 and the original bosses to c.1460. Amongst them is a Pieta, (an image of the Virgin Mary holding her crucified son across her lap). This is rare on bench ends and may be the only one in Cornwall. Other images include a rather ‘cheerful’ Pontius Pilate, and Christ in his shroud.

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The posters would make a great Christmas gift for someone who loves carvings or something rather different. They all look stunning when framed. They cost £3.50 each, or £15 for all five, p&p £4.95. We also have a limited edition 500-piece quality jigsaw of St Keverne’s iconic ‘Mohegan Window’ complete with the story of the sinking of SS Mohegan on the Manacle Rocks one and a half miles off shore. At only £20 plus p&p of £4.95 this is a bargain. For further information on purchasing the posters and puzzle, call 01326 280 108.

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Book review AS SOMEONE with a background of teaching science in schools and a College of Further Education for many years, I have found the following two books helpful in strengthening my Christian faith in God as Creator, in the face of arguments put up by atheists such as Richard Dawkins, writes John Madge. For anyone struggling with issues putting Christianity and scientific knowledge at odds with one another, I would encourage you to take advantage of these excellent texts by Alister McGrath. The Dawkins Delusion SPCK (2007) ISBN-978-0-281-05927-0 The Dawkins Delusion addresses the conclusions of The God Delusion point by point. McGrath, once an atheist himself, has a doctorate in molecular biophysics, but went on to become a leading Christian theologian. He dismantles the argument that science should lead to atheism. He shows clearly how Dawkins has become dogmatic in his atheistic fundamentalism, with gaps, inconsistencies and a lack of depth in his arguments. This book gives a well-informed, reliable and readable assessment of The God Delusion.

Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life Blackwell Publishing (2007) ISBN13:978-1-4051-2538-3 McGrath takes on Dawkins on the grounds of what he holds most sacred — rational argument. He goes head to head in exposing some of Dawkins’ central assumptions: the conflict between science and religion; the role of the ‘selfish gene’ in the theory of evolution; and how the scientific method is the only credible world view. Brilliantly he shows up the unsustainability of Dawkins’ assumptions, in a style that can be understood and enjoyed by anyone.

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COMPILED by the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum (CIPF), the Cornish Christmas Giving catalogue runs in a similar fashion to other national ‘alternative gift’ catalogues. The donor can choose a charitable organisation to support as an alternative – or in addition – to the traditional Christmas present for a family member or friend.

Eleven charities/charitable organisations are taking part: Activate8, St Austell Community Kitchen (STAK), Restormal Mind, CIPF Backpack Beds, Truro Foodbank, Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG), Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust, Drop in and Share Centre (DISC) Camborne and three from Churches Together in Penzance Area (CTIPA) (a) Street Pastors, (b) Homeless Breakfast Project and (c) Penzance Foodbank. People wishing to give an alternative Cornish gift can find a copy of the Cornish Christmas Giving catalogue online at www. cornwallindependentpovertyforum.btck.co.uk and hard copies are available via admin.cipf@ truro.anglican.org or Alison Mandeville on 07582736531. Donna Birrell from BBC Radio Cornwall (left) with members of the CIPF and service users of THAG at the launch of the catalogue.


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AS THE CENTENARY of the Great War approaches, BBC Radio Cornwall is looking for stories that link local places to it, writes broadcast journalist, Hannah Stacey. The aim is to uncover facts from places that had an impact on the war and on people living here. We are hoping that local parishes might help to uncover thus far untold or little-known stories. For instance, were local miners selected to work in tunnelling under battlefields? What was happening on Cornish farms? What did the change mean for women in Cornwall, their roles and responsibilities? The stories are being gathered and researched with help from the Imperial War Museum, university academics, researchers and local historians who will help verify the evidence and check the facts. Every story is subject to a commissioning process and we are keen to gather as much information as possible. The BBC’s ‘Season of World War One’ programming is due to start early next year, so these stories are set to be recorded over the next three months with a view to broadcast in early 2014 from about February onwards. There is potential for some of our Cornwall stories to be picked up by the BBC network teams, such as News programmes and The One Show, so they’d be sharing our local research and contacts. So if parishes or individuals think they have an appropriate story, please contact Hannah Stacey at BBC Radio Cornwall on 01872 475263 or at hannah.stacey@bbc. co.uk, mentioning that you first picked up the request from The Coracle.

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Memorial to Second Lieutenant Alec Stanhope Forbes, son of Cornish artist Stanhope Alexander Forbes, in Sancreed Church.

A case in point… Duncan Paul Matthews writes… JACK PARSONS, post- war WW2 vicar of St Mary’s, Liskeard, had fought with the Worcester Yeomanry at Gallipoli and Palestine during WW1. Having had his fair share of hostilities as a cavalryman and taken a Turkish officer prisoner, he ‘won his sword’. He also played cricket for Warwickshire and for England and was a great friend of Ted Brown, who he was instrumental in bringing down to Cornwall to play cricket and to be head master of St Martin’s Church School. Jack Parsons, was called back into military service as a Chaplain during WW2, serving  in North Africa. In his post-war days, he fulfilled the biblical entreaty from Micah 4.3 by having his two military swords beaten into ploughshares by Brentons of Polbathick. The Cornish Times of the late 1940s photographed him with a team of horses ploughing with this adaptation and the wheat grown following that exercise was subsequently used in the communion bread at St Martin’s, Liskeard.


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Candlelit counterpoint A CHANCE TO ENJOY chamber music for strings, including Zoltan Kodaly’s stunning duo for violin and cello and a powerful adaptation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string trio on Sunday 8 December at 3pm in St Kew Church. Lowri Porter (violin), Nancy Johnson (viola) and Rosalind Gladstone (cello) have all played for the St Endellion Summer Festival, so this will be a very special musical occasion. This is a rare opportunity to hear these first class musicians performing as an intimate chamber group, The Zoltan Ensemble, at St Kew. Tickets £10 (unreserved seating), free for under-16s accompanied by an adult, from tickets@endelienta.org. uk or The Wadebridge Bookshop, 43 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge.

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Come to pray Come to discover Come to sing Come to explore ALL ARE WELCOME to join a weekend of Christian reflection, worship, pilgrimage, art and hospitality led by the clergy of the Benefice of Marazion, Ludgvan, Perranuthnoe and St Hilary.

A MUSICAL re-telling of the Christmas Story by Graham Kendrick, performed by the churches, chapels & communities of Mounts Bay. Performances will take place on Wednesday 11 December at 7pm in Ludgvan Community Centre and on Thursday 12 December at 7pm in St Hilary Church. Tickets £4 (£2 concessions) can be booked via 01736711423 or on the door!

The encounter will run from the evening of Friday 14 February to the afternoon of Sunday 16 February 2014 in Marazion Church and Chapel The cost is £20 per person (to include meals on Saturday and also Sunday lunch). Contact Penny Marns on 01736 740784 or at chickenmarns@yahoo.co.uk Come to listen Come to be creative Come to share Come to be still

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CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVALS SS NICHOLAS & FAITH CHURCH, SALTASH Saturday 30 November - Friday 13 December Come and be delighted by over 50 highly decorated and brightly lit trees Entry £1.50, accompanied children free. 7 December Refreshments and Mini Bazaar 8 December, 5pm Saltash Ladies Choir Concert Every Saturday, visits from Saltash Handbell Ringers. All details on website, www.saltashteamministry.org

ALL SAINTS PARISH CHURCH, FALMOUTH ‘Peace & Harmony’ 16 - 31 December Open Daily 10am - 7pm (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day) All very welcome. Refreshments. Easy access. ST COLUMB MAJOR PARISH CHURCH Thursday 19 - Friday 27 December inclusive (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day) Over 70 trees to enjoy Open 10am - 6pm daily SENNEN CHURCH FESTIVAL OF MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS 1 December – The Mount’s Bay Singers 6 December – Winter Sunshine 13 December – Force Five Wind Quintet 20 December – Abendmusik All concerts commence at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 at the door. Refreshments during the Interval Details from lesleydouble@hotmail.com

SERVICES IN CORNISH 1 December – Advent Service Budock Parish Church 15 December – Christmas Service St Ives Methodist Chapel  29 December – Christmas Service Bridge Methodist Chapel  5 January 2014 –  Epiphany Gulval Parish Church  All services begin at 3pm. Further details, janekneebone@gmail.com

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ST PETROC’S CHURCH, BODMIN Wednesday 4 - Saturday 14 December 10.30am - 4.30pm (Open Sunday for 10am Eucharist only) 80 fully decorated trees. Teas, coffees & light lunches. Admission free, but groups from other churches most welcome – for block booking for lunch, call 01208 73867. Tuesday 17 December 7.30 Bodmin Town Band Christmas Concert. Any queries to Geoff Goldsmith 01208 72635 or e-mail geoffjen@tiscali.co.uk

ST PIRAN’S CHURCH, PENHALLOW, PERRANPORTH Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 December First Christmas Tree Festival Sunday 15 December, Junior Carol Service at 3.30pm and Nine Lessons & Carols at 6pm. Full details on website, www.thebenefice.com or contact Tony Hocking at tonyhocking1@gmail.com

BREAGE PARISH CHURCH Friday 13 - Saturday 14 December 10.30am - 3pm Craft Stalls & Refreshments Friday Lunchtime Children’s Choir and a visit from Father Christmas Sunday 15 December 2 - 4pm Cream teas All welcome


Announcements Retirements The Revd Robert Oakes Assistant Curate of Calstock, Assistant Curate of St Dominic, Landulph and St Mellion with Pillaton, and Chaplain to the Duchy College, Stoke Climsland in the Diocese of Truro with effect from 31st January 2014. The Revd Canon James Andrew Christopher Wilson Rector of Calstock, Priest in Charge of St Dominic, Landulph and St Mellion with Pillaton in the Diocese of Truro with effect from 31st December 2013. Resignations The Revd Stephen David Michael Priest in Charge of Treverbyn and Priest in Charge of Boscoppa in the Diocese of Truro with effect from 1st November 2013.

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What’s On ST ENDELLION CHURCH Sunday 8th December 6pm Evening Worship with Taize chants by candlelight. Sunday 12th January 6pm Evening Worship with Taize chants by candlelight. CELEBRATION OF 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESTORATION OF LADOCK PARISH CHURCH Saturday 4 January 2.30pm in Ladock Parish Church ‘Canon Richard Farquhar Wise of Ladock – A Cornish Philanthropist’, talk by Mr Michael Cole and small exhibition of Canon Wise miscellanea. 7.30 pm in Ladock Parish Church Concert by Strike Sound, male harmony group accompanied by Janet Eathorne. Tickets £5 on the door. Sunday 5 January 2.30pm in Ladock Parish Church. Rededication by Bishop Tim of newly restored Wise Memorial. WHOLENESS & HEALING DAY Saturday 22 March Truro Cathedral Keynote Address by Bishop Chris entitled ‘A TIME TO HEAL’ 9.15am for 10am start. Market-place of stalls all day covering different aspects of healing ministry. Details and application form in January. St Peter’s Church, Port Isaac CONTINUOUS EXHIBITION in the church throughout the year depicting history of various aspects of village life. At the moment: ‘Best days of your life’ (about the school) Coming up in 2014: ‘A Year in the Life of…’ For more information, call Barbara Hawkins on 01208 880625 or visit www.stendellion.org.uk/st_peter_port_isaac

Wanted GOOD HOME WANTED FOR HYMN BOOKS Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised 23 standard size (3.5” x 5.5” old) 46 standard size (3.5” x 5.5” newer) 36 copies in large print (4.5” x 7”) Contact Pamela Thurlow on 01637 880635 or at pam@moorview.eclipse.co.uk The content of this publication is believed to be correct at the time of going to print, but its accuracy is not guaranteed and does not form part of any offer or contract.

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The Eucharist is celebrated on Tuesdays at noon. On the first Tuesday of the month there will be Prayer for Healing. Morning Prayer is said in the Chapel at 10am from Monday to Friday. Meditation Groups meet on first Monday of the month 2.30 - 4pm & third Monday of month 7.15 - 9.30pm. Monday 2 December ADVENT QUIET DAY 10am - 3.30pm Share a day with Sr Ann-Marie & Sr Isabel as they unpack with you the profoundly spiritual meaning of the O Antiphons, in preparation for Christmas. Cost £12. All drinks provided, bring a packed lunch. For more information and to book a place at any of these events, contact Epiphany House, Kenwyn, Truro TR1 3DR Tel: 01872 272249 E-mail: epiphanyhouse@keme.co.uk 

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January Dates December events are on page 14

Wednesday 1 Cathedral opens at 9.30am Friday 3 10am. BACH 48. Join a ‘chord’ of pianists as they make their way through ‘A Well-tempered Clavier’ in one day. Raising funds for new piano for the Cathedral.

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Saturday 4 12-2pm. Children’s Messy Table. Sunday 5 4pm. Solemn First Evensong of the Feast of the Epiphany. Monday 6 2pm & 7.30pm. Windows into the Apostles’ Creed A look at its meaning and history. Pearson Room at Cathedral Office. £10 per course. Six weeks. Entry via blue door opposite entrance to Cathedral car park. 5.30pm. Solemn Eucharist of the Feast of Epiphany. Wednesday 8 10-11.30am. Friends’ Coffee Morning in Pearson Room. All welcome. Saturday 11 2.30pm. Free Cushion Concert in association with the West Briton. All welcome but particularly aimed at families with children. Bring cushions and sit at the very front of the Cathedral, where the Cathedral Choir’s 18 boy Choristers will introduce and sing a short programme of beautiful music. Sunday 12 10am. Solemn Eucharist of the Baptism of Christ. 4pm. Solemn Evensong of Baptism of Christ. 8pm. Open to Question – informal chance to reflect on issues of Faith with Canon Dr Stephen Dawes. Pearson Room. Free. Thursday 16 12 noon. Mothers’ Union New Year Lunch Party in Cathedral Restaurant. Saturday 18 11-2pm. Children’s Messy Table, 6pm. Hope Cornwall Commissioning Service. 18-25. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Sunday 19 Fairtrade Table, after service. Monday 20 10-5pm. Falmouth College of Art Exhibition (until 31 Jan). Saturday 25 1pm. City of Truro Wind Orchestra Informal Concert. Free with collection. 5.30pm. Evening Prayer for Conversion of Paul. 7.30pm. Friends’ of Truro Cathedral Quiz Night. Chapter House. Come as a team of six or join a team on the night. Tickets £10 (includes buffet and first drink) from the Friends’ Office or 01872 274986 or info@friendsoftrurocathedral.org.uk Monday 27 All Day. Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition and Prayers.

The Coracle, December 2013