Opening Times

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An open safe space in the Covid 19 world 

Our church buildings, which have been sacred spaces for generations of people, provide a place to think and be aware that we are in the presence of God...a God who loves and upholds us.  We Celtic Christians call these “thin places” where earth is touched by heaven. 

St Mary’s church in Penzance, St Pol de Leon Church and the Celtic quiet garden both set in the village of Paul are now open at certain times as safe spaces for us to find some peace and quiet, to reflect and pray or to find someone to talk to or find help.

You may want to use the space to reflect on how the pandemic has affected you, your family and friends and the world you inhabit: what have you lost and grieve for? What have you learnt and gained. And of course, how will you move forward to embrace life more fully and become more fully whole.


Currently churches are not open for visitors, but only for Private Prayer and Reflection.
Only 40 people are allowed in our buildings at any one time. 

St Mary's Penzance:

Saturday to Thursday: 10am - 12noon

Anyone can visit the church at these times to fill up a bag of food.

St. Pol de Leon church in Paul village

Tuesday  2-4pm

Wednesday 10-12noon

Thursday : 10-12 noon

Sunday : 10-12noon 

St Peter's Newlyn

Wednesday 10-12noon   (closed to visitors during lockdown)

St John's, Penzance

Friday  10-12noon   (closed to visitors during lockdown)

Celtic Quiet Garden in Paul village:

All daylight hours 



Our churches have been deep cleaned, risk assessments carried out, and are now set up in such a way that we might visit without spreading infection.  We ask that you keep to the physical distancing rules set by the government, that you use the hand sanitiser provided at church doors and use only the part of the church that is marked out.  Toilets can be used at your own risk.  Refreshments are not available at the moment.   You are asked to provide your full name and phone numbers for the Track and Trace forms.

Donations are welcome via contactless payment.


Please contact us if you are aware of anyone who is isolated who would appreciate a doorstep delivery of home-made soup.

A support group will take place every Friday in the St Mary's church from 10.30 to 11.30 to include a time of non-religious relaxation and meditation. Social distancing and other Covid procedures will operate.


It is possible to light a candle, write a prayer request, listen to some reflective music or find a chaplain or host to talk to or find help. If you wish to have a name of someone who has died put in our book of remembrance then you will find a card to record the details.    There are child friendly quiet activity packs so it is possible to visit with children.


Once again it is now possible for funeral services to happen in church too.  The new arrangements for funerals have been agreed by our staff and funeral directors to help people stay safe as they grieve for their loved one.

If you wish to use the church for pray or reflection at another time then please ring 01736 367863 or so that we can find a mutually convenient time.

Please pray for us to keep our buildings safe and open. 



Date posted: 14th November 2020  -  Date updated: 11th January 2021