Blog, December 3rd

The first Sunday of Advent. Keep awake!

1 Corinthians 1: 13-end. Mark 13: 24- end
Our focus is not just on the coming of Christ at the end of time, but also on his coming in our own lives.

In the bible reading we learn about the strong Christian witness and the gifts of the Spirit that people in Corinth had been given…that will stand them in good stead when the Lord returns on the last day.
In the Gospel Jesus uses images familiar to his audience to warn them to remain alert and awake, as a doorkeeper would. In this way they will not be caught unawares when the Lord comes again.

As we begin our Advent journey let’s trust that the Lord will come as he came in history at Christmas. Walk the Advent spiral and pray that in our heart and lives we will find space to pray and spend quality time with God. As we have conversations about peace and write messages on our angels we pray for all those in the world who are waiting with longing and hope for freedom from oppression, and peace, always in God’s Presence.

Why is there a war? Because I and my neighbour and everyone else do not have enough love. Yet we could fight war and all its excrescences by releasing, each day, the love that is shackled inside us, and giving it a chance to live.  Etty Hillesum

Website of the Week

An Advent calendar with a difference

This Advent, join Loyola Press for a special online Ignatian Advent experience. Following a traditional Advent calendar format, you are invited to slow down this season and discover the quiet moments of Advent hope.  Each day reveals a new online Advent resource – ranging from ‘Creativity and Healing in Advent’ to ‘Silent Prayer in Advent’ and many, many more. This is a beautiful way to nurture your spirituality daily at this busy time of year.

Loyola Press Advent Calendar

Advent Retreats in the Penlee cluster

”Come, Lord Jesus” Friday 8th December 10.30am- 3.30pm at St Mary’s church Pz.

Be kind to yourself. Find space to breath, reflect and have “time out” from Christmas festivities.  Short talks based on Advent and Christmas carols will provide a structure throughout the day.  Time to paint, read, walk, craft …whatever you feel moved to do.
“Advent, a time to be aware, alive, attentive, alert, awake.
It’s a call to be fully engaged in life today and to be fully aware of God’s presence.”

“Volunteering on the fringe can be emotionally and spiritually very challenging, particularly at this time of year.  You may be interested in coming to the Quiet Day as a way to take some time for yourself and prepare for the weeks ahead?”  Alice
Do join us for this day.  Lunch provided.  Coffee from 10am
Please sign up.  List in Cluster churches or email to Admin Keno

Rainbow Project

Many thanks to the Rotary Shop Trustees who have given £50O to the Rainbow Project helping support people in need.

Roast Sunday lunch

3rd December 12.15pm St Mary’s Church Pz
I do hope that you can join us on Sunday for a turkey lunch.
It does help with catering if you sign up beforehand.
You might wish to bring along a festive pudding.

Christmas Day lunch  

25th December 12.30 – 4pm St Mary’s church PZ
Once again we are holding a community Christmas Day lunch….with all the trimmings and gifts.  We had an amazing time last year….If you want to attend, help out or could provide hot Christmas lunch food please contact. Keno.

Christmas Services across the Penlee Cluster

Sunday December 17th 10.30am at Paul church.
Carol Service and Solomon Browne Memorial

Christingle service: A Message of hope. 
Monday 18th 2pm at St. Mary’s church and live streamed.

Christmas NightChurchPZ.
Saturday 23rd December
open between 9pm-3am at St Mary’s church Pz. 

Christmas Eve 24th December
8.30am: Said Communion at St Mary’s church Pz.
4pm: Family Christmas story around the campfire at Paul quiet garden.
7.30pm: Early bird Midnight Mass with a strings group at St Mary’s church.
9pm: Christmas Communion with carols at Paul church.
11pm: Traditional Midnight mass at St Peter’s Newlyn.

Christmas Day.
8am: 1662 Christmas Communion at Paul church.
10am: Informal carols, prayers, and the Christmas story at St Mary’s Pz.
12.30pm:  All comers Christmas Day lunch at St Mary’s church Pz.

Advent Angels

Have you started having conversations about peace and hope with friends and families across the UK and world?  This is our Advent challenge!   Have a conversation. Ask the person to write a message of peace and hope.  Then write it on one of our angel cards, cut it out and hang it up in one of our churches.  You may wish to place on the map where in the world the message is from.

We will pray these messages and prayers as we prepare for Christmas.

74 year old Paul walks for Peace

Since 2010, he has spread his message through nearly a thousand miles of European roads.
He does this to draw attention to various organizations that work for peace, including Children of Peace.

“I’m encouraged and inspired by the people I meet,” says Paul Haines.  “I think I make them think.”

This Litany was said everyday by a group from the Amos Trust that walked from London to Jerusalem in 2017.
Walking for Peace
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing
We walk the long road with all those who
strive for peace, justice, dignity, freedom and reconciliation
We walk in hope that one day all people in the
Holy Land will live in peace, as neighbours
with full equal rights
May you love and be loved
May you know peace
and practice compassion
Rejoice in the earth and in all creation
Rejoice in life
Ambulando Solvitur
It will be solved by walking

Angel Flight Plan

Runs from Monday 4th to Sunday 24th December

Have a FREE family Christmas adventure with your loved ones this year in three locations; Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole.

You will be able to find your maps and clues from the “Christmas 2023” page of the cluster website.

Follow the clues to find hidden Angels in various local business’s windows; some may even be hidden at outdoor locations.  Each Angel will have a word attached, keep a note of the words you find, as your task is to create a poem out of the words you discover to then send onto to be entered into the Angel Flight Plan competition.

If you choose to go on your adventure on the below dates, various places are kindly offering a FREE refreshment stop.

Penzance; St Marys Church; Saturday 9th December 10-12, Saturday 16th December 10-12 and Saturday 23rd December 10-12
Newlyn; St Peters Church ; (TBC)
Mousehole; Jessie’s Dairy; FREE hot chocolate for the first 20 children on; Sunday 10th December, Sunday 17th December and Saturday 23rd December; 1-3pm.

Competition Prizes

1st prize; £25 cash
2nd prize; Selection box
3rd prize; Selection box

1st prize; £25 cash
2nd prize; Selection box
3rd prize; Selection box

1st prize; £25 cash
2nd prize; Selection box
3rd prize; Selection box

ALL children who take part to receive downloadable certificate.
Winners announced Wednesday 27th December.

A massive thank you to Chris for his map designs, Chris and Erwin for organising the webpage ready for the trail. Thank you to Jane for helping to approach the shops to arrange where the angels will go. Thank you to everyone who has kindly created the beautiful angels.

Christmas Holiday Club

Wed 20th Dec, Thurs 21st Dec, Fri 22nd Dec

Paul church hall and surrounding area.

We are really looking forward to our Christmas Holiday Club and have lots of exciting activities planned.  A perfect time to create memories with friends.  We will take 12 children from each of our link schools.  Children must attend all three days.

If you think you can help with craft, swimming, games or meal preparation on Thursday or Friday please contact Molly.

Advent spiral worship with St Mary’s school.

What a wonderful start to this Advent season as youngsters from St Mary’s church school came to church to worship and walk the Advent Spiral. We reflected on how we might hope, walk and work for peace during the days that  lead up to Christmas. We thought about how we might have conversations with people across the world and pray prayers for peace.  Towards the end of worship each child was given an Advent calendar…Fair trade chocolate and one that tells the Christmas story.  As the Christmas tree lights were turned on for the first time we really felt that we were preparing for the big day.

A night walk and vigil

to highlight violence against women and girls in Penzance.

Reclaim the Night walk and event ….places of sanctuary

About 200 people turned up at St Mary’s at the end of this important event and there was a real buzz!  The organisers were thrilled and thought the venue was brilliant.  Lots of people stayed to chat at the end.  I think I have recruited some dancers for an early Night Church slot sometime!!!!  Mayor Stephen was there and, in his few words, said how good it was to be in the church because churches have been places of sanctuary from earliest times and that though we couldn’t change the world we could change our community by helping and supporting one another.

Penlee Cluster Film Club 

Wednesday December 13th at 2pm in the Kings Arms Paul


The film is a follow-up to A Street Cat Named Bob, which was   based on the true story of homeless busker James Bowen and his handsome ginger tom Bob, a stray he’d nursed back to health. The inseparable duo had a pitch outside Angel tube station in north London where Bowen sold the Big Issue.

In this second film James looks back at the last Christmas he and Bob spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times – providing strength, friendship and inspiration – and ultimately teaching each other about the true meaning of Christmas spirit along the way.

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