Blog, June 2nd

Environmental Sunday

Bible readings: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 & Mark 2:23-3:6

In 2015 on ITV’s Tonight programme, Theresa May told Julie Etchingham that the ‘naughtiest’ thing she had ever done was ‘to run through fields of wheat’ as a child. It was so funny it broke the internet. Nearly. Rewind a couple of thousand years and we have Jesus and his disciples also being meme-worthy naughty – not only walking through fields of wheat but snacking as they go, and on the Sabbath. As if this wasn’t naughty enough, Jesus pushed a few more boundaries and healed a man’s withered hand. In these stories, Jesus is condemned by the Pharisees for breaking Sabbath law, but is he? Jesus challenges their understanding and interpretation of the law, demonstrating that his actions are not in conflict. 

You may be familiar with the term ‘WWJD’; What Would Jesus Do? These are just a couple of the stories that give us a hint; promoting the well-being of humankind is a priority. By conflating healing with ‘work’, the Pharisees seek to trick Jesus, but ultimately demonstrate a lack of care. 

Can you think of a time when you made a choice to act in a way that went against the status quo, based on what you thought Jesus would do in that situation? 

What do you think Jesus is saying the purpose of the Sabbath is?

How does the world today make it hard to choose to do what we believe Jesus would do?

Weekly newsletter/blog and website

Please send all information for the Sunday newsletter/blog by Wednesday evening to Josie at  and Anything received after Wednesday evening will not make it into the newsletter for the coming week. 

Fundraising Piano Recital for NightChurch

On Friday June 28th

Ryan Collis, winner in his category at the Young Composers Award, will be giving a recital of music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin, as well as some of his own compositions. All proceeds to go to NightChurch.

It was a busy NightChurch on Saturday 25th, where we were treated to a sneak preview of some of the pieces Rhys is intending to play at his concert on Saturday 20th July. It’s going to be pretty epic! You can hear him talk about his experience of NightChurch here:

A few of the chaps attending NightChurch have requested socks and waterproofs, following some very wet nights sleeping in a field. As this kind of weather is pretty much business as usual down here at the pointy end, any donations would be very gratefully received. 

Paul Church Summer Talk

Sir Edward Bolitho: ‘Days in a life’ – Tuesday 4th June

We at Paul tend to regard Sir Edward and his late mother as our own personal V.I.Ps, as they have supported us so well and willingly over the years. Sir Edward has such ease of manner, charm and lack of ‘pomp’ that there are undoubtedly other parts of Cornwall who also think of him as their own. We know better. His talk should not be missed. £5.00 entry, nibbles/wine at 7pm, talk at 7.30pm, followed by debate and more nibbles/wine.

Prayer Requests

If you are concerned about someone and would like their name included in the Prayer Request Group’s weekly prayer list, please do email Mel at by 7pm on Tuesday evenings. Thank you.

Celtic Morning Prayer

Each weekday morning on zoom at 8am. Zoom link:

Julian Meeting in Paul Church June 2nd at 6pm

The prayers that will be used at this week’s Julian meeting:

Opening reflection  “Supper being Ended”

In the quiet place
At close of day
He washes the feet of my mind from the dust of its fret.
His infinite eyes
See the staining and wounds of the road, his hands
Bring smarting
And cleansing
And balm.

The grace of his health
Restores my soul
Her place in the circling stars of perpetual praise
Then, taking again the seamless robe, the  Alpha-Omega,
Master and Lord,
We talk together
Friend with friend.  (Joan A Boswell)


“Our God beyond, beside us and within”
(From Trinity Sunday, Malcolm Guite)


Grant body and soul each day their daily bread;
And should in spite of grace fresh woe begin
Even as our anger soon is past and dead
Be thy remembrance mortal of our sin:
By thee in paths of peace thy sheep be led,
And in the vale of terror comforted.
(From The Growth of Love, Robert Bridges)

Churches Count on Nature Week

Caring for God’s Acre, the conservation charity for burial grounds across the UK, has announced a new round of webinars for the spring and summer, in partnership with the Church of England:

Planting Your Tree in the Communion Forest, with Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich: Monday 10th June, 12 noon-1pm

Your Church, Your Swifts, with Edward Mayer: Tuesday 11th June, 12 noon-1pm.

Ancient Yew Trees, with Chris Knapman and Russell Ball: Wednesday 12th June, 12noon – 1pm.

Solitary Bees with Brigit Strawbridge: Thursday 13th June, 12 noon-1pm.

Blueing the Church, with David Curry: Friday 14th June, 12 noon-1pm.

All webinars will be on Zoom. To find out more and register, please go to:  

Creation Care Gathering – Thursday 13th June

The next Creation Care Network Gathering will be on Thursday, June 13 at 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm on zoom.  They will be joined by Jamie Russell from Zero Hour. Jamie will be talking about campaigning and in particular regarding the Climate and Nature Bill and what you can do to help. 

Register your attendance for this gathering here: 

Dates and times of forthcoming Creation Care Network gatherings for 2024:
Thursday, 11th July at 10am – 12noon
August – Summer Break
Thursday, 12th September at 10am – 12noon
Thursday, 10th October at 7pm – 9pm
Thursday, 14th November at 10am -12noon
Thursday, 12th December at 7pm – 9pm

Coming Soon…

Feast of John the Baptist Civic Service – Sunday 23rd June

Please note that the Civic Service, which is also the Cluster Joint Worship Service this quarter, is being held on Sunday 23rd June at St. John’s Church, Penzance. The preacher for this service will now be The (then) Venerable Clive Hogger (his installation is in early June). For those who would like to know more about him, here is a link to his bio on the Diocese of Truro’s website:

The service will start at 11am at St. John’s, but the parade – for those who wish to join in behind – will start at 10.30am at St. John’s Hall. For more details on the service please contact Revd. Derath Durkin at

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