Blog, June 9th

Saints Paul and Barnabas at Lystra by Bartholomeus Breenbergh.

Feast Day of St. Barnabas

Bible readings: Acts 11.19-end & John 15:12-17

Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Barnabas, who we meet in our first reading (Acts 11), but what do we know about him? He isn’t as famous as Paul, obviously, but he was the man who brought Paul to Antioch to teach the good news of life in Christ to the believers there. He also stayed in Antioch, building the community up, who in turn trusted him (along with Paul) to bring relief to their sisters and brothers in Judea during a famine. We know, from Acts 4, verse 36, that he was wealthy; that he sold land he owned, giving the money from the sale to the apostles for redistribution among the people of the church; we’re aware of his pivotal missionary activity. But the other thing we know about him is that Barnabas wasn’t his birth name (it was Joseph). He was called ‘Barnabas’ by the apostles, which means ‘son of encouragement’. Barnabas was someone who encouraged others; he brought people together. Indeed, the church at Antioch was the first community where Jews and gentiles worshipped alongside one another. He was also loyal, to Paul and to Mark. He may not have written any scripture (though he has been proposed – for example, by Tertullian – as a potential writer of the Letter to the Hebrews), but his encouragement of others, and his commitment to the early Christian church and his friends in Christ, was vital. He was, in fact, the very model of virtuous friendship. In our Gospel reading today, Jesus says: ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (John 15:13). Perhaps we can reflect on Barnabas’s example of loving friendship and consider the following questions:

  • Do I value my friendships and make time to nurture them?
  • Am I someone who encourages others? Do I help to build people up?
  • Do I seek to include, rather than exclude?

Weekly newsletter/blog and website

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St. Peter’s Art Exhibition

St. Peter’s Art Exhibition was a great success. The weather was not good, but kind to us bringing 380 plus into Church to see the exhibits from thirty local artists and also to enjoy a Cream Tea. The scones and cakes on offer were baked by the congregation. At one point we ran out of cream, but Jelberts, the local popular ice cream shop, came to the rescue. Phew! And this helped us to raise £391 in sales of the delicious Cream Teas and cakes. The final money raised from the sale of exhibits enabled us to have 25% amounting to £471.22. With that amount and the sales from the kitchen, we are donating £300 to Newlyn’s Fishermen’s Mission. Thanks to everyone who helped make the week a rip-roaring success. Special thanks to Jane and Nigel Haward, because without them, it would never have happened. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year! – Lynda

Statement of Needs published in search for next Bishop of Truro…

The Vacancy in See Committee of the Diocese of Truro has published its Statement of Needs, which will help to shape the process of appointing the next Bishop of Truro. The 33-page document has been created following months of consultations and outlines the characteristics that the church and people of Cornwall have said they want in their new bishop. It will be provided to all those who are considering, or being considered for, the role of Bishop of Truro. The Statement of Needs says: ‘There is an opportunity for the right person to be a bishop for all of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, and our two parishes in Devon. Bringing hope to the lost, joy to those living in poverty, and Jesus to those who need to know him. Our new bishop will need to listen well to discern meaning and promote understanding with the many and sometimes contradictory demands made on them by individuals and groups. We are looking for caring, listening leadership to help us make those plans come true while building us up in the body of Christ.’ Read more at the Diocese of Truro website:

Deanery News

Catch up with the latest news from around the deanery.

Churches Together in Cornwall –

General Election Resources

CTC has gathered together a number of resources, prayers and statements from churches for Christians which may be useful in thinking about the upcoming election on 4th July. These can be found online here:

Money Talks with Rowan Williams

 online event, Tuesday 11th June, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

The JustMoney Movement are hosting a talk with Rowan Williams as part of Fair Tax Week. Ahead of this event, Rev Dr Rowan Williams said: ‘Societies cannot function without solidarity, in the sense of some recognition of shared interest and some management of shared risk. Taxation should be understood as an aspect of this necessary solidarity – not an alien imposition, but a clear recognition of what the idea of common good implies. The challenge is to kindle the imagination in such a way that taxation regimes are grasped as opportunities for releasing shared capacity to secure and deepen the bonds of faithfulness and dependability in the social order – translating the language of the Body of Christ into policy.’ (JustMoney Movement,

To attend this talk, please register here:

South West Awake –

Saturday 29th June, 10.30am – 11.00am

Thousands of Christians all over the South West will gather on the Coast Path to pray Thy Kingdom Come on Saturday 29th June. Christians from across Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset will stand in unity seeking Jesus for all those who live across the region. For details of how and where to join, please see here:

Upcoming webinars for Churches Count on Nature Week

Details of webinars from Caring for God’s Acre, the conservation charity for burial grounds across the UK:

Planting Your Tree in the Communion Forest: 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:

Celtic Morning Prayer

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

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.

Coming Soon…

Dawn Chorus & Levow an Bys (Voices of the World) Concert – Friday 14th June at Paul Church

An evening of beautiful harmony songs from around the world and closer to home, with two local choirs, led by musical director, Pip Wright. The retiring collection will be shared by Paul Church, St. Petrocs and WaterAid and the concert starts at 7.30pm.

Feast of John the Baptist Civic Service

Sunday 23rd June at St. John’s Church PZ

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

Golowan Gala Concert: Mozart Fest!

Sunday 23rd June at St. Mary’s PZ

The first in Tim Boulton & Friends’ Golowan’s Popular Concert Series, featuring Simone Hellier (soprano) and Ola Lenkiewicz (solo violin) with the Golowan Festival Orchestra. The programme will be: Marriage of Figaro Overture; Arias from Figaro; F major Divertimento; G major Violin Concerto; Exsultate Jubilate. Tickets £10 (or £4 for under-21s). Pre-booking is recommended, online at (with £1.50 booking fee per transaction), or on the door, subject to availability. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Proceeds from these concerts support the work of MusicAbility. Penlee Cluster is working with MusicAbility with a String Project in St Mary’s C of E School, securing opportunities for children to access string tuition.

Fundraising Piano Recital for NightChurch

Ryan Collis – Friday 28th June at S. Mary’s PZ

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. (Ryan’s winning piece in the Young Composers competition will be broadcast on BBC3 later this year.) All proceeds will go to NightChurch. The recital will start at 7.30pm.

Fundraising Concert

Rhys – Saturday 20th July at St. Mary’s PZ

Our friend Rhys, also known as the ‘The NightChurch Mystery Pianist’, will be giving a concert at St. Mary’s on 20th July to raise money for NightChurch. You can hear Rhys talk about his experience of NightChurch here: It’s because of Rhys that ‘NightChurch Wednesday’ was born; a community that grows weekly – both in number and in depth of relationship. Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start (and we expect the concert to end by 9.30pm).


Socks and waterproofs, following some very wet nights sleeping in fields, are still being requested by a few of the chaps attending NightChurch, so any donations would be very gratefully received.

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