Blog, March 3rd

Bible readings: meeting God in different places

1 Corinthians 1: 18-25
St John’s gospel 2: 13-22

I wonder if somewhere comes straight into your mind when you are invited to consider where you meet with God? Perhaps in a favourite chair with a Bible? Maybe in church service, through the worship, teaching, and fellowship? People sometimes describe meeting God outdoors, in nature. For others, it’s indoors, in art or music. Some of us meet God kneeling beside the bed in the early morning hours. Perhaps we meet God in a completely different way altogether? Suzannah Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley, used to cover her head with her apron when she sought time with God!

As we continue our journey of faith, through this season of Lent, today’s readings from scripture might help us to further explore the theme of meeting with God. Was it impossible for people to meet God in the Temple when there were corrupt practices going on?  I wonder.  What was it that made Jesus angry do you think?

Different world views in the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe

How do you know,’ he asked, ‘that your sister’s story is not true?’

How genuinely do we allow ourselves to be truly challenged in our thinking? It’s good to have principles; good to know our own minds. Yet how often can conviction harden into rigidity, or prejudices go unexamined?

This week, in our journey through The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, we’re back in the Professor’s house, following Edmund’s and Lucy’s return from Narnia. Lucy is excited that Edmund can now verify the existence of Narnia to their older siblings, Peter and Susan, but in the first of his betrayals, Edmund denies he’s been to Narnia at all. Peter and Susan find themselves confused and worried, so they turn to the Professor for help, telling him all about Lucy’s reports of her adventures. Now, what they expect and hope for is that the Professor will give some guidance on how to deal with the issue. What they don’t expect is what actually happens: the Professor questions their foundational world view and in so doing challenges them to take on a different belief altogether. The fact is that Peter and Susan haven’t considered that Lucy’s story is true. And this is exactly the proposition the Professor puts before them: after all, having questioned them on Lucy’s character, he concludes that she’s not a liar, clearly not mad and that unless more evidence suggests to the contrary, they should accept she is indeed telling the truth. Instead of relying on their assumptions about how the world works, Peter and Susan are encouraged to root their belief in the integrity of a person they know to be trustworthy. The question, then, is this: in what and whom do they place their faith? And how will that faith challenge them to consider a different world view altogether?  Josie.

Cluster service and lunch

The next Cluster service, and the final Sunday service at which Andrew and Sian will lead, will be on Sunday 7th April at 10.30am: St Mary’s church Penzance. 

There will be Cluster lunch at The Lugger after that service 12.15pm. We would love to see you and have a time to eat together. Each of the Cluster churches will collect their own names of people wanting lunch.   Lesley Michell needs to know the numbers from each church by the beginning of Holy Week, so please sign up soon.

Celebration of Lay Ministry

Saturday 9th March 2024. 11.00am Truro Cathedral

Local Pastoral Ministry, Local Worship Leaders,
Local Lay Pioneers & Sens Kernewek Local Lay Leaders

Following on from the success of our last year’s celebration service we are delighted to invite you to a Celebration of Lay Ministry in Truro Cathedral.
Bishop Hugh will be joining leading the commissioning of Lay Leaders, Pastoral Ministers and Worship Leaders and the recommissioning of pastoral ministers and worship leaders.  Refreshments after the service.

Let us know if you are able to attend by the 4th March. by using the link below.

Further details from Sarah Welply, Lydia Remick Lay Ministry Development Officers.

Churches Together in the Penzance area

CTIPA are looking for a Schools Coordinator. If you are interested in taking on this role and would like to receive the job description, or have any questions, please contact Howard Peskett

St Peter’s Church Newlyn

Littleland Childrens Role play:
Attends St Peters Church Newlyn, Once a month.
All sessions are FREE ENTRY
Roleplay suitable for children under 5yrs of age.

Forthcoming 2024 dates…
Saturday 2nd March; 10-12
Saturday 6th April; 10-12 
Saturday 7th September; 10-12
Saturday 5th October; 10-12 
Saturday 2nd November; 10-12
Saturday 7th December; 10-12

All sessions are FREE and refreshments are provided for the children.
Hot drinks and cakes.

Donations thankfully accepted please! contact Molly: 07341830277

Easter holiday kids club.

We are holding  4 days holiday club: Monday 1st April, 2nd, 4th and 5th: 9.30-3pm. These will be based at St John’s church Penzance this holiday.

We are pleased that we have been able to obtain a small grant towards this work. The group will be smaller than usual…just 20 children between the ages of 6-11yrs.

  • Easter Monday: playzone, Easter egg fun.
  • Tuesday: sculpture gardens and playzone.
  • Thursday: aquarium and trampoline park Newquay.
  • Friday: Flambards.

Might you be able to offer any help or make some cakes? Please contact Family worker Molly.

Good News from the Poor, NightChurch 24/02/24

In his book ‘Faith in Dark Places’, David Rhodes challenges us, saying “We are so conditioned by our inherited model of religion that we instinctively think of the Gospel as being for the churchgoer, which often means the respectable and well behaved.”
I was sitting with Jacob (all names have been changed) at NightChurch. He and his companion have been homeless and nomadic for many years. They have walked the South West Coastpath a number of times. “I don’t like religion”, he said, “But I do know God.”
I asked Jacob how he and his companion looked after themselves, given that they have lived on the road for so so long. I wondered whether he had known pit stops of support which they travelled between. He explained, “We take each day a new. We never know what it will bring, where we will go or how we’ll be fed. But we speak to God each day and ask for help and he has never let us down.”
I commented that it reminded me of the verse about ‘many sparrows’ and ‘birds of the field’, “They do not sow or reap or store away in barns” he quoted.
He told me that having no possessions and relying solely on God to sustain you “Sets you free”.

On a similar note, Jeduthun, who has been a Rastafarian for over forty years, advocated a life of simplicity. He is vegetarian, loves music, and promotes love and peace. He avoids screens and the internet where possible.

Rhodes states “While the good news may be for the poor, it is not doled out to them like a skid row soup kitchen dishing out hot food. The Gospel is not lived out to the poor but with the poor…Jesus ate and drank with the poor: he enjoyed their company. They were his friends and family – his loved ones.”

“While the good news may be for the poor, it is not doled out to them like a skid row soup kitchen dishing out hot food. The Gospel is not lived out to the poor but with the poor…Jesus ate and drank with the poor: he enjoyed their company. They were his friends and family – his loved ones.”

One of the volunteers, who had been part of some of these conversations reflected “I always seem to learn something here.”
I wonder, like Rhodes, how our worldview would be flipped and our perceptions changed, if we realised that what Jesus wanted to reveal to us was that “The Gospel may not only be good news for the poor…it may also be good news from the poor. Bright blessings, Alice

Social Justice course

Act on Poverty, a Christian Aid resource

Wednesday, 6th March, 6pm, in the Celtic side chapel at St. Mary’s. Together we’ll enable churches and individuals UK-wide to gain a deeper understanding of experiences of poverty, local and global. We’ll be sharing stories of faith and activism that challenge the status quo. And we’ll be offering inspiration for actions big and small that we can all take to tackle poverty together.

Week Three: Generous

  • The richest 10% of the global population currently takes 52% of global income,
  • whereas the poorest half of the population earns 8.5% of it.(Source: World Inequality Report 2022)

There is a substantial and robust body of research suggesting that countries with higher levels of inequality have lower levels of trust.
(Source: The Equality Trust)
Useful audio and video links:

A question to consider before the third session: Can you think of a time when someone showed you generosity that went above and beyond your expectations? What difference did that make to your life?

Paul Summer Talks

Sorry for the Inconvenience But This Is an Emergency.

Doctor and aid worker Lynne explores how and why ordinary citizens have adopted extraordinary methods to confront the climate and nature crises.
In Paul church, Tuesday March 5th  £5.  7pm drinks & nibbles, talk starts 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

Lent Film Club

The Straight Story

Thursday 7th March at the Kings Arms, Paul 2pm

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

An evening of Praise & Worship

We are excited to be having the first monthly evening of worship at St Mary’s on Saturday 9th March at 7pm. Join us as we gather to enjoy being in God’s presence together for a time of worship and prayer.Please let us know if you would like to come or email Keno

Worship Rota for 2024

The rota for worship in all 4 churches has been filled.

So excited and pleased that 57 people from our parishes have volunteered to help lead worship during this time.  We are also blessed that we have 8 priests who will also offer their time and ministry within the cluster area.
We should feel really blessed by this overwhelming response…and demonstrates how important and key we believe worship to be within the life of the churches here.

Worship leader training, coordination and resources meeting.

10am on Tuesday March 12th at St Mary’s Pz
Please try to come along to this important time, optional soup lunch to follow.

Pastoral leaders meeting and training:

Tuesday 19th March 10am: St Mary’s church Pz

Cornish Celtic Way

On Saturday 24th February we gathered for the new season of Pilgrimage Walks on the Cornish Celtic Way. We started the first section walking from St. German’s Priory to Seaton. The Pilgrimage Route stretches the length of Cornwall down to Fowey, across the centre of Cornwall on the Saints Way to Padstow. It then continues along the North Coast to St. Ives then inland to St. Michael’s Mount, 127 miles in total.

It follows the footsteps of saints and pilgrims stopping at churches and Celtic crosses or holy wells where often there is a short act of worship including a song and reflection.

So what makes this different from a good walk with friends?

There is certainly the joy of walking with friends and like-minded people, giving time and space to appreciate the beauty of the Cornish countryside and coast which we often take for granted. It also gives opportunity to  hear stories of Celtic saints, holy people and places in Cornwall influenced by the Christian faith.

There is also a real intention to allow God to meet with us, through the reflections, conversations or by allowing space to listen to His voice and experience His presence.

Bishop Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of Truro from 2013 to 2019, completed the pilgrimage during Lent 2017. He writes about the purpose for him of doing the walk:

“To hear the call back to Him who made me, loves me and walks with me every step of the way.”

For further information about the programme of walks for 2024 please visit the website: Cornish Celtic Way. Books of the route and reflections can be purchased from the Edge of the World Bookshop.  Christine Owen

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