Blog, May 12th

Sunday after Ascension Day

Bible readings: Acts 1:15-17, 21-end & John 17:6-19

‘Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.’ (John 17:11)

Today is the Sunday after Ascension, where we commemorated Jesus ascending from earth to Heaven. Our Gospel reading is an extended prayer from Jesus to his Father, in which he asks God to protect his friends after his ascending. It is a tender insight into the mind of Jesus and the care he has for his followers. It will be an overwhelmingly difficult time for them; Jesus has eaten with them, laughed with them, drunk with them and his entire self, his resurrected body, will be taken up into the loving eternity of God.

And this brings us onto such a vital part of our faith: it is incarnational. Jesus has shared in our humanity, ‘pitched his tent among us’ and lived and died with us. The experience of being bodily creatures, as we are, is a beautiful thing; indeed, our humanity has been gathered up, through the fact of the Incarnation, into God’s life. To be aware of that is to know that each human life is precious and inestimably valuable. But our embodied human lives can also be painful; we suffer physically, and we suffer emotionally. So: when we think on the Ascension, let us be guided back to the Incarnation, and remember that God is not only the Creator of the world, but also the one who had a life here with us, understanding our sorrows and hurts and joys because he has experienced them too. He is the one who knows our humanity intimately and so he prays to his, and our, Father for our protection.

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. We’ll be relying on you to help us make sure everything that happens in the cluster is included; if something is missing, please tell us.

Welcome to our schools’ new Headteacher

We are delighted to include an introduction from our new Headteacher for St. Mary’s and Madron primary schools, Helen Kershaw:

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Executive Headteacher at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and Madron Daniel Primary School from April 2024. I am absolutely delighted and very excited to join the St Mary’s and Madron family. It is an honour to be entrusted with the responsibility of nurturing young minds in an environment where faith, compassion and academic excellence seamlessly intertwine. 

Since becoming a teacher, I have worked in a varied and diverse range of schools. I am very proud to have been the Headteacher of two primary schools in Lancashire over the last 9 years. I have taught every year group and every subject in many different roles. I have worked as part of the School Improvement Team within the local authority supporting schools to improve outcomes for children. I believe that St Mary’s and Madron have many strengths and enormous potential, and I am excited by the prospect of leading their next phase of development. 

As a servant leader, I am dedicated to leading with empathy, understanding and a deep respect for diversity within our community. I believe each school to be unique as is each child and that providing an inclusive and positive learning environment, where all pupils are given equal opportunities and their contributions are valued and respected, is at the heart of outstanding schools.  

I am committed to preparing our children with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding they will need to thrive academically, whilst focusing on preparing them to have the necessary life skills, knowledge and understanding they will need to be equipped for the world they will face in the future and to contribute positively to society – whatever that future may be!

I am humbled and excited to be part of the St Mary’s and Madron school family, and I look forward to the enriching journey of learning and spiritual growth that lies ahead of us all. All children deserve a Headteacher who is ‘right’ for their school and holds it in their heart. I can assure you that I hold St Mary’s and Madron in my heart and pledge to do the best I can for every child, every day. 

Take care and stay blessed.  – Mrs Helen Kershaw

St. Peter’s Church Newlyn Annual Art Exhibition

St. Peter’s is holding its annual art exhibition, starting on Saturday 25th May. The exhibition will then run for the week, until Friday 31st May.

Artists Come and exhibit with us
Sat 25th May to Friday 31st May 2024
An exhibition at St. Peter’s
Church, Newlyn.

We are inviting entries for this year’s art exhibition in the church.

All exhibits must be ‘framed’ for hanging on display boards. Artwork may include drawings, pastels, watercolours, acrylics and oils or photographs, textiles and multimedia etc. Size: up to 80cm maximum. Larger items by arrangement. This is a selling exhibition and 25% commission from each sale will be divided between St. Peter’s church and a community charity.

Closing date for entries by e mail Monday 20th May to: Lynda:

Nominate the Penlee Cluster for a £1000 prize.

The Benefact Group, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance are donating £1,000 to charities.

Movement for Good

Help us give over £1 million in 2024

Movement for Good is our annual programme of giving that anyone can get involved in, and again this year we’ll be donating over £1 million to charities and good causes nominated by you.

Should you wish to nominate the Penlee Cluster our charity number is


Tresco, Scilly Isles Retreat – a reflection

I came on the Scilly Isles retreat to experience Tresco which I had always wanted to visit, especially the Abbey Gardens. I also liked the theme of contemplating the sea and the Psalms. My Dad died last year in October and he loved the Psalms, and it felt like a good way to spend some time with his memory.

Photo by Tom Corser

The past few years were tumultuous with Dad dying and also starting a new relationship and leaving my work, friends and parents in Yorkshire to come to Cornwall. I was interested when Sian said she reads a book about Wales, her childhood home, whenever they move – Sian and Andrew were going into retirement after this retreat so it was a big time of change for them too. The idea that you might need to revisit childhood (South Africa in my case) and the place you grew up appealed to me as part of making the transition.

The following day we went to Tresco Gardens and I was astounded to see South African Protea flowers in full bloom. It made me a bit homesick but mostly I was so delighted, and feeling that God was looking out for me, walking alongside me. I found the gardens very comforting and we spent around five hours exploring them.

On the Sunday Andrew asked me to share a few words about this experience in the service on Bryher and this helped me to actually reflect on how far I have come in this year making a new home and friends in Cornwall. All in all it was a wonderful weekend on our retreat. – Alison McCabe

Reel Appeal

The plans for The Poetry Village are underway, with schools being contacted by our Family Workers this week to get children involved in workshops. There will also be a competition for school children to design a form of currency that will be used in The Village! The currency will be a ‘K1’ or ‘One Kindness’ which can be spent in the Village on poetry and artistic objects, made by school children, visitors to our Monday lunch group, people in nursing homes as part of the Generations United Project, and by visitors to NightChurchPZ.

As part of this project we are still collecting food tins – please open these from the bottom! We would also like any unwanted paint brushes (new or new-looking please), tape measures, buttons, and cotton reels – it doesn’t matter if there is still cotton on them. Please give any donated items to Alice or St Mary’s staff. We hope to open The Village to all in the Autumn Term. – Alice

Christian Aid Week

It’s here! Christian Aid Week starts today and runs through to 18th May. At times, we may feel powerless as we bear witness to poverty, climate change and injustice around the world. Christian Aid’s partners in Gaza are responding as best they can under intense pressure, providing medical relief and community-led initiatives such as food, shelter and sanitation. It is important we never underestimate the power of what we can do together.

Together we can change lives and bring hope. Burundi, one of the world’s poorest countries, struggles with climate threats. Reliant on agriculture, droughts bring hardship and soaring costs, leaving over 70% of people living with the effects of extreme poverty and malnourishment. This Christian Aid Week, find out how our collective action can make a difference. There are seven days so many ways to join in this Christian Aid Week and fund lasting change around the world. From challenge events, covering 70k throughout May, coffee mornings and book sales, what will you do? For ideas, or how simply to donate, find out more here:

Inclusive Church Annual Lecture and AGM

Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision, that of a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. Their mission statement is:

We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.

This year, the lecture is titled Faith in Transition and will be given by Alex Clare-Young. Both the lecture and AGM will take place on Thursday 11th July at 7pm, via zoom. If you would like to attend, you can book tickets here:

Book recommendation – We Have Voices

From Methodist Publishing and recommended by Inclusive Church and Open Table, comes a new collection of prayers, We Have Voices, a book of prayers on peace and justice for anyone leading public worship, collective or group prayers, services and reflections. An ecumenical book, it is edited by Revd. Dr Barbara Glasson and is available to purchase directly from the Methodist Church’s publishing website, here:

Diocesan Synod

Nominations are being sought for diocesan synod this spring as the current three-year cycle of membership comes to an end. Diocesan Synod members are elected for a three-year term of office. Synod usually meets three times a year on Saturdays for a morning and part of the afternoon. The current practice is for meetings to be held on a hybrid basis – in person and online by zoom. If you feel this is something you wish to do, contact your Deanery Synod Secretary (ask your PCC Secretary or Churchwarden if you don’t know who this is) and they can provide you with a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is 23rd May 2024 and the closing date for voting is 17th June 17.

Celtic Morning Prayer

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

Julian meeting

The Julian Meeting will be online this Sunday at 6pm.  The link is below and also the prayers if you are unable to join us and would like to reflect at a time convenient for you. Go well, with love. Mel, Judith, Virginia and Diana.

Opening Reflection
Let your attention be caught.  This may be a gift.  Ask yourself what has caught your attention – and why might this be a gift?  Allow whatever has caught your attention to carry your prayers or yearnings.  Finally, let go of whatever has caught your attention, and enjoy the possibility of sacred presence.
(Running over Rocks – Ian Adam)                                                                          

Lord God, help me to rest in your presence

Closing Prayer
Lord God, help me to rest in your presence, 
especially when the work of the day is done.  
Grant me quiet and peace in which to replenish 
my energies and to know that your loving
eyes are ever watching me.  Amen.
(David Walker – New Daylight)

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