Blog, May 5th

Greater love hath no one

I have called you friends

Bible readings: Acts 10:44-end & John 15:9-17

Last week, we thought about how we abide in Jesus, the true vine and foundation of our lives. This week, Jesus shows us what abiding in him looks like, when he says ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you’. Now, this little word ‘as’ could mean that we should love one another in the same way that Jesus has loved us (so a comparison), or it could mean that we should love one another seeing as, or because he has loved us (a cause). What we have here is both example and reason, wrapped up together. This may be a helpful way of thinking about God’s creative love. God’s love gives us a pattern for how to love, but it is also the reason why we can love at all. God has loved us – each one of us – into being and we look to enter into relationship with him in a special way when we seek to love one another.

A good way to let down the barriers which can prevent us from loving well is to consider the nature of the relationship Jesus offers in the Gospel reading today: he has called his disciples friends. And why? Because he has made known to them everything that he has heard from the Father (John 15.15). This is no master/servant relationship – indeed, Jesus specifically says that he doesn’t call his followers servants any longer – but a thriving, intimate friendship, built on trust. In this way, Jesus seeks to close the distance between us and God.

  • Which relationships in your life need a building up of trust, in order to thrive?
  • How easy do you find it to accept that Jesus truly loves you as a friend?
  • Does knowing God loves you unconditionally free you to love others, and the world, more fully?

‘God loves the world, every blade of grass, every grunt and squeal of creatures, every kid who goes to sleep worried about something, every burning bush, every lullaby that we sing. All of it, all of us, held in that extravagant sacrificial love. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with God and learn a life of love. Learn what a gift it is to be here, alive in your life.’ – Sarah Bessey


Weekly newsletter/blog and website

Please send all information for the Sunday newsletter/blog by Wednesday evening to Josie at penleeclusternewsletter@gmail.com (please note the new email address!) and communications@penleecluster.org.uk. Anything received after Wednesday evening will not make it into the newsletter for the coming week. (Please do not send information to Sian at the Teamleader email address, as we have completed the handover now.)


A farewell…

We wish Sian and Andrew all the very best now that the transition is completed and our churches are entering a period of interregnum. We pray for God’s blessing on them both in the next chapter of their lives’ stories and are delighted to share here their messages and reflections.

Thank you from Sian & Andrew

It has been a privilege to serve in your communities and be part of your churches’ lives for the last 11 years. We have learnt much from you and been so grateful for your prayers and support. Being together and facing the challenges of Covid, being the church in that pandemic, was one of the toughest things we have all had to face. But by the grace of God, we did respond to his call to live out the gospel, to serve people and pray with people, even in totally uncharted waters. And we did this together from the roots of our faith and community: ‘Never Alone’. Never alone because we did not doubt that God was with us. Never alone because we worked with and in the communities that we serve. Thanks for the many ways that you responded graciously. We would like to thank you for all your cards, greetings and presents that have sent us on our way. We valued the final cluster worship together and the memories of that will stay with us. – Sian & Andrew

Ending memories of the last few weeks for Sian

Being present at the St John’s consultation as you look at the next stage of the life of that church with many people from the community being present, and then celebrating the Eucharist in that place and looking at the brave playzone structure.

Meals with people, both in their homes, in café and at church. Valuing the experiences of shared stories and friendships, and being so thankful to those who work so hard for us to be a church that offers hospitality to all.

Post-Easter school worship at St Mary’s church with sunflowers of hope made by all the children (do go to look at their leaves of hope).

Final meeting with George Dow, our eco champion, and hearing about the next steps in the amazing eco journey.

Meetings of hope and joy with all the wardens and then with the family workers, trust members, art community and our administrator Keno. Plans and determination of the people of God in this place. Clergy come and go but the church of God, the people of ‘the Way’, will always witness to Christ.

Knowing that NightChurch is in the hands of very committed people.

Celebrating a quiet weekday mass at St Peter’s Newlyn on the altar that has a relic of St Francis: remembering that call to live simply, to work amongst those on the margins and to work for Peace…our common gospel call. – Sian

Ending memories for Andrew

Planting the fruit trees in the Cholera Field to establish the Community Orchard with such enthusiasm from the children of Mousehole School and members of the wider community and already looking ahead to the first harvest.

Last morning making tea and washing up at the CTIPA Breakfast Project at Breadline thinking of all the ‘under the radar care and service’ that goes on quietly and effectively for our most marginalised.

Last slice of Chocolate cake at the Paul Community Coffee morning which brings so many people together and offers so much mutual support.

At the final midweek communion service reading the story of Jesus meeting and talking with his friends as they journeyed to Emmaus and then being known to them as they broke bread together – reminded me of the way God is there alongside us in our journeying as well as being so present in our worship.

The privilege of conducting each of what is known as the occasional offices.
Baptising a baby, marrying a couple and taking a burial in the Celtic Quiet Garden combined to be a powerful reminder of the church’s calling to be with all people across our communities and our joint calling to point to our God whose love is there for everyone and whose love is stronger than everything.

We know that we will be held in your prayers as we go on the next part of our journey. You will be held in our prayers too. – Andrew


Generations United

Dear friends,

I launched my project in March 2024 with the intention of setting up and running playgroups with a twist based in local care homes.

What is Generations United?

Generations United aims to bring people of different generations together to engage in activities that are fun, meaningful, creative and important for all who take part. We will inspire participants to engage in a selection of intergenerational activities based around: Arts and crafts, a curiosity jar, role play, sensory play, music and edible art.
Many of those taking part in this project live in one of the top 2% most deprived areas of the country and suffer from isolation, loneliness, poor mental health, lack of social cohesion, lack of opportunities, poverty of ambition and lack of self-esteem. This project intentionally unites generations and enriches all of the participants lives. It helps to promote greater understanding and respect.

This project will improve empathy, allow for greater social acceptance, teach friendship and social connections, reduce ageism and enhance learning and skill sharing across all age groups. It creates opportunities for all generations to feel valued and part of their community, reduces social isolation and loneliness, improves quality and purpose of life, gives a sense of self-empowerment and helps to improve cognitive health.


This project will enable everyone taking part to have a greater sense of belonging and connection and to share their wisdom and knowledge if they are older or their youthful zest for life if they are younger. Our project allows those who may not have personal experience of having children / grandchildren the chance to be part of such intergenerational happiness and creates opportunities for all to feel valued, showing a strong sense of community and compassion. It leads to happier, kinder and more vibrant communities

What happens at Generations United?

Generations United is a playgroup with a twist; This intergenerational project aims to bring people of different generations together for mutually beneficial activities. Sessions will consist of a selection of the following:

Welcome,Ice breaker, Children’s free play
Intergenerational activity, such as ‘The Curiosity Jar’ (a get to know you game with question prompts)
Different themed intergenerational activity each week based around; Arts and crafts, role play, sensory play, music and edible ar
There will also be a variety of toys, books, nursery rhymes and puzzles to choose from.

How you can help

I strongly feel that this project should be free for families and residents of care homes. Currently, I do not charge care homes for this project; however in order to attempt to cover travel and materials, I charge families £2 per child. My main aim for this project, is for it to be a completely free provision for all. In order for me to achieve this, I am now in the process of contacting local communities to see if any businesses, groups or local people would be interested in sponsoring a child.

By sponsoring a child at Generations United, you are helping to put Cornwall on the map for intergenerational change.
£3 will enable a child to take part in a Generations United session and build an intergenerational relationship with residents of local care homes. This provision provides great benefits for all involved.

In return your organisation / business will be advertised on my website for local families across Cornwall to view.  
Please note this does not have to be a recurring payment, you are able to pay a single one off donation of any amount. 

If this is something you may be willing to help with or if you could point me in the direction to those who may be able to help, I would be extremely grateful.

Best wishes, Molly Blewett,
Generations United Founder

Facebook: Generations United
Phone: 07341830277
Email: generations.united@outlook.com
Website: www.generationsunited.co.uk

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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.


83,000 memorials mapped as burial survey continues

Burial grounds across the Diocese of Truro have been the subject of a survey over the last two years and the field works part of the project is almost complete. The National Burial Ground Survey Project was announced by the Church of England in September 2021. Truro was one of the first dioceses to sign up and surveyors from AG Intl Ltd have been hard at work ever since surveying every churchyard, photographing all visible memorials, and digitising all current parish registers.

While surveying churchyards, the team have worked in all seasons and weather. They have not only discovered amazing living churchyards, but they have also come across fascinating headstone art and memorials to famous, and infamous, people. From Napoleon’s nephew in St Pol-de-Leon Church, Paul, who erected a memorial to the last Cornish speaking woman, to the astronomer who discovered Neptune in St Sidwell and St Gulvat in Laneast. Read more here:


News from Truro Diocese

Helping people break free from debt

Many people have felt the squeeze with the recent cost of living crisis, but a local charity has been working to lift families out of debt. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) works with nine local churches to run a CAP Debt Centre, based at St Budock Parish Church in Falmouth, which has already helped 25 households to become debt free, with 16 more currently on their way to achieving that goal. Read more here: https://trurodiocese.org.uk/2024/04/helping-people-break-free-from-debt/)

Visit the CAP website (https://capuk.org/get-help) to see what local help CAP offers or email Jacqui Bennett at jacquibennett@capuk.org if you would like to find out more about how you can support the Falmouth and Penryn CAP Debt Centre.


Celtic Morning Prayer

Each weekday morning on zoom at 8am. Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/2byzouwk


Invitation for this Sunday,

5th May, 6pm zoom meeting

You are invited to join our Cornish Franciscan group as we hear a presentation from Jonathan Herbert, who lives in the Hilfield Franciscan community. Jonathan has just come back from being alongside communities in Bethlehem and the West Bank troubled area. If you wish to have the zoom link to this gathering please email Olive Stevens at olivestevens5@gmail.com.


Coming Soon…

Christian Aid Week 12th – 18th May

Christians across Britain and Ireland will unite for Christian Aid Week – seven days of action to fund lasting change. Find out more here:


St. Peter’s Church Newlyn Annual Art Exhibition

St. Peter’s is holding its annual art exhibition this May, with the opening day taking place on Saturday 25th May. The exhibition will then run for the week, until Sunday 31st May.

Other Articles;

Memory Café

United Nations Climate Change conference in the United Arab Emirates

Care for Creation

We want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.

More Information;

St Mary’s CofE

A happy Church of England School in a stunning location with an entrance directly off Penzance Prom.

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