St Minver Pet Service

In what is thought to be a first for St Minver, the Pet Blessing Service on 10 June brought together people of all ages including the choir from the St Minver Primary school, many with their pets. The Service, led by Marcus Jones, encouraged people to praise all of God’s creation and to give thanks for the joys and responsibilities of owning a pet as well as remembering all those, like vets, who care
for animals.

All the congregation including the pets, mostly dogs but also a cat, guinea pigs and even newts, seemed appreciative and were well behaved. Certainly none of them disturbed
the harmony by attacking another!

Reference was made to St Francis of Assisi whose respect for all creatures as sharing, alongside the human race, in God’s love, helped to change traditional Christian teaching to accept the universality of the natural world and our interdependence.

Part of the collection, just under £100, was given to the St Francis Home for Animals, a dog rescue centre near Newquay that takes in stray and other unwanted dogs, cares for them and places them with suitable new owners to provide them with a happy home for life. The Home has thanked the Church for their generosity and for promoting love and respect for our fellow creatures.
Jeremy Varcoe

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week this year is from May 13th – 19th

There will be envelopes for any donations, large or small, in each of our 5 churches early in May – this year St Peter’s Port Isaac will be included with St Endellion.

Pew Sheet 1st April – EASTER

North Cornwall Cluster of Churches
Week beginning 1st April
Easter Sunday

Additional Collect:

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen

Sunday Services

St Kew 9.30am Holy Communion Elizabeth Wild & Geraldine Ashton

St Peter 11am Holy Communion David Steven

St Endellion 11am Sung Eucharist Judith Pollinger
4.30pm Festival Evensong + Inst. Prebends  Andrew Lewis & Bishop Chris

St Minver 11am Holy Communion Elizabeth Wild & Geraldine Ashton

St Enodoc 8am Holy Communion Judith Pollinger
9.15am Holy Communion Judith Pollinger

St Michael 8am Holy Communion Andrew Lewis & Paul Fiddes
9.15am Holy Communion Andrew Lewis & Paul Fiddes

Services & Events for the week

Everyone is welcome to attend

Tuesday 3 8am Holy Communion (Baptist Rite), St Endellion, Paul Fiddes
10.45am Funeral of Ron Hockley, Rock Methodist Church
Wednesday 4 10am Holy Communion, St Minver, Judith Pollinger
Thursday 5 1.15pm Lunchtime Prom at St James at – a Chopin Piano Recital by Viv McLean.
Friday 6 2.30pm Memorial service for Biddy Holden, St Endellion.
Saturday 7 1pm Wedding of Zoe Duncan and Richard Yates, St Enodoc
3pm Wedding of Maya Soley and Daniel Berhe, St Kew
9.30am Messy Church, St Minver

Daily Prayer is usually held at the following times:
Morning Prayer: 9am Mon: St Peter’s

Mon- Fri: St Endellion: Thought for the Day

Evening Prayer: 5.30pm Mon: St Minver (Quiet Time) Tues: St. Kew Fri: St Endellion BCP

Sunday 8th April – Easter 2

St Kew 9.30am All Age Worship Worship Leader
St Peter 9.30am Holy Communion Elizabeth Wild
St Endellion 11am Festival Eucharist Andrew Lewis & Nigel Guthrie
St Minver 11am All Age Worship Worship Leader
St Enodoc 3pm Evensong Elizabeth Wild
St Michael 9.15am Holy Communion Judith Pollinger
6pm Evensong Elizabeth Wild

Please pray for the sick, among them John Killingley, John Hawken, Iain Gordon, Val Meagor, Rosalind Smith, Valerie Davey, Anne Pethick, Tom Miller, and Tony Dunkerley. Remember those who have died recently including Ron Hockley, John Mewton and Eric Hill. We remember those whose anniversary of death occurs at this time including Sharon Cann, Sue Hudson, Miles Varcoe and Mark Harbour.
Taking it in turns to pray for each other – this week we pray for St Kew.

Diary Dates & News

Easter Music Festival at St Endellion all week: see separate leaflets and posters.

Bach and Peacemaking Reflective Day led by Revd Donald Reeves, 10am to 3pm Saturday 14th April, St Endellion

Funeral of Eric Hill is on 10th April at 11am at St Kew

Memorial Service of John Mewton is at St Kew, 2.45pm on 12th April

Save the dates:
St Endellion Church Fete. 2pm Tuesday 14th August Rectory Lawn.

St.Minver Church Fete, Wednesday 15th August

North Cornwall Cluster of Churches
for the parishes of St Kew, St Endellion with St Peter, Port Isaac and
St Minver with St Enodoc (Trebetherick) and St Michael (Porthilly)
Rector: Elizabeth Wild. Tel: 07758 407661
Email: St Minver Vicarage

December Newsletter

The December Newsletter is now available to pick up from one of our churches or in local participating shops or hotels.

Inside you will find details of all our Advent and Christmas services and events across the North Cornwall Cluster.

Alternately you can download a copy here: Cluster News Dec17

Harvest Festivals

Welcome to Harvest Festival
at The North Cornwall Cluster of Churches

17th September 11am St Endellion – Harvest Worship

24th September 11am St Minver – All Age Worship with the school choir

24th September 6pm St Michael’s – Evensong

1st October 3pm St Enodoc – Evensong

1st October 4pm St Peter’s – “Harvest of the Sea”

1st October 6pm St Kew – Traditional Harvest Worship and charity auction

St Endellion Summer Music Festival sermon

by Revd Canon Keith Lamdin 30th July 2017

There is a Russian story with a moral that I like. A peasant was walking along in the dead of winter and came across a half frozen bird. He picked it up and came across a newly laid and steaming cowpat. He tucked the bird in the pat up to its neck and went on his way. The bird began to warm up and coming back to life began to sing. A hungry wolf on its way heard the sound and sprang to the bird and ate it up. The moral goes like this. It is not always your enemies that put you in it nor is it always your friends who get you out of it, and if you are in it up to your neck don’t sing about it. I like it because it turns things on their heads and that is always a good thing to do.

And thinking upside down leads me to say that singing when things are at their worst, and writing poems, and dancing for rain, and laying flowers and lighting candles and swinging incense is exactly what we all do, sometimes not quite knowing why. In moments of great joy or pain we turn to music and poetry and the realm of the spirit. And here today we do the same thing. We take the poetic words of the mass, set them to music and sing hymns, and craft this together into a theatre of God’s presence and kingdom.

What is distinctive about the poetic is the juxtaposition of words and thoughts without worrying about what people might make of it. Take John Donne for instance, writing the words of our anthem three years before he died, and after the death of his daughter and his own life threatening illness.

  • where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
  • no noise nor silence, but one equal music;
  • no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession;
  • no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity:

These words do not make any sense to accountants or management consultants, as they are words that make sense and make no sense at the same time, allowing you in between them to make your own meaning, purpose and food for the spirit. Take for instance a single sentence from RS Thomas that I love – The cross an example of the power of art to transcend timber.

Some of you will know that we have today the first mass setting by Britten written for Westminster Boys choir whose sound he came to love, coached by George Malcolm who wanted them to sing in church as they did in the playground. Boys singing in church as they do in the playground, is not what we expect, but again art collapses the boundaries and breaks the rules, just as Jesus did.

It is as if we live in a world in the west that is deeply divided between the rational and the poetic. Ian McGilchrist, in his wonderful book the Master and his emissary indicates that singing came before the speaking of words and the scientific revolution brought the use of words to serve the investigation of the world rather than its celebration. Yet musicians nearly always take the words not of prose, but of poets, and create celebrations of hope and imagination of human life. Of course we need both languages but today we bring the poetic language of faith coined hundreds of years ago and the music of the last century to call attention to something that is eternal and of life changing significance.

This brings me, and I hope you as well to these two short parables of Jesus, told as stories so we can never be sure exactly what they mean. Here are two people. The first recognizes a pearl of great value. My guess is that he must have been an expert, with many years of practice before he could recognize such excellence. The other? A treasure seeker or just someone who came across it without even looking for it.

For both it was a moment of inspiration. A life changing moment; a moment of decision and commitment. A moment when all other things pale into insignificance and committed action seems the only thing to do.

RS Thomas again captures this is his poem The Bright Field.

I have seen the sun break though
To illume a small field
For a while, and gone on my way
And forgotten it. But that was the pearl
Of great price, the one field that had
The treasure in it. I realize now
That I must give all that I have
To possess it. Life is not for hurrying

For both these people it marks a turning point – a moment of decision – or if you like, a moment of inspiration. The same kind of inspiration, that comes from God that brought us the words of John Donne and the mass and the music of William Harris and Benjamin Britten.

This is the world, not of the moneychangers and strategic planners, or politicians but of the poets, artists and the composers, and the musicians and the bird up to its neck in it that sings as an act of celebration regardless of the consequences.

Sara Miles in her book Take this Bread tells the story walking into a church on a Sunday morning that she normally walked past on her walks. Without understanding what she was doing she stayed and ate a piece of bread and took a sip of wine. She writes:

‘what I found wasn’t about angels or going to church or trying to be good in a pious idealized way. It wasn’t about arguing about doctrine – the virgin birth, predestination, the sinfulness of homosexuality and divorce – or pledging blind allegiance to a denomination. I was hungering and thirsting after righteousness (like the man searching for treasure or the pearl) and I found it at the eternal and material core of Christianity: body, blood, bread and wine, poured out and freely share by all. I discovered a religion rooted in the most ordinary yet subversive practice: a dinner table where everyone is welcome, where the despised and outcast are honoured.’

For her, like the pearl finder and the treasure hunter it was a moment of inspiration that changed her life. I find myself wondering how often such moments come my way and I guess it would do us all some good, like `R S Thomas found, not to hurry for a change.


On the theme: ‘Home is where the heart is’

Saturday 19th August, 10am – 9:30pm

Sclerder Abbey, Nr. Looe, Cornwall – PL13 2JD

Open to all denominations and all ages!
A spiritual adventure for all the family,
Indoor & outdoor activities – Historical tour of the abbey
Arts & crafts workshops – Sports – Live worship band tea & cakes / evening BBQ

Tickets £10 / family ticket £20 including Picnic lunch.

In collaboration with:
The Anglican diocese of Truro,
the Roman Catholic diocese of Plymouth,
Churches Together Cornwall, Celebrate, Looe Parishioners, etc,

Information & Booking now at: