Welcome to St Minver!
St Minver is the parish church for a large and enormously popular holiday area, including all the Camel Estuary from Polzeath to Daymer Bay and on to Rock. It is a fine and spacious church, very well cared for, where the character of the Sunday Parish Communion, from the first moment when you walk down the lane from the Fourways pub and hear the bells cheerily ringing, is friendly and welcoming. The beautiful churches of St Enodoc and St Michael’s, Porthilly, are part of this parish.
We would love to welcome you to join us! We need you… in the congregation, or to expand our choir, to help us build on the children’s work we have been developing, to join our bible study and/or pastoral care group, simply to worship and pray… we need hundreds of people to be the vibrant church we want to be, so please come!
St Minver church is dedicated to Saint Menefreda, one of the 24 children of Brychan whom tradition holds came to Cornwall from Wales in the fifth century. Among her sisters were Endelienta, Mabyn and Teath to all of whom local churches or chapels were dedicated. These early Christian missionaries did not always make a clear break with existing religions but attempted gradually to assimilate and change the old beliefs. It is possible that St Minver church is built on a pagan site. In the oldest part of the churchyard are crude slate coffins believed to be evidence of pre-Christian burials, possibly of the same date as those evidenced on Dartmoor.
Like many churches in North Cornwall St Minver had connexions with the Augustinian priory in Bodmin. In August 1269 the parish was appropriated to the use of the prior and convent who became responsible for nominating the vicar of the parish who was in turn responsible for serving St Minver and its two dependant chapels of St Michael and St Enodoc.
St Menefreda and her two chapels of St Enodoc and St Michael’s depend upon so many people who give of their time and expertise to help these places continue to be vibrant, beautiful and holy places. From our churchwardens, organists, bellringers and sacristans to church council members, flower arrangers, and many more.
Those unable to give of their time or skills, help support us by praying and worshiping with us, by attending and supporting our many events and concerts, and through financial contributions to our appeals, collections and Friends organisations.
We always welcome new suggestions and are always looking for people to help us grow our communities and ensure that our church and chapels will continue to be places of prayer and reflection for all.
Please contact any of the clergy, churchwardens or the contacts below if you wish to discuss how you may be able to support us.
We are always happy to welcome newcomers who wish to join our team of bellringers and learn more about the art of ringing.
Please contact the tower captain, Nick Meagor (01208 813235)
Facilities at St Minver
Seating Capacity: 300 (this can be increased with extra seating, please ask for details)
Church or Parish Hall meeting facilities & bookings
The Perceval Institute has kitchen facilities and toilets. Bookings: Maureen on 01208 863366