News June 2017

We hope to see a large congregation at our special Choral Evensong on 4 June; this service marks the end of ten days of prayer initiated last
year by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, beginning on Ascension Day. It has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. We are delighted that the Dean of Truro Cathedral, the Very Rev’d Roger Bush,
is to be our guest preacher. The Roseland Churches’ Choir will lead the hymns and perform an anthem written by and for prisoners of war in the
Japanese camp at Changi in Singapore, and never published.

And we are all invited to St Just parish church on Sunday 2 July for Rev’d Arwen’s first celebration of the Eucharist after her priesting. This will be a wonderful and joyful service: we have all met and grown to know and appreciate Arwen’s special talents and it will be a chance to thank
her for all she is doing in our group of parishes.

We are to be visited on 12 August by the Cornwall Organists’ Association: they will hold a meeting in church, listen to a talk about our parish,
play our lovely organ and have tea in the parish hall. In return we receive a donation for church funds. In due course there will be a list in church requesting help and refreshments on the day – make a note in your diaries
now. Many of them are excellent musicians and it will be worth hearing them make our organ sing.

News April 2017

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting, followed by a brief PCC meeting,
will be held on Tuesday 25 April at 7 pm, in the church.
Everyone whose name is on the Electoral Roll of the church is entitled to attend.
We are required to elect representatives to Deanery synod, to elect members of the Parochial Church Council, to appoint sidesmen, and
an independent examiner for our annual accounts.
While we are still without a priest, the meeting has also to
elect a lay chairman.
The financial statement, an annual report on the church’s
year, and a report on ‘the fabric, goods and ornaments’
of the church are included in the agenda.
The PCC which follows the annual meeting will elect churchwardens, deal with any other matters of urgency, and will aim to set up, as we did
last year, a small working party to organise the fete and any other agreed fundraising activities.
Our church clock will be repaired – Cumbria Clocks will be undertaking the restoration and will also arrange for any necessary repairs to stonework etc. The insurance will cover the clock repair and the generous donations
we’ve received will pay for the remainder.

PCC report
We agreed that for the time being there would continue be no early service
on the fourth Sunday: a new priest will decide how our services are
arranged in due course.
We are required now to have a Safety officer: Margaret Cortis has
offered to take on the role for a year, for which the PCC is grateful!.
The recent quinquennial report noted the need for urgent maintenance and repair of gutters, roof valleys and downpipes. The PCC has agreed to
participate in the tree survey planned by the parish council, which
should identify any churchyard trees in need of attention.
We are hugely grateful to Canon Ken, our Rural Dean, for chairing the
meeting and for his support and help during the vacancy: he acts as our
parish priest until an appointment is made.
Tower news We have a new recruit to our band of ringers – we are
delighted to welcome Andrew, an experienced ringer , to our tower.
A visiting team will be ringing here on Sunday 2 April at 2.30 pm, for a
round 40 minutes.
More visitors:
Launceston Old Cornwall Society are planning a visit to our church and
village on 12 April in the afternoon, for a ‘talk and walk’ followed by a cream tea.

Church Services March 2017

Wednesday 1st ASH WEDNESDAY
7 pm Eucharist & imposition of ashes
Canon Doug

Sunday 5th Lent
11 am Eucharist
Ven. Bill Stuart-White, Archdeacon

Sunday 12th Lent 2
11 am Eucharist Revd Marian Bond

Sunday 19th Lent 3
11 am Eucharist
Canon Graham Minors

Sunday 26th MOTHERING SUNDAY
11 am Eucharist for Veryan & Ruan
Revd Martyn Pinnock

News February 2017

Benefice Update
The vicarage has been sold and an offer made by the Diocese on a bungalow which, although it will need some modifications to
make it suitable for a clergy house, will provide the accommodation essential for a ‘house-for-duty’ priest.
This progress means that the post can now be advertised – on the national and Diocesan church websites and in the ‘Church Times’ – and, as the Archdeacon commented, ‘we only need one applicant, if it’s the right one!’
Your PCCs have done their best to produce a ‘Statement of Needs’ which reflects all our wishes and concerns, and it’s up to others now to answer our hopes and prayers that we shall sometime this year once again have
a priest to care for the spiritual needs of our two parishes.

Welcome back, Joyce! After many months of ill health
Joyce Goldie has resumed her rightful place on the organ stool – she played
for the first time on Christmas  Day, and is keen once again to take on one Sunday a month.
Thank you to all the priests and readers who are helping to maintain services in our three churches during the interregnum: we are grateful
for their support and advice.
PCC meeting
To all members of the PCC, don’t forget that we have a meeting on 22 February! Do let Sarah know in advance if you wish to add anything to the
usual agenda.
Readers?
We would love to hear from anyone who would like to join our readers’ team: all you have to do is to come to church on the Sunday allocated [about once every 6 weeks] and read one of the readings set for the day –
rotas are circulated well in advance and you can swop with someone if the particular day doesn’t suit. There’s a microphone at the lectern so you read
in your normal voice, no need to ‘declaim’! Do call or email Christine
[501727 or c.edwards531@btinternet.com] If you’d like to have a go.

Visiting ringers at New Year came from Kenwyn – ringing
‘method’ not call changes as our own ringers do.

News January 2017

At the time of writing we are still enjoying Christmas events and services, and a huge thank you to everyone who makes this special time of year so
memorable – for organising services, decorating the church, reading at our carol service, helping in so many ways seen and unseen – you
know who you are! We couldn’t manage without so many people giving time and talents for our church.
Advertising for a new parish priest [‘house-for-duty’] will begin in January and we hope that someone will soon be appointed to take on the rôle. Yes, we can manage the dayto- day practicalities, but the spiritual guidance and support which a resident priest can offer is more important than many of us realise, until we are without it!
In the past year we have noted in our visitors’ books the many families who return to their forebears’ parishes to visit graves and try to find out how they lived and worked. These too are our parishioners, in a way – even though they come from ‘up-country’ or even overseas. Family ties are strong and we need to encourage and develop contact with our visitors: the article on page 11 of the January Magazine is an example of a century old mystery being solved because of a family connection.

Church Services January 2017

1 January Christmas 1
11 am Eucharist Canon Doug Robins

8 January EPIPHANY
11 am Eucharist Revd Jean Rolt

15 January Baptism of Christ
11 am Eucharist Rev Martyn Pinnock

22 January
Week of Christian unity
CLUSTER SERVICE AT PORTSCATHO CHAPEL
No services in any other churches on that day

29 January Epiphany 3
11 am Eucharist Canon Doug Robins

December 2016 News

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in our joint benefice Remembrance Sunday service. Muffled tolling of the tenor bell [thanks,
Douglas and Arthur], the act of remembrance at the war memorial, when representatives of both parishes and all three churches were involved,
and the bugle calls and two minutes’ silence, were all perfectly performed. Huge thanks to Phil, David, Joyce, Carol, and Sarah, for making the whole event so good. Thank you to Sue for dressing the altar with the Union flag and regimental kneelers, and also to Chris and Selina for reading
the lessons. And we were so pleased to welcome Canon Graham Minors, former rector of Bodmin, who took the service for us; he was pleased to
be invited, and would love to come back after Christmas.
Our Christmas services are listed on the back page of the magazine: it will
be so good to see Canon Doug back after his necessary six month ‘exile’! But do bear in mind that he is retired – and won’t be taking every service.
But he may well [if we ask nicely] make a guest appearance occasionally!
Our last concert of 2016 is on 9 December, with Ben Salfield himself performing. Don’t miss this – it will be an outstanding end to this season’s recitals, and we’re already planning for next year…

News November 2016

Our harvest festival evensong was well attended, and we are so grateful to Andy Duff for taking the service for us. The church looked absolutely
beautiful, and many, many thanks to all the skilled flower arrangers who give their time and talents to decorate the church. And a special thanks
to the school for their lovely and thoughtful work on the font.

There are still visitors around, many of whom note in our visitors’ book how much they appreciate the church being open, and how well-cared for
it is. Many have forebears buried in the churchyard: the ties of family are strong even after several generations.

Church treasurer wanted for Veryan
Do you have a few spare hours each month?
Do you use email, online banking and spreadsheets?
Don’t be shy if you are reasonably numerate and competent, and would genuinely be able to help.
You would attend 4 or 5 Church Council meetings a year, and keep the members informed about the church’s finances.
The outgoing treasurer will help and guide you throughout the first year. And she says “If you can run a household budget, you can do the job!”
Contact Robin [500950] or Christine [501727]
if you would like to help us.

‘PARISH NEWS’ – new style A message from the editor
Well, this is the last year for ‘Parish News’ in its present format and frequency of publication. The one potential co-editor, though enthusiastic and getting to grips with ‘Publisher’, is now likely to move away
from Cornwall.
I am happy to continue to produce issues in the current format, but in alternate months, [six issues a year instead of twelve]. The remaining six months will have a two-sided A4 news sheet which will carry notices, rotas, reading lists, the diary of events, and maybe tide tables. The bonus is of course that this can be produced quite cheaply, and we can even email it to you rather than deliver a paper copy if that’s acceptable.

It could of course be produced as a Word document by anyone willing to take it on! It will have the same layout each time so it’s only a case of typing in new information every couple of months….
It’s likely that the cover price of the main magazine will rise to £1, but it will still contain the same number of pages and variety of contents.
The subscription form will be in the December magazine as usual, and thank you to all our readers for your support and comments!

Advertising manager .
After many years of extraordinary skill in attracting advertisers [and extracting their money!] Pat Raine has decided that it’s time to retire.
Much to our delight Sue Day has agreed to take on this task. It remains for us to thank Pat for her wonderful work over the years and to welcome Sue
to the fold.

Church Services November 2016

6th November – 3rd before Advent
11am Eucharist Canon Ken Boullier

13th November Remembrance Sunday
10.50am AT VERYAN Benefice Service of Remembrance
Canon Graham Minors

20th November Christ the King
11am Eucharist Canon Ken Boullier

27th November Advent Sunday
11am Eucharist Revd Martyn Pinnock