Holy Week in the St Ives and St Erth Area

Hellesveor

Good Friday

10 am-12 noon: Tea and cake in the church hall with boat-sailing on the nearby pond
4 pm: Service with song group

Bible Christian

Maundy Thursday

2 pm: Tea and cake in the church hall

Good Friday

8:30 am Communion service (remembering the sacrifice)

St Erth

Maunday Thursday

7 pm: Service of Shadows (readings and prayer with communion: remembering the sacrifice)

A Morning of Training, Inspiration and Sharing for Preachers

Sat 13th April, 10:00 -12:30 (9:30 for coffee) at Chy an Gweal

Revd Alastair Bolt will lead a study morning covering such topics as:

  • preaching from the Bible more effectively;
  • preaching to response;
  • preaching sermons people really want to come and hear.

There will be time for questions and discussion. Please bring your Bible and something to take notes with.

All preachers in the West Cornwall Circuit are invited and we very much hope you will be able to attend.

Preachers in the Fore Street Circuit are also very welcome.

Speeding Up and Slowing Down

Dear Friends,

Mark 2:1-12 & 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15

The gospel has more than one speed in its effective impact. “Immediately” is a favourite term of the Gospel of Mark. In this text we are told that Jesus counters his critics; “immediately” he heals the paralyzed man. The man “immediately” went out, healed. There is an instantaneous effect of Jesus’ ministry, according to Mark. No waiting, no delay, no indecision!

The German pastor Johann Christoph Blumhardt famously counselled his companions in faith to “hasten and wait.” The phrase catches both the urgency of the Gospel lesson and the slow process of the imagery of Paul. There is a time of urgency for faith when action must be taken, and there is a time for watching and waiting until the time is right.

Lent is a time to reflect on our several inclinations about hurrying and waiting. Some of us are impatient all the time. Others of us are inclined to watch and wait all the time. Faith requires us to have more than one speed and to know when context and circumstance require speeding up or slowing down.

God in whose hand are all our times, give us a proper sense of your speed so that we know when it is wise to hurry and when prudent to wait. In his name. Amen.

God’s blessing be yours,

Deacon Stephen

He Will Be Called … Mighty God

“For to us a child is born … and he will be called … Mighty God …” Isaiah 9:6 KJV

Dear Friends,

Wow, here we are! It is already time for the Preaching Plan of the second quarter of the new Circuit.

It is also the quarter that we remember God’s Son entering our world and embracing humanity. Christmas is a special time! It is a time to be generous, a time to think of others, a time to show hospitality and a time to thank God for His humbleness.

Christmas is a time to stop our everyday activities and “take stock” of our life. It is a time to remember that the truth of Christmas is still relevant for us as humanity in the 21st century. The above verse is a remarkable revelation. Jesus sets aside the glory and splendour of Heaven to take on the form of human life; and yet remains the Mighty God. One of God’s names is “Immanuel”, which means “God with us”. I find it so amazing to consider that the very God who has the power to create chooses to be with His creation in human form.

Let us not lose sight of this awesome truth amidst all the turkey, tinsel and present wrappings; and may we in this quarter continue our journey of discovering more of the Mighty God.

May Mighty God bless you and yours over the Christmas and New Year celebrations,