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in the West Cornwall Circuit
30th Nov 10.00-5.00 Trinity Advent Spiral
3rd Dec 3.15 St Just Messy Christmas
6th 6.45 Carbis Bay Wesley Christmas lights, Community Choir concert
7th-28th 3.00-6.00 St Just Christmas Tree Festival
8th-15th 2-5, 7-8 St Erth Christmas Tree Festival
13th 6.15 St Just Nativity in the Round (in the Plen, chapel if wet)
13th 6.30 St Ives Churches Together carol concert in the Guildhall
15th 2.30 Trinity Carols and mince pies with Penzance Silver Band
15th 2.30 Drift Christmas Celebration in Song, tea to follow
19th 6.00-8.00 Mousehole Carols, hot drinks and mince pies
25th 12.00-3.00 St Just Soup, cake, games and company
Christmas Eve services:
4.00 United Christingle Revd Edwin Myers
6.30 Chapel St Carols by Candlelight Revd Alastair Bolt
7.00 Trinity Carols by Candlelight Deacon Stephen Richardson
9.00 Mousehole Christmas Eve Communion Deacon Stephen Richardson
11.30 Wesley Rock Midnight communion Revd Alastair Bolt
Christmas Day services:
10.30 Centenary Mrs Val Stevens
10.30 Chapel Street Revd Alastair Bolt
10.30 Chy an Gweal Pastor Kenny Bassett
10.30 St Just Deacon Stephen Richardson
10.30 Mousehole local arrangement
10.30 Wesley Rock local arrangement
New Year’s Eve
11.00pm St Erth Watchnight service Revd Edwin Myers
Circuit Meeting – Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm, at Escalls
Circuit Conference – Saturday 28th September, 10.00-12.30, at Chapel Street – for all members of church councils in the circuit, and anyone else who would like to come along
Safeguarding Advanced Training – Monday 7th October, 10.00-3.00, at Chapel Street
Preachers and Worship Leaders Meeting – Tuesday 8th October, 7.30pm, at High Street
St Erth – Sundays 15th September, 20th October, 17th November
Wesley Rock – Tuesdays 10th September, 8th October, 12th November
Having a few days away after Easter took us to Cambridge which is a fine city with plenty to do. Around the Colleges there are book shops and coffee shops. We could stroll along the river, watch the punts and walk across the wide areas of open space like parkland. The ancient Colleges themselves looked magnificent in the spring sunlight, the ancient stonework reflecting the architectural styles of hundreds of years.
However, the students were (we hope!), at work and the colleges were shut. They are built around courtyards of immaculate grass, their privacy protected by high walls and gate houses, and gate keepers. It was tantalising to glimpse the inner sanctums through gateways and have that feeling of ‘being on the outside’, and that the real heart of Cambridge was not accessible to us mere mortals!
That is until 6.30, when we turned up at the grand gatehouse of St John’s College and asked the gate keeper if we might attend Evensong in the College Chapel. “Of course,” we were told, “go straight in.” And so we were free to walk through the gate, around the private quadrangle and into the glorious chapel. Here the college choir sang Evensong superbly and we all sang the hymn ‘Thine be the Glory’. What might have been the most difficult place in Cambridge to get into, became the easiest when God was involved!
As we have recently remembered at Easter, Jesus is unique and deserves the highest honour. He changes the future of the world and of us through His awesome, cosmic sacrifice and resurrection. Such events as the Transfiguration and the Ascension show us His glory. He is indeed the Lord of Heaven and Earth. It is perfectly reasonable to expect that He is not easy to access. Ancient temples and even some ancient churches have lots of gates to make sure ordinary people don’t get into the holy of holies. But on the first Easter Day, the curtain of the temple was torn in two; God gave us access to Himself.
As in Cambridge, there are lots of places closed to us in the world today, and people don’t really let us in to their inner feelings, but amazingly Jesus says “Knock and the door will be opened to you”. And it is, and He welcomes us. Let us not think it unlikely that Jesus makes Himself available to us, and so neglect to ask. Let us organise our churches and their worship so as to make it clear Jesus has made Himself accessible to everyone.