Christmas 2019 services and events

Christmas 2019
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

Diary Dates – autumn 2019

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

Messy Church:
St Erth – Sundays 15th September, 20th October, 17th November
Wesley Rock – Tuesdays 10th September, 8th October, 12th November


Access to Jesus

Dear Friends,

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.


Alastair Bolt