Pew News Notices

Bell Ringing Dinner
Thank you from Bob and Vanda to the wonderful bell ringing team from St Buryan. We had a lovely time at the Truro Guild of Ringers Supper last Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the evening, thank you for your generosity in providing our tickets.   

Sennen Feast
Thank you to the Sennen Team for a wonderful Feast service last Sunday, special thanks to Barbara for her inspiring sermon. A lovely day topped with a delicious meal at the First and Last, and then a very well supported Pub Quiz. Money raised at the lunch was given to St Petroc and the money at the quiz towards the 2020 celebrations in Sennen.

It is with great sadness that I report the death of two stalwarts of the church, Judy Reed of St Levan, and Shirley Cox of St Buryan. We thank God for their life and witness and pray for those who grieve.  Judy’s funeral is on Saturday 9th December at 2pm in St Levan church. Shirley’s date is yet to be confirmed.

Book and Jigsaw Exchange
Thank you to the team for the Book and Jigsaw Exchange team who not only offered hospitality and refreshments, but also helped to prepare the church for this Saturdays Christingle. Thank YOU!

School Carol Services
Don’t forget next week Tuesday 12th December, St Buryan Academy Carol Service at 2pm in St Buryan church, all welcome AND then on Tuesday 19th December at 1.30pm Sennen School Carol Service in Sennen Church, all welcome.

Advent Wreath Prayers
If you are planning to make your own advent wreath, and would like a copy of the advent wreath prayers do let me know and I can email you a copy, or print one to collect. Vanda.

Christmas Windows
Once again we’d like help to decorate the church windows for Christmas. Last year they looked fantastic, everyone did an amazing job. If you’d like to help again or it’s a “First Time” please come forward and add your name to the list which is on the table in church and let’s make the church look wonderful for the Christmas services and concerts. If you need any more information please contact Wendy Thomas 810541.

Film Night
I have a copy of the DVD The Shack and plan to put up an afternoon and evening in the new year to invite folk to come and watch it together. If you are interested in this can you let me know? Many thanks, Vanda

Quarterly Charities
Being supported until 31st December are the  Salvation Army (Box at St Levan) and St Petroc’s (Coffee Money at St Buryan and Loose Change Box at Sennen).

Quarterly Charities Suggestions
St Buryan’s  PCC would like some suggestions from the congregation regarding charities to support from the coffee money.  In the past, chosen charities have been local, national and international.  We are supporting St Petroc's up until the end of the year and then we shall start again.  Initially we are looking for a worthy cause for Jan - March, but if there are several good suggestions we may well use some of those for the remaining quarters. Suggestions may be placed in the letter box inside the porch.  In addition Marian (PCC Secretary) will place a cardboard box for ideas and a small pad of paper alongside.

Posada, Ready to go!
Posada originated in Mexico where two young people were chosen to dress up as Mary and Joseph. They travelled from house to house in their village telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus and asking if they would give Him a room. On Christmas Eve they re-enact a community play and bring figures of Mary and Joseph to be placed in a crib.

Now, Posada asks us to give a home to nativity figures of Mary and Joseph for one night  encouraging us to think more about the meaning of Christmas and to share the message with others. There is info and prayers to use during Posada at

Knitted Nativity
Just before summer Vanda requested a knitter or two  to make a Nativity set to be used for Messy church. I asked just casually had anyone taken up the challenge? The answer was, No!  A couple of days later I found two bags of wool hanging on my door knob!! During the next few months a few of us have been knitting away and at last they are completed!. Many thanks to Sheila, Shirley, Penny ,Penelope, Alison and Jo & Holly for the knitting and the sewing up! We hope the toys will bring great pleasure to all who use them. Wendy.

Thank You!
Knitted Nativity:  A real labour of love and commitment was made by a large number of folk to complete my only just started knitted nativity so that we could use this for the Messy Church and in school collective worship. The final result after much hard work, not in the least in the making up of the figures, is amazing. The knitted Nativity is a really lovely addition for our worship outside of the church building, and it is very very lovely to look at and to hold. THANK YOU for all of you who Wendy managed to persuade to do the work. It is remarkable and I am very grateful.

Lottery Support for St Buryan Church
St Buryan parish church is delighted to announce it has been awarded initial support* by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for National Lottery funding towards the cost of urgent tower repairs.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, a development grant of £16,000 has been awarded to enable the church to develop detailed plans for the work needed for the project. The parish church will need to add a further £3,000 approximately to complete this first phase of work.

The parish church will then apply for a full grant from HLF of £170,000, a major step towards the approximately £220,000 needed for the full works.

Rev’d Canon Vanda Perrett said: “This is really good news for us, and we are thankful that the National Lottery has supported us in this early stage. We shall have to work hard and continue to raise funds for the tower works, while we work through the “round two” application for 2018. The initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund is a strong endorsement of the work we need to do to make St Buryan Church Tower safe and sustainable for future generations, and we take heart from their support and encouragement.”

Thought for us all as we begin welcoming folk to the Christmas celebrations: “There are more people on this planet outside the Church than inside it. Millions have been baptised, millions have not. Millions participate in the celebration of the Lord's Supper, but millions do not.

The Church as the body of Christ, as Christ living in the world, has a larger task than to support, nurture, and guide its own members. It is also called to be a witness for the love of God made visible in Jesus. Before his death Jesus prayed for his followers, "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). Part of the essence of being the Church is being a living witness for Christ in the world. “   Henri Nouwen.

Baptism and Confirmation
please pray for those considering Baptism and/or Confirmation.

please pray for Katie & James on Saturday 30th December at St Levan.
Next year’s weddings: Dominic & Fiona on Saturday 7th April in St Buryan church; Samantha & Thomas on Saturday 21st April in Sennen church; Stephanie & Joe on Saturday 19th May in St Buryan church; Donna & Daniel on Saturday 21st July in Marlborough; Thomas & Georgina, Wedding Blessing on Wednesday 25th July in St Levan church; Dom & Louise on Saturday 28th July in St Levan church;

Would you like to learn a traditional skill that has been part of our heritage for over 500 years? Why not give bellringing a try? Bellringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keeps you fit - it also makes a glorious sound!  Come and meet us and have a go at our Friday Practice, 7:30pm St Buryan church.  Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age from ten to those in their eighties. You don’t need special clothing and training is free – but you are expected to ring for Sunday service 9:30 – 10am.  Lapsed bellringers very welcome as well.  For further information call Chris on 07802 427968 or email or Miranda on 01736 811182.

Church Flower Arranging
St Buryan church flower arrangers are looking for a few more volunteers to join their flower arranging team on a rota basis. Both experienced arrangers and beginners are welcome, training and encouragement can be freely given. Details from Sheila Tel: 810250


Vacancy - Musical Leader and Organist
St Buryan Church seeks to appoint a Musical Leader to play the organ and piano and lead the choir. For a full job description contact: Canon Vanda Perrett on     01736 810 216

AMD Info and Updates
Vanda is  taking part in the Truro Diocesan AMD, (Accompanied Ministry Development), ‘Working Together to Grow Our Churches’ programme. It focuses on five themes, each central to church life. (1) God’s People: Who are we? What has God called us to do?; (2) God’s Reconciliation: How do we live out this reconciliation with each other and demonstrate his love?; (3) God’s Good News: How is the gospel proclaimed in word and deed?; (4) Living for God: How do we live for God every day, not just Sundays?; and (5) Worshipping God: How is our worship a witness to the Gospel?

Our AMD representatives are Caroline Amos and Ian Groves at St Buryan; John Rudge and Bridget Hughes-Jones at St Levan; Michelle Brown and Jean Jefferies at Sennen.  

Safeguarding Policy
The Diocese of Truro Safeguarding Policy is contained in a handbook entitled Responsible Caring. A link is available on the Diocesan website homepage and paper copies are held by Canon Vanda and our Lead Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Caroline Gill at St Buryan. Named Contact Persons at St Levan are Bridget Hugh Jones and at Sennen, Matt Mulloy. If you have any concerns relating to Safeguarding or if you wish to see the handbook, please contact any one of the above.’ 

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