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St Levan Ladies Film Night
Many thanks to all who attended the film night with St Levan Ladies, and especial thanks to Helen for organising the event. A very enjoyable evening.

Plough Sunday in St Buryan
A huge thank you to Graham Hoskin for bring the stunning plough to St Buryan for our church service, it was a really fitting and lovely addition to this traditional service at the start of the year. There were plants and seeds, gardening tools and spring flowers, a beautiful image. Thank you to our farmers Bernard and Gillian who read and to Ian for the intercessions. Also thanks to Wendy for stepping in as sacristan when Rene had to stay at home to care for her brother who was taken ill.

Messy Church
in St Buryan hall was a marvellous afternoon, the hall was filled with happy people making sweets, testing soil (harder than it looked!) making trees of blessings and thank yous, embossing cards, colouring and taking part in a Scavenger hunt too. A busy fruitful session with much loved parachute games and prayers. Finishing with a tea of Jacket Potatoes with cheese and beans, clean plates showed how successful that was! Thank you for your time, energy and expertise Wendy, Bobbie, Bronwyn, Gina, Susan, Paddy, Tegan, Keri and Jean. Brilliant work!

Bishop Chris’ Lecture
on the Celtic Way in St Levan was an interesting and informative session showing some of the experiences of the Celtic Way walked last year. Thank you to Bobbie, Helen, Penny and Bridget for organising the refreshments, and to the Telegraph Museum for allowing us to use their wonderful space.

Funeral Thank You
Thank you to Penny and Godfrey for their work in preparing the church and for playing at the funeral of Avril Butler in St Levan on Monday. The work of the vergers and organists at funeral services is a foundational part of the welcome we show to those who are grieving, thank you so much for making this final service seemly, fitting and dignified.

Ash Wednesday
As we are heading towards the start of Lent, please make sure that you put Ash Wednesday, 14th February, into your diaries. There are two services in the benefice, 12noon at St Levan and 7.30pm at St Buryan, both with Ashing. If you would like to make a formal confession before the beginning of Lent, please speak to one of the clergy team who would be happy to help.

Film Showing, The Shack
“The Shack” will be shown at the Rectory in St Buryan on Thursday 8th February, at 2pm. Please book a place on the sofa! If there is enough interest we could do a second showing later that evening. “Based on the New York times best-selling novel, the shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters a trio of strangers led by the enigmatic papa. through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.”   

Intercession Tutorial
Have you wanted to lead the intercession in church but worried about what to do and how to go about it? Or are you currently on an intercession rota, but would like to refresh about leading intercessions? Why not come along to the Rectory on Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm? Please let Vanda know if you are coming so she can make sure enough material are available (and seats!)

Readers Rota
Fiona is now organising the Readers and Intercessors rota at St Buryan so please can all the regular readers and intercessors let Fiona know what they prefer to do, either by email, or on the list at the back of church.  Everyone is very welcome to read in church or lead the intercessions, if you are not already on the rota and would like to be please just add your name to the list or ask Fiona for more information. A gentle reminder, if you swap your Sunday reading or Intercessions with someone else PLEASE mark the swap on the master copy in the vestry.

Church Cleaning Rota
St Buryan church is a little short of helpers on the cleaning rota. We clean in pairs and the more volunteers we get the less frequently turns come round. If you would like to help please let Wendy Thomas know on 810541. 

Lent dates for your diary
Lent 2018 in the Land’s End Benefice, ‘Exploring the Art Work of Lent, Holy Week and Easter’. Thursday 22nd February, Tuesday 27th February, Tuesday 6th March, Tuesday  13th March, Tuesday 20th March. All at 7.30pm. More details to follow

Quarterly Charities
Being supported until 31st March are Coast Watch (Box at St Levan); Cornwall Blood Bikes (Coffee Money at St Buryan); and Sightsavers (Loose Change Box at Sennen). 

Charity Speaker
on Sunday 28th January, at the 10am service at St Buryan we welcome John Davies, a Guest Speaker from Blood Bikes, the charity St Buryan is supporting this quarter. Everyone welcome.

Thy Kingdom Come 2018  
is a global prayer campaign, supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, to encourage us all to pray 'Come holy Spirit' from Ascension Day, Thursday 10th May  to Pentecost Sunday 20th May 2018. The campaign prayer is below, and more infomation available on 
Come Holy Spirit: Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord

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.”

Baptism and Confirmation
please pray for those considering Baptism and/or Confirmation especially Ben on Sunday 4th February in St Levan and Keaton in April.

please pray for 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

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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