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(Archived) Lebanon Appeal
The people of Beirut need our help now, they can’t wait
The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, has urged everybody to consider giving to a fund set up to help people whose lives have been devastated by the explosion in Beirut.
To read the full article, and to donate to this desperate cause, please click here.
(Archived) COVID-19 Update
Please read carefully the latest update on COVID-19 guidance from Turo Diocese, taking guidance from the Church of England.
The Government has changed its advice and now recommends that face coverings should be worn in enclosed public areas, including places of worship.
The Church of England has in the light of this produced a new guidance paper on face coverings.
We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.
We therefore respectfully request that if you are visiting or worshipping in any of our buildings, that you follow this guidance and use a face covering as you are able, in order to protect others, and to receive protection in return. We are thankful to all of our visitors for their understanding and cooperation with the changing COVID-19 guidelines.
(Archived) Mobile COVID-19 Testing
MOBILE TESTING STATIONS IN CORNWALL
Testing will start in the following locations in Camborne and Launceston from Tuesday 30th June until further notice. The sites will operate from 10:30am to 4pm unless detailed otherwise by the national testing website (details below).
Camborne - Camborne College Car Park, Church Road, Pool, TR15 3FH
Launceston - Launceston Rugby Football Club, Polson Bridge, Launceston, PL15 9QR
The following testing site is already deployed as follows:
St Austell - St Austell Information Service, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall. PL25 5DR
This site is open from 10:30am to 3:30pm, and will be in use until further notice.
The Mobile Testing Units are set up by the Department of Health and Social Care but the sites are managed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, so people will see military personnel in attendance.
Who can apply for testing?
These mobile testing centres are for people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to test if they currently have the virus. Everyone over the age of five with symptoms may apply.
How to book your test
The test can be booked online at the following address:
If there is no access to the internet, please ring 119.
(Archived) Our Churches are open for private prayer
We are delighted to announce that as of Monday, 22nd June 2020, following the Government's decision to allow churches to open their doors for private prayer, some of our buildings will be reopening. It is important that all visitors follow the systems put out by each church, to ensure we can remain open for all to enjoy private prayer. Each church will have slightly different systems for keeping us safe, due to the ancient fabric of our churches.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers working so hard to keep our churches open in line with Government guidelines.
When we know more about a return to services in church, we will post more information here.
St Mary Magdalene Church
St Mary's will open with a clearly marked, roped off one-way system, and with hand sanitiser provided. All hymn books, kneelers, cushions and paper resources have had to be removed to avoid contamination. The doors will be propped open to minimise transfer via surfaces.
The church will be available for private prayer on Mondays between 9am and 12pm, and on Thursdays between 12pm and 4pm. Entry will be via the main door, and exit will be through the back door, near the font. This will bring you out at the back of the Parish Hall rooms, opposite The Bell.
We look forward to welcoming you back into St Mary's.
St Stephen's Church
St Stephen's will be open on Wednesdays between 10am and 12pm, and on Sundays between 2pm and 4pm. As you enter, please be mindful of others who may be leaving, and allow them to come out before you go in.
Some parts will be roped off. The votive candles will not be accessible to the public, but, open request, they can be lit on behalf of someone. There will be an attendent to sanitise the pews when they are vacated.
St Thomas' Church
St Thomas' will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays, between 10am and 4pm.
Christ the Cornerstone Church
Christ the Cornerstone will not be reopening at this stage. We apologise for the impact of this decision.
(Archived) Latest Report from Diocesan Synod
"Non-synod" happened virtually this year, with Synod members meeting online instead. Only the legal business was missing, so it felt like a real Synod.
Items under discussion:
- Implications of Covid19 and how we move forward in faith as the summer season approaches, investing in the future and listening for what God is saying to the church today.
- Feedback from General Synod (February 2020), including becoming a carbon neutral church by 2030, and engaging under 16s and more minority groups.
- Bishop Philip's latest paper, "Towards a Narrative Theology for Strategy and Diocesan Mission - see the full report below.
Read the full Diocesan Synod report and catch up with everything that is happening across Truro Diocese.
Isaiah 43: 18-19:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Read the full report here.
(Archived) Thy Kingdom Come 2020
Ascension to Pentecost: 21st May – 31st May
Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost. Since its launch by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, Christians from 172 countries and 65 denominations have taken part in praying for friends and family to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
- To commit to praying for ten days with Thy Kingdom Come, please click here
- You can find the preparation resources here
- You can find the Day 1 (Thursday 21st May) resources here
- You can find the Day 2 (Friday 22nd May) resources here
- You can find the Day 3 (Saturday 23rd May) resources here
- You can find the Day 4 (Sunday 24th May) resources here
- You can find the Day 5 (Monday 25th May) resources here
- You can find the Day 6 (Tuesday 26th May) resources here
- You can find the Day 7 (Wednesday 27th May) resources here
- You can find the Day 8 (Thursday 28th May) resources here
- You can find the Day 9 (Friday 29th May) resources here
- You can find the Day 10 (Saturday 30th May) resources here
- You can find the Day 11 (Sunday 31th May) resources here
(Archived) From the Bishop of Truro: On Diocesan Mission and Ministry
Thus our prayer is simply this: that we become an ever more hopeful, confident church that seeks the mind, heart and will of God for Cornwall, for the communities he calls us to serve, and for the wide world beyond these shores.
Bishop Phillip of Truro outlines our exciting future plans regarding mission and ministry across Cornwall.
Read the full paper here