Church Warden's Messages
It is with a heavy heart and after much deliberation that the decision has been taken to suspend communal worship at both our churches for the time being. The Parochial Church Councils (PCC) of both parishes have met and resolved that Communal Worship will commence again when risk of infection in the community is reduced, most likely not before Cornwall returns to Tier 1.
This decision has not been taken lightly and, at the same time, we are devoting time and thought as to how we can creatively, purposefully, and prayerfully gather as many as possible to worship with us digitally, Sunday by Sunday for the time being. We will continue to hold the service/broadcast at a time of 10.30. During this time on our new streaming page.
We appreciate your feedback, especially if you notice any ways we can improve what we do. We are aware that not everyone has internet access, and we will revise again how best we can produce a DVD/CD of our services. If you wish to receive a DVD/CD please do contact us so we can arrange this. We are just a telephone call away if you need prayerful, pastoral help.
Both of our churches will remain open for private prayer during the week. From time to time we will have to close completely for a funeral. On these occasions, please bear with us. If you do visit the sacred space, to say a prayer and light a candle for those held in your thoughts, please use the sanitiser provided, on entry and exit, and please remember to maintain social distancing if others are sharing the space with you. Thank you.
As well as the primary spiritual and pastoral care, we have to continue to care for the fabric of our church buildings. At Warleggan, a great new toilet block is rapidly taking shape. At St Neot, just before Lockdown 1 we discovered serious issues with the structural integrity of the East window above the High Altar. It has transpired that when refurbishment works were carried out between 1825 – 1830 the original stone mullions were replaced with a softer more porous Polyphant stone, which over time has crumbled resulting in the current structural issues. Can we please refer you to the article Andy Thompson has prepared and published elsewhere in St Neot News.
WHEN THIS IS OVER by Laura Kelly Fanucci (2020)
When this is over, may we never again take forgranted a handshake with a stranger. Full shelves at the store. Conversations with the neighbours. A crowded theatre. Friday night out. The taste of communion. A routine checkup. The school rush each morning. Coffee with a friend. The stadium roaring. Each deep breath. A boring Tuesday. Life itself.
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be. We were called to be. We hoped to be and may we stay that way – better for each other. Because of the worst.