The scaffolding is now going up in the Transept and the builders will be returning soon to finish the work on the ceiling in the Transept. This area will be out of bounds to the public.
The Easter Vestry Meeting and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting took place on 3rd April and was attended by five parishioners.
Mrs Patricia Farr and Mr David Hughes were re-elected as Churchwardens.
Mrs Joy Evans after many years of loyal service to the parish both as Churchwarden and member of the PCC gave notice that she wished to resign. A vote of thanks was proposed.
Mrs Carol Hughes and Mrs Caroline Martin were re-elected to the
PCC and Mr Philip Martin was proposed and elected as a new member of the PCC.
Other elections included Mrs Caroline Martin as our representative
on the Deanery Synod and Mr David Hughes as Safe Guarding Officer with
Mrs Carol Hughes as Deputy.
New editor needed!
After many years the editor has reluctantly decided for a number of reasons that this year will be her last as editor of ‘Parish News’ – your last magazine in this format may well be December’s issue.
Anyone who would like to take on the rôle would have a free hand in the size, design and content – from the current A4 ‘newsletter’ to something a bit more ambitious. Call Christine if you’re interested: ’desk-top
publishing’ can be fun!
The Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting
will be held on 3 April 2018 at 7.30 pm in the church vestry.
Contributions from parishes towards Diocesan costs was
discussed at a recent Deanery meeting. The Diocese of Truro,
like all other Anglican Dioceses, provides certain services for its
parishes [these include legal and financial support and advice,
training and support for parish priests, management of clergy
houses and glebe land etc].
Unlike many other Dioceses, Truro, as a new creation in 1877,
has no ancient endowments, land or investments, and is largely dependent
on contributions from individual parishes to provide the funding to run the Diocesan office and its obligations.
Currently the income from parishes is not enough to maintain the
Diocese which is having to dip into its modest reserves to balance
Recent arrangements have allowed parishes to make an offer that they feel they can afford, so that in theory richer parishes can support those which are less welloff.
The Diocese suggests that this is not working and is asking for a
cost-based system whereby each parish pays the full amount of its ministry and other support costs.
Our cluster clergy have responded to this:
•reminding the Diocese of the many hours of volunteer time in parishes which seem not to be acknowledged by the Diocese as ‘in kind’ support, worth, in money terms, a very considerable amount. This of course includes
the chairmen and members of numerous Diocesan committees who give their time and expertise freely.
•The cost of ministry is known but we have no idea of the overall cost
of Diocesan staff salaries and other costs.
•Many active members of congregations are pensioners who should
not be expected to bridge the gap in the Diocesan pensions fund.
•If it isn’t good practice for the Diocese to meet the shortfall out
of its reserves, it is equally unfair to expect parishes to do so.
•Given that parishes have to work hard to generate income, maybe
the Diocese could organise a few fund raising activities of its own? .
The PCC and churchwardens would like to say a big thank you to all those that have helped decorate or clean the church, mow the grass in the churchyard or strim around the headstones, throughout the year. We very much appreciate what you all do to help keep our church and churchyard looking beautiful.
We would also like to thank all those that have supported the church by attending the various fund raising events throughout the year. Without your support we could not continue to maintain and keep the church open.
To our regular congregation, God bless and see you in the New Year.
We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
Thank you to everyone that came to the Carol Service. It was a very enjoyable evening and the mulled wine at the end to warm up with was most welcome. The collection raised £145 for The Children’s Society.
Join us for our service of Nine Lessons and Carols on the 17th December at 6 p.m. We will be singing nine well known Christmas carols. Some will be accompanied by the keyboard or guitar. After the service, stop for a while, have a chat, mince pie, coffee or a glass of mulled wine.
Please note that there will not be a service of Matins on this day.
We will be decorating the church on Saturday 16th from 10 a.m.
Donations of flowers and greenery, and help, will be much appreciated.
In this month we will be remembering Private Edwin Little, service number 202147 of the 6th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the 12th October 1917, at the age of 21. At the time of his death his battalion was attached to the 53rd Brigade, 18th (Eastern) Division, who were involved in the Battle of Passchendaele. He has no headstone but is named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium and is on the War Memorial in Ruan Church. He received the Victory and British Medals.
Edwin was the only son of Richard Edwin & Eliza Ann Little of Tresemple, St Clement, Truro. The Little family for over 20 years lived at Ruan High Lanes. In 1911 Edwin was a boarder at Truro Wesleyan College.
Licensing Service 2nd October 2017 7.30 p.m.
Please come along to the licensing service of Reverend Philip Greenhalgh to the benefice of Veryan (with Portloe) and Ruan Lanihorne. This is a great opportunity to meet your new priest. His first service at Ruan will be Matins on the 15th October.
The church was beautifully decorated for the Harvest Festival with flowers, fruit and vegetables.
The service taken by the Reverend Ken Boullier was started off with the well known hymn “We plough the fields and scatter.” The sermon referred to the plight of refugees and asked the congregation what they would most miss if they had to leave their homes in a hurry. This was very thought provoking.
After the service many people stayed for refreshments and a chat. A lovely evening was had by all.
Please come and join us for our Harvest Festival which will be taken by Rev. Ken Boullier.
We will be decorating the church at 10 am on the 23rd and any help would be appreciated.