Thank you to everyone who helped to clean and decorate the church for our Nine Lessons and Carols service on 13 December. The service was well attended with people coming from Philleigh, Portscatho and Tregony to join us. We would also like to thank the Roseland Churches’ Choir for their splendid singing, which all helped to make this a very special beginning to the Christmas season.
The repairs to the roof are nearing completion. The next step will be the repairing of the ceilings in the nave and north aisle. We are also hoping to do some restoration work to some of the tombs in the churchyard, especially the vaulted Luke tomb.
On Friday 4 December churchwardens and members of PCCs of Ruanlanihorne and Veryan churches and Portloe Policy Committee met Bishop Tim at Portloe church for an informal discussion on the future of our respective churches when Father Doug retires in late 2016.
When asked if we would be having an interregnum, the Bishop said that probably the Rector of St Just, Canon Ken Boullier, would become Priest in Charge for the whole of the cluster, being supported by priests and lay readers who would help to cover services. It would seem that we can forget having a priest who will be responsible solely for the churches in our benefice, thereby losing the personal touch.
We were the treated to a marvellous supper prepared by Father Doug. It was pleasant to meet members of the other two churches and to hear their views on our future.