On the Way

At a recent meeting of representatives from each church on the Roseland, the below was agreed.

1. Each church will have a go at producing a couple of paragraphs to outline what is wonderful about their church and provide some pictures.

2. Some of the ‘common’ information about the whole Mission Area – for example schools in your area, nursing homes, social action projects you take part in etc etc, will be collated together in a section about education, a section about our social action projects etc etc. We will add this to some statistics data gathered at Church House.

3. There will be a section outlining ways in which we already work together across the benefice – joint activities between the churches.

4. The decision on where the house for the Oversight Minister and the church they will be a Focal Minister in, will be decided by the Rural Dean and Archdeacon. Any church is able to submit a representation to Marc Baker by the 26th July. He will then work with the housing department in the diocese to confirm which of the houses suggested are available to us. The criteria will be what they feel on balance is best for the growth of the Kingdom of God. There is obviously no right decision and each location has it’s own merits.

5. The aims and vision for the Roseland Mission Area and the Oversight Minister will be taken from the On The Way plan and added to the profile. The person specification will be important.

On the Way

On the Way Meeting 15th February 2022

The meeting held in St Rumon’s church was attended by 22 parishioners, with a varied age range, including a young child.

Claire Burgess and Simon Taurens from the “On the Way” team were introduced by one of the churchwardens.  Proceedings were opened with a prayer and after a while it was suggested that people went into small groups, however the parishioners did not want this.  The meeting then continued with people asking questions for over an hour.

The overwhelming opinion was that the church should remain open for all.  Suggestions were made on various subjects, which will be discussed at our next PCC meeting in March.

The churchwardens and PCC were also thanked for all they are doing, even though they are a very small team.  Thanks were also given to father Doug Robins for all he has been doing for our church.

In the meantime, we are already looking at some of the suggestions from the 18 letters that had been previously received in response to the flyer that went out to all parishioners, earlier in the month.

A summary of the letters received with comments, a letter highlighting the concerns of provision of priests on the Roseland, an analysis of attendance for services over the last five years and an analysis of visitors over the last five years, together with supporting documents, was given to the team.

A big thank you to all those who took the time to write letters or turned up for the meeting.

We are listening.

St Rumon’s Churchwardens

On the Way

Facing the future – the Church of England and you.

The churches on the Roseland will be going through a process of change in the next few months partly to meet the needs of the modern world but also to recognise that there are huge financial constraints and few clergy available to continue as before. This process is called “On the way”. You can find out more at https://trurodiocese.org.uk/about-us/on-the-way/

Different people expect different things from the church and all views will be welcomed, whether you attend church services regularly or not. There are no pre-determined plans. This is a real opportunity for views, concerns, and expectations to be heard before draft plans for the whole of Powder Deanery, (covering The Roseland, the Probus Team, and Parishes in the Truro area), are drawn up, following which there will be further consultation with all of the parishes.

The following February parish consultations have been arranged, to be held in parish churches unless stated.

Philleigh Thursday 3rd 7pm

Veryan Wednesday 9th 7pm

St Just & St Mawes Thursday 10th 7pm Memorial Hall, St Mawes, TR2 5AG

Gerrans Tuesday 15th 7pm  

Ruan Lanihorne Tuesday 15th 7pm

Tregony Friday 18th 7pm Tregony Village Hall

An all parishes zoom meeting on Monday 21st at 8pm. Please email Claire Burgess peanutclaire@hotmail.co.uk for the link.

All parish open meeting at Veryan Sports and Social Club  Saturday 26th 10-12 noon.

Benches for Churchyard

At our last meeting of the PCC in May, it was agreed to buy two hardwood benches for the churchyard.

A three seater Lytham bench has been put on the gravel at the end of the transept in remembrance of Mrs Joy Evans, churchwarden and a two seater bench will be put in the lower churchyard in remembrance of Flora Phillips and Claudia Critchley, generous benefactors.

Due to illness, we have lost two of our regular cleaners/flower arrangers.  If you have a bit of time to spare and would like to help, please contact Mrs P Farr on 01872 501599.

A big thank you

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 a very difficult year.  We very much appreciate what you all do to help keep our church and churchyard looking beautiful.  Thank you to our regular congregation and an especially big thankyou to Pat Farr who has retired as churchwarden after fifteen years.

If you could spare an hour every now and then, why not give a hand with flower arranging, cleaning or join the strimming party.  You would be most welcome.

Because of Covid restrictions there will be no Carol Service this year.  Hopefully we will be able to have our normal Communion on the 6th December, Matins on the 20th December and a Christmas Day service at 9.30 am.  Please see our website nearer the time for confirmation.

We wish you a happy Christmas and look forward to a brighter and better year.  Keep safe.

Thank you.

A big thank you to Mrs Pat Farr who after 15 years as Churchwarden has retired and we welcome Mrs Caroline Martin who has agreed to take on the position and joins Mr David Hughes as Churchwardens for St Rumon’s.

Message from Bishop Philip

Pastoral statement by the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro 


My friends, I’m sharing this message today not just with the clergy and people of the Diocese of Truro, but with everyone here in Cornwall at what is a very challenging time for us all. 

You’ll be aware of how much has changed in just a few short days. By now you will probably have heard too the call of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to suspend public worship for a season. That will come as a shock and challenge to many of you, but in the circumstances, and following the best medical advice, I’m sure it’s right.

But I want to say very clearly to you that does not mean the Church is shutting up shop! Far from it. Now is the time for the Church of God to rise to this great challenge of our times. I cannot help but feel that this crisis challenges us deeply to be just the kind of Church our God is a calling us to be.

And I believe too that that this crisis challenges Cornwall to be its very best: to express in heart and soul the spirit of One and All.

So to us all in Cornwall I would say – let us be the very best we can be. This is the opportunity we all have to shine, to be our better selves. It’s a great challenge: but let’s rise to it.

And if you are feeling isolated and fearful, remember you are not alone. There are many people standing by you, even if you can’t see them – and our God has not changed: he remains good and faithful and we can trust him and rely upon him. He won’t let us down.

And if you’re working in the public services, our NHS, the emergency services and the caring professions, planning and working to respond in the best way possible to the many challenges we face and who may be very stretched in the days to come: do know that we are cheering you on. We’re deeply thankful for you and are praying for you – and for your families too.

For the Church  – whilst our pattern of worship will change significantly I think our church buildings need to be more open, not less, providing space for people to come and pray and be and socially interact (at an appropriate distance of course). We should use digital media creatively wherever we can and we are working on identifying a few churches in the diocese where live streaming of worship might be possible.

And we need to be the feet on the ground in our communities – identifying those who are lonely and isolated, fearful and grieving and doing all we can, within the constraints that are placed up on us, and without exposing people to unnecessary risk, to show in word and in deed the love of Christ.

Likewise there will be others who will find these times very challenging economically: again we need to do all we can to meet their needs. Let’s keep the foodbanks well stocked up.

So for us as a church this will not be business as usual. But it will NOT be no business, it will be ‘business unusual’. We’ll still be about the business of the Kingdom of God, but in new, different, committed, creative and deeply caring ways.

The big question this crisis asks of us as a Church is this: will we meet its challenge to love and serve and give as Jesus did, for we are nothing less than his Body here on earth? I pray we will and will not be found wanting at this great hour of need.

And to all of us I would say, across Cornwall, in this crisis, let’s be people of prayer. This crisis is bigger than any of us. But God is greater. So we need not be fearful – in the end we can be people of hope, as we become people of prayer: because there is a good future for us, beyond this, a good future that God holds out for us all.

And as this virus is no respecter of borders, I’m going to close with a prayer written by our neighbour, Bishop Robert, Bishop of Exeter. If you’d like to, do pray with me now:

Keep us good Lord under the shadow of your mercy, in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort, knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

And may God bless us all.

Advice about the Coronavirus



  1. Be aware that guidance is considered on a daily basis and may change. Keep up to date with the latest guidance from the national church, the NHS and the Department of Health:
  • Current advice (1.3.20) is that the common cup and sharing the Peace are permitted. Anybody with symptoms of a cough or cold should avoid shaking hands during the Peace or sharing the common cup. Communion in one kind – wafer only – is still communion.
  • Discourage intinction from the chalice, including by the priest at the consecration.
  • Use tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not into your hand.
  • Wash your hands with hot water and soap regularly. If not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Have tissues and anti-bacterial hand sanitiser (60% alcohol) available near the entrance to church and for the altar team.
  • We recommend simple dated messages that can be posted on social media and used on newsletters, etc. For instance:

4th March 2020

  • Pray for those who are unwell.
  • If you think you might have coronavirus, call NHS 111 for help and advice.
  • Use tissues for coughs and sneezes, and bin them right away.
  • Wash your hands a lot and use the hand gel when you get to church.
  • Sharing the Peace and the common cup is fine unless you have cold/flu symptoms.
  • Please do not dip the wafer in the cup (intinct). You can just receive the wafer – receiving “in one kind” is still receiving communion.

Thank You

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.