Thursday, 21 January 2016

St Mabyn Church News

At the recent PCC meeting exciting plans were made for the Easter period and Holy Week in particular – it all happens rather early this year so please make a note! Warm thanks were expressed to all who contribute to making our services so enjoyable and the Church Warden’s report of increased attendance last year proved that we must be getting something right! The lack of a fulltime regular organist has actually led to a wider variety of music and we are deeply grateful to Les Field for playing the organ for us from time to time and also to the Reverend Steve Williams and his amazing Music Group for the joyful sounds they produce – there is nothing so good as a strong lead from the front! This has enabled us to enjoy some very jolly Gospel style hymns as well as the old stalwarts with which so many of us grew up. Our Lent course starts on Tuesday 16 February and each Tuesday morning until Easter and David and Mary Bishop have kindly agreed to host these at their home, Trelowarth, Watergate Lane – and newcomers are always welcome. A warning – the group generally adjourns to the pub for lunch afterwards! and indeed anyone who would like to join us just for lunch is most welcome. Mothering Sunday is on 6 March and we will hold a non-Communion service and look forward to the participation of the children from St Mabyn School. On Maundy Thursday we will hold our Agape Supper and this year it will be accompanied by the singing of Tennebrae. We will hold our Annual Church meeting after the Palm Sunday service on 20 March – do come along and hear what we have been up to and what are our future plans – including the installing of a kitchen and full toilet facilities!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Weekly attendance has continued to grow

Many people greatly enjoyed the special Christmas Services at St Mabyn with over 190 attending on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
As usual the Donkey proved to be a popular figure at the Crib Service together with John Lobb and his bucket.
The Church was brilliantly decorated and the true message of Christmas was presented by Rev Dave Elkington and Steve Williams.

It  is good to see that weekly attendance has continued to grow* by 15% throughout 2015
* this is opposite to the National trend in the Cof E and must partly due to the way in which everyone is made to feel very welcome.
Lent Course will begin on 16/2/16 at Trelawarren , Watergate Lane
It will be led by Rev Dave Elkington and focus on The Creed