Friday, 14 August 2020

Covid-19 Safety in church - August 2020

We are delighted that St Mabyn church will open again for services from Sunday 23rd August.

Please note that you must wear a face mask or covering while attending church services, unless you find this uncomfortable due to respiratory illness . We ask you to follow all of the safety advice you are given when you attend, and do not come if you are ill. Although we will be doing all that we can to make things safe, please be aware that there is still a risk, especially for those in vulnerable groups.

When you come to church, we will ask for your name and contact phone number, for track and trace purposes which will be held in confidence for 21 days.

You will be asked to sanitise your hands and sit 2 metres from other people not in your household, keeping a distance at all times.

We hope to see you there, but will remember you in our prayers if you are not attending for any reason.

Friends of St Mabyn Church

FoSMC AGM distanced meeting on St Mabyn green at 3pm on Tuesday 25 August. I invite anyone to consider whether they would like to join the committee, or even chair it. I am happy to give over to someone else. 


Monday, 3 August 2020

Agape outdoor service on the 2nd August.

St Mabyn church was pleased to offer an Agape outdoor service last Sunday on the 2nd August.

An Agape Feast has a long history in our Christian faith. They are mentioned both in Paul’s letters and in the Letter of Jude in the New Testament. Many churches have been using this style of service (particularly over Zoom during Lockdown) as it's an informal meal of love during which bread and wine are shared as symbols of fellowship with God and with one another.

Comments were very positive by those who attended. What a beautiful service!! It was so thoughtfully and professionally taken by Jenny Coltart and the rain held off for us! It was lovely to have Robin Thwaites, our new curate to the Benefice, there to read the Gospel, and to add his cheerful, sincere and very approachable presence. We are so fortunate.

The reflection on the feeding of the five thousand was one we had never heard before - and was fascinating: the generosity of the young boy with his 'lunchbox' being an example to so many others who had also got their lunch, but were keeping it hidden, was such an interesting thought.

Jan Fisher led the Intercessions, very lovely prayers, so apt and inclusive, and thoughtful. Lay Reader, Peter Coster reminded us in his Thought for the Day - last Sunday was Lammas Day - how appropriate was that service in every way!

Thank you very much to Jenny, for also creating a sacred atmosphere with the little table set with pretty flowers on a white cloth, and the praying hands. Thank you David Coltart, Tower Captain for the ringing of the bell to concentrate the mind - a welcome sound after months of silence.