Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG)

Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG) consists of volunteers whose sole aim is to provide daily breakfast for those in need. We serve breakfasts 07.30 to 08.30, close at 09.00 and offer take away sandwiches. We provide some meals over Christmas and in winter offer flasks and thermals. We operate from the Church Hall of St John the Evangelist, Strangways Terrace, Truro  TR1 2NY, tel. 07934 950957.

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Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG) provides a warm welcome, food and shelter and a regular and safe place for the homeless and vulnerably housed to meet. Around 35 volunteers regularly give two hours a week to provide free cooked breakfasts, seven days a week, 365 days a year. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day we offer a turkey lunch with all the trimmings.

We are currently raising funds via the Cornish Christmas Giving Catalogue.This year’s donations will go towards helping us provide breakfasts (£1.50/person) and the Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches (£6/person).As well as food, THAG also provides toiletries, flasks, razors, thermals in winter, along with socks, gloves, hats, scarves and underwear plus, of course sleeping bags and rucksacks. We have even been known to provide a complete change of clothing when needed.

THAG was first formed over 22 years ago after the night shelter in St George’s Road was closed. THAG is now based at the Church Hall of St John the Evangelist in Strangways Terrace, Truro.

Church Hall of St John the Evangelist, Strangways Terrace, Truro, TR1 2NY
Opening hours
07.30 to 08.30, close at 09.00

Hidden Voices: Modern Slavery Training for Cornish Churches : 4 Feb-4 Mar, ONLINE

Would you like to be part of a group of local Christians taking action against modern day slavery in Cornwall? Hidden Voices is a new resource from The Clewer Initiative, the anti-slavery arm of the Church of England, designed to help churches and communities respond to Modern Slavery. The training, which builds on a growing national and local body of work by Transformation Cornwall, will include Biblical reflections, case studies, and practical tools and activities. Plus there’ll be contributions from Steve Rowell, Cornwall Council’s Serious Organised Crime Operational Lead, and Naomi Bruce, founder of charity Bringing Freedom.

Over five weeks you will explore the following modules: Setting the scene for action, Detection, Prevention, and Action. Modern Slavery affects an estimated 46.8 million people globally and the number of victims is rising year on year in the UK. In Cornwall there have been 31 reported cases of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the last 12 months. What could it look like for churches in Cornwall to join together to raise awareness of modern slavery, protect those who are vulnerable, and welcome the survivors into their communities? We aim to find out. Starting on 4th February 2021, please register your interest at:

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Evangelism in Social Action : 3 Dec, ONLINE

Join Roy Crowne from Hope Together, Mark Greenwood from Elim and Martin Erwin from Counties, to explore how you can deliver effective social action projects and share Jesus’ love with integrity and care.

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Archbishop of Canterbury interviewed on Newsnight 24 Nov

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Wide-ranging interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby covers a number of issues including the British overseas aid budget and Covid19 measures around Christmas. Watch it on the BBC iPlayer at:

Interview begins at 31:49


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Cornwall Churches Environment Group Update : 8 Dec, ONLINE

Revd Andrew Yates, Social Responsibility Officer, Truro Diocese writes:

I am sorry that we have not got together as the Cornwall Churches Environment Group for several months. There have been a lot of extra pressures for many of us  because of the pandemic but I am also aware that as a result of the lockdowns there has been much talk about how life going forward can become more  simple and more environmentally friendly. So this seems like a good time to come together to ask two questions?

  • How is your church locally and regionally moving forward in Caring for Creation ?
  • Is there anything to be gained from greater collaboration in this area ?

So you are invited to a Zoom meeting on December 8th at 1pm to talk this through. Please feel free to share this invite with anyone you think might be interested.  Please register in advance for the meeting on this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from ‘Diocese of Truro 2’ containing the Zoom link for joining the meeting.   By registering we are making the meeting more secure against hackers.   If you have any problems with registering, please email Rosey Sanders and she will email on the link to you.  We wouldn’t want you to miss the meeting!  You will have to create a Zoom account if you do not already have one on

Andrew Yates


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Chemin Neuf Advent Retreat in Daily Life : 6-11 Dec, ONLINE

Our brothers and sisters in Storrington Priory are organising an online Advent Retreat in daily life from 6th to 11th December. As this will be organised on zoom, we can invite those of you who are interested to join us. Because the retreat involves daily spiritual accompaniment we may need to restrict numbers, so if you are interested please register as asked below with our retreat secretary at .

For those of you who have registered for our Sclerder Quiet Day on 9th December from 9.45 to 4pm, please note that this will still take place, God willing, in person and in a Covid-safe manner if the government’s regulations at the time allow. It is possible for you to attend the Quiet day on the Wednesday and also to follow the zoom retreat over the same week.

Wishing you all a special and wonderful preparation for Christmas,

Alan and Ione, Sclerder Abbey

Starting all together Sunday 6th December on Zoom* at 7 pm.

Each day we invite you:

to commit to 30 minutes of personal prayer at home

and 30 minutes of Spiritual Accompaniment

 on Zoom in your own home.

Ending all together Friday 11th December on Zoom*

at 7 pm

Suggested donation: £30 – £90 but we never want the cost to be a hindrance,
please contribute what is appropriate for you.

To register/more details email:


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An Advent Retreat with Poetry and Music : 28 Nov, ONLINE

Saturday 28 November, 10am – 1pm GMT

Join us for an online Advent retreat with Richard Carter, Malcolm Guite, Rachel Mann, Mark Oakley and Carys Walsh, in association with Canterbury Press.

Opening worship
Richard Carter, priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London and leader of its Nazareth Community, he is author of The City is My Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life. Music from St Martin-in-the-Fields.

An introduction to the season of Advent
Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College Cambridge. His books include The Splash of Words and My Sour-Sweet Days.

‘Bleak Midwinters, Advent Hope’: Travelling towards Bethlehem with Christina Rossetti
Rachel Mann, published poet and author with a PhD on the poetry of Christina Rossetti. Her latest poetry collection is A Kingdom of Love.

‘Let me go there’: R. S. Thomas’ Advent God
Carys Walsh has worked in ministerial selection and formation for many years, including in the Ministry Division of the Church of England, as a psychotherapist, as a tutor in Christian Spirituality at St Mellitus, and in the Diocese of Peterborough, where she is also an assistant priest. 

O Come, O Come: A journey through the Advent antiphons
Malcolm Guite, poet, singer-songwriter and writer of the Church Times Poet’s Corner column.

Closing Worship
Richard Carter

Tickets are £10, or £5 for Church Times and magnet subscribers.

Details of how to watch the event will be sent to ticket holders on Thursday 26 November.

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Publicising your Advent and Christmas events and services on Facebook : 7 Dec, ONLINE

No doubt, your Advent and Christmas plans are underway, now it’s time to invite your community. Join Emma Sijuwade, Social Media expert, with Amaris Cole and Liz Morgan from the Church of England Digital Team, as we share tips for promoting your events in your local community using Facebook. Covering free advertising as well as an introduction to paid advertising, ideal for novices and anyone seeking fresh ideas.

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Live-streaming your Christmas services and events : 30 Nov, ONLINE

What’s the best set up for a live-stream for broadcasting inside or outside? How do we capture audio from a group of musicians? How can we use pre-recorded music in a live-stream service?

Join Sam Poch, Content Producer, and James Newhook, Audio producer from the Church of England Digital Team in this special Christmas themed webinar to answer your questions and help your events run as smoothly as possible.

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Being a Dementia Friendly Church in a Pandemic : 27 Nov, ONLINE

Join us to discuss being a dementia friendly church in a pandemic

About this Event

During the Webinar we will explore the challenges churches are facing at the moment in supporting people living with dementia during the Pandemic; share stories of what churches are doing and explore what more churches might do.

Programme will include:

Break out groups discussing:

  • What are the issues?
  • What is your church doing?
  • What could your church do?
  • What response are you getting?

Further details from 07741 142701 or

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