Vacancy: Volunteers Needed for drive-through vaccination centres

Because the complications of having both flu and Covid in the population are unknown, the risk to overwhelming the NHS is significant and the symptoms of both have some similarities, there is a real need to ensure maximum uptake of the flu vaccine this year. 

It is essential that as many as possible of the vulnerable members of our communities, as well as front line health and care staff, receive their vaccinations this flu season. For this reason there is a pilot programme to help take the pressure off GP surgeries, pharmacists and front line occupational health staff, by running 4 drive-through vaccination centres across Cornwall.

There is an urgent need for volunteers to help staff these centres at Stithians Showground, the Eden Project, and the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, and another site in the East which will be confirmed in the coming days. Volunteers will meet and greet, check in, marshal patients around the site to the vaccination stations, and then check up post vaccine before people leave (it is recommended to stay on-site for 10 mins for post-vaccine recovery).

Vaccinations begin from 1 October for those aged 65+.  The clinicians on site will perform the vaccinations and there will be on-site wellbeing facilities and all Covid safe procedures followed. There will be no close contact with patients and the work is outside in the fresh air.

The greatest need for volunteer support is on the sites, but there are also opportunities to volunteer in the call centre to take bookings for patients who do not have access/don’t use the internet. This will be Monday-Friday 8-1 in Truro.

If you have some spare time and might consider assisting with this essential service to protect our communities against winter flu please sign up here.

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CELEBRATE Back to Basics 21st Sept – 14th December

We are very excited about what the Lord has planned for CELEBRATE. Following our successful online conference in June, we are delighted that so many new people joined us on the CELEBRATE Facebook hub, for which we praise God.

We believe that the Lord is now calling us to share the vision of CELEBRATE with all who have joined our CELEBRATE family over the last few months. We also want to reconnect and remind our longstanding CELEBRATORS of our foundational values and so we are going Back to Basics!

We want to be a united people, in step with His plans, ready to follow wherever He takes us. You are invited to join us as we take a fresh look at the CELEBRATE Vision and Values and begin your own CELEBRATE story.

What Will it Look Like?

Launching online on Monday 21st September we will be going Back to Basics to explore the five values which encapsulate the CELEBRATE vision:  

Baptism in the Holy Spirit; Family; Unity; Formation; Mission. 

Together, we will be unpacking the values through a combination of powerful testimonies, reflective quotes, Music Mondays, inspirational CELEBRATE@home resources and much more.

To fully unpack these values, we will also be hosting five CELEBRATE Together evenings via Zoom which we hope you will be able to attend – we would love you to come to as many as you can. You will be joining your local Regional team to pray, worship and be inspired by a short presentation from a keynote speaker on each of the five CELEBRATE values. The opportunity for prayer ministry will also be available after.

Save the Dates!

  • Monday 5th October: Baptism in the Holy Spirit; The Power of a Personal Encounter
  • Monday 19th October: Family; How can we receive the Kingdom of God more like a child?
  • Monday 2nd November: Unity; The Importance of Unity for the Kingdom
  • Monday 16th November: Formation; The Call to Ever Deeper Discipleship 
  • Monday 30th November: Mission; Taking Risks and Stepping out in Faith to Pursue God’s Mission

The sessions will run from 7:30-8:30pm.

The Regional CELEBRATE teams are looking forward to hosting you on these evenings so that we can continue to journey together as a CELEBRATE family, growing in our love of God and learning what it means to be Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus today.

In this way, we will journey together as a CELEBRATE family, growing in our love of God and learning what it means to be a Spirit-filled disciple of Jesus today.

Click here for registration details


Fr Antoine Coelho – Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Fr Antoine was ordained priest in Rome in December 2008. Two years later he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in a retreat ran by Miles Dempsey. From that moment on he started developing a healing ministry in France. In 2014 he entered Cor et Lumen Christi community in Chertsey where he stayed for two years. Coming back to France in 2017 he started Holy Spirit House Fraternity in the diocese of Toulon.

Claire Fernandes – Family

Claire works in a number of roles in education and children’s ministry including teacher training, resource writing, tutoring, leading children’s liturgy and ministry and providing children’s catechesis.

CELEBRATE children’s ministry is very close to her heart, and she is passionate about helping children develop in their faith. During lockdown, she has enjoyed walking in the beautiful Surrey countryside with her family.

Yinka Oyekan – Unity

Senior minister of The Gate in Reading, Yinka is also the Apostolic Team Leader for Barnabas Fellowship of Churches whose vision is ‘Building Kingdom churches developing Kingdom relationships’. Barnabas has churches in the UK, France & Africa. Yinka has been involved in Church planting for many years in the UK, France & Africa. He has written several books and manuals. Yinka is currently the President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (2020-2021).

In 2016 The Gate held what they thought would be a small evangelistic mission but during this Father imparted a grace and anointing which Yinka and his team have been taking across the UK and into nations.  Yinka is married to Fiona and they have three sons.

Gemma Wildsmith – Formation

Gemma has a background in youth ministry and young adult formation. She has led streams at CELEBRATE Ilfracombe as well as at some of the regional weekends. She now lives as a missionary, relying on God’s providence, and working with various projects across Charismatic Renewal, as well as offering Spiritual Direction and studying for a masters degree in Theology. She has a passion for evangelisation and discipleship, and loves the privilege of walking alongside people in their journey of faith. She also loves beautiful sunsets, good coffee, and reading lots of books.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE – Mission

Magnus is the founder and Chief Executive of Mary’s Meals, a global charity that provides a daily meal in a place of education to more than 1.6 million of the world’s poorest children every school day. The promise of a meal attracts children to the classroom, where they gain a basic education that can provide an escape route from poverty. Starting out by providing meals to just 200 children in southern Malawi in 2002, the charity now works in partnership with communities in 19 countries and serves life-changing meals to more than 1.6 million children every school day. The cost of feeding a child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals is just £15.90 (21.00 USD / 18.30 EUR).

Please join us in prayer for this campaign

Heavenly Father, we pray for the work of CELEBRATE and all the ways it tries to reach out to people and bring them into a deeper understanding of Your love. Please send Your Holy Spirit upon all those involved with CELEBRATE, and all those who will see our social media content, to be empowered to live an authentic Christian life today, and help build God’s Kingdom on earth.  We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

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Vacancy: Second Wave Care Volunteers

We are responding to the trends we are seeing and hearing which suggests the number of infections is rising and we are therefore taking the sensible step of topping up our volunteer numbers. But there can be no volunteers without YOUR help!

We are looking for volunteers in all parts of the county with personal or professional experience of caring to provide support to people at home, It might be assisting someone home from hospital to help with things like loading/unloading washing machines or dishwashers, having a cuppa and chat with someone, reminding them to take their medications etc. It will not include bathing, toileting, dressing or any other aspects of intimate personal care.

We work closely with public sector colleagues to ensure that people always have access to the right level of support they need.

What do you need to do? If you are interested in becoming a “care” support volunteer and have experience in this arena, please let us know by emailing and putting CARE in the subject line.

We will need to complete some checks (including a DBS check) to get you up and running but these days that’s a fairly quick process.

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Climate Health Skills Lab : 6-8 Oct, ONLINE

Cornwall’s first gathering of local and national thinkers and doers to investigate the interaction between health, and climate and ecological breakdown – and what we need to do it about.

A collaboration between Cafe Disruptif, Volunteer Cornwall and Healthcare Declares Kernow.

Speakers on climate science, behavioural science, clinical science and how we make it all work …. systems change, behavioural change, tools, techniques, fantastic practice across the UK and a refusal to give in. The health sector is on the front line of any social disruption. If nothing else, 2020 has shown us this. Time to make it as resilient internally, and systems-leading externally. No holds barred.

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New urban Christian house-share community in Plymouth

Posted: 18th September, 2020

A new urban Christian community is being established in Plymouth by the Diocese of Exeter in partnership with the Lee Abbey Movement.

Residents of the Small Missional Community (SMC) will live in a former vicarage owned by the Diocese of Exeter next to St Mark’s Church in Ford.

Joining the new community will be the Reverend Jonathan Devereux, 29, who was previously the student pastor at St Matt’s Church in Plymouth and was ordained at Exeter Cathedral on 13 September.

Jon Devereux says he is excited and nervous about living in community for the first time

He said “The idea behind the community is a group of Christians living together with missional intent for the area they’re in.

“We will pray together, eat some meals together, worship together and share chores.”

“I am nervous and excited about living in community for the first time and getting the opportunity to plant a brand new church.”

Making a difference in Ford

Lee Abbey is looking for four other people to join Jon in the house. The communities are designed to be financially sustainable and members would ideally have a part-time paid job.

Once the community is set up it will aim to make a difference in the area where it is located and hopes to make use of the church building next door as an outreach hub to run  groups and activities likes film nights, sports events and, eventually, services.

Jon said “I want to see the doors open regularly.”

The Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, said “We value the opportunity to join with Lee Abbey in creating a new Christian presence in the city.

“We pray for God’s blessing on what lies ahead.”

As well as Lee Abbey Devon, which runs holidays, conferences and Christian retreats at its site on the north Devon Coast, near Lynton,

The Lee Abbey Movement includes Lee Abbey Devon, a Christian community which runs holidays, conferences and Christian retreats at its site on the north Devon coast, near Lynton.

It also works out its mission of “communicating Christ through relationships” through Lee Abbey London (a Christian community providing student accommodation) and its existing small missional communities in Aston, Birmingham and Knowle West, Bristol.

The Reverend Nick Haigh, the Mission Chaplain for Lee Abbey Devon, said “Living in intentional Christian community is a costly adventure where we are invited by God to grow and share our faith in new and exciting ways.”

“We are excited to see how God will use this new venture”

The Venerable Andy Wooding Jones, the Archdeacon of Rochester and Lee Abbey SMC Advocate, said “For over 30 years in its small missional communities, Lee Abbey has been supporting and resourcing the church in urban areas up and down the country.

“We are very excited to be working with the Diocese of Exeter as we plant this new expression of church and missional community in Plymouth.”

Nick Haigh added “We are particularly excited to see how God will use this new venture to grow His Kingdom through planting church in the community.”

If you are interested in joining the new community and would like more information please visit the Lee Abbey Communities website page. and contact page

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Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue

Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You should create and display a QR code if you are:

  • a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
  • an event which is taking place in a physical location

If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location. You can add multiple locations in the service.

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More tips on creating and displaying the poster are here: Displaying the QR codes means it is easier for customers and visitors to check-in safely and securely on entry to your premises with their smartphones by scanning the code.

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New legal requirement for businesses to show QR codes for NHS COVID-19 app from September 24

21 Sep 2020

The Government has announced that certain businesses and community venues will be legally required to collect contact details from customers and retain them for a period of 21 days.  Customers who refuse to provide or give false details can be refused entry.  Businesses will also be required to display QR codes for the new NHS Covid-19 app at their premises by next Thursday, September 24.

This new rule applies to all venues from the following sectors:

  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés;
  • leisure and tourism, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks ;
  • close contact services, including hairdressers;
  • places of worship; and
  • local authority venues.

Any physical location that is open to the public is required to comply with this new rule, so village halls, and any other premises that has visitors is included.

To meet the new legal requirement, the Government is asking all such businesses and organisations to download the QR codes to display as a poster at entrances by September 24.

The Government has provided materials to help you create the poster here. More tips on creating and displaying the poster are here.

Displaying the QR codes means it is easier for customers and visitors to check-in safely and securely on entry to your premises with their smartphones by scanning the code.

You’ll find the Government’s announcement from last week here.

For more information on the NHS COVID-19 app, visit

It is not stated anywhere on the Government’s website or elsewhere (yet) what venues should do with customers who cannot use the QR code. We presume initiative must be used, and a manual record must be taken. We will keep you posted as information becomes available.

Village Halls are advised to visit the ACRE website for information about how they can apply the ‘Rule of 6’ and more about contact tracing when that is published.

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Methodist Church Coronavirus Official Guidance : Updated 22 Sep


Update 22 September 

We are yet to fully establish the impact of recent Government announcements on the life of the Church and of today’s speech from the Prime Minister. The transcript of the speech can be read here.

We will be reviewing our guidelines to reflect any changes that will affect churches and their associated community activities. More detailed guidance will be made available shortly.

The key points are:

  • Education establishments to remain open at present (this is assumed to include pre-schools subject to details);
  • Community & church cafés should only operate a table service and close by 10pm;
  • All staff and customers in community and church cafes, charity shops, etc will now have to wear a face covering (unless seated for eating/drinking where relevant);
  • In many sectors, which might include projects run through churches, working to Covid-secure guidelines will now be a legal obligation;
  • Weddings will only be able to have a maximum of 15 people (down from 30) attending the service and reception afterwards;
  • Funeral numbers allowed to attend remain unchanged at 30 people;
  • Currently new shielding measures for those who are more vulnerable remain unchanged at present;
  • Places of Worship are allowed to remain open

 The following guides have been updated today:

  •  Guide to Using Your Worship Space
  •  Guide for Other Community Users
  •  Guide for Children’s, Young Person’s and Intergenerational Activities & Worship
  •  Guide for Food and Drink in Worship and Non-Worship Settings

These can be found here.

Update 17 September

Our property guidance has now been updated reflecting the implications of the ‘rule of six’. More here.

Update 10 September

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last night provided us with further clarification on the Government announcement this week of changes to permitted social interaction which come into place on Monday 14 September in England. We understand that the full regulations will be published later this week and we will update our guidance accordingly.

In summary:

  • Places of Worship can remain open for services and prayer.  As before, the limit on the number of people is determined by the risk assessment with attendees divided into multiple groups of no more than 6 people.
  • Weddings and funerals are still allowed and maximum numbers remain at 30 with people divided into multiple groups of no more than 6.
  • Community Halls remain open and activities are allowed as before but within each activity, participants can be in groups that consist of no more than 6 people.

The government has emphasised that venues must be Covid-19 secure and contact details must be left for Test and Trace.  More information can be read here.  

Update 9 September The Archbishop of Canterbury has posted the text below on social media following yesterday’s Government announcement regarding social interactions:

“After contact with Government we hear that there is no change to guidance on places of worship. Worship is the work of God – not a social gathering – and gives the strength to love and serve. The increase in COVID cases is very concerning. We must follow the guidance and take all the necessary measures to keep people safe. And let’s keep praying for everyone who is affected – those who are ill, or whose families are ill, those who are anxious, or struggling with cancelled plans and isolation. We give grateful thanks to God for the NHS and all those who work tirelessly to keep us safe.”
The Archbishop of

Update 3 September

Updated with guidance and information on conferring and decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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News from Christian Aid

Virtual Global Neighbours Service   

On Sunday 6th September Christian Aid held an autumn service to launch our autumn appeal. This service (above) is available to watch back and use on Facebook and Youtube. The message by Bob Kikuyu, our Senior Theology Advisor, is available to use in your own church services. 

If you think you may be able to help support our Global Neighbours Autumn Appeal in some way, here’s some resources. To read more about the appeal and the resources please go hereThis includes:  

·       Worship resources  

·       School resources  

·       Guide to hosting a Brew and Bake  

·       Angela’s story  


The e-offering is a simple, virtual way to raise money for our global neighbours at your church/group or with your friends and family. Set up an e-offering and share the link in your church service, via email or on social media, to raise money for our neighbours still facing crisis around the world. Find out more and set up your own e-offering at  

Greeting cards  

Among the resources you can order are greeting cards you can order and send to your neighbours to encourage them to think about their global neighbours and support the appeal.  

Debt Petition  

Stand up for our global neighbours by asking the UK Chancellor to champion debt cancellation for the world’s poorest countries.  

Covid-19 and Church Engagement Survey 

We have created a quick online survey to find out how churches are currently meeting. This will help us know how to best tailor our resources for churches at this time. If you can spare five minutes, please do complete it for us. 

Loving God. Come now and make us into a global neighbourhood, looking out for each other through struggle and crisis, reaching out to strangers who become sisters and brothers, shape us into a caring community, strengthening each other through every challenge, standing together until justice comes for all. In your name we pray. Amen.  

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Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches: Updated 22 Sep

Last updated Tuesday September 22 at 14.25

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister of new measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Church of England is continuing to engage with Government departments to review advice to churches. 

The Prime Minister emphasised that we can draw comfort from the fact that places of worship as well as schools and businesses are staying open.

We note the change from a maximum of 30 attending weddings to a maximum of 15 from Monday September 28 and will study any detailed documents when they are available and amend advice to churches accordingly.

We anticipate further updates in the next few days with further additions to the FAQs and we also continue to review the downloadable guidance papers which will be updated accordingly. All updates will be notified at the top of this page.

Last updated Tuesday September 15 at 13:45

The Government has issued an updated version of its guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic in light of the new ‘rule of six’ regulations.

The Church of England is continuing to engage with the Government. All of the advice below is being reviewed.  Updates and amendments will be highlighted at the top of this page as they are made.

Last updated Wednesday 09 September at 10:42

Following indications that the number of people permitted to take part in a social gathering is to be reduced from 30 to six in England, we understand the new regulations will not apply to public worship or individual prayer in church buildings. Read our short statement.

Last updated Thursday 03 September at 12:05

  • Updated FAQ Should we still deliver printed communication? in General section

Last updated Tuesday 25 August at 9:10

  • Updated FAQ Can church bells be rung? in Prayer and worship section

Last updated Thursday 20 August at 9:20

Monday 17 August at 14:32

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