Falmouth: The Gershie Project

The Gershie Project is named after one of the founders of The Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum, a lady who lived to help others. The namesake project also aims to help people
who are lonely, people who are socially excluded, people who are rurally isolated and people whose lack of interaction with others is negatively impacting upon their lives.

The Gershie Project aims to provide a safe, welcoming space where all such people can come together, chat and interact. The Gershie project is staffed by volunteers who provide a welcome, support and signposting for agency services. The project welcomes support with help towards the costs of providing a safe and welcoming place.

c/o King Charles Hall, New Street, Falmouth, TR11 3HX
Opening hours
varies (suspended during lockdown – check Facebook for updates)
Disabled access
Social media
Who may use the service?
All those who may benefit from the service

Laudato Si’ at 5: As Prophetic and Relevant As Ever

View the Laudato Si’ Week webinar “Laudato Si’ at 5: As Prophetic and Relevant As Ever”, a special conversation with Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development and Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC).

Learn more about how everything is connected at www.laudatosiweek.org.

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Bishop Mark – ‘Our Common Home and Care for the Vulnerable’

Bishop Mark reflects on the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ letter ‘Laudato Si’

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Glow Goes Digital with Rachel Gardner! : 5 Jun, ONLINE

We CANNOT wait to have the legendary Rachel Gardner joining us for June Glow! Join young people ages 11-18 in exploring how we grow in knowing God and others!

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COP26: A Decade to Deliver

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders, speaks on the impact of Covid-19 on preparations for climate change, introducing this webinar run by Climate Action

Recorded on: Thursday,14 May 2020

COP26: A Decade to Deliver: The pandemic has given us a glimpse into a global economy decimated by a crisis. If governments and businesses do not maintain their commitments to climate action, and if COP26 is not successful in addressing the global climate emergency, the current levels of economic disruption will be our reality by 2050. The actions we take this year, and the outcomes of the COP26 in 2021, will dictate our global capacity to stem the climate breakdown forever. 

Discussion points included:

  • How has the pandemic affected climate and environmental diplomacy?
  • What are the critical components that must be addressed for COP to be a success?
  • What is the role of the private sector, NGO community, and Civil Society groups at COP?
  • How can we maintain momentum throughout 2020 and what can organisations do this year to lay the foundations for more ambitious climate action?
  • Should we be linking the economic recovery to the SDGs and how do we ‘build back better’?

Featured Speakers: 


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Gleanings: Listening and Learning about poverty under lockdown

We are all sharing the experience of the storm caused by COVID-19 and the lockdown, but it is increasingly clear we are not all in the same boat. Some are being buffeted but remain fundamentally secure, yet it is clear that some groups are at risk of being financially overwhelmed.

The Joint Public Issues Team and Church Action on Poverty have started an ongoing programme of research with churches and local charities. Through surveys and regular focus group conversations we are aiming to understand the impacts being seen seeing on the ground.

Briefing – May 2020

This briefing provides a short snapshot of our findings, putting churches’ experiences in the rapidly developing wider context, and offering a context for thinking about what happens next.

Insights into the Social Impact of COVID-19 – Briefing

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Environment Champion Event : 12 Jun, ONLINE

Environment Champion Event

The Cornwall Churches Environment Group (CCEG) invites churches of all denominations to work towards achieving status as a Green Church Kernow, through the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

As a first step it recommends appointing a church ‘Environmental Champion’ – someone with a passion for environmental matters who will ‘make things happen’ and drive the local church towards achieving this ‘Green Church Award’ scheme.

What does it involve? Sign up for this Environment Champion Event to find out.

This event will be led by Luci Isaacson, Truro Diocesan Environmental Officer and will be home based. More details to follow later.

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Bring the tastelife course to your community : 19-21 Jun, ONLINE

Could you be the tastelife difference post COVID – when eating disorder sufferers will be even more in need of help?

As we inch towards the easing of lockdown, eating disorder sufferers and carers face even greater challenges. Could you be the post Covid difference by training as a tastelife Volunteer Course Leader, sponsored by your church  – live online through the marvel of Zoom Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June? 

The training is ideal for volunteers in churches wishing to enhance their community and ministry outreach to suffering individuals of all ages and backgrounds. tastelifeuk.org is a Christian charity providing education and tools for recovery from all forms of eating disorders for sufferers and those who care.

Accredited by the University of Brighton REQ Award. More information on our website here. Get in touch now: carole.rutherfordmilligan@tastelifeuk.org 

Hear about the tastelife course and its impact:

I want to help. How do I get trained?

You are needed.

We meet so many people who are desperate for help, want to go on a tastelife course but as yet there is not one near them.

It is estimated that 4 million people in the UK have an eating disorder of some kind.*

The tastelife course is designed for sufferers of any eating disorder and/or friends and family. It is unique in bringing people together in this way. In a safe and accepting environment, group members are offered a toolkit for recovery and support.

2020 Covid response: join with us as we take the tastelife course online and offer UK wide support to even more people. All training included. 

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Ready for the New “Normal”: A Discussion Paper

A paper from the United Reformed Church which will be of interest to other churches

When the lockdown starts to ease, what MUST resume, what SHOULDN’T and what might we do differently? Making a plan now to carry us past lockdown into a healthy future.


Part 1 A Road Map for Reflection: where we are how we travel forward
  • Grief and hope
Part 2 Resuming Activities in Shared Physical Space: questions to help with planning
Whilst the lockdown phase continues:
  • Who makes the decision to re-open? 
  • Who should come to church? 
  • Planning the use of space 
  • Dealing with trauma 
Getting the building ready to start up using it for cancelled activities again.
Adapting what we do to ensure social distancing for the months to come:
  • Worship in the premises 
  • Resuming lettings and church activities 
  • Church meetings 
  • Finances
Part 3 Taking stock, reviewing principles, doing things differently
What’s the ‘new normal’ for us?
  • Using the building 
  • Worship 
  • Community engagement 
  • Pastoral care 
  • Meetings 
  • Managing external users
Different points of the journey

Different people will need to consider the questions posed here at different points. 

  • Some relate most closely to the Minister/Elder in Local Leadership (ELL)
  • Some questions relate to the functions of the Elders’ Meeting (which includes your Minister/ELL)
  • Some need the involvement of the whole Church Meeting

This is a shared exploration with other churches in the URC and with ecumenical partners. Remember that you are not alone in this. Your Synod Officers are available to help you.

The full document takes you through these parts of the journey step by step. 

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Many Brits Look to Faith During Lockdown

3 May 2020

  • Nearly half of adults in the UK (44%) say they pray
  • A quarter (24%) of UK adults say they have watched or listened to a religious service since lockdown
  • Over half of those who pray (56%) agree that prayer changes the world

Prayer is a vital part of life for the public, with just under half of UK adults (44%) saying they pray, and among those who pray a third (33%) say that they have prayed since the COVID-19 lockdown because they believe it makes a difference, according to a new nationwide poll of 2,101 UK adults by Savanta ComRes1 for Christian relief & development agency Tearfund.

With churches being closed due to restrictions on social gatherings, thousands of churches are streaming their services online. A quarter (24%) of UK adults say they have watched or listened to a religious service since lockdown (on the radio, live on TV, on demand or streamed online), this jumps to three quarters (76%) amongst regular churchgoers. One in twenty UK adults (5%) who say they have watched or listened to a religious service since lockdown have never gone to church.

A third (34%) of UK adults aged 18-34 say they have watched or listened to a religious service since lockdown (on the radio, live on TV, on demand or streamed online) this compares to one in five (19%) adults aged 55+.

While some may view religion as more appealing to the older generation, the research shows that younger adults aged 18-34 are significantly more likely to say they pray regularly (at least once a month) than adults aged 55 and over (30% vs. 25%).

When it comes to popular topics of prayer among those who say they pray, over half (53%) say they’ve prayed about family members, a quarter (27%) have prayed for frontline services and one in five (20%) say they have prayed for someone who is unwell with COVID-19. Just over a sixth of those who pray (15%) say they have prayed for other countries with COVID-19, highlighting the challenge for Tearfund to encourage more people to pray for global issues.

The new findings on prayer reveal a strong belief in the power of prayer to bring about positive change in the world. Among those who pray, two thirds (66%) say they agree that God hears their prayers and over half (56%) say they agree that prayer changes the world. Half of those who pray (51%) agree that they’ve witnessed answers to their own prayers and over two fifths (43%) agree that their prayer changes the lives of people living in poverty in developing countries.

Dr. Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund says: “It is encouraging to see the number of people in the UK praying during such a challenging time. Our experience at Tearfund is that prayer and practical action go hand-in-hand, and are both crucial ways of responding. With COVID-19 rates continuing to rise around the world, we are calling more people to pray and take action.”

Alongside praying for the situation, Tearfund are responding to the coronavirus pandemic around the world by providing crucial hygiene and sanitation assistance to minimise the risk of infection. To find out more about Tearfund’s work and to make a donation, please visit www.tearfund.org/covidinfo.

Other findings from poll include:

  • A quarter of UK adults (26%) say they pray regularly (at least once a month).
  • One in twenty (5%) of UK adults say they have started praying during the lockdown but they didn’t pray before.
  • Among those who pray, nearly half (45%) say that they prayed since the lockdown because they believe in God, a third believe that prayer makes a difference (33%), a quarter (26%) say that they prayed in times of personal crisis or tragedy and a quarter (24%) say they have prayed to gain comfort or to feel less lonely.
  • A quarter (25%) of those aged 18-24 who pray say that since the COVID-19 lockdown they have prayed about the UK government’s response to COVID-19, this exceeds all other age groups (15% for those aged 25-64 and 23% for those aged 65+).
  • Men are significantly more likely than women say they have watched or listened to a religious service since lockdown (on the radio, live on TV, on demand or streamed online) (28% vs. 21% respectively).
  • Since lockdown, one in five (18%) of UK adults have asked someone else to say a prayer and one in five (19%) UK adults say they have read a religious text during lockdown.
  • Top five things to pray about during lockdown among UK adults who pray are: family (53%), friends (34%), thanking God (34%), yourself (28%) and the frontline services (27%).
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