Quiet Days at Sclerder Abbey : 4, 28 Nov, 9 Dec, Looe

A day-long guided retreat, including spiritual imput, personal prayer and common prayer, accompaniment available if required.

Faith, Hope and Love

Quiet Days

at Sclerder Abbey 10am-4pm

Wednesday 4th November 2020

Saturday 28th November 2020

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Please come if you can and feel free to invite others who may be interested. Also please note the requirement to register with us in advance for each Quiet Day because of the current Covid-safety regulations.

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HeartEDge: An Ecumenical Day : 24 Nov, Penzance and ONLINE

A day with Sam Wells and guests to explore theology and ways of being church engaging HeartEdge approaches and Celtic spirituality.

About this Event

Join Sam Wells, Bishop Hugh Nelson, Michelle Brown and guests for an ecumencal day at St Mary’s, Penzance, via Zoom. We’ll look at the HeartEdge 4Cs and how they work across Cornwall – including:

  • Congregation: Liturgy, worship & congregations.
  • Commerce: Being entrepreneurial, rethinking church buildings, growing income via enterprise.
  • Compassion: Growing participation to address social need.
  • Culture: Art, music & ideas connecting with communities

How are we being church in a global pandemic? What is the emerging ‘new normal’ in Cornwall and what could church look like emerging into this? How are ancient ideas of Celtic spirituality and new approaches like HeartEdge – offering helpful ways to reimagine church?

A day relevant for rural, coastal and towns and village church communities.

On Zoom, arrive for 10am for introductions. Use this page to book in to attend via Zoom.

In person, arrive for 9.45am – programme starts at 10am. Use this page to book in to attend this socially-distanced event in person.

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New Toolkit helps local churches collaborate with confidence

23 October 2020

Churches Together in England has just launched the new Toolkit for A Flexible Framework for Local Unity in Mission.

This Toolkit provides an easy-to use framework helping local churches to collaborate with confidence and flexibility, developing the right agreement for their joint venture – such as a holiday club, mission event, messy church, homeless shelter or community café.

The Toolkit guides readers step by step, explaining a variety of different agreements you could use, and helping you decide which will work best for your group. Guiding you through the key questions to ask and the practical steps to follow, ‘A Flexible Framework’ will help your group to collaborate with confidence, prudence and flexibility.

The content was produced by the Baptist, Church of England, Methodist and United Reformed Church (URC) National Ecumenical Officers, working with a volunteer group of County Ecumenical Officers and CTE staff. The toolkit document was designed by the URC Communications Department.

Praise for the toolkit

  • Andrew Edwards, Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) Co-ordinator for Churches Together in the Merseyside Region is delighted: “What an attractive, clear, useable Toolkit has emerged through the different stages of this careful process. I’m already thinking of conversations it could be introduced into round here.”
  • Jacqui King, County Ecumenical Officer for Essex and East London, praises the Toolkit’s “professional format”, adding: “I hope it’s well received by colleagues and becomes a useful resource to those involved in ecumenical mission.” 

Access the toolkit

Find all the resources for ‘A Flexible Framework for Local Unity in Mission’ on our website.

Resources include:

  • A practical toolkit for your local group to work through
  • Further information on A Flexible Framework and how it can help you
  • A PowerPoint to explain the basics to others

Further details

A Flexible Framework for Local Unity in Mission was a response to a desire to focus on mission and not become mired in structures. It offers a lighter touch way of ecumenical working. At the launch of its first version, David Cornick, then CTE General Secretary, suggested that this framework “may well prove to be one of the most significant practical ecumenical documents of our time”. 

The new toolkit speaks to areas of possible co-operation such as holiday clubs, mission events, messy church, homeless shelters, community cafés, outreach to new housing projects – to name just a few examples. The focus is how to work as churches together on such projects without necessarily setting up a new charity or spending valuable resource on writing complicated constitutions. Similarly, if a congregation wants to join with another church, the toolkit offers an alternative to setting up a Local Ecumenical Partnership, pointing to the much easier Formal Declaration of Ecumenical Welcome and Commitment.

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Cornwall Samaritans 50 years and still listening

“Samaritans, can I help you?”

Back in 1970 Samaritans opened its Cornwall branch at Treyew Road in Truro, and has become one of the busiest branches in the south west. This year it celebrates its 50th birthday. Over the past year, the centre took over 30,000 contacts by telephone, email or from face-to face visitors. The branch is staffed by over 100 listening volunteers, and an additional 25 support volunteers who help in running the branch and the thriving charity shop at Par Market.

Sue Wright (Director) commented “I know Samaritans provide such a vital service for so many people, particularly during the last six months, and I have the greatest respect for all our volunteers and what they do.”

Due to the pandemic the branch has been especially busy with many anxious callers. The centre has been able to function during this difficult time, but all Outreach events and many fundraising initiatives, including the Samaritans National Walk and branch birthday celebrations have been cancelled. Every volunteer, however, has been given a medallion of Cornish tin to mark this important milestone.

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Churches’ Refugee Network meeting : 29 Oct, ONLINE

This meeting, via Zoom, will discuss immigration issues and include presentations from refugees and those who work with them.

The session will be an opportunity for you to share how churches are responding (in their own contexts), and how to better unleash the giftings of those who come to Britain and Ireland to build up the Church.

Date and time

Thursday 29 October 2020 from 14:30 to 16:00.


Please register for what promises to be a stimulating afternoon of discussion and networking.

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Commemorating 400 years since the Mayflower set sail

On 6th September 1620 the Mayflower began its journey to the New World.

This autumn we are commemorating the Pilgrims who set sail 400 years ago with a reflection on its legacy in a series of videos.

MayflowerFest includes a Worship Tent, a Theology Tent, Children’s tent, Art Tent, Songs That Sustain Us Tent and Historical Voices Tent. All the videos can be accessed via the MayflowerFest Playlist. Resources and other links can be found on our website – https://www.congregational.org.uk/may…

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Cornwall Faith Forum AGM : 4 Nov, ONLINE

The Cornwall Faith Forum AGM is going to be held on Wednesday 4 November, at 7pm. As with most things, it will be online, via Zoom.

Attendees will look at the Forum’s three areas of work throughout the year:  Learning, Sharing and Building for Peace, followed by the more formal part of the meeting.

To join them for this meeting, email cornwall.faithforum@truro.anglican.org and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

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Beyond Zoom: Offline and ‘hybrid’ approaches to creative projects : 5 Nov, ONLINE

What possibilities are there for running arts and creative projects during Covid that don’t rely entirely on being behind a screen?

About this Event

Join us for the first in a series of Refugee Week & Platforma Monthly Meets!

This first session will explore ways of doing creative work with communities at the current time that doesn’t rely entirely on working online. You will have the chance to hear from practitioners about different approaches , ask questions and share your own experiences and ideas.

Details of speakers to follow.

Refugee Week and Platforma are holding friendly, free online meet-ups on the first Thursday of every month, for people interested in arts, culture and social change to share learning and expand their networks. Everyone is welcome (and yes, they are on Zoom )!

We aim to make these sessions accessible to everyone who would like to take part – if you have any access requirements, please let us know by answering the question about access when you sign up for your ticket.

Platforma is a national network that supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants, and Refugee Week is a festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees (Refugee Week 2021 is 14-20 June). Platforma and Refugee Week are run/ coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

Image (c) Ambrose Musiyiwa

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Cornish Groups Offering Free Lunches for Children in October Half Term

Following the decision in parliament not to extend free school meals over the half-term holiday, a number of groups and businesses have kindly offered to provide food for children in need.

Inspired by Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty, we have compiled a list of groups here in Cornwall, their contact details, and a link to their offer of help. You can also find an interactive map with a geographic view of those who will be taking part in the free school meals movement.

We would advise to check each offer of help to see how best to make contact.

If there are any offers missing from this list, please let us know by emailing info@transformation-cornwall.org.uk

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Telephone Signposting Information List

We’ve created a handy telephone signposting information list for people, Foodbanks and grassroot organisations in Cornwall.

Now, maybe more than ever, we know that people like to talk with organisations who offer advice and support. We have tried to make it as useful as possible and covered key topics that you and your customers might need help with.

The list is available HERE.

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