|06 Jan||Penmorvah||Patrick Sookdheo|
Hated without a Reason: why Christians are persecuted today
|10 Feb||Penmorvah||Roy Hendy|
|02 Mar||Penmorvah||Graham Adamson|
|06 Apr||Penmorvah||Ben Morgan-Lundie|
|11 May||All Saints||Arthur White|
|01 Jun||All Saints||Richard Fothergill|
|06 Jul||All Saints||Drew Cox|
|28 Sep||Penmorvah||Rod McGlade|
|26 Oct||Penmorvah||Bishop Philip|
|23 Nov||Penmorvah||Robbie Bowen|
Falmouth Filling Station meetings take place monthly at Penmorvah Manor Hotel, Penjerrick Hill, Budock Water, Falmouth TR11 5ED from January-April and September-November; from May-July meetings are held at All Saints Church, Killigrew St, Falmouth TR11 3PN. Meetings are generally 7.30-9.30pm on the first Monday of the month Jan-July and the last Monday Sep-Nov. There are no meetings in August or December.
No booking – all welcome to this informal expression of the Christian faith. Please bring a friend, and if you need transport please call 01326 372742 to arrange.
On the 20th of every month in 2020, pray for 20 minutes at 20:20
Esmé Page, Founder, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell writes:
One of the toughest parts of this project, these last 2.5 years, is the burden of unexpressed thanks.
So, today we’re releasing, a short ‘thank you’ film: ‘Two Communities, One Heart: Cornwall & Kensington Together’. Please do watch and let us know what you think – this is created for you! We hope it warms your heart. http://bit.ly/TwoCommunitiesOneHeart In the six minute film, Grenfell survivors and bereaved and Cornish contributors tell the story of the project in their own words, including the empathic connection they’ve felt to the Penlee lifeboat community. Our great thanks to young Cornish videographer MimiMedia, for producing the film.
‘This film shows how the community spirit that is so strong in Cornwall reaches out far beyond our borders. It makes me feel really proud of Cornwall and all those brilliant people who have given so much to help Grenfell’ Colonel E T Bolitho OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall
If it moves you, please do share the film with others and tag us on social media (@cornwallhugs) – we’d like to reach as many as possible. Thank you!
On behalf of the trustees and our tiny team, Thank you for your support and Happy New Year!
Around the world the Church proclaims with joy the coming of the Lord Jesus: looking back to his incarnation and forward to his second coming in glory. Around the world Christians rejoice that Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, is God with us. Through him we have life, and have it abundantly.
Year by year we dwell on the mystery of the Word made flesh, a mystery that is both encapsulated in a moment in time and of eternal significance, a mystery that reveals God. In Jesus Christ we see and experience the love of God to us through the presence of God with us. In Jesus Christ God comes among us in a form that we can recognise and with which we can engage.
As St Basil the Great preached in a homily on the Nativity:
God on earth, God among us. No longer the God who gives his law amid flashes of lightening, to the sound of the trumpet on the smoking mountain, within the darkness of a terrifying storm, but the God who speaks gently and with kindness in a human body to his kindred: God in the flesh.
God who takes flesh in Jesus Christ saves humanity by his self-emptying and condescension to become one with us. Jesus comes, as he says in St John’s Gospel, that his people might have light – the light of life.
We live in a world, however, where life is fragile and where countless people’s lives are threatened by war, disease, climate change, poverty and natural disaster. Earlier this year I visited the Democratic Republic of Congo where people live between the twin threats of an ongoing war and the tenth outbreak of Ebola. I found there a church in good heart: proclaiming the good news of the coming of God in Jesus Christ and caring for those in need. The church there is working, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring hope of life in all its fullness.
In South Sudan, too, we see the effects of a long war that has claimed thousands of lives and left thousands displaced. This year, at the invitation of Pope Francis, South Sudan’s political and religious leaders visited Rome for a retreat. Along with the Pope and a former Moderator of the Church of Scotland I prayed with and for them, for a lasting and just peace that can enable, enrich and encourage human flourishing in that land. Pope Francis and I plan to make a joint visit to South Sudan in 2020 once a government is in place.
The flourishing of human life within the integrity of all creation is God’s will for his world. God, in his incarnation, lifts humanity up to him. And we, who are lifted up, are called, in turn, to loving service of the world he came to save.
May Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill you with peace and goodwill and make you partakers of the divine nature this Christmastide and always.
In the peace of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have written to the new Prime Minister, assuring him of their prayers and asking for clarification on key issues including climate change, poverty and social cohesion.
We wish to congratulate you on being given the responsibility by the British electorate to form a government, and assure you of our prayers and the prayers of the Methodist people as you take on that responsibility.
Churches are rooted in communities around Britain. It is our task to emphasize, from our ground level experience of British society, issues which we believe must be seen as key priorities.
Creation does not belong to us. Our task is to nurture and recognise our place within it. Many of our members see climate change and environmental degradation as the most pressing issues of our day. Can you tell us what steps you will be taking internationally and domestically to help the UK to reach its climate change targets? What kind of lead will you be taking at the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow?
Many of our churches and church members are involved in running foodbanks and offering support for people caught up in poverty. Foodbanks should not have to exist. Can you clarify for us what steps your new government will take to address the scandalous levels of poverty, and particularly child poverty?
The church is an inter-generational, multi-ethnic, socially diverse collection of communities. It is far from perfect. But we have seen in our communities growing forms of hostility, divisiveness and hatred, and have sought to support people who have experienced such discord. What active steps will your government now take to work towards healing and greater concord in society?
We wrote to you, Prime Minister, in July to express our concern that a No Deal Brexit was likely to impact the poorest communities very hard indeed. We wish to reaffirm our concern that the poorest in society face huge risks as our trading relations with EU are rewritten. We seek your reassurance that needs of families facing poverty will be central to the proposed trade deal and that should it not be in place before the transition period expires that comprehensive measures are put in place to protect them from the ensuing upheaval.
Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
Professor Clive Marsh, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
The Queen has approved the nomination of Bishop Stephen Cottrell as the next Archbishop of York, Downing Street has announced.
Bishop Stephen, currently Bishop of Chelmsford, will succeed Dr John Sentamu who retires in June of next year.
A renowned preacher, author and communicator, he will be the 98th occupant of the see of York – in a line of succession dating back to St Paulinus in 627AD.Read Press Release