The United Benefice of St Anta & St. Uny churches assembled at St Uny Church to welcome the St Ives Town Mayor, Councillor Tony Harris and his wife José, the Mayoress, to a service marking the start of his year in office.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillors and visiting mayors together with leaders of local organisations joined Councillor Tony at the Badger Inn and at 9.30 am the Pendeen Silver Band led the parade along Church Road to the church, where they were welcomed by The Revd Carlyn Wilton and a peal rung on the newly refurbished church bells.
The Service was conducted by The Revd Carlyn Wilton and the Mayor’s Chaplain the Revd Keiren Marwood.
Over 100 in the congregation, including eight children listened as Revd Keiren preached his first sermon after his Ordination which had taken place two days before in Truro Cathedral.
The lessons were read by The Mayor; Mike Laramy, St Anta Churchwarden, and Keith Judkins, St Uny Churchwarden.
Messy Church Team Leader Mary Judkins, lead the intercessions, ably helped by two young children from the congregation. The two assistants did such a good job that they were applauded for their efforts.
The Opening Hymn, Praise my Soul the King of Heaven was followed by From Heaven You came, Brother, sister let me serve you and concluded with Guide me O though great redeemer, and the enthusiastic singing (What else do you expect in Cornwall!) was ably accompanied on the piano and keyboard by Rachel Pearce.
The service concluded with the National Anthem.
Afterwards all enjoyed conversing over a light buffet in the church.