Ring out the Bells of Old St Uny!

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L-R: Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall Lady Mary St Levan, Gordon Gibson (Reader), Andrew Hicks (Churchwarden), Geraint Wilton (Reader), Rev Carlyn Wilton (Associate Priest), Mayor of St Ives Suzanne Tanner, Bishop of Truro Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Keith Judkins (Churchwarden), and four children from St Uny C of E Academy.

On Sunday 24th March,  St Uny Church celebrated the restoration of the church bells with a service of re-dedication. The service was led by Assistant Priest, the Reverend Carlyn Wilton and the Right Reverend Philip Mountstephen, Bishop of Truro dedicated the newly refurbished bells, preached the sermon and presided at communion.

St Uny Church of England Academy brought along their choir of some sixteen pupils who sang Ding Dong merrily on high but with slightly changed words “Ding dong merrily on high, In St Uny the bells are ringing.” They gave an exquisite and charming rendition of this carol.

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This bell was chosen  to be included in the Order of Service booklet.

The school had also taken part in a decorated paper bells competition and the entries were all hung around the church to make a very colourful display.

The congregation of over 150 including some 28 children then all turned to face the tower to witness Bishop Philip, holding a bell rope, dedicate the bells to the glory of God charging us to take care that they are always used in God’s service and for His glory. The rope was then handed to The Rev Carlyn who in turn handed it to Janeve Bainbridge (right), Tower Captain. The Bishop then gave The Peace, during which Rounds were rung by the Lelant ringers.

In his sermon, Bishop Philip counselled us to live in high expectation of what lies ahead in the certain hope that what lies ahead is better than the past. He reminded us that we all have a part to play in spreading the Good News and we should use the skills we have been given by God.

54518746_2326704024233561_612219413059338240_nAfter receiving either Communion or a Blessing we all joined in the final hymn, “We are Marching in the light of God” which was sung with great joy, gusto and a variety of musical accompaniments! As you see in the photo (below) this joy was shared by all. As they left the congregation were presented with a miniature bell as a memento of the occasion.

The morning was rounded off with Lady St Levan thanking all who had made the refurbishment possible and for all the had work and dedication that was involved. All then tucked in to a very tasty buffet.

IMG_9171Taylors of Loughborough undertook the current refurbishment and re-tuning of the bells.

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Donna Birrell, who presents the Sunday Breakfast programme on BBC Radio Cornwall, reported on the event the following Sunday 31st … to hear her report, go to
BBC Sounds

 

Cross of St Piran.

_51554692_crossofstpiranhandOn Sunday 3rd March, at St Piran’s Church in Perranzabuloe, at 3:30pm, this year’s recipients of the diocese’s ‘Cross of St Piran’ for outstanding commitment will be presented with their award at a special service.

Each year deaneries are asked to nominate individuals who have gone above and beyond in their service to their church and/or community. This year there was an increased emphasis on those working in the areas of environment, young people, growth and mission as well as long service.

This year 18 people will be recognised during two services at St Piran’s Church. As in previous years, there will be two services on the day led by the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen and the Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Revd Chris Goldsmith. This year will be the first year Bishop Philip has presented the crosses.

Doreen Sullivan from our Benefice is one of this year’s recipients!

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Doreen Sullivan doing what she loves best: helping children learn about Jesus!

The citation says, “Doreen has been a key member of the bell ringing team at St Anta for over twenty years … Doreen has worked with young people and children, organising and running holiday clubs. She was a leading light in the Pathfinders group, initiated the first Messy Church, is now a team leader, and helps with Open the Book at St Uny C of E School. She helped to raise money for restoration of the church clock, and for many years she and her husband have been responsible for cleaning St Anta church, considering it a privilege to serve God in this way.

Well done, good and faithful servant!