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