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Mike proclaims his faith in Christ, by being baptised at St Anta Church!

On Saturday 20th April 2019 (Easter Saturday), at St Anta Church, Carbis Bay, Mike Laramy was baptised by immersion in water. What an occasion! Mike asserts that, on that date, he was baptised not only in water but also in the Holy Spirit.

For more information on being baptised as an adult, please visit the Church of England Adult Baptism web page at: https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/adult-baptism

Here is Mike’s story, in his own words:

Why, after 50+ years, I chose to be baptised

I’ve had this same neighbour for many years. At first he was just a passing acquaintance, a nod of acknowledgement on my part as our paths crossed. When I met my wife Liz, it turned out that she knew this neighbour much better than I did. When we were preparing to get married we went to this neighbour’s house and met some of his friends

– he has a lot of friends –

The neighbour was at our wedding, 1stof September 1984 in St. Uny Church, Lelant: a lovely and very special day. After we were married we didn’t see the neighbour so much, but, when I started teaching in Torrington in 1989 I needed somewhere to stay whilst we sorted out more permanent accommodation. This neighbour helped us out,

I know someone you can stay with; he’s a good friend of mine

And so I stayed for a while with the Reverend Jeremy Hummerstone and his lovely wife Clarissa and their family. The neighbour was often there and I sometimes went around to his place and met some more of his friends – did I mention he has lots of friends? – He would say,

Hi Mike you alright?

I’d reply – “yeah I’m fine thank you” and I’d leave it at that.

Eventually I got a teaching job in Cornwall – Redruth School. Then we were able to move to Carbis Bay. It turned out this neighbour had a nice house here and Liz started to visit him regularly – sometimes more than twice a week. I used to go around for special occasions: Christmas, harvest festival, and he’d say

Hi Mike, nice to see you, you alright?

I’d say – “yeah I’m fine thanks”, and I’d leave it at that. This went on for twenty years.

Then Liz became ill. On the 6th of February 2018 at 11:30 pm her little body finally gave up on her and let her go. The neighbour was there and I said to Him.

“Dear God – take Liz, look after her, keep her safe for me.”

And I know that he did take her and that she is with him now, safe in God’s keeping.

The next morning I was completely lost. Liz had been my guide, my compass for over 34 years. What was I to do without her? – What would Liz do? A good walk was needed, so we walked across the golf course to St Uny church and I found myself sat in the same pew I’d sat in 34½  years ago waiting for Liz – waiting for Liz.

Liz didn’t come, but my neighbour – God – was there,

You alright Mike?

“No”- I said

It’s OK! I’m here! I’ll be your guide and compass, I’ll show you the way,
just follow me.

So God, through His son Jesus Christ, has come to be with me to walk along side of me and to help and guide me. He has put His friends along my path to encourage and support me, now they are my friends. A friendship I am truly thankful for.

But God wants more. He wants his spirit to come and live with me, to be with me always, and I want this as well. But God has told me;

There’s not enough room, too much clutter taking up space, a lot of stuff that I need to get rid of.

So on April 20th 2019 I asked God for forgiveness – for what is past, for not knowing Him sooner. To make more room for Him, so that his Holy Spirit can come and live in me forever.   Amen

Mike Laramy – Baptised in the Holy Spirit 20thApril 2019

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