Newsletter – 30 June 2019


for the United Benefice of

Padstow, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor

Rector:  The Revd Dr Stephen Holmes              07584 091870

Curate: The Revd Fiona Giorla                01841 532956


SUNDAY JUNE 30th   Second Sunday after Trinity

A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.


The Lord calls us to newness of life in his name. So let us set aside our old concerns, and offer him our worship and willingness to follow where he leads.



Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts

that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Loving Father,

we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

READINGS (Proper 8 – Page 975/977 of Lectionary)

First Reading                         1 Kings 19:5-16,19-21

The Lord ministers to an exhausted Elijah and instructs him to anoint Elisha as his successor. Elisha responds with total commitment.

 Second Reading                     Galatians 5:1,13-25

Freed from the law’s demands, we are to use our freedom in Christ to live by the Spirit who grows Christ’s character in us.

Gospel                                    St. Luke 9:51-62

As he journeys to Jerusalem, Jesus faces hostility, misunderstanding, and the failure of would-be followers to count the cost of discipleship.


Sunday 7 July at 5pm, Choral Evensong at Padstow  

Sung by the Choir of St. John’s Edinburgh, Fr Stephen’s former church, who will also be singing in the morning at the St Merryn Feast Day Eucharist. The will be singing music from the English choral tradition by Bainton, Byrd, Darke, Stainer, Stanford


We welcome the Revd Fiona Giorla as our new Curate in the Benefice. She will work in all our five churches and will be welcomed to them at the usual service times on the following dates: Padstow and Trevone (Fiona’s sending parish) on Sunday 30 June; St Merryn on the Parish Feast Day, Sunday 7 July; St Petroc Minor, Little Petherick on Sunday14 July and St Issey on Sunday 28 July. Fiona will also lead and preach at the Service of the Word at 11am on Sunday 21 July at St Petroc’s, Padstow.


We send our best wishes to Bishop Chris as he leaves our diocese to become Director of Ministry for the Church of England, “supporting the continuing renewal of ministry throughout the Church of England as the Church looks to increase the scale and diversity of those called to both lay and ordained ministries.”


We are looking to start groups for children, and perhaps for adults, to explore the Christian Faith with a view to confirmation.

The children’s group will begin in late July and has grown out of questions from the older children at the Padstow Friday Fun Club. Teaching and events have been planned leading up to being confirmed by Bishop Philip in Truro Cathedral on Saturday 19 October followed by first Holy Communion in the Parish Church. There are still spaces, if you are interested please speak to Fr Stephen or Andrea Curnow.

Thanks to all those in the Padstow congregation who have donated towards books for the children.


Padstow parish is pleased to announce that Neil Shepherd has been appointed as its new Director of Music at St Petroc’s, in succession to Roger Penna who contributed so much over more than fifty years.

Neil is an outstanding musician and choir director who runs a number of choirs in Cornwall and was previously Director of Music at St Ives Parish Church. He also regularly works with Gareth Stubberfield, the Organist at St Merryn. Neil will be working with the deputy organist Jamie Constance, who has done so well in leading worship since Roger died, and will start on Sunday 14 July. Sunday choir practice at St Petroc’s will be at 9.45am from then onwards and visiting singers are welcome.


St Merryn Summer Coffee Mornings are held at St. Merryn Church Hall every Tuesday between 10.15am and 12.00. They will continue until the end of September. Stalls with Bric a Brac,/Gifts, Cakes, Produce, Books, Clothing. and Coffee / Tea and Biscuits will also be available. Do come along and meet friends old and new plus many holiday visitors who attend.

St. Petroc and Community Garden Party.  A planning meeting will be held on Saturday 13th July at 10.30 am in the Church Rooms.  If you have any ideas for stalls or know of any local organisations that would like a stall, please come along to the meeting or contact Tim Bishop (533972) or Sue Norfolk (532902).  This is a fantastic outreach event for the Padstow Community.


9.30 am            Sung Eucharist                                            Trevone

9.30 am            Sung Eucharist                                            St. Issey

11.00 am          Sung Eucharist                                            St. Merryn

11.00 am          Sung Eucharist                                            Padstow

2.30 pm           Holy Baptism                                             St. Issey



Bell Practice:     Monday afternoon 3-4.30 pm                     Padstow

Monday 1st July

2.15 pm           Funeral service for Barbara Trevan              Little Petherick

Tuesday 2nd   

9.30 am            Roman Catholic Mass                                 Padstow

10.30 am          Eucharist in the Osborne Room                St Issey

Wednesday 3rd

10.30 am           Eucharist                                                   Trevone

11.30 am          Holy Baptism                                             St. Merryn

Thursday 4th

10.30 am          Eucharist – BCP                                          Padstow

Friday 5th  

6-7.00 pm        Friday Fun Club at Padstow                    Church Rooms

Saturday 6th    

9-10.30 am       Holy Dusters Cleaning Team meets        Padstow

5.30 pm           Roman Catholic Mass                                  Padstow


9.30 am            Sung Eucharist                                            Trevone

9.30 am            Morning Prayer – BCP                                 St. Issey

11.00 am          Sung Eucharist – Patronal Feast                   St. Merryn

11.00 am          Service of the Word                                   Padstow

5.00 pm           Choral Evensong                                       Padstow


Benefice Administrator: Mrs Sue Norfolk

Benefice Office, Church Rooms, Church Street, Padstow PL28 8BG          01841 534898

Office hours Tuesday – Friday 9.00 – 1.00 pm

** All items for inclusion in the Weekly News sheet to be with the administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday**

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