The first of the diocesan roadshows took place last night in the Powder and Pydar deaneries.

Hosted by the Archdeacon of Cornwall, the Ven Paul Bryer, the evening saw 45 people zooming in to take part virtually.

The event was the first opportunity many had to hear from the new Bishop of St Germans, Hugh Nelson who spoke about why he felt called by God to Cornwall. He explained: “I know that God has been at work in this beautiful part of his creation in every generation, and that there is a call being made to us today. When I first heard Bishop Philip and others talk about that call, and read it described in The Saints Way, I thought – ‘yes, yes – that’s it. That’s the call I want to serve’. And because I long to see children, young people and families being welcomed into communities that are ready to be shaped around their needs and hopes, and I want to be part of leading that into being here.”

Bishop Philip then spoke more about The Saints’ Way and its journey, theology and five priorities before there was a chance for participants to ask questions and discuss its relevance to deaneries further in small groups.

In a break from the norm, this year’s roadshow also saw churchwardens for the two deaneries sworn in. In a first for the diocese, seven churchwardens re-affirmed their commitment to ministry via zoom.

The next roadshow takes place on Wednesday, October 21 in the Trigg Major and Stratton deaneries from 7pm.

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