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South West Carol Service: Don’t miss out this year

The biggest ever South West Carol Service is now just two weeks away! We may not be able to gather together for the traditional Christmas carol concerts and school nativity plays this year, but we take part in a unique online Christmas extravaganza instead. Billed as a ‘celebration of all the good things that take […]

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Behind the Facebook smiles of our children and teachers

By Jac Smith

We’re used to seeing the beautiful faces of our young children across our schools in Cornwall. Joyful, trusting and, we hope, nurtured and cared for. But what has it really been like for them during this pandemic? Katie Fitzsimmons, Director of Education for the Diocese of Truro, spoke very movingly at a recent synod, giving […]

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The loneliness of living with dementia during lockdown

By Jac Smith

These are the lockdown stories of three women, Jan, Pam and Jenny, from across Cornwall and their loved ones, suffering from dementia. For people living with dementia in care homes, the impact of this pandemic has been devastating. What seemed like short-term measures have gone on and on with consequences worthy of a dystopian novel.  […]

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Synod hears from Beirut about the need for global help – and agrees its own budget

It feels as though Lebanon is going through the 10 plagues of Egypt following August’s huge explosion, the political unrest that has followed and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, Revd Nabil Shehadi told Truro Diocesan Synod on Saturday (November 14). The Beirut-based mission partner for the Christian Mission Society told how the churches in Lebanon […]

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Why all schools need Culture of the Heart

Tell a five-year old he is rubbish at maths, disruptive or even stupid, by the time he is seven he might believe it. He could pull away from learning, feel badly about himself and begin to define himself with the harsh words he has absorbed. Work with that same seven-year old and introduce him to […]

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Living in Love & Faith

The Bishops of the Church of England have today invited the whole church into a process of mutual listening about the issues of human identity, relationships, marriage and sexuality. These are topics that we often find it difficult to talk about, and on which there are very serious disagreements within the church. How we talk […]

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Holy Trinity, a pub and an extraordinary gift day

By Jac Smith

Many churches want to reach out into the community, but not too many choose to do so by buying a pub. Holy Trinity in St Austell has done exactly that. Holy Trinity sits at the centre of St Austell, presiding at the top of Fore Street, circled by a road and its community. The pub, […]

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Hundreds enter Christmas card competition

There was stiff competition in the Diocese of Truro’s annual Schools Christmas Card competition with hundreds of entries from 16 schools judged. The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Revd Hugh Nelson and Katie Fitzsimmons, Director of Education had the difficult task of selecting winners expertly […]

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Online Remembrance Sunday services

With the country in lockdown from Thursday, and church buildings only open for private prayer, this Remembrance Sunday is likely to be a little different. While the government has said outdoor remembrance events can go ahead providing they adhere to the distance rules, there will be a number of services streamed online. The current government […]

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End child hunger: call for action from Cornish church leaders

Church leaders in Cornwall have called on the Government to commit to ensuring that no child in future goes hungry in our country – as well as honouring local communities, churches, schools and restaurants for their action this half-term to ensure children have enough to eat. The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, […]

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