Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Spring comes to St Mabyn Church

After last week's snow, it was a relief to see St Mabyn Church bathed in sunshine, as the new vicar for our cluster, the Rev David Seymour with his wife Wendy, came here for the first time on a Sunday.
The service, which was attended by 30 villagers, got off to a great start with the music group leading a joyful rendition of 
' Vagabonds'
 Come all you Vagabonds
 come all you don't belongs
 Winners and losers
 Come people like me'
 It is fantastic --- after many months of waiting --that we now have a permanent priest in our cluster and we are thankful that David and Wendy chose to come to N.Cornwall.

David, who immediately comes across as a very genuine and friendly person, used his strong voice to make his words both easy to understand and interesting.
His challenging sermon which was engaging,  inclusive and filled with hope, gave us a timely reminder to consider what are the most important values in our lives.

We are looking forward to his next visit and getting to know Wendy and David better.

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Installation of a New Rector

When a new rector is appointed, and subsequently installed in a new parish or cluster of parishes as it is now, there are thoughts of new beginnings amongst the parishioners.  On 17th February such feelings were evident in St Mabyn church as Bishop Chris Goldsmith and Archdeacon Audrey Elkington conducted the service which saw David Seymour installed in the newly appointed Camelside Cluster. There are five parishes and seven churches that David now has to minister to and all were well represented as David was first legally appointed and then welcomed by members representing the parishes. A full team of the bell ringers had played to welcome everyone to the service beforehand and then after his installation David Seymour, assisted by bell ringer David Coltart, tolled a bell as the sign of his new ministry.
There were representatives from the Deanery and the Cathedral, local clergy and including those who have helped by taking services at the various churches over the eight months of the transition since Sherry Bryan said her final farewells. There were Church Patrons and members of the respective congregations with hearty singing of five hymns from all and an anthem from the Cluster choir, conducted by Jenny Trethewey. The St Mabyn Music Group, led by Steve Williams, played for the two more “modern” hymns and organist Les Field for the more traditional ones. St Mabyn Church is a very large building and it was a joy to have it filled to capacity, and the various clergy robes made for an unusually colourful sight – especially those of Bishop Chris!
As the clergy processed out led by the churchwardens everybody seemed to feel great anticipation for the way ahead. We welcome David and Wendy and the family to the cluster and hope their stay will be a long and happy one.  The service over we all left for the Village Hall where a superb spread was laid out that had been donated by all parishes and beautifully prepared by the St Mabyn team. The evening was an undoubted success and went extremely smoothly thanks to Rob Turner, Churchwarden, of St Mabyn. 

St Mabyn Annual Church Meeting

We will hold our Annual Church meeting after the Palm Sunday service on 25 March – do come along and hear what we have been up to and what are our future plans – including the installing of a kitchen and full toilet facilities!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

David Seymour, and his wife Wendy

I was born in Reading in Berkshire, in Battle Hospital. The hospital no longer exists. It’s a branch of Tesco now. Both my parents were from the Reading area and I lived at our family home in South Oxfordshire until I went off to university. Nowadays, my only real reason for going back to the town of my birth is to watch football at the Madejski-not always a stress-free experience. I regard myself as so very fortunate to have been given a place at Oxford to read Theology. The late 70’s was a tremendous time to be studying in the Theology faculty, so many great minds feeding us. I have had only one career. I was ordained at the age of 24 and since then have served in four places before moving here. My curacy was in Tilehurst in the west of Reading, a large suburban parish where I had the benefit of an excellent training incumbent until his untimely death at the age of 52. From there I moved to the Diocese of Salisbury, where I was to serve for the next 31 years. First, I was Team Vicar in Parkstone, Poole, for 5 years, then vicar of Christ Church, Bradford-on-Avon, near Bath, for ten and a half years, before moving to Sturminster Newton in North Dorset in 2001.
Wendy and I have many interests outside church life. Music is very important to us, principally classical and jazz. We make occasional visits to English National Opera, and during our time in Dorset, were supporters of the excellent Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. We are passionate about birds and have been recorders for the British Trust for Ornithology for over 20 years. We also enjoy travel, and given our commitments at weekends, have found that midweek city breaks suit us very well. Highlights have included Paris, Pisa and Riga.

Three of our children live in the UK but two of our boys live in Australia, one in Brisbane and one in Sydney. A highlight of 2017 was our trip to witness Cane’s wedding to Megan in November. We have individual interests too. David would not dare venture too close to Wendy’s upholstery workshop and Wendy is not seen on a bicycle quite as often as David! Our unwritten motto is ‘work hard, and play hard.’

Sunday, 14 January 2018

St Mabyn Church Service

Warm thanks to the Reverend David Pollard – good to welcome him back! for his excellent service last Sunday. This coming Sunday, 21 January, at 10am, Steve Williams will lead our Praise Service, assisted by members of the Music Group who give such a great lead to our singing! Refreshments are always offered after the service and provide an opportunity for social time and chat with friends. Bell ringers, experienced or novice are wanted! Come to the bell tower at 7pm on Wednesday evenings, you will be very welcome!

St Mabyn Church Rotas

New rotas are being made up for sidesmen, and also readers so if you would like to volunteer to join the team – or perhaps no longer wish to perform these duties – please contact Carol Grigg on 841276. Carol is also organising help in cleaning the church – we have a very special occasion coming up! – so please let her know if you are willing to help.

St Mabyn Bible Study Group

This year’s Lent Discussion Group will be based on the 
Diocesan 2018 Lent course booklets “Responding to God’s grace” written by the Archdeacon, Audrey Elkington, and the first meeting will be on Tuesday 13 February, held at Trelowarth, Watergate Lane, home of David and Mary Bishop. Meet for coffee from 10.00am onwards and starting at 10.30am, and the group often then adjourns to the pub for lunch – but this is not compulsory! Course booklets are available from David Bishop, tel 01208-840010 and a warm welcome is offered to all, especially those who have not been previously. On Tuesday 6th February, there will be a supplementary meeting with Felicity Henchley telling us about the teaching of Christianity in Schools, with the title  “Schools and understanding Christianity” In church there is a charming “tree” made by Mary Bishop, with texts and many Thoughts attached, next to the Prayer Corner and this will be added to as the weeks go by – providing  a starting point for prayerful contemplation.