A laid back youth club with everyone just hanging out and chatting with a fire.
And we carried on with the work on the bench – it will be finished one day!
What a treat we had today. We visited Hustyns today and had a very lovely swim in an amazing swimming pool. We gathered in Lerryn car park and headed out across some snowy roads, thankfully now some what clearer, pass the village of Withiel (we live in Lostwithiel) and arrived at Hustyns.
It is fantastic. It is set in the middle of some open fields. It is a long drive to the hotel and I must admit a lovely way to arrive. The building itself is amazing architecture. I think it was built in the 1960s and comes complete with it’s own nuclear bunker. We weren’t staying in any rooms, but the hotel does have a lot of them. This would make an ideal wedding venue. Not sure if you can get married here but Withiel church is a mile down the road and is a beautiful place to be.
What we were wanting to see was the swimming pool. It is a 20 metre pool and it comes with a sauna, steam room, hot tub and they have a swimming lane roped off when the pool is full. The swimming pool is open to everyone, the rest you need to be 16 and over. Take a look at this page to see the swimming pool: https://www.hustyns.co.uk/facilities/. We had an hour to totally immerse (pun intended) ourselves in the swimming pool and it was fun. They have a ton of soft toys, balls and several floating basket ball nets. An hour slipped by and I jumped out leaving the young people and the other leaders to enjoy another 30 minutes. It was over too soon.
Hustyns is welcoming and full of very helpful people. They couldn’t do enough for us and we had an amazing time. Thank you to all the Hustyns staff, you made us feel very welcome and we enjoyed ourselves.
For anyone reading this that runs a youth club, then heads up you can camp here as well, which in my opinion makes it the perfect venue. Hopefully, we’ll be camping here in the May half term.
Please bless all of the hard-working farmers that provide crops, milk and meat for all of us hungry lot.
Not of all of us on this planet get food, so please help anyone in anyway to provide food for them.
Let’s all work together to depolute our oceans so we have more living sea animals.
It makes me really sad when I walk around Lerryn and see rubbish, so let’s all work together to stop that.
Also I would like to pray for dogs and cats and any other exotic animals you lot have.
Lots of these pets get dumped out on the streets to starve and get very ill, personally even thinking about that makes me extremely sad because I have 2 dogs that I love and I pray that nothing like that happens to them.
The last but definately not least thing I want to pray about is young people:
First of all can we give Anna and Richard a huge thank you for running youth club every friday night!
Now, this is the next generation and most of us kids are usually stuck on our phones ignoring everybody else!
But that’s not the case for some kids of all ages.
We pray for those who aren’t cared about like all of us, we pray especially for those who suffer from depression and who are sad and lonely.
We lift them up to you, Father comfort them, we all know you care for them just the same as you care about us.
Finally I would like to pray for X, I know that you have the power to heal her, so please do so.
Bless us all
Loving and Merciful God.
It is Winter;
Let not the coldness enter my heart
And chill my neighbourliness.
Let not the short days
Shorten my temper with all those whom I love.
Let not the darkness
Dim my spirits and close my eyes to your goodness.
Grant me the grace to see the signs of Spring
That I may grow in hope.
Teach me to trust in Jesus Christ,
Who walks in the wilderness with me,
As we face towards Easter.
JH Feb 12
Undoubtedly, you’re already wondering where on earth the time is going! No sooner is Christmas over with before its time to start thinking about Easter! I’m discovering that forward planning is a vital part of my role, something I’m trying to get better at!
Perhaps I can learn a lesson from our retail giants, after all, what a stroke of consumer genius to put Christmas crackers and Easter eggs out at the SAME time! So, in an attempt to keep you as informed as possible I’ve included some important dates for the diary taking place in the next couple of weeks and months.
The Annual Parochial Church Councils 2017 (A.P.C.M) will be held at St Winnow School on Thursday 27th April at 1930. Each parish council will meet separately on the night, but in one place with refreshments following. This is much more time effective and conducive to benefice relationships.
The Pre APCM parish meetings to elect our Churchwardens will be held after the services on the following dates;
I’m also delighted to say that the Archdeacon of Bodmin will be visiting our benefice this year on the following dates:
The Benefice Lent course this year will be held on consecutive Mondays starting on 6th March at 1930 in St Bartholomew’s Church. The 5 week course is called ‘Where is God…? ‘exploring how we might find honest answers to life’s biggest questions by serious and open thinking’. Refreshments will be available. Download a copy of the Lent Course 2017 Poster.
Finally, to say that I’ve arranged ‘taster & training’ events for those interested in exploring and joining our Open the Book teams. Shelly Porter, the diocesan missions co-ordinator will be with us on Wednesday 15th March between 1300-1430 at the Church Rooms to offer a ‘taster’ event and then at St Brevita Lanlivery on Tuesday 9 th May between 1300-1600 for a training event for those joining the teams.
I look forward to seeing you at some of these events as together, we attempt to seek God’s kingdom and grow the Church.
I expect many of you have heard the expression, “With the New Year we all get a clean slate”. Some will remember that before exercise books, pencils and rubbers children at school would write with a slate pencil on a slate.
One of the problems with a slate was that when you had made a mistake you couldn’t simply rub that mistake out. Your mistake was there in front of you and so it was impossible to forget it. Only when the slate was completely filled up were you allowed to wipe the slate clean. The term, ” a clean slate” referred to starting all over again.
As we move forward into this new year we think of new resolutions, new goals, putting things right, wiping out past mistakes. We think about doing those things but do we really make any effective changes in our lives? For most of us 2017 only gives a fresh start our old habits.
There is, however, someone who came into our world to wipe our slates clean, to give us a new start and to teach us his ways. We celebrated his birth a short while ago. His name is Jesus. At the beginning of the year
why not put your faith in him and see what changes he can make for you?
Jesus said to a sinful woman, “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:48,50)
May you all know the peace of God in your lives in 2017.
A Homily given by Canon John Halkes
St Paul on visiting Athens -just 40 years after the events we followed tonight-famously said: ‘Men of Athens I see you are religious and there are statues to your gods. And I see that you even have an altar inscribed ‘to an unknown god’ . But I come among you to speak of a God who is known’.
The Epiphany of our Lord which we celebrate today – is just that; God being made known to us in Jesus, who manifestly enters our world so that our God may be recognised and known. And loved rather than feared because of that.
Tonight’s Christmas to Epiphany story is significant at all levels.
Jesus is born to a maid called Mary by God’s will. And she and Joseph her husband break all human protocols and remain obedient to their calling.
The birth is lowly -in a stable not a palace. God comes as a baby- vulnerable and frail. The first witnesses are Shepherds, who because of their calling are ritually unclean – but it is they, not the rich and powerful, who become the first recipients of Glory.
Later witnesses are the Magi who followed a star by their learning. Their instinct is to pay homage to a god they yearn for. It is apparent that Jesus is for the whole world’s yearning; gentiles and Jews. That later insight is indeed world changing.
But the world is evil and violent. So the first human role of this Christ child is to be a refugee from the terror of Herod -the epitome of neurotic insecurity- whose instinct is to subjugate. Think of Assad today.
So this is our Emmanuel -which means ‘God with us’
Vulnerable; marginalised; endangered and universally human. This Jesus is, as the passionate poet Wm Blake wrote 17 centuries later:
Mercy in a human heart, Pity a human face, and love the human form divine
and peace the human dress.
Tonight our Christmas Feast comes to an end- but the season continues through Epiphany to the date on the 2nd of February -when we celebrate Jesus being presented in the temple; so the crib stays until then as a reminder.
And we who have barely recovered from the political global shocks of 2016 look forward to the new year- now never more dependent on God for guidance as to how we are to proceed.
In the words of W B Yeats’ prophetic poem ‘The Second Coming’
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;…..
..The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity
But we must always remember that our world is redeemable and redeemed:
global poverty is decreasing; global health and education improving; child mortality rates falling; climate change is being addressed despite the politicians -and surprisingly global death through violence is at a record low.
W B Yeats writes towards the end of that poem that he now knows that, despite the darkness of the moment
‘That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle.’
Tonight we see God among us and we shall never forget that rocking cradle that brought us here.