Article from The Rev'd Caspar Bush

Article for cluster parish magazines – autumn 2020

Plans are progressing for the regrouping of the churches in our area, so I wanted to give you an update, particularly if you are reading this as someone who may not be closely involved in the churches. The beauty and uniqueness of the Church of England is that our churches belong to everyone, not simply those who attend.

The churches in the south and east of our area, namely Feock, Devoran and Perranarworthal, are becoming one group called The Riverside Churches, and they will be served by a yet-to-be-appointed parish priest living in Carnon Downs.

The other churches at Chacewater, St Day, Carharrack, Gwennap and Stithians will form the other group – the name for this group is not yet decided – and they will be served by a parish priest living at St Day, also yet to be appointed. If you have a good idea about what to call this group please get in touch!

One of the big changes we are preparing for is a move away from a reliance on retired clergy to help us run Sunday services. The pandemic has meant that a number of these faithful priests have decided it’s no longer realistic to carry on serving the churches as they did before. This has given us a rather wonderful opportunity to arrange for many more services to be led by lay-leaders in our churches. We are already blessed with a good number of volunteer, trained local worship leaders and licensed local ministers (also known as Readers), but it’s fair to say that in recent years some of these leaders have felt under-used, or even overlooked. That is about to be put right. We’ll also be on the look-out for new people to be trained for these roles from within our churches.

Elsewhere in Truro Diocese some of these lay-led services end up being the most popular services in their churches, because those who take them have longer between services to plan them, and don’t have to rush in and out of churches on a Sunday like clergy often do. So we pray God will bless this new opportunity to bring new insights and encouragement and growth to our churches, as well as new impetus for our churches to serve the communities they’re in.

With my prayers and best wishes

Revd Caspar Bush (rural dean)