The first winter soup lunch was a very jolly affair – maybe Rachel and Lin had added a
special ingredient to their delicious soups ? In addition a still warm and yummy bread pudding
appeared, thanks to Wilma – which went down a treat with a cup of tea. The next soup
lunch is on Monday 4 December—do join us around 12.30pm.
Two Christmas events in Portloe:
Celebration of Christmas on Wednesday 20th at 7 pm, with mulled wine and mince
pies, and Midnight Worship on Christmas Eve at 11.30 pm. It’s good that we will
again welcome the Rev’d Aubin de Gruchy, Chaplain to Truro School, to lead the service
and to greet Christmas Day.
The Christmas message, “Peace on earth, goodwill to men” is, perhaps, more appropriate this
year than ever before.
The very welcome news of the appointment of our priest, the Rev’d Philip
Greenhalgh, means that there are some changes to Portloe’s diary of events.
Our Harvest Thanksgiving will now be on Sunday 8th October at 10,.30 am with
harvest supper on Monday 9th at 7 o’clock. There will be posters with details –
come and join us!
Wimter soup lunches: the first is on Monday 6 November at 12.30 pm – you know
the drill, just come and enjoy.
Like its counterpart in the poem by e. e. cummings Portloe’s church might (softly) say of
itself “i am just a little church (no great cathedral)…far from the frantic world with its
rapture and anguish..”
However it seems that, on the quiet, it has been welcoming people from far and wide in its
own understated way. A glance at the visitors’ book for the last couple of months will reveal
that there have been visitors from Sweden, Austria, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Germany, Wales, Australia and the U.S.A., not forgetting those from places closer to home.
Those who record their visit often write of the peace and sense of welcome they find here.
We pray that all who find our churches on their travels may experience that peace and the
love of God and take away encouragement for their pilgrimage of life.
NEW PRIEST APPOINTED
The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, is pleased to announce the appointment of the
Revd Philip Greenhalgh (currently Rector of Bewcastle, Stapleton and Kirklinton with Hethersgill in the Diocese of Carlisle) to be Priest-in-charge (house for duty) of the benefice of Veryan with Ruanlanihorne (Diocese of Truro). A service of Licensing will be held on Monday 2 October in Veryan Church.
Inclement weather aside, around 50 of us gathered in Portloe
Church and harbour on the evening of the 15th May to attend
the special annual Blessing of the Sea Ceremony. We even
managed to lure Father Doug down from Inverness that day to
perform the ceremony and host our evening – his tenth, and, if
he is to be believed, last time!
Given the poor weather we had a ‘top ’n tail’ service – performing
the beginning and end of the service in the church, and, then
processing down to the harbour to cast the beautifully decorated
cross into the sea to bless the waters and all who use them. We
were then treated to a magnificent feast in the church – courtesy
of the indomitable Joyce’s culinary skill, and which included
delicious crab caught by our very own Chris Mlynski – such
that we all committed to a 10k run the next morning to atone
for our indulgence.
The evening was splendidly topped off by the jewel-like singing
of Gena, Mike’s haunting saxophone rendition of
‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, and the mellifluously-told
tales of Trounce. We left with a smile on our faces, warmth in
our hearts, and deep gratitude for the enduring holding quality
of the Portloe community. Father Doug optimistically handed
the wooden cross over to Jeanne, and we look forward to whoever
will be our presiding priest in 2018!
The last of our winter soup lunches has been held and what a jolly affair it was!
Two simply delicious soups provided by Rachel and Joyce plus all the usual
goodies. We’ve also had a welcome offer from Lin to make soup next winter –
can’t wait! – for the soup, that is, not winter…
Isn’t it great to have light evenings again, and now welcome warm sunshine?
The church’s Open Meeting will be held on Monday 10 April at 7 o’clock:
do come and join us.
And don’t forget, the Blessing of the Sea on Monday 15 May,
Details next month
BUT PLEASE BOOK FOR SUPPER!
Contact Joyce or Jeanne!
The vicarage has been sold and an offer made by the Diocese on a bungalow which, although it will need some modifications to
make it suitable for a clergy house, will provide the accommodation essential for a ‘house-for-duty’ priest.
This progress means that the post can now be advertised – on the national and Diocesan church websites and in the ‘Church Times’ – and, as the Archdeacon commented, ‘we only need one applicant, if it’s the right one!’
Your PCCs have done their best to produce a ‘Statement of Needs’ which reflects all our wishes and concerns, and it’s up to others now to answer our hopes and prayers that we shall sometime this year once again have
a priest to care for the spiritual needs of our two parishes.
The briefest report on our celebration of Christmas which, ‘twas said, was the best ever. In fact we’ve used the same format for sixteen years and it obviously works well for us.
Why, there’s even a list of new volunteer performers for this year’s event! Some of the credit for the evening must go to the three generations of the Burley family who between them decorated the tree so beautifully.
And as always Midnight Worship on Christmas Eve with the Revd Aubin de Gruchy provided the perfect start to The Day.
Monthly winter soup lunches are, it seems, here to stay. The next is on Monday 6 February and we’ll look forward to seeing you here, 12.30-ish.