Very briefly, all seems to be well on the Portloe front, village-wise and church-wise.
It’s great that the young among us are coming up with ideas for building on the enormous amount of
goodwill that already exists in our community.
New editor needed!
After many years the editor has reluctantly decided for a number of reasons that this year will be her last as editor of ‘Parish News’ – your last magazine in this format may well be December’s issue.
Anyone who would like to take on the rôle would have a free hand in the size, design and content – from the current A4 ‘newsletter’ to something a bit more ambitious. Call Christine if you’re interested: ’desk-top publishing’ can be fun!
Soup lunches ended on 5 March on a high note – such a splendid way to get together
during the winter months!
Aren’t baptisms joyful occasions these days? That of Millie Clark certainly was. The
church was absolutely full to bursting, mainly with young people, plus lots of ‘littlies’
and babies. Rev’d Philip abandoned the font, opting instead for the altar, which
meant that everyone could see what was happening. At his invitation several very young
children ‘helped’ with the baptism, young Millie blissfully sleeping throughout. At
their request Jeanette played two of the hymns sung at the wedding of Chris and Hannah,
the second one ’One more step along the world I go’ a truly celebratory finale.
But how we shall miss our beloved Jeanette and Barbara…
Contributions from parishes towards Diocesan costs was discussed at a recent Deanery
meeting. The Diocese of Truro, like all other Anglican Dioceses, provides certain services for its
parishes [these include legal and financial support and advice, training and support for parish
priests, management of clergy houses and glebe land etc].
Unlike many other Dioceses, Truro, as a new creation in 1877, has no ancient endowments, land
or investments, and is largely dependent on contributions from individual parishes to provide the
funding to run the Diocesan office and its obligations.
Currently the income from parishes is not enough to maintain the Diocese which is having to dip
into its modest reserves to balance the budget.
Recent arrangements have allowed parishes to make an offer that they feel they can afford, so
that in theory richer parishes can support those which are less welloff.
The Diocese suggests that this is not working and is asking for a cost-based system whereby each
parish pays the full amount of its ministry and other support costs.
Our cluster clergy have responded to this:
•reminding the Diocese of the many hours of volunteer time in parishes which seem not to be
acknowledged by the Diocese as ‘in kind’ support, worth, in money terms, a very considerable
amount. This of course includes the chairmen and members of numerous Diocesan committees
who give their time and expertise freely.
•The cost of ministry is known but we have no idea of the overall cost of Diocesan staff salaries and
•Many active members of congregations are pensioners who should not be expected to bridge the gap
in the Diocesan pensions fund.
•If it isn’t good practice for the Diocese to meet the shortfall out of its reserves, it is equally unfair
to expect parishes to do so.
•Given that parishes have to work hard to generate income, maybe the Diocese could organise a few
fund raising activities of its own? .
Veryan PCC have put together a guidance leaflet regarding monuments/flowers in the churchyard. It can be read here.
First of all, last year’s news!
Our Celebration of Christmas was, as ever, a very special event with an almost capacity
crowd. In addition to the familiar Bible story and carols, we were wonderfully
entertained with music, songs and readings. As the Rev’d Philip couldn’t
be with us, his ‘slot’ was filled by a poem (see page 10of this month’s Parish Magazine).
The evening began and ended with a delicious glass of mulled wine, and, to cheer us
on our way, lots of mince pies to follow.
As usual, Pam played throughout the evening and also for our Midnight Worship on Christmas Eve
with the Rev’d Aubin de Gruchy. We were, and are, well and truly blessed.
The January soup lunch was great fun. Please come and join us for the next one on
Monday 5th February, around 12.30 pm.
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!