Bells historic building, open light, camaraderie
Star points: Carn Brea brings us all closer to God. The people and the animals mean that we are living in God’s earth. The great flat lode offers great walking and cycling opportunities and is within walking distance of the Rectory.
What makes St. Euny distinctive: The sacred space dedicated to the message of Christ was established by Saint Euny in the sixth century. This ancient parish church of Redruth is still here today, and is open to all. Since the shift of population during the mining boom of the 1800s, the church finds itself situated on the edge of the main town and there is a rural feel about it. This can convey a somewhat sleepy air, which disguises the past of having been at the centre of enormous industrial activity, innovation, development and change. The church has adapted to change and remains as a gateway to the exploration of what it means to be close to God as we continue to grow our congregation. This church, being on the edge, goes out of its way to offer a welcome to those who find themselves also ‘on the edge’ in whatever way that represents itself, and we never forget that as we grow in faith we are all on the edge of something wonderful. With this in mind we work towards living God’s abundant life in a responsive and people led fashion. This approach would appear to be bearing fruit as we welcome a variety of new people to the church during our Wednesday Open Café afternoons, in a no strings offer of tea, cake, laughter and conversation. Our patient approach towards this activity has seen members exploring their own attitudes to faith at their own pace, and there is a happy blend of people who have been part of the weekly worshipping community alongside those who only come along for the fellowship. With faith and hope we aspire to offer love and friendship to all who come here, and to demonstrate the care of Christ in our lives. We truly feel that God is working in this place, and that our growing range of activities provide support and succour for the people of this parish, as well as the many visitors that we welcome every year as they explore the mining heritage of this area.
We are blessed with a beautiful building which lends itself to community activity. There are shortcomings (limited car parking, no separate church hall), but the interior space is flexible and friendly. People are drawn to this place for quiet and reflection, and we are a popular venue for celebrating marriage and baptisms, as well as funerals, often reflecting long held family association with this place. Many of the people who come here are not comfortable with the routines of traditional worship, so our church community is actually higher than the electoral roll of 31 might lead one to believe. We have a Sunday service of Holy communion at 11.15am on the first Sunday of each month, and a lay led service of the word at 11.15am on the second Sunday. The third Sunday sees an alternative service of Holy communion at 11.15am, and we are the only church in the benefice to offer a Sung Evensong at 6pm every fourth Sunday. With the benefit of having an active Licensed Reader as part of our congregation, as well as a local worship leader/Godly play leader, we are able to offer thoughtful lay led services as well as the traditional.
The Tudor bell tower has a ring of eight bells, and is unique to the benefice. It is managed by members of the bellringing community. We regularly welcome visiting groups of ringers to ring quarter, half, and full peals. There will be need for fundraising towards the ongoing needs of the belltower in the next few years. Our mining heritage attracts several interest groups to visit us for guided tours (e.g. Methodist pilgrimages and local history groups). We continue to hold social activities that reach out. Our Christmas tree festival, wreath making, and craft afternoons were popular, and we are pleased to welcome the Cornish speaking community for their annual service each new year. Our annual St. Euny feast, Easter craft, Summer BBQ and Mining Festival are all part of the church year, along with a Pet service and Harvest supper, and we are pleased that these events are supported by the whole benefice. We are also providing space for whole benefice growth, hosting Bible study, Alpha course and Confirmation classes, and we are open to other events as the spirit leads us. The church is open daily throughout the summer months and is a participant int the ‘Celtic quiet spaces’ initiative. We would like to introduce a wild church in the future as this is something that the beautiful churchyard would really lend itself to.
Here are some comments from people when asked ‘what do you like about St. Euny Church‘:
Friendly , inclusive, welcoming, so helpful, interesting people, friendship, peaceful and special, and surrounded by nature. We love the drama in services (particularly the pyrotechnics before Palm Sunday!), it’s great that animals are included. It’s so nice to see a person like us. Like Jesus said, you love one another as he loved you.
St Euny – Redruth
§ Open Café
§ Christmas tree festival (with St Andrews),
§ wreath making,
§ craft afternoons
§ Annual Cornish Language service
§ Host to Methodist pilgrimages and local history groups
§ St. Euny feast,
§ Easter craft,
§ Summer BBQ and
§ Mining Festival
Open Café was launched in September 2017. The initial idea was to attract people from the local area who stated a love and affiliation for St. Euny, yet would never choose to visit.
A week day was chosen to fit in with an outreach worker who was employed by us for a short time.
The beginning of the project was largely supported by one group of friends of the then churchwarden, who did not fit the demographic, yet who enthusiastically grasped the idea of forming a ukulele group, while a smaller group of more vulnerable people embraced adult colouring and crafts.
Over time it became clear that the two groups were not a comfortable fit inside the church building, and the departure of the outreach worker led to the ukulele group finding a more suitable home elsewhere with their new tutor.
Six months later, we went into lock down.
As soon as restrictions allowed, we reopened Open Cafe as a support group for vulnerable people who were at risk of isolation, and the decision was made to combine the day in which we held our weekly service of Holy Communion with the Open Café. So we settled into the current Wednesday routine of 1.30pm HC, followed immediately by OC. We have been fortunate to have the continuity offered by Father Peter Fellows being our regular officiant.
Since that time, we have seen an extraordinary growth. It would seem that since lockdown there has been a shifting of attitudes, both of the traditional Sunday congregation and the communities within the five churches, who have all been willing to embrace the ethos of friendliness and plenty of tea. Where once there were unspoken church boundaries, now there are new bonds being formed.
We don’t charge, yet contributions mean that the OC pays for itself now.
We regularly welcome around 14 people to the HC service, then over 20 people will stay for the rest of the afternoon. And a group of leaders are emerging who are enabling the group to run independently.
Some people have been encouraged to join through having been bereaved, and we have a group of around 5 or 6 men who have naturally gravitated towards each other. There is a recognition within the community that the church is open, and many people will know that they can pop in and ask questions and look around.
We include the group members in preparation for church events, with an open invitation for everything that we do, but no sense of pressure, and people who attend the Open Cafe these days, are very aware that they are in a church setting and are receptive of that, which has created some meaningful conversations and a willingness from some people to explore their own faith.
The clergy do pop in and out, and their presence is very welcome and important, but it is very much a community led project, rather than relying on one charismatic leader, which lessens the chance of the group developing an emotional reliance on one person which is not sustainable.
We now have an eclectic blend of church community members, alongside people who only attend Open Cafe, and a growing number of people from the local area, who were the people at whom the cafe was first aimed.
We try to listen to the needs of the people who attend and react sensitively and responsively.
On a personal level my involvement in setting up, running, and adapting the Open Café over the past six years has directly influenced my own growth on a personal and spiritual level. I have worked with a number of people who have had differing advice and input into how the group is run and what it is that we offer.
At first, I found it difficult to voice my own views and opinions, but as my confidence has grown, I have been pleased to build up a small core of leaders who share my instinct to create a Christ led community group who are mutually supportive, respectful and friendly towards each other. Together, we have understood what is required to maintain a project, how not to be afraid to let things go, and to have patience and faith when sometimes it has seemed that we didn’t seem to know where we were going.
From September I will no longer be attending on a regular basis as I change my priorities towards my pioneering training, and it is important to enable the leadership team to run the group successfully without reliance on my experience.
We aim to be responsive and listen to the needs of individuals. Which seems to be a well-received strategy which builds up trust and a sense of community ownership.
Looking to the future, it seems to be time to start asking the group what else they might want to do, and to grow that sense of ownership in a way that puts the responsibility of running any further projects within themselves. However, it will always be borne in mind that this is a church outreach project, and any potential leaders will be encouraged to adhere to the ethos of the Church and will look towards church leaders for support and guidance in any new projects.
Accounts of St Euny Uke’s Outreach
26th February Barncoose Hospital by Bob
On the 26th February a group of 6 St Euny Ukulele players visited the stroke ward at Barncoose hospital. We were warmly welcomed and copies of the songs played were printed out for the patients to sing along with us. They also had percussion instruments to play. One of the songs we played was Waltzing Matilda and one of the patients had spent a lot of time in Australia and many other places. He really opened up when we played this song and had a long discussion with us afterwards explaining the meaning of all the aborigine words which was great. We learnt afterwards that this patient hadn’t spoken since he had been a patient in the hospital so this was a real bonus to the patient, the staff and gave us satisfaction that we had helped. We hope to return. (By Bob Sanderson)
We also held our first birthday Music Event last September and invited other Ukulele groups to play with us, as well as a guest guitarist Emilio Aylto and student from Mounts Bay Academy.
March Magic at Miners Court 2019 by Terry
In a Cornish missel, we arrived and there were posters of us everywhere announcing our event. Miners Court was busy with activities; hairdressers, bingo and book and coffee corner. The residents were alert going from one friend to another.
And then there was our room the day room, decorates with St Piran flags and the Patron Saint of Miners here “his day on March 5th.
We set up in an arc at one end of the room and went through our programme. Briefly between numbers we chatted with the audience who had been given the song sheets in large print. My goodness they all sang well and when we performed “Singing in the rain” they loudly said how appropriate! We spoke of the countries we were all singing of, Waltzing Matilda (Australia) and were given large applauses at playing Camp Down Races.
In honour of St Piran we played 2 Cornish songs “Little eyes” and “White Rose” which was very rousing. In total we played 16 songs, which we enjoyed by all and when we asked if you could take a jet plane where would you go? This brought amazing replies; Australia, Spain,, the continent and one said I’d stay here in Cornwall, as it’s so lovely.
I believe we stimulated the residents of Miners Court and in turn they inspired us!
Oh Yes, it was also Rosie’s Birthday, so spontaneously we played “Happy Birthday!” A Great afternoon was had by all and we raised £40 towards the St Euny Defibrillator Fund.
Other places we have played;
2nd April 2019 Lanyon ward Rehab Barncoose by Terry
St Euny Uke’s outreach band gathered prompt at out patients reception, eagerly we went to Lanyon ward. We settled into our 18 tune repertoire and this went down well with the patients arms raised to the music and flowing first one way than the next to our version of Rod Stewarts “Sailing”, We also had learnt “Doing the Lambeth Walk” as Lanyon had requested this last time, and this was much appreciated. We also played some other new tunes, “Cockles and Mussels” and “How much is the Doggie in the Window?”
Our programme was geared for rehabilitation and “he’s got the whole world” song did just that, with sweeping arm movements to the “whole mood” and other arm movement for other words in the song.
We also choose a song “deep in the heart of Texas” was chosen so patients could do the 4 stamps and exercise their legs. We ended with “Amazing Grace” and a solo by Phil which was “shake rattle and roll” which received the biggest crescendo of applause for Phil, which was marvellous.
There were 7 ukulele players and 6 select patients, who were at a stage of rehab that would benefit from the groups stimulations by the music. A lady came, complete with her bed! Her eyes remained closed, but during the song’s she sang the loudest and occasionally
Also as I was assisting a wheel chaired lady back to her room she said, “that was lovely, I’m so glad you ended with Amazing Grace, I feel like I have been to Church!
We have also played at
- Butter Market twice ( I will send a pic)
- Redruth Library ( I will send a pic)
- St Merryn Strum in the sun event. ( Pic to follow)
- Various Church services and events at St Euny and Treleigh
- 23rd April St Euny Uke’s performance at Gwennap Church.
- 25th April Open Café and St Euny Uke’s lunch and music day out at Treloyan Manor Village project Thursday
- 16th May at 6pm A community Music, Art and dance event featuring Claire Inglehart choir and Simon Birch Dance Production and St Euny Uke’s.
- 8th June St euny Uke’s performance at Redruth Library “make a noise event”
- June St euny Uke’s at Strum in Sun St Merryn 14th and 15th June
- 3rd August Barncoose Gardens and house have asked us to play a 20 minute session.
Lucie, the St Euny Church warden & worship Leader has been leading experience church events...
St. Stephen’s Church, Treleigh
1st – 3rd October 2019
Galatians 5 : 22-23
‘But the spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.’
Following last term’s ‘experience church’, the second ‘experience’ took place, this time the subject was harvest.
The team reassembled, with a couple of welcome new additions, and the church was transformed. Five stations were set up representing Harvest of the garden, ocean, flock, grain and the earth.
The children were introduced to these concepts by interacting at the various stations, learning about Patience; through the planting of seeds, Peace; through the story of Jesus calming the sea, Humility; by learning that a garment is woven through the skills of many, who cannot work alone, Generosity; by the sharing of bread and the Joy of giving, by making a pot to give away.
The final experience was ‘thanksgiving’, where the children learned about the Jewish celebration of Sukkot. They hung fruits, bearing the words from each station in the Sukkah, which was assembled as the Jewish people do during Sukkot, to remember Moses leading his people through the desert to the promised land, which in turn reminds them of God’s faithfulness.
All in all, it was a very positive time and I would like to thank all the volunteers who generously gave of their time and talents.
The wonderful harvest loaf was handcrafted and donated by Ian ‘Denzil’ Trevethick from Fore Street Redruth. The veg was given by Liz and Geoffrey from St Euny Churchtown and a corn sheaf was sourced by Charmaine. Margaret Davis donated a sheet which became our troubled sea, and Anthony gave the apples. A big thanks to all who donated. The harvest loaf and veg were used to form the display at the altar for the Harvest Festival service at St Euny Church on the 6th October.
During my time arranging this event I can truly say that I myself have witnessed these ‘fruits of the spirit’ in action and it has been a great learning time for me.