From the Rector
This month, I should like to use this column to bring you up to date with what is happening in our churches at this persistently confusing and alarming time.
As I write this in mid-June, circumstances are changing rapidly almost day by day, as the Lockdown restrictions alter.
By the time you read this in early July, things will almost certainly have moved on markedly again.
But to start with the best news, our new curate, Robin, about whom I wrote in detail last month, has now arrived in the Benefice, with his wife, Emmy, and their three children.
They will be living in Merrymeeting Farmhouse, Tresarrett, a lovely property which is being rented by the Diocese of Truro for the duration of Robin’s curacy.
The five parishes co-ordinated a super welcoming gift for the family, which was on the kitchen work surface when they arrived: boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, dried and packeted foods, and two splendid herb planters for the garden.
As I said last month, Robin’s ordination date has inevitably been put back in the light of the current limitations, but rest assured that he will be working amongst us in whatever ways are possible, just as soon as they are settled in.
Secondly, from 13th June it became possible for churches to be open for personal prayer.
On the face of it this was a welcome step forward, but inevitably the permission came with a considerable raft of hygiene and health and safety requirements. I am very grateful to those church officers who have worked so hard to make it possible for some of our seven churches to be open some of the time.
At this stage it has not been possible to have all the buildings open with all the safeguards in place. The safety of all who come through our doors is our prime concern and we will work very hard to ensure that and to see if we can move to having all our churches open again soon.
Thirdly, we are led to believe that the Government might allow places of worship to be open for worship sometime in July.
If that proves to be the case, we will again work hard and together to make sure that services can happen in our Benefice.
What we cannot tell at this stage is what pattern of services will be possible through our seven churches, given the inevitable restrictions that will still be in place, and taking into consideration which clergy and lay worship leaders will be available, given the Government’s advice on those whose health is vulnerable and those who are over 70.
But in all this we will do our very best to enable the churches of the Camelside Benefice to continue playing their important role in the life and well-being of our villages.