From the Vicar
I recently received an email from the Diocese of Truro asking me to help them update their records about how regularly and during which hours our churches are open and accessible.
I was pleased to be able to send in a very positive reply given that the seven churches in our Cluster are all unlocked for the most part in daylight hours throughout the year. In the case of one of them, Temple, the church is always open. I soon received a grateful response, ‘Bishop Chris will be pleased. He loves open churches!’
But having our churches open and accessible is about much more than pleasing our Bishop. All the churches in the Camelside Cluster are undeniably beautiful and are worth visiting at any time. But in addition they are there as a resource both for the local community and for the many visitors who come to our lovely region all through the year and especially in the summer.
For some, this will mean regular Sunday worship but for many more it will mean an occasional visit, perhaps just to look around a holy and historic place, maybe for a few moments’ peaceful reflection and prayer.
The essential truth is that the church buildings belong to no-one and everyone. We keep them open because if they are seen as a resource for a solitary hour of weekly worship, a huge opportunity is missed.
It’s a joy to read the comments in our visitors’ books, comments that often refer to the peace and the beauty but also to the very fact that the church was open.
Only last week, the book at St Tudy contained a comment to just that effect from a group of cyclists who had stopped off during their attempt to cover Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Our churches are there for you, whoever you are and whatever your needs.
Why not pop in to your parish church for a time of prayer and stillness. It will almost certainly be open and it’s most definitely more yours than it is mine.