A Safe Space for students offering sanctuary and hot buttered toast

Many of us dropping off our young people in strange new university towns, quietly weeping on the way home as they dive headlong into Freshers’ Week, yearn for a safe space for them. Student life can be an exhilarating but daunting rollercoaster of newness – new friends, new identity in a new life, new freedoms […]

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Bishop Philip thanks our helicopter search and rescue team

Bishop Philip has expressed his gratitude for the hugely skilled, professional and courageous work of the helicopter search and rescue teams, on a visit to their Newquay base. Bishop Philip met with Chief Pilot Mark Coupland and a serving crew, and was given a detailed tour of the operations centre and accommodation facilities, and an […]

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Synod agrees to appointment of new Bishop of St Germans

Truro Diocesan Synod voted to approve the appointment of a new Bishop of St Germans, when it met on Saturday, September 28. The synod was asked to formally give approval to the appointment, following a decision by the Dioceses Commission to go ahead and recruit a replacement for Bishop Chris Goldsmith. Bishop Chris resigned the […]

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Bishop Philip backs call for respect

The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, has urged people to heed calls for debate to be carried out with respect – saying that to do so is a part of our Cornish tradition.  A joint statement issued on behalf of the Church of England’s College of Bishops calls for respect on all […]

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Six go down to the sea

When Revd Anne Brown asked the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, to oversee clergy from Pydar Deanery as they reaffirmed their baptism vows, he was delighted to agree. His only condition was that he should join them and reaffirm his vows alongside them in the sea at Perranporth. And so it happened that […]

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New ministry in St Fimbarrus, Fowey

The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, has appointed the Revd Ian Gulland as interim Priest-in-Charge in the benefice of Fowey. Bishop Philip has chosen to appoint Revd Gulland to this role for six months, asking him to work with the parish in exploring their future mission and ministry across the whole town. […]

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Bishop Philip talks environmental stewardship

Environmental stewardship is a really helpful term. It reminds us that we have a God given responsibility to look after and to care for the environment and that goes right back to Genesis and to God’s command to do exactly that. We are stewards of the earth and that’s a really high calling. If we […]

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Revd Mary West, the vicar who promised to leave church if women were ever ordained

“If ever I walk into this church and see a woman behind the altar I shall walk out again!” Words spoken, probably loudly, by Revd Mary West to her long-suffering vicar, while God looked on with a wry smile. As it turned out, Mary was amongst the first women to be ordained 25 years ago. […]

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A message of thanks from Bishop Chris and Ellie Goldsmith

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the Vocations day in Truro Cathedral. It was a celebration of personal story-telling as we heard how God has touched the lives of so many of us. There was also a sense of us stretching to hear what God might next be calling each of […]

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Niggles not mountains in women’s ministry today

Revd Becca Bell, priest in charge of six churches in Southeast Cornwall, firmly believes that women’s ministry has come a very long way in 25 years, but that there’s still more road ahead. Revd Becca is immensely grateful for the work undertaken by all those who have gone before, “I really can’t comprehend what they […]

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