Root and Branch Synod

A perhaps controversial “lay-led inclusive synod” was recently held in Bristol and online on 5-12 September amid criticism from some Bishops. It was inspired by the notion that the Church needs a truly inclusive Synod that “starts with women, and doesn’t end there”. It offers The Bristol Text, a set of reflections and proposals as a contribution to the forthcoming global Synod, and to help inform each of us as Catholics to discern what our Lord is trying to tell us

Prof Mary Macalees, the former President of Republic of Ireland, in her keynote speech was sceptical about the process of the forthcoming Synod, observing that the lay consultative phase seemed limited. Critical of the current state of  Canon Law, she argued that synodality can only work if set in a context of an unequivocal acceptance by the Church that all the faithful are entitled to the inalienable rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sessions, talks and documents can be found here: The Root & Branch synod website 

Autumn Walks

Churches Together Walking meet at 9.30am on Wednesday mornings at St George’s church car park for a 6 mile walk taken at a steady pace.

Here are this season’s planned walks:

  • October 6th Loe Bar. Peter C
  • October 13th. Minions. Ron C
  • October 20th. Trefusis Point. Jean C
  • October 27th. St Newlyn East. Barry P
  • November 3rd. Porthallow. Margaret H
  • November 10th. Little Petherwick. Peter C
  • November 17th. Gunwalloe. Barry P
  • November 24th. St Wenn. Ron C

Bring a packed lunch and come prepared for the weather. If in doubt about the weather call the leader (numbers shown below) before 9am for more information.

  • Ron and Jean Cooke 01209 711725
  • Peter Cranch. 01872 271715
  • Barry Pettit 01872 273222
  • Margaret Hocking. 01872 719529

Creation: What can I do?

“Be not afraid!” … so Jesus tells his followers, knowing too well how fearful they were. We too can feel overwhelmed and despairing in the face of news about extreme climate events, but we too must allow ourselves to be comforted and strengthened by Jesus’s words. If we open ourselves to receive the grace of hope and do what we can, trusting in the Lord, who knows what we can achieve!

Here are two documents that describe the many ways in which people are trying to combat climate change…. They are both available to read online and/or to download:

What Can I Do? ideas which we can implement as individuals can be found here, and

39 Ways to Save the Planet, a summary of 6 of the programmes which aired on Radio 4 recently which highlight innovative ways to combat climate change on a larger scale, can be found here

“I cannot lift 1000lbs but I can lift 1lb 1000 times.”

So share with us what things you may have done recently – both little and large – so we may take courage and inspiration from what we all, as a community in Christ, are doing.

Please use the comments box at the bottom of this page to do so; you don’t have to give your name or contact details, but doing so would help us ….

SEASON OF CREATION

The World Day of Prayer on 1st September marks the start of the Season of Creation which lasts till 4th October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi). We as Christians everywhere will take this time to celebrate the world’s beauty; to wonder at its complexity; to spend time just being in the natural world. 

During this season we are asked to pray and examine how we as church, as a local community and as individuals can deepen our relation with God through our relationship with all Creation; and to ask how we fulfil our responsibility to renew God’s Creation as a “Home for all”. We are  asked especially to pray for the climate conferences taking place this autumn.

There are already many imaginative ideas, inspiring initiatives and relevant projects; so if you have any or know of one, do please pass them on to us, so that the PORTICO can share them during this coming month. 

Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCEW) statement can be found here ; Cardinal Bagnasco’s  joint statement with the CEC is here.

“For a Synodal Church”

Cardinal Grech, the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, reminds us that synodality was the form and style of the early Church, and that the Vatican II Council wanted us to recover that model of the Church, without renouncing any of the great advances of the Church in the second millennium. The focus of this Synod is to continue and further the Tradition of our Church in that regard.

The Cardinal notes that “to create a synod one must be a synod!” and therefore the process is starting now in dioceses and parishes everywhere. To help kickstart this process here, the Bishops of England and Wales have produced a statement and guide to the forthcoming Synod of Bishops, which can be found here. So, more on this in our own Diocese soon!

Sad Goodbye to the Music Group

After 30 years’ involvement in providing music at Mass in Truro, Gill Cousins has decided to stand down and consequently, the Music Group in its current form will be no more.

For many years now, ably assisted by Molly, Gill has led the Music Group and planned the hymns and Mass settings for each season of the church year, attending courses to keep up with changes, organising rehearsals and much much more.

Our heartfelt thanks to Gill and Molly and all who have sung and played with the Music Group, contributing so much to Sunday morning Mass in our church over the years.

Truro Street Pastors – New volunteers needed!!

Truro Street Pastors are part of a well organised, fully insured ministry that started in 2003 in Lambeth, London, and is now present in hundreds of towns and cities across the UK. Wherever they are present, crime rates fall, and for this reason many police forces have asked local churches to start Street Pastor groups.

We launched in Truro in 2010 after a request for help by the local police inspector, and have trained volunteers from many different churches and denominations across the City. The service is almost entirely funded by an annual grant from the City Council and is a unique affirmation from the secular authorities of the practical difference that Christian ‘Agape’ love can make in the world. 

Street Pastors go out onto the streets – generally on Saturday nights – to care for people who find themselves in difficulty or vulnerable for reasons such as alcohol consumption, drugs use, mental health problems, homelessness etc. while Prayer Pastors remain back at base, praying for those who need help and for the Pastors out on the streets trying to help them.

TRURO STREET PASTORS  are inviting members of the churches in Truro  to consider taking part in this excellent work by becoming Street Pastors, and Prayer Pastors.  New Trustees are also needed. 

See this article for more information; or contact Val Kincaid at vrkincaid@gmail.com or on 07884-976434.

TRURO STREET PASTORS

Critical Appeal for Volunteers – July 2021

Would you consider joining our friendly and supportive ‘church on the street’ in this exciting and vital front-line work in the night-time economy of Truro?

Are you …

… A good listener.

… Non-judgemental.

… Caring

Perhaps wishing to put your nursing, caring, medical or other people skills, to  good use.

… Respectful of other people’s opinions, beliefs and life stories.

… Not easily offended or shocked.

… Calm in a crisis.

… Tenacious, and enjoy solving problems

… A good team worker.

… Reasonably fit – able to walk a mile or so a night and carry a small pack or shoulder bag.

… Keen to learn and engage in training. 

… Open to the power of grace and prayer, and to God’s love both for the world and for all people.

… AGE IS NO BARRIER. Some of our most effective Street Pastors have been in their 70s and 80s. The young people love to see us, and the presence of someone who could be their grandma or grandad is a wonderful witness to God’s love for them.

Commitment …

One Saturday night per month.

Some Saturday morning training. 

Swops are arranged for holidays and sickness.

What are Street Pastors?

Truro Street Pastors are part of a well organised, fully insured ministry that started in 2003 in Lambeth, London, and is now present in hundreds of towns and cities across the UK. It is well known that wherever Street Pastor teams are present, crime rates fall, and for this reason many police forces have asked the churches to start Street Pastor groups in their areas.

We launched in Truro in 2010 after a request for help by the local police inspector, and subsequently drew and trained volunteers from many different churches and denominations across the City. This is still the case. The service also remains almost entirely funded by an annual grant from the City Council and is a unique affirmation from the secular authorities of the practical difference that Christian ‘Agape’ love can make in the world. 

We go out onto the streets – generally on Saturday nights – to care for people who find themselves in difficulty or vulnerable for reasons such as alcohol consumption, drugs use, mental health problems, homelessness etc.

Some of the things we do …

… help people find lost friends and transport 

… charge mobile phones to enable folk to contact family and friends

… provide items such as water and flip flops (to avoid injury from broken glass) … physically support people who have become very drunk as they sober up 

… call ambulances for those who are deteriorating or unwell.

… provide basic first aid for cuts and bruises (statutory first aid course provided)

… provide vomit bags to the taxi drivers friends and family to assist in transport … find shelter, provide sleeping bags, water, and coffee, – and most importantly … a listening ear – to the homeless

… provide a listening ear and friendship to the door staff, who often have very difficult and fragmented lives with two or more jobs.

… signpost folk to further help and advice if possible.

… collect bottles and cans from the street to avoid them becoming opportunist weapons.

… sweep up areas of broken glass where there is a potential for bare feet to be cut.

DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED!!  

The above list may appear daunting, but don’t be discouraged. Full training is given, and the teams are led by experienced Street Pastors. You will never be asked to do anything you are not comfortable with. I make it my duty to know everyone well, and the teams are intentionally balanced to make sure that each one has a variety of ages, skills, physical capacity and life experience. 

Most importantly, we have a team of Prayer Pastors at the base who pray into all the matters we continually ring back to them. In eleven years, we have never been unable to resolve a situation satisfactorily. This is God’s work, and a real opportunity to see prayer answered on a nightly basis. 

To a man and woman, we can witness to the fact that becoming a Street Pastor has changed our lives, opened our eyes, opened our hearts, and deepened our faith. Being part of an active, prayer-based, mutually supportive, outward-looking missional community is true Church, and we’d love you to experience this for yourself.

May God bless you as you consider whether you are being called to the work. I’d be delighted to have a chat or drop out to meet you if you’d like to find out more.

Jonathan Creber MA (Mission)

Co-ordinator

Truro Street Pastors

Home: 01726 882768 

truro@streetpastors.org.uk (comes to me only)

Appeal for TRUSTEES

PS. After eleven years, Truro Street Pastors also urgently needs four fresh trustees. 

If you are a leader in your church (paid or voluntary), have a sacrificial, missional heart, and would be keen to understand, support, and help develop Truro Street Pastors in our expanding City, then please contact Matt Noble – our current Chair of Trustees for an informal chat. Alternatively contact me as above.

Matt’s contact details are:

Mobile: 07950 186052

matt@citylifechurch.co.uk (Previously known as Truro Baptist Church)