St Mabyn Church...recent events

 

The Agape meal was held in the Church on Maundy Thursday to commemorate the last supper.

 

The Lent course is an exploration into the truth of the Christian faith as revealed in Jesus Christ.

The first session on 17th February was an introduction to the creeds - what we believe in and trust.
We covered the Apostles creed - which sets out the faith of the Church and the Nicene creed, a more detailed summary of what the church believes.
We spent much of the time exploring the reasons the creeds were developed.

The second session, which was on 24th February explored the profound and wonderful truth that God is Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We looked at and were inspired by Russian Icons of the Trinity. 
We discussed the love and self-giving within the Trinity and which person of the Trinity we found it hardest to engage with and why!

In the third session, on Tuesday 1st March, we explored the unique nature of Jesus.
This will teach us a great deal about God and what it is to be human.

 

Speaking Out 2016
A challenge for Lent
St Tudy and St Mabyn were the first people to speak about Jesus in our area of North Cornwall,
They have been followed by many generations of faithful people speaking of salvation and hope.
It is by these first saints telling their story and then others telling their story that we arrive at today.
Bishop Tim has issued a challenge for 2016 and is asking people to tell their stories of faith and share with others something of what is important to them and why.
It is a challenge that before Easter two thousand and sixteen faith stories will be spoken and heard in Cornwall ie To speak hope, to speak love, to tell story.
This may be done with members of our your family , friends or shared in Church or the pub !
It may be a story about someone else who has shared their story with you in the past.
If you would like to write a few words then this could be emailed to a friend or published anonymously on a website eg www.stmabynchurch.co.uk or shared on social media.
Story telling has always been with us and certainly outdates modern technology so please keep this tradition going.

Bishop Tim

ST MABYN LABYRINTH – 2015  

The labyrinth is a place of healing and celebration, a place where new direction for life is sought and found. Labyrinths are seen as a ‘divine imprint’, found in Christian traditions in various forms around the world. . St Mabyn church held a Labyrinth week with the active involvement of the St Mabyn CoE School – staff and children, people from the community and the church and of course Rev Canon Dave Elkington, our Rural Dean. It proved a most uplifting and inspiring addition to the life of the village.
We thank the Reverend Robert Thewsey, of Boscastle who lent us the labyrinth canvas. This was laid out in the nave. We created three “stations” as preparation for those starting to walk the labyrinth. These were Beginning (a time for silence and contemplation around the font), Burdens (getting rid of the rubbish in our lives, in a bin placed by the wall under a picture called Amazing Grace) and Seeds of Hope (planting the seeds that will enable us to achieve more of what we are good at, by the pulpit). After the walk there were two further “stations”: Prayers of thanks, for the community, for our families and for the world, and Reflections, which included “footprints, drawing and writing”. There were plenty of seats for sitting in quiet contemplation and “supervisors” in attendance to give guidance at the “stations” – and to offer refreshment too!
Over 250 people came to church that week and the feedback, from all ages, was overwhelmingly positive. There is clearly a need for us all to take “time out” and contemplate and to reflect on our and the worlds Burdens and Seeds of Hope. The exit surveys gave many examples of deep thinking and humour that are never far away in so-called normal life!
The actual walking of the labyrinth, in socks, stockings and bare feet, on the Holy ground, made for a very tactile experience too – which was enhanced by holding and warming a stone and thinking of the Seeds of Hope. There is no right or wrong way to walk it, nothing has to be done, it’s flexibility and accessibility enables people to engage with God in a direct and personal way. It can serve as a desert, a wilderness for the explorer, offering opportunities for renewal and growth.
This is a starting point for exploring the nature of one’s spirituality.
The aura in this very large (for a small village!) late medieval building is always calm and inspiring and bright sunlight pouring through the beautiful large stained glass windows is always uplifting and in this lovely week in June made the whole experience something which, in the words of many attending “must be taken to other churches!” If you are interested please contact Rev Canon Dave Elkington. We have templates for the station guidance notes, team instructions, labyrinth walk guidance and publicity material that are available at the click of a mouse!

guidance notes for the “stations” of the labyrinth