Welcome

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Cluster web site 

We are living in strange times, but the great news is we are now permitted to open our churches for private prayer and worship.
The Churchwardens are working hard to ensure that the churches will be safe places for people to visit.

Services are currenty being offered in Crantock and St Agnes, 

2nd August    Crantock at 11am

9th August      St Agnes at 9.30am
                       Crantock at 11am

 

We are opeing up slowly to allow us to review how things are going and make adjustments as neccessary

The worship will be services of the word at present and there is no singing permitted and social distancing must be maintained. 

We will continue to offer recorded services as we know many still will be unable or unwilling to attend worship. 

If you would like to listen to our services please go to the audio page in the media section
orders of service for the services are also avaiable there.

if you know of someone who has not got internet access then the daily service can be
accessed by phoning 01872308750 it is charged as local call,
the service will start after a moments pause, please share this with those you know who may like this.  

I will contine to post things that I have found helpful below as well as the Sunday Reflection

above is a photo the blessing which is in my hall, the celtic blessing,
produced by the wonderful calligraphy artist, Tess Cooling

Useful links

From the Times - Ways to Improve your Mood

A 3 minute meditation 
Singing out loud or joining a virtual choir
A kitchen disco - 35 minutes of dancing
Drawing for 45 minutes
Take a hot bath - May be more beneficial than exercise for people with depression
Gardening - 20 minutes of gardening can reduce stress and boost cognitive function
Deep sleep  - 7 hours at least 3 times a week
A 20 second hug - if you’re lucky enough to live with someone or some creature that can provide it.
One to one phone calls. (Happier people have more meaningful conversations with much less small talk)

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Reflection for the 8th  Sunday after Trinity
(you can listen to this reflection as part of the Service of the Word for the 1st Sunday after Trinity, found on the Audio page of this site) 

Reflection

 

 

After the recent wonderful seedy stories of recent Sunday’s

today we are treated to the feeding of the 5000 as our Gospel message

A story I am sure we are familiar with but maybe I would like to point out one or two things from the periphery of the story.

Our passage starts with Jesus receiving of the news of the horrific death of his cousin John the Baptist and stricken by grief, he goes off to a deserted place.

How human of him, how very human.  I know when I get difficult or challenging news I tend to wish to first deal with it on my own, taking time to sort out my thoughts and reactions before I face others.

But Jesus’ time of quiet solitude and reflection, is brought to an abrupt end by the arrival of the crowd, and even in a time of great personal tragedy Jesus, sees the needs of those around him and looks to see how he can meet them.

Is this how we react? If, when we are looking for space and quiet,
and have planned our ‘me’ time interrupted, what do we do?

I know I can at times resent the interruptions of others.  It may only be the ring of the phone, or a request join in with something but my plans need to change, I feel no longer in control, I can get a little tense and frazzled and fazed by things not going as I planned, as I wanted, and it is not an unusual reaction, it is very human

However, Jesus’s reaction, to those who come to him, those who seek him out when he is looking for space and quiet is not one of rejection, or even annoyance, but he sees those in need, and forgetting his own needs, he has compassion for them, and ministers to them.

He puts the needs of others before his own, his compassion shines through.

What an example of loving service, which we are called to reflect in the world around us,  the question is do we strive to do this?

The other point I would like to offer today is a bit later on in the story.

Once Jesus has healed and cared for the crowd, and his disciples come to him to tell him to send them away as it is late and they need to go and find food elsewhere  Jesus tells his disciples to the feed the crowds themselves

Now much has been made of this by scholars, but I would like to say that this is a reminder to all of us that we are called to meet the needs of those around us.

Those disciples only had a little food to offer but Jesus knew it was sufficient. 

Like those disciples, are we given all we need to do the work we are called to do, we just need to be willing to recognised what we have?

Like the disciples too often we look at what we have and say it is not enough, we need this or that to do something, we just see scarcity.

No, God has given us precisely what we need, what we have is enough to do what God wants us to do.

What we need to do, is use what we have, so that God’s work can be done through it.

If the disciples did not start to feed the people because they ‘knew’ they did have enough food, the miracle could not work

We are called, at all times, to be willing to start the process, so that God can do the rest.

This reading is about, grief, compassion, risk, trust, inadequacy and abundance

It is about, knowing that even with the feeble scraps of faith that we have God is able use them wonderfully, but only when we present them to him to do so.

We need to not focus on scarcity but on abundance that God gives to those who seek His will in their lives.

 

Amen

 

 

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During these times, if you need prayer or want to talk to a  member of clergy, please contact us, by calling 01872 572654 or emailing atlanticcoastcluster@btinternet.com
We will continue to hold all our congregations in our prayers.

 

St Cubertus by Sue Parkington
Written about her favourite church.   
Photo taken from happier times when the church was open

“Tis closed”, the old man said,

“Locked and cold within”, 

‘Why’s that?’I asked

‘I can’t make sense of thee’.

“Tis the virus; and the Bishops,

So they say, 

They’m scared we might get sick.

 I’m only ninety three”

‘Let’s chat outside a while’ I said,

Though raining heavily. 

“No good”, he said, then added,

“Just come along with me,

‘Tis cosy in the south porch,

And sheltered from the breeze”.

And so we shared our crib there, 

Saffron bun and mug of tea.

Keeping social distancing!

A friend and company.

 

 

Precious Life   (An Acrostic for Easter Time 2020) by Liz Cleves 

Perhaps we are listening, and

Remembering what is dear to us

Each of us recollecting Spring times, and the promise of nature bringing its gifts

Conscious too that the beautiful Earth is suffering from our ‘overload’.

In the morning I listen to the robin and the wren guarding my garden, and

Out early I see the mighty sun lift over the horizon

Unfettered and free in it’s course.

Softly I give thanks for all in my care and all that I receive.

 

Let me give thanks

In every way let me treasure my life and all that is dear to me

Fearing only fear itself and

Enjoying all while I may.