June Services

June 3rd

8.00am HC Madron

9.30am FS Heamoor

11.00am HC Gulval (if church re-opened)

11.00am FS  Madron

4.00pm EP Gulval (if church re-opened by then)

6.00pm EP Madron


June 10th 

8.00am HC Gulval (or Madron if church shut)

9.30am Iona Heamoor

11.00am FS Gulval (if church re-opened)

11.00am HC Madron

6.00pm   EP Madron


June 17th  

8.00am HC Madron

9.30am HC Heamoor

10.00am FS  Heamoor

11.00am Iona  Gulval (if church re-opened)

11.00am  Ringers HC Madron

6.00pm  EP  Madron


June 24th   

8.00am  HC  Gulval (or Madron – see above)

9.30am  HC  Healing Heamoor

11.00am Mattins  Gulval (if church open)

11.00am HC Healing  Madron

2.30pm Service at Madron Well (Baptistry)

6.00pm  EP  Madron

Anglican /Methodist Prayer meetings

The next meetings to pray for our six area churches, Anglican and Methodist, will be at St Thomas Church, Heamoor on Saturday 2nd June from 9.30am to 10am

Special events in June

Fri 15      6.30pm  Gulval churchyard evening at the church

Sat 23  2-4pm  Afternoon tea at ST’s. Bring your favourites CD as background !!

Sun 24    2.30pm Informal Service at Madron Baptistry

(walk from the church at 2pm)

Sat 30     11-2pm  Madron Church Fete at the church


Maureen CURRY  76     Heamoor   8th May

Maureen was a great character, who lived much of her early life in the St Levan  and Sennen area and lived latterly in Parc Letta in Heamoor, with her husband Stanley, and then in Church Rd with husband Roger. A champion diver in younger days, Maureen was dogged with ill-health in the shape of epilepsy, which curtailed the farm work she loved at Tregiffian. In a varied life she also sold tickets and cleaned at the Savoy and look after a number of pensioners. She also made the Cornishman for her unique tending of the public phone box in Sparnon, which she used to clean and decorate. Her last months were spent in nursing homes in Sennen and St Just. Our sympathies to son Tony.

Tony CORAM   81  Heamoor   2nd May

Carol McHUGH   70    crematorium   2nd May

A vivacious lady with a cheeky sense of humour, Carol came from Manchester, where she worked as a machinist and then cook in  a local nursery before moving to Cornwall, after her children had moved there before her. She never lost her roots and was a Man. Utd. fan all her life.

Trevor GLASSON  55   crematorium  April 24th

Trevor was born in Penzance and was educated locally. He spent most of his working life in West Cornwall, apart from a spell working as a sweet shop manager at Butlin’s in Minehead. He worked for the Co-op for quite a few years, well-known locally as manager of Heamoor branch. He was also a Night Supervisor at Tesco’s and a security guard at the Tate Gallery. As a boy he was always getting into scrapes, managing to be knocked down by a car twice in one day. He was always grateful for the love his parents gave him, particularly as he was not a well child. His interests were many: Manchester United, collecting things especially if they were bargains, computer games, Elvis, gardening and DIY, although nothing was ever straight, but most of all was a loving family man, who spent lots of time with the children. He was always there if anyone needed help and was blessed with a lovely sense of humour. Our sympathies to wife Tina and family, and also to parents, Edmund and Sylvia, who had to endure the loss of their other son, Carleton, not many years before.

Place names in Cornwall and Devon – Can you unscramble these anagrams ?













The remarkable growth of the Church among a people in Vietnam

Upland Vietnam has witnessed a remarkable religious transformation within one marginalized ethnic minority in the past three decades. Since the 1980s, where Protestant Christianity was virtually unheard of in Vietnam’s northern highlands, an estimated 300,000 out of the 1 million ethnic Hmong in Vietnam are now Christians. Over time, the social, economic, and political impacts of religious change – from persecution and migration to lifestyle changes and new gender relations – are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.


Today there are roughly 4 million Hmong speakers spread across the borderlands of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, plus significant diasporas in the United States and Australia. Their shared ethnic identity is built around speaking mutually intelligible languages and sharing the same clan surnames.


Surprisingly, no foreign missionaries were physically present in Vietnam’s highlands when Christianity started to spread in the late 1980s. Instead, villagers stumbled across a Hmong-language evangelistic radio program broadcast from Manila. Thrilled by hearing their own language on air, Hmong listeners told neighbours and relatives to tune in as the message spread like wildfire.


Vietnamese authorities reacted to Hmong Christian growth by denying its existence, publishing anti-Christian propaganda, and restricting religious freedom. With its history of struggle against Western imperialism, the government accused “hostile external forces” of promoting Christianity to undermine the people’s faith in Communism and trigger social unrest along the strategically important Sino-Vietnamese borderlands. Human rights watchdogs report of converts being intimidated, arrested, fined, beaten, having property confiscated, and being forced to renounce their faith by local authorities. Many Hmong fled the persecution to Laos, Thailand, and other parts of Vietnam to seek a better life.


State religious repression has eased in recent years, although it is still very difficult for new churches to gain official recognition. Significant religious discrimination remains as Christians are denied university scholarships or access to civil service positions, often the only way of securing a regular income in rural areas.


The Hmong are at the bottom of Vietnam’s ethnic hierarchy, with the highest poverty levels and lowest education levels. Due to their isolated location, the Hmong have not benefited from Vietnam’s economic growth; local state-led development initiatives frequently achieve disappointing results due to ethnic prejudice and cultural misunderstandings.


However, some Hmong Christians are now able to access new sources of funding, information, and power through religious networks. For example, various Bible schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City allow ethnic minority students to study and live there for minimal fees.