February  Services              (if church reopens)

Please do not sit within 2m of someone else and bring a facemask with you


Feb 7th    2nd Sun before Lent

8.00am HC Madron

9.30am Healing service Heamoor

11.00am Healing Service Madron

11.00am Healing HC  Gulval

6.00pm  EP  Madron


Feb 14th    Sun before Lent

8.00am HC Gulval

9.30am  Iona HC Heamoor

11.00am MP  Gulval

11.00am Iona HC  Madron

6.00pm  EP Madron


Feb 17th    Ash Wednesday

10.30am HC Gulval

7.00pm HC Madron


Feb 21st    Lent 1

8.00am HC Madron

9.30am MP Heamoor

11.00am Iona HC Gulval

11.00am HC Madron

6.00pm  EP Madron


Feb 28th     Lent 2 

8.00am HC  Gulval

9.30am HC Heamoor

11.00am HC Madron

11.00am MP Gulval

6.00pm  EP  Madron


Services on video

Since last March we have been recording videos of a weekly service. Six different people take part; we have four or five suing hymns, a sermon, prayers and even interviews on occasion. It’s not like real church but it’s something. Anyone can access these on our church website www.madrongulvalchurches.org.uk under ‘Media’ and then ‘videos’ or you can find them on YouTube if you just type in ‘Madron heamoor’. Paper copies of the service used plus newsletters and hymn words can also be found on the weekly newsletters page on the website.

 * Free phone. Daily Hope is a free phone line where you can access messages from our archbishop, reflections, prayers, hymns etc. The number to ring is 0800 804 8044. A menu will give you all kinds of options, even chair exercises !!

*A free app called ‘Time to pray’ is available to download. I use another free app called ‘Daily Prayer’ which has Morning and Evening Prayer every day

Prayer Meeting for the six Anglican and Methodist churches on the first Saturday of each month has continued online during lockdown

Midweek Communion Services may be suspended at the time of writing, but usually happen on:

Wednesdays 10.30am (said) – Gulval

Thursdays 10am (said) – Heamoor


 Mary HUMPHRYS  77    Madron chapel     December 14th

Mary was a familiar sight walking her Westie around Madron with Dot and Jackie and could be heard chatting on the bus louder than most. A bubbly personality, who loved a bit if fun, Mary was born in local Sheffield and them moved t Long Rock. In her working life she worked for Tempest, Home and Colonial and then Lipton’s in town, and latterly at B&Q. She married her husband Brian in 1973 and had many happy caravanning holidays with the family. Sadly she lost Brian just after moving to Madron, but Mary always made friends wherever she lived and Madron has been no exception. Our sympathies to sister Pam and family and all her friends. Her service took place in a beautifully decorated Madron chapel – Mary loved Christmas and would have approved.

Marlene COOMBES    81    St Thomas’    December 15th

Marlene grew up in Heamoor. After school, where she did well, she worked in the Bakers at the bottom of the terrace. She met her husband Billy at a dance and they continued to do old time dancing together in St Johns Hall and elsewhere for many years. They were married in Gulval in 1962 and lived briefly in Tremethick Cross before moving to Alverton Estate, where they remained. Her pleasures were simple – she always had cats, did some fine cross stitches and looked out for her neighbours. Our sympathies to Billy and their boys, Colin and Graham.

Violet MANN   95  crematorium   January 4th

Violet was from the East End of London. After leaving school she worked in a pickle factory, then trained as a machinist, but her life changed when she came down with twin sister Mabel to work as a Land Army girl. She came first to Sennen and then to Trye Farm, where she met her husband Dick. They were married in 1948 and had 49 years together. For Violet, outdoors meant farmwork or her beloved garden and indoors meant family – her two sons and daughters and then grandchildren and greats. She was a strong and determined lady, but also very independent. ‘No I’m alright’ was one of her much used phrases I she was asked if she wanted or needed anything. Retirement took then to Penzance but sadly Dick died a year after the move. Failing health found her in care in Courtlands, where sadly memory increasingly failed her.

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ PINNOCK  74  crematorium  January 7th

Dottie, as she liked to be called, was born in Yorkshire and brought up in Derbyshire, but lived in more places in her life than anyone I’ve known, including Dorset, East Anglia, Scotland and even Virginia, USA. This was partly through joining the Navy at 18 and also through her subsequent marriage to a serviceman who became a vicar, Martyn, whom she met in Lossiemouth, near Elgin. She trained in the Navy as a cinema operator but also had spells of work in stables and care homes, also teaching disabled children in school. In her spare time she was a keen singer, did amateur dramatics, was a keen gardener and cook, always had dogs, and did plenty of voluntary work. Once she moved to our parish she got involved in CHIN as transport organiser, cooked and served for Penzance Street Food, sang in two choirs and was an enthusiastic member of Madron church congregation. She was quite a character, combining with seriousness with occasional mischief and a delight in shocking. Her caring side was readily apparent and was expressed regularly in hospitality and in the details of how she made over her new house. Her short illness was a mercy but it took friends and especially family by surprise. Do pray for them as they continue to adjust.

Albert KING  77   crematorium   January 21st

Albert was a local boy, who lived in the same street as his future wife Jenny. Family and friends we reinsure about the match but they have been together well over 50 years. Most of that time they lived in the same house on Treneere Estate. Albert did farm work for many years and then delivered building supplies. He and Jenny worked days and nights respectively so that they could care for son Charles in his illness. He sadly died in 2010. For hobbies he greatly enjoyed fishing with his friend Raymond. He had a garden which he loved and had fish and birds as well as chickens and rabbits. He had a shed where he was always making things. He was always doing something but since 2007, when breathing difficulties set in following a heart attack, life was more curtailed but his innate strength of character and sense of humour saw him through.

Roy VENN  92   crematorium    January 13th

Roy was a Gulval boy. After leaving school he became an engineering apprentice in Penzance but then, after National Service in the West Yorkshire regiment, which always amused him, he spent the rest of his life working for the GPO, as it was then. He loved the work and many apprentices were put with him over the years. He married his wife Freda in 1951 and they enjoyed over 50 years together before she died. He always loved cars and continued to enjoy riding around until recent years when he became housebound. A proud Cornishman and family man, he was surprised to have lived so long.

Seasons in the Church’s year

One of the good things about church is that no two Sundays are the same. This is partly because there are so many special Sundays to think of different themes these days e.g. Shoebox Sunday, Open the Book Sunday, but partly also because every Sunday has a title and its place in a calendar which helps us journey through the year. This stops us have in the same favourite hymns every week !

The year begins at Advent near the beginning of December. Advent means ‘coming’ and we think about Jesus coming to earth but also his return as King. Hope and judgement are twin themes at this time. Christmas is self-explanatory – God with us.

Epiphany from January 6th continues Christmas with the ‘showing’ of Christ to the whole world, as represented by the Kings. The star over the stable stays in church when other decorations are taken down. A strong theme in January is the theme of Light, culminating in Candlemas at the beginning of February. This festival focuses on Jesus at the temple as a boy and therefore looks forward to his future ministry as an adult. It is also when church candles were traditionally blessed. It is a turning point away from winter towards spring.

Lent marks the ministry of Jesus before the cross, Jesus forty days in the wilderness and is an echo of the Israelites’ years in the wilderness.

Easter marks the twin themes of death and resurrection and leads to a post Easter concentration on the continuing ministry of the risen Jesus and his early church till Ascension, forty days beyond Easter.

Ascension marks Jesus earthly work finished but also a ticking lock till his return as King. Jesus’ departure makes way for the coming of the Holy Spirit, thus ‘Pentecost’ (50 days) or Whitsun.

After that we rejoice in the full revelation of Father, Son and Holy Spirit working with us. The months of the summer are all ‘green’ weeks, weeks after Trinity, weeks where we are to grow in faith and service, weeks where we are reminded of the ministry of the church, empowered by the Trinity’s presence. This takes us through to the urgency of Jesus’ commission as Advent approaches once again.

The whole cycle is not so much a roundabout as like driving up a multi storey car park. Each time we reach the same place in the year, we should have grown a little bit nearer to God in between.

Bible study notes

Lent and Lockdown jointly give us space to look at our relationship with Jesus and Howard has produced material on Mark’s Gospel for us to look at in our own homes. The booklets of six week studies (one is simply reading) will be available on the website under House Groups and also as hard copies on request.

Mark’s Gospel, which we are looking at this year, is totally different from Matthew’s Gospel. There are hardly any speeches or sermons, and events are allowed to speak for themselves. It is like a roving camera following Jesus and where we are behind the lens. As such there is no need for specialist knowledge, commentaries  or encyclopaedias – just reading and putting ourselves in the shoes of the characters in the story will give us all we need.

Tim and Helen will be leaving at the start of July, after more than fifteen years in the parish. We leave for retirement, in another part of the country where property is cheaper and where we can be nearer some of our family. We expect the magazine will continue but Helen will be needing to hand over soon.