News From July to Dec. 2016
What a busy time and what a time of blessing! Cornish carols, junior church nativity, "Born in a Barn", traditional nine lessons and carols, Chritmas morning family celebration; all quite different and all really well attended.
The Christmas tree festival drew hundreds of people to FSMC. The gospel was shared over a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie. Locals, holiday makers, day trippers; we were able to share our faith in all sorts of ways.
This innovation has occurred twice in recent months and proved to be a tremendous success. True, it needs many adult volunteers to 'get stuck in', but the positive effect on our younger members of the junior church is considerable. The latest was on Sunday afternoon before the Christingle service and was extremely popular, with a number of parents getting involved with the different task on each station. Look out for more 'Messy Church'.
The famous puppet lion and his friends did a week long holiday club for the junior church during half term and was a great success. The refirbishment of the smaller meeting room in the Sunday School building caused some disruption. However, the stay concluded with a simple, yet powerful time of worship and reflection about the use of our talents.
Walk, Worship & BBQ
Sunday 4th September
About thirty folks joined together for a pleasant amble from Zennor back to St Ives on the path through the fields, several being on holiday and had come to the morning meeting. Due to the impending rain the BBQ was moved to the Sunday School rooms. There a number of others joined us for the New Wave worship, which proved to be a brilliant time of freedom in the Holy Spirit. Again we were thrilled to see so many folks who were on holiday joining us. Afterwards we enjoyed a fantastic feast of burgers, hotdogs and bacon butties. Grateful thanks goes to all those who made it possible; every 'Mary' and every 'Martha'. With a large congregation at the morning meeting too, this brought the first weekend in September to a wonderful close.
Harvest Festival - Sunday 18th September
Once again the church was decorated superbly for a large congregation to enjoy as we worshiped. Viv and Lisa led the worship with the help of several other eager instrumentalists. It was an occasion for the whole family. Gifts of fruit and vegatables were received by Audrey and Sylvia from the Junior Church children. On Monday several important volunteers spent most of the day delivering these gifts to old folk around the town. On Saturday evening the FSMC Gospel Choir led an evening of music and song. On Sunday evening Rev Steve Wild was the speaker. An excellent time of celebration and joy.
John Mellor Healing Ministry
Two meetings were held at the church, one on Friday 2nd and another on Saturday 3rd September. People came from far and near to recieve prayer and healing. This sort of ministry can create as many questions as answers, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Certainly, folks were blessed and there was evidence of God at work. It is not often these days that we have international ministries in our town. This visit was challenging and thought provoking.
Cass is 90! and has a surprise party
FSMC was thrilled to have a special birthday treat for Cass Trevorrow on the wonderful occasion of her 90th on Wednesday 10th August.
The sunday school rooms provided the perfect venue with its new kitchen facilities and redecoration. We are so blessed to have such saints amongst us who have held a strong Christian faith for so many many years.
Junior Church Camp - July
Our camp this year proved to be a wonderful time of blessing; the usual fun and frolics during the games and a stupendous disregard for time. Camp is all about bringing our God into the lives of our young people. So what a great blessing that eight responded to a call to ask Jesus to be their personal Saviour! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make camp happen.
Junior Church Celebration
What a wonderful morning a full congregation enjoyed on Sunday 3rd July as the Junior Church children presented the Gospel Show. Dressed as characters from the 'Wild West' a group of willing and very able performers aged from just 5 years old used words and song to depict the life of Jesus, culminating in His death and resurrection.
The day coincided with the Children of Chernobyl (St Ives connection) joining us and providing several songs from their homeland. Afterwards, folks were invited to have a lunch in the sunday school rooms.