News - July to December 2015

Christmas celebrations draw crowds

The busy schedule of Christmas events and celebrations has at times stretched the willing helpers and volunteers, but it has been well worth it. The abiding principle is to be happy in our service of the Lord, whatever the task. There are too many to mention by name, but they know who they are and we are full of admiration and appreciation of all they do. The Lord bless you.


Hundreds of people from all walks of life have stepped into the church building from the street to see the amazing Christmas Tree Fesitval. A warm greeting and refreshments, a friendly chat, a timely prayer; so many visitors expressed delight in our vision and its outworking. The gallery has a slideshow of each tree.


All of the meetings were really well attended; the Christingle service, Nancledra School nativity, our own nativity, with a black cat being the observer of the fact, the candlelit service and Cornish carols in abundance. Singing to sick folk on their door step was a particularly special time. The Christmas Day service was brilliant. A large congregation thoroughly enjoyed the light hearted combination of Rodney with his magic tricks and Steve Wild with his puppet show. However, the message of being there for those less fortunate and making a practical difference was clear in the memory and the spirit. Humour so often gets the more serious message into our hearts.


New Years Eve and the doors are again open. This time the revellers find refuge from the masses in the streets. FSMC Gospel Choir give a final celebration with a concert in the chapel on Saturday 2nd January.

Wonderful Success at Camborne Music Festival

Musical director of FSMC Gospel Choir, William Thomas, has achieved considerable success in the recent 47th Camborne Music Festival held at Centenary Methodist Church between 16th-20th November 2015. The festival is an annual competitive festival for amateur instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and abilities.


William entered and won several categories:

  • Song from a show or musical

  • Unaccompanied folk song

  • Ladies or mens Victorian or Edwardian

  • Mens Open


As a result of these outstanding performances William was awarded with two trophies:

  • The Michael Bosustow Memorial Award to the Best Male Singer and

  • The Tyacks (1926) Ltd Perpetual Trophy for the Best Performance  Festival.


These awards demonstrate the versatility and variety of William’s undoubted gift. It is all the more remarkable that he also finds time to lead the St Ives Community Choir! He is reluctant to speak of his achievements. He would rather be known for accepting God's grace upon his life, knowing that any gift comes from God. But William clearly uses his gift of singing and love of music to serve his Lord . However, we are very happy to congratulate him. Well done, William!

Kathryn departs for Bristol

Sunday 1st Novemer 2015 was a busy day. Local artist, daughter of Nigel & Sharon Stevens, will be leaving us to live in Bristol to further her career. She will be living with a group of like minded folks, where they share a large community style property. A work base is also part of the deal. We wish Kathryn God's blessing and look forward to seeing at Christmas, when she tell us all about it. Some of her work is displayed in the church. See above.

Operation Christmas Child 2015

Sunday 1st Novemer 2015 and the morning meeting concluded with shoe boxes for the appeal being received. A table was set aside and nearly 50 shoe boxes of the OCC branding were gathered, ready for sending. This rose to over 100 boxes altogether. It will be later before we know where 'our' boxes were sent. It will depend on the need and the security. Well done to Carol and her helpers, and to all those who filled up and donated boxes.

Lionheart ExpressOutreach for Children

Julian Wolton returned for a half term week of morning meetings from Monday 26th to Friday 30th. October. This work, now in its 20th year, is an outreach mission of Operation Mobilisation called Lifehope. Primary school age children embark with a set of puppets, skilfully worked by Julian & volunteers from OM, on a train journey on the Orient Express. Travelling from country to country across Europe, with Lionheart, the loveable lion puppet, the mystery unfolds. At the same time the children look at some impressive Bible characters such as Esther, Ruth, Boaz and Daniel.


The week culminated with an all age Sunday morning worship service where Julian and the puppets led the meeting. Many of the 35 children who had attended during the week came along. The adults of the church were chellenged to build on any new relationships that were made through the mission and not to let the opportunity to pass, leaving it to people from 'outside' to come back again and start all over again.


Thanks go to all those who helped in any way to make this week such a success. For more information about OM Lifehope Kids 'n' Things check out their website: Livehope


Hopelink Curry & Quiz Night

A large group gathered at Nancledra Primary School on Friday evening 25th September. Hopelink, the charity founded by Ahmor Orr and husband Rodney, were rasing money for university tuition fees. The food was cooked by Ruby June and onion bajees and white rice supplemented a choice of three curries; chicken, sweet & sour and vegetable. Many had all three! Folks brought their own drinks and snacks for the quiz, or purchased hot drinks and cake at 'half time'. Twenty teams, mostly of four per team, participated. A very successful event raised over £700.00 towards the vision. It was a promise that all the money raised would go to the Philippines for the work of the charity.


For more information go to the Hopelink page >

Harvest Weekend Celebrations 2015

Full report on the latest church blog.


The Big Breakfast


The Sunday School rooms proved to be a very successful venue for a Cancer Research UK fund raising event. Over a £1,000 was raised. Under the banner “The Big Breakfast” volunteers prepared hearty full English breakfasts with all the trimmings. The doors were open from nine in the morning until 1 o’clock. The punters were a pleasant social mix of locals and tourists. All were seated on tables of 8-10  and allowed for much chat and sharing of personal experiences with the illness. Most of us have known the storm of life when cancer strikes, with a loved one. All of the volunteers are involved with Cancer Research UK for this very reason.

Thanks goes to the Mayor and consort of St Ives for attending, and to the following local businesses for donating items of food for the event: The Co-op both Royal Square and Tregenna Place, Tesco St Ives and Bookers Cash ‘n’ Carry of Hayle.


Tweenies new term begins

The Tweenies Toddlers and Parents group is back in full swing for the new term. They meet in the Sunday School rooms, now refirbished, on Wednesday mornings. There are loads of toys, large and small, with refreshments and a more quiet time when they sit, hopefully, in some sort of a circle. Please feel free to jion us, or ask about volunteering to help if you are free.


Sunday School Refirbishment


The refurbishment of the Sunday School rooms was completed on Tuesday 4th August, just days before the arrival of the large contingency from the Netherlands. To this point a total of £3863.00 has been donated by folks from FSMC, to whom a massive ‘thank you‘ is given. Amongst other repairs, the ceiling and flooring have been renewed.

Junior Church Camp


Junior Church camp from 23rd to 27th July at Godolphin Cross was well attended, as usual, by as many adults as children. If the Sunday afternoon “It’s a Knockout” is anything to go by, their time must have been filled with lots of fun; Bible teaching, with super heroes as the theme, worship, learning new songs, a visit to Crealy, Viv’s crazy games, a lot of lovely food, late nights and a brilliant water slide. All were invited to attend the Sunday evening worship, which made for a very busy and extended day. Thanks must go to all those who work so hard to make it all happen. Well done everyone. More images >


Overlapping the Junior Church Camp FSMC hosted a group of students from seven countries from all over the world. They had recently joined under the banner of OM International. During their stay they were able to get to know each other better and realise their gifts and potential for future service for the Lord. The photo shows them having a meal at the home of Brian & Sandra. Their greetings are on the audio page.

YWAM visit


The second week in August (7th – 13th) brought a team of 37, mainly teenagers, to FSMC, from the Netherlands, called to work in our town through YWAM. Various events were held as the group, who were largely billeted in the Sunday School rooms, prayed for the town, hoping to see growth in our churches. Demonstrations of the use of dance and other forms of creativity were given in the church. More images >


Harvest of the Sea


Large congregations attended the meetings during the weekend of the Harvest of the Sea, July 17th - 19th. This is an annual event at the church, dating from about the late 1960s. The church is decorated with all sorts of fishing equipment, much of which dates back to the times when St Ives had numerous fishermen whose livelihood depended on their catch. Fore Street church has also been known as the Fishermen’s Church. The idea of a celebration is in keeping with our history. It also appeals to those on holiday. More images >


However, the event is not just based on the gospel.  It is another opportunity to clearly proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, who happens to also be the creator who sustains of all that we enjoy.


The FSMC gospel choir gave a wonderful concert, chaired by Radio Cornwall presenter, Donna Birrell. A couple of the songs are available elsewhere on the website; (click here).  Geoff Fox spoke on the crossing of the Red Sea, clearly expressing the truth that God created according to the book of Genesis. The evening meeting was a time of praise, with William Thomas explaining the various pieces of equipment and using them to illustrate our faith.

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