Made in Cornwall 8th july 2017- a blog post from the penlee cluster interns

Sarah: The Sea Sunday service organised at Paul Quiet Garden to celebrate the work of seafarers and express gratitude towards them, was a lovely one. With the sun shining bright over us, we were happy to join seafarers who came to be part of the celebration with their families. The conversations with them about their life at sea were not only informative, but showed their great courage and readiness to face challenges that put their life at stake. We also learnt of the history of St Piran, St Ia and St Levan and we ended the service by thanking God for the lives of seafarers while asking God to protect them from dangers and asking Him to bless Patch and the Crew of Penlee Lifeboat; our Coastguards, Helicopter Crews and all Rescue Services.

Newlyn harbour

Josh: On Sunday I shared some reflections about my time in the Penlee Cluster at St Pol de Leon. I discussed a bit about hospitality and welcome as was the theme from the gospel reading from Matthew. First I spoke about the warm welcome I've been given by everyone from all 4 churches all through the past 10 months. St John's especially have included me as a member of their church family there as I've worshiped with them regularly. I've really appreciated all of the meals and trips lots of extremely generous people have organised and taken me on, it's been a true blessing. I then reflected on when I didn't feel so welcome, on the mixed responses from people as I knocked on doors and delivered Easter cards a few months ago. Finally I explained Who let the dads out and our Wisdom in the Community meals to the congregation. These being examples of how I've witnessed and taken part in the cluster being a welcoming and safe place for many.

Sian and Sarah preparing a lasagne for a Wisdom in the Community meal

Ashish: Homeless people’s meal on Saturday evening at Penzance station was a humbling experience. We were team of 6 people serving. The food cooked was brought in a car, while tables and plates, spoons etc. from Changing Room Café. The beneficiaries were already waiting there, and I knew most of them from the Breakfast project at Bread Street. The attendance this time was quite more than regular Saturdays. Beef Pie, gravy and boiled carrot was the main meal served. Without any instructions, the guys queued up. Pear and Peach Crumble was served as desert and tea and coffee was served after meal. One of the guys was so thankful that he asked if he can help the project in some way. The words of gratitude and desire to be part of it so that more homeless like him could receive benefit were so precious.

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