Page Updated on:- Wed. 01/06/2016

A Pastoral Letter

The Parish Magazine
St. Keverne
St. Peter`s

The Deadline

for July/August issue is Monday 13th June.
Submissions are very welcome, they can be given to a Beacon representative, put into the box at the back of the church, or e-mailed to the editor

Material for The Beacon.

The Beacon team would be very pleased to receive all articles of a Christian flavour for the magazine. The deadline date for each issue is always given in every edition of The Beacon please see above for contact points, which include the boxes at the back of both churches.

The Book Page

Book Worm Faith Under Fire
Andrew White, Vicar of Baghdad
Monarch Books

f anyone has truly had their faith pounded in the fiery crucible of conflict, it is Canon Andrew White. His leadership of the Christian community in Baghdad is quite remarkable. For many, his experiences would have produced anger and bitterness, but for him and his congregation their reaction is the opposite: 'Despite our suffering,' he writes, 'we are not miserable, but joyful!' This book explains why, and is compelling reading for people of all faiths and none.
General Sir Richard bannatt, GCB CBE MC bL,
Chief of General Staff 2006 - 2009
  • Andrew White, the dedicated 'Vicar of Baghdad' encounters daily tragedy. What happened to his faith when a young girl in his congregation died, after much hope and prayer?
  • Every time he returns to Iraq he may be saying goodbye to his family for the last time. What do they think?
  • He suffers from MS. How does he remain cheerful despite his physical weakness, and its progression?
  • He meets regularly with men who wish to use him. What has kept him free from cynicism?
  • What does he say to God, alone in his study, late at night? Can he see the hand of God? Looking ahead, can he be optimistic about the future? Where are his sources of spiritual energy?

This book can be obtained new or used from Amazon: or from your favourite bookseller. Presently available from Amazon in hard-back at 0.01 + 2.80 postage..

If you have a favourite book, and you would like to share it with others, why not contact the Beacon editorial team
(Contact details above right.)

Recipe of the Month

ry this June-Licious Pudding!
  • 100gm plain chocolate
  • 25gm butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 20 marshmallows
  • Cornish cream
Stand a basin in a pan of hot water. Place the chocolate in the basin and heat until melted. Separate the eggs and add yolks, butter and marshmallows to the chocolate.

Continue cooking whilst stirring all the time. When the mixture is smooth add a tablespoon of hot water. Remove from the heat.

Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff. Fold them into the mixture and whisk until well blended. Place mixture into individual glasses and chill.

To serve, top with Cornish cream

Mmmm! yummy!

East Lizard Helpline.

(Within Churches Together in East Lizard)

Offers help, support and essential transport.
also Carers & Bereavement Support Group

Help Us To
Support Carers, the Bereaved and any in need,
and to
Transport to the Health Centre and Hospitals, etc.

To request help Call

Verna 281480 or PANNY on 280679

Helping to care in our rural community.



Resources published to encourage vocations

here is now real support and a range of resources that church leaders can I offer to anyone in their congregation who is seeking to discover God's call in their lives. The new set of resources, recently published by the Church of England, has combined research and good practice guidelines for a range of vocations, from lay and ordained ministry to religious life.

The Church is currently hoping to increase the number of minority ethnic vocations, young vocations, and also to encourage women to take up more leadership roles. And so it is that parish and diocesan leaders are being encouraged to grow a pro-active culture of vocation by providing opportunities to pray and learn about vocation.

More details at:

Parish Of St. Keverne 'Pastoral Care Team'

Do you or someone you know and care about, need a confidential listening ear? Maybe the 'Pastoral Care Team' can help. For more information, please contact::-

Sue Bray, the Pastoral Care Team Coordinator on 01326 280459 or the Vicar on 01326 280999.


Gudwal - the first Christian in Brittany?

f you choose Brittany for your holiday destination this summer, then spare a thought for Gudwal, cause this obscure 6th century Celtic abbot got there before you did. Indeed, Gudwal seems to have liked Brittany so much that he decided to stay on.

When you visit Brittany today, you will find Catholic churches everywhere. Not so in the 6th century - when only the extraordinary range of megalithic monuments dominated the landscape. There were (and still are) passage dolmens, stepped pyramids and stone circles. The best known site is Carnac, where remains of a dozen rows of huge standing stones run for over 10 kilometres. Some of the megalithic ruins in the Gulf of Morbihan date back to at least 3,300BC - that's 200 years older than Stonehenge.

Religion was certainly plentiful in Brittany, back then. But Gudwal was one of the earliest pioneers of Christianity in the region. He did a bit of 6th century 'church planting', too - when he decided to build a hermitage in the middle of all that paganism - probably at Locoal. In time, 188 monks came to join him, and they built a little monastery -probably at Guer.

But it was the man himself - his holiness and kindness - that drew people's attention more than the buildings. A man of deep spirituality and prayer, Gudwal willingly spent himself on helping the local people - it was said that he healed many by his prayers for them.