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St Martin's Church
St Martin’s Church Centre
Church Street
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3AQ
Tel: 01579 347411 (Church Office)
Email: St Martin's Church 
Facebook: LiskeardPrayers
Twitter: @liskeardprayers
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Kevin Grant has been awarded the Cross of St Piran and it will be presented to him by Bishop Chris Goldsmith at a special service in St Piran's Church, Perranzabuloe on Sunday 5th March 2017. This award was instituted by the Bishop of Truro in 2011 to recognise the outstanding service given by lay people in the diocese...
Same sex relationships and equipping lay people

Two Church of England reports hit the headlines in February, in advance of the General Synod sessions held in London during the month. The first, the Bishops’ Report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships (GS2055), received a lot of comment, both before and after its debate, though the second, Setting God's People Free - a report encouraging the growth of lay leadership within the church (GS2056) was perhaps only reported in the church press...

As this was my first year organising the Christingle service, I have to say I was quite nervous; children, candles, cocktail sticks, sharp knives and matches to name just a few things on my risk assessment – what could go wrong...?

Despite the constraints of the 19th century seating and 9th century heating St. Martin’s has been treated to two wonderful concerts by local music makers. First up, on December 10th, were the highly experienced and accomplished choral group Canoryon Lowen, then came the East Cornwall Youth String Orchestra. Their programme too was a mixture of traditional carols and more unfamiliar arrangements and Christmas songs...

The Truro Diocesan Synod meets either two or three times each year, when about 100 clergy and lay representatives from parishes across the diocese come together to discuss and vote on matters of policy and interest, and to receive various reports...

Dark skies and heavy traffic en route to Buckfast heralded a weekend to be spent in warm surroundings and comfortable accommodation. Rev. Tony Ingleby (Retired) led us in a study of the creed. Each section was prefaced by a poem then a small discourse. Discussion was lively, informative and thought provoking...

 

It’s the 5 November, best known to many as Guy Fawkes Night. But this year this date will be strongly remembered by many as the date in which the fantastic Church Fete was held...

The Churches Together Songs of Praise, directed by the internationally acclaimed Ken Burton with the London Advent Chorale, was a sensation. Over 300 in the congregation gathered in Liskeard Methodist Church to experience this fantastic choir as they performed with amazing sensitivity and musicianship, a range of sacred music...

One Sunday afternoon in July the rafters of St Martin’s Church echoed to the sound of music not heard in the church since – well, who knows when? And this is how it happened . . .

St Martin’s church was packed on Sunday 26 June for a special Communion Service, when members of the Benefice came to say “goodbye” to Teresa Folland as she moved to her new ministry as a curate in Launceston....

Up to 500 men and women from all over the UK descended upon our county with a message of peace, love and the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Pentecost is the birthday of the church. The weekend of 17 to 19 May 2013 was a weekend of celebration and church events for Liskeard.

Friday evening saw the weekend of celebration launched with an evening service of praise and worship. On Saturday we welcomed Bishop Tim Thornton, the Bishop of Truro to Liskeard. The Pentecost 13 birthday party started with free cream teas in the church centre from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. In the evening there was a free concert in St Martin's Church with both Java 5 and the Liskerrett Male Voice Choir performing....

 

 

 

Flower and Music Festival August 2015

The first ever Liskeard Flower and Music Festival was held from 29 – 31 August 2015.

The theme of the weekend was that of bringing the church and the community together. There were concerts in St Martin’s church on the Saturday and Sunday nights, and the church was open to see the flower displays all weekend, with a community service at 10:30am on Sunday 30th. 

Many people pulled together, and pooled their resources, talents and time to stage the Flower and Music Festival at St Martin's Church in Liskeard, that not even an attempted theft could spoil it. Tony Ingleby said, 'We wanted to do something to get people into church, to catch the rumour of God, to look at the beauty of creation and the gifts God has given us.' And talking about the attempted theft he said, 'There was so much lovely stuff happening that it couldn't spoil it. God was doing good things.'

The majority of us felt this had been a worthwhile event bringing Church and Community together. Many people came who had either not been in the church before or had come as they had either been married, sung in the choir or similar. THE FLORAL EXIBITS were fabulous! Not everything was going on in the Church, down in the Hall, there was an Art Competition with local schools, Photographic display and of course refreshments.

Themes from the flower festival included youth / education, in a display arranged by Jean Woodman & Carol Bryant from Looe Flower Club, and sponsored by Solomons. The display included some lovely features, including the “teacher” owl and young owl.

M
usic, arranged by Janet Pugh from Looe Flower Club and sponsored by the Cornish Times, was a real extravaganza, taking up most of the corner near the organ pipes. As well as a series of standalone arrangements, a trail of music score wove through the whole display, which also incorporated a guitar, two violins, a ukulele and a tambourine.

Country Market: was put together by Jill Orme from Liskeard Flower Club, and was sponsored by the WI and Beddoes greengrocers.

A flower display representing Sport in Liskeard was arranged by Christine Smith and the Looe Flower Club; it included a football and a pair of badminton rackets with shuttlecocks replaced some of the flowers in the main display. The sports arrangement was sponsored by the Liskeard Con Club.

As well as a host of flower arrangements depicting different aspects of life in and around Liskeard there were two concerts. Jonathan Delbridge was joined by other musicians and a combined choir on the Sunday evening to bring music from Haydn, Rutter, Bach and others. St Martin’s fantastic organ played an integral part in the flower festival. It was used to accompany the very successful concert and was played more-or less continually by guest organists whilst visitors looked around the church and its displays. The soft, subtle sounds were able to produce a perfect atmosphere as background to the event.

17 November 2013

On Sunday 17 November 2013 the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, visited Liskeard as part of a three day trip to Cornwall. This was the Archbishop’s first pastoral visit to a diocese since his public ministry was inaugurated at his enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March 2013. As the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury he is the spiritual leader of 80 million Anglicans around the world.

The Archbishop presided at a service of Holy Communion in St Martin’s Church, Liskeard. He was accompanied by Bishop Tim, the Bishop of Truro. The service was open to everyone, and the church was packed. The estimated number attending was 450 people.

After the service the Archbishop joined invited guests for a buffet lunch at the Eliot House Hotel, giving him the opportunity to talk to representatives from the local churches and the town. Tea, coffee and cakes was served in the church hall after the service for those who were not able to attend the lunch.

The Rev Canon Tony Ingleby, Priest in Charge of the benefice of Liskeard and St Keyne, said; “We were honoured and delighted to have the Archbishop visit our church to preach, to lead our worship and to talk with many folk from our Church and from the town. Of course ‘church’ goes well beyond the church walls - for instance, teams take Bible Stories dramatically into schools with ‘Open the Book’ - so we included an example of this initiative in our service.”

St Martin’s church is the second largest church in the diocese. During his short visit to Cornwall the Archbishop also visited the Cathedral, and the parish churches in Bodmin, Launceston and Penzance.
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We were able to record the Archbishop's sermon during the service and have loaded it here as an MP3 file. Click on the blue box below or the Archbishop's picture here to play the recording.

The Archbishop was talking on the gospel reading where the women went to anoint the body of Christ, only to be met by an angel who told them that Jesus had risen. He told them to go and tell the disciples that Jesus has gone ahead of them to Galilee and they were to follow.

The message was that our job is to see what God is doing, to get alongside God and to join in.

(1) We need to listen to God so we move from "what shall I do" to "whom shall I obey". To do that we must learn to listen: through prayer, through studying the bible; and through fasting (which could be giving up something other than food such as TV, to make the space in our lives to hear God).

(2) We must gather with others and see what Jesus will do.

(3) We must go out and obey what Jesus has told us to do. We don't have to know all the answers to all the questions we may be asked. Just tell people what Jesus has done for us.

The church's new life grows from the new lives of its members.

Watch the Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon

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