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Special July Newsletter 2020

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 4th monthly lockdown newsletter. I hope you continue to keep safe and well. In recent months words and phrases have been added to our vocabulary - coronavirus, Covid19, lockdown, key worker, social distancing, new normal! But what will be the new normal for us? How should we respond as lockdown continues to ease? What new opportunities will emerge for Degibna Prayer Chapel in the months ahead? I suggest that simply playing safe is not enough. We also need to respond to the suffering and struggle in our society and around the world.

So I value your thoughts and suggestions for practical steps we can take now and in the months ahead. How can we offer events that develop our vision and encourage wellbeing, yet remain relatively safe? For example, perhaps we should plan more outdoor events with limited numbers. Please pray and please share your ideas as we seek God’s way forward.

A Reflection

This month’s reflection features another of our 8 meditation cards, encouraging us to reflect on what destroys and what nourishes the soul. What has nourished our souls during lockdown?

He leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.”

from Psalm 23

Much in modern living destroys the soul,

much brings discord and disturbance:

bureaucracy … worry … insecurity … loneliness …

noise … cynicism … gossip … bitterness … triviality …

So what restores the soul?

What brings tranquillity and refreshment?

Laughter … music … friendship … kindness …

beauty … rest … silence … stillness … peace …

And within and beyond all these, God himself:

He restores the soul.

Degibna News

35 people registered and/ or requested the info leaflet for our Quiet Day at Home, ‘Regarding Ruth’. Feedback so far has been encouraging. We may well offer another of these in the next few months before our normal events resume.

We have received information of what needs to happen before church buildings can be re-opened - risk assessments, cleaning procedures etc. Because of the Chapel’s small size, social distancing would be difficult. Because of its remote location, frequent cleaning and regular supervision would be demanding. Therefore there are no plans to re-open the Chapel in July, though the Garden continues to be open to all. Our small Vision and Management Team will discuss the way forward and hopefully there will be more positive news soon.

Annual Cream Tea – with a difference!

We hope that our Annual Cream Tea, planned for Saturday 25th July will still go ahead but not at Degibna. Instead we invite all our Friends to host their own Cream Tea / Afternoon Tea at home or in your garden. As lockdown relaxes, you will hopefully be able to invite family, or perhaps even friends or neighbours to join you, but do stay safe and practise social distancing. Think one or two

invitations rather than a crowd.

Be sure to tell them about Degibna Prayer Chapel! If you are able to take photos, we would love to see them. If 25th July is not convenient, please choose another date; but we hope many of our Friends will join in on the day even though we cannot all meet face to face.

This year it was agreed that all donations should go to support the wonderful work of Helston and Lizard Foodbank. If you would like to support this, please send any contributions to our treasurer, John Bilkey at Farthings, Hillcrest, Helston, TR13 8UN. Thank you. Please make cheques payable to Degibna Prayer Chapel.

Degibna Memories (from Franklyn Moyle)

As some of you know, I have a lifetime connection with Degibna Chapel. Like my mother before me, I was born at Higher Pentire Farm. The chapel was built on one of our fields. In fact there is in the archives, a photo of Degibna folk outside the old chapel down the lane towards the farm. This was built of cob, and deteriorated, so they decided to build the present chapel with stone and granite. Much of this was taken from a quarry down the lane towards Loe Pool. It was opened in 1905.

In years gone by Degibna was a thriving community. They had their own school down the lane which I remember as an old building, now completely gone. Also before the war Degibna had its own cricket team, but just like the old school, there is now no evidence of it. I do know that the cricket field was down the lane towards Lower Pentire Farm. The field was called the Western


Like my parents before me, I have taken a lifetime interest in Degibna. A few years ago we obtained the corner of the adjacent field, now transformed into a Prayer Garden. Before lockdown we held fortnightly prayer meetings on a Friday morning. When these resume, you would be most welcome to join us.

Some Prayer Points

As the coronavirus crisis continues but lockdown continues to ease, let us:

  • Pray with thanksgiving for the beauty and wonder of creation
  • Pray for the Healing of the Nations, especially those with limited resources
  • Pray for businesses most affected by the coronavirus
  • Pray for all those facing a very uncertain future
  • Pray for the education of our young people and families in crisis
  • Pray for the many agencies (e.g. Foodbanks) offering practical support
  • Pray for one another as Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel.

It is always good to receive phone calls, post or emails from Friends.

May you continue to know God’s presence, guidance and blessing.

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us –
so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

Psalm 67 v1-2

Every Blessing, Rev Andrew Hill (01326 569803

Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

Special June Newsletter 2020

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 3rd monthly lockdown newsletter. (If you receive this by post but do have an email address, please let me have it for future newsletters.) I hope you continue to keep safe and well. I am writing this during the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ season of prayer leading up to Pentecost.

A Reflection

This month’s reflection features another of our 8 meditation cards, encouraging us to focus on the search for God’s kingdom and the wisdom needed to sort our priorities.

"There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.

But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?”

Job 28 v1 & 12

Monsters and marvels in the shadows,

darkness and danger in the depths:

treasure also.

Safer to stay at the surface, yet miners of old

delved deep, laboured hard, endured much, risked all

for ore and gem, mineral and metal:

worldly wealth and earthly treasure.

So should not we, despite difficulty and distraction,

search for things of greater value?

Should not we seek first God’s kingdom?

Degibna News

I continue my weekly walks to (and now from) Degibna. The National Trust has re-opened the car park so people are again using it as a starting point for walks, and some are visiting the garden.

Extra work has been done to alleviate flooding in Degibna Lane near the Chapel. In dry weather there is no problem but when we have sustained heavy rain, the ditch fills and overflows across the lane. Now a pipe has been fixed from the ditch into the adjacent field, so excess water can drain into the field rather than the lane. We are grateful to Mr Rowe for organizing this work.

On a personal note, I am delighted to report that a recent late evening drive out to the Degibna car park proved very rewarding. Looking over the gate in the field just below the car park, I was able to watch a Barn Owl hunting. I knew they had bred in the area but this was the first time I had seen one here. The best time to see Barn Owls is just before it gets dark. No guarantees, though June is a good time when they need extra food if they have young.

Imagine A World Rebooted

The Bible is full of stories about God’s intention to restore everything – to bring beauty out of brokenness. Tearfund invite us to join in his great restoration story, making all things new. The coronavirus crisis has held up a mirror to our world, revealing brokenness and inequality that had been previously hidden. As churches and communities adapt to find new ways to be a light in

the darkness, many are beginning to wonder what life might look like afterwards.

We have a unique opportunity to build a better reality together. For example, how might we prioritise the poorest and tackle the climate emergency? Tearfund have launched The world rebooted: a video, a discussion guide and a short paper to help us start a conversation with our family, our church and our community. Please look at these if you can, then pray and act!


Tearfund have also launched a coronavirus appeal to provide hygiene and handwashing training in vulnerable communities. You can now twin taps as well as toilets! See Tearfund website for details.

A Quiet Day At Home!

Perhaps some of you are thinking that you have had too many of these recently, but as we cannot meet together for one of our occasional Quiet Days, I would like to invite you to share in a Quiet Day at Home. You could do this on any convenient day but it would be good if most of us use the same day so we can be together in time if not in place.

June is Bible Month ( and this year we are encouraged to focus on the book of Ruth. What a wonderful focus for a Quiet Day! Mark Greene writes, “Ruth is one of those books whose riches never seem to run out. You can read it in 10 minutes and relish it for a lifetime.” So please join with us on Thursday June 18th (or a day nearby) for this Quiet Day at Home, 10.30am – 3.30pm.

This is going to be a low-tech Quiet Day (no Zoom etc.) but couples can share in this together or, if you are on your own, you can arrange with a friend to phone between sessions and so share the experience. I shall prepare a simple sheet with suggested timings, questions for reflection and suggestions how to use the quiet times. Please email or phone me to register and I will then send by email or post the info sheet. Unlimited numbers can apply! It would be great to see Friends near and far sharing in this day. If it works we may consider offering an ‘at home’ version of future Quiet Days for those who cannot attend. Further resources can be found on the website above.

Some Prayer Points

As the coronavirus crisis continues but lockdown begins to ease, let us:

  • Pray with thanksgiving for all keyworkers
  • Pray for the Healing of the Nations
  • Pray for all who live and work in Care/Residential Homes
  • Pray for those returning to work, the unemployed and those whose jobs are threatened
  • Pray for wisdom throughout society as lockdown is gradually eased
  • Pray for the lonely, the hurting, the bereaved and the bewildered
  • Pray for one another as Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel.

It is always good to receive phone calls, post or emails from Friends. Do keep in touch.

May you continue to find things which sustain and uplift you in these strange days. And above all may you know God’s presence and blessing.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.” Romans 12 v12-13

Every Blessing, Rev Andrew Hill (01326 569803

Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

Special May Newsletter 2020

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 2nd monthly lockdown newsletter. (If you receive this by post but do have an email address, please let me have if for future newsletters.) I hope you continue to keep safe and well.

Recently I came across this quotation from Octavia Hill (no relation), co-founder of the National Trust: ‘We all want quiet. We all want beauty … we all need space. Unless we have it, we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently.’ Beauty, space, quiet … this is what Degibna Prayer Chapel seeks to offer in normal times through its events and through the Prayer Garden. Now in abnormal times it is even more important to seek quiet, space and beauty in our daily living; not to settle for a dull routine, for just getting by, but to make time to pause, observe, listen and become aware of God’s presence with us and around us.

A Reflection

This reflection features another of our 8 meditation cards, encouraging us to focus on the goodness

that shines brightly in dark times. May these words speak to us afresh.

"You are the light of the world, A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

‘ There is something about genuine goodness,

true kindness, authentic love,

that glows, that shines, that stands out.

And if much around us, much in our own lives,

is dull and dreary, even dark and dismal;

then the goodness, the kindness and the love

shine more brightly, stand out more clearly.

So where do we see the light of God’s love shining?

And who sees the light of God’s love shining through us?’

Incidentally in Easter Week The Quiet Garden Movement featured our meditations each day on their twitter feed, thus reaching a wider audience for Degibna Prayer Chapel.

Thy Kingdom Come May 21st – 31st

Due to Covid-19 Thy Kingdom Come is going to look different this year but we can still get involved! Rev Chris Russell writes, “In the past few years, the focus of our prayers in these days between Ascension and Pentecost has been for the coming of the God’s Kingdom in the lives of family and friends, neighbours and colleagues that they might come to faith. When we pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’ during Thy Kingdom Come 2020 we pray in this specific context of the COVID crisis, with all that we face, all that is unknown and all we are helpless before.

This year we will be encouraging all not simply to pray that friends and family, colleagues and neighbours might encounter the love of God in Christ, but that they would experience that love in action. We are calling this ‘Prayer and Care’. We will once again encourage every person taking part in TKC to pray for 5 others who don’t know the love of Christ and then to resolve to invite them along to something appropriate once our church buildings are reopened. “

For more information and resources, visit

If you receive the Methodist Connexion magazine, you may have received with it a copy of ‘Jesus loves all – a Prayer Journal’. Do use this resource and if you have extra copies, pass them on.

Julian Meetings

In April we had planned to hold our first Julian Meeting and thereafter every 3rd Sunday of the month, 4.00 – 5.00pm, but then came the coronavirus. Now all events are on hold, so this seems a good opportunity to tell you why we still hope to hold such meetings once we are open again. In addition to our fortnightly prayer meetings, we wanted to offer a regular time for more contemplative and meditative prayer. Julian Meetings – named after the medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich - seemed to fit the bill. Their website explains:

“The Julian Meetings are open, ecumenical and not associated with any Christian denomination. Those who attend are not required to hold any particular set of beliefs but are expected to respect the Christian ethos. No one method of meditation is taught.  All are encouraged to find the method that is right for them. It is expected that the main content of the meeting will be 30 minutes of silent contemplative prayer.”

You can find out much more on the website,

We hope to welcome people of all denominations and none so look out for the new start date and do come along if you can.

No Mow May (Every Flower Counts)

A reminder of the perfect excuse not to mow your lawn this month. Visit for more details under ‘Every Flower Counts’, then register if you wish to take part.

Some Prayer Points

As the coronavirus crisis continues let us:

  • Pray with thanksgiving for all that brings beauty to our lives
  • Pray for the Healing of the Nations
  • Pray for opportunities in lockdown to show God’s love, and serve him (Thy Kingdom Come)
  • Pray for God’s wisdom for all as, and when, the lockdown is gradually eased
  • Pray for those whose employment is threatened by the crisis
  • Pray for all key-workers and all those bereaved
  • Pray for one another as Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel.

As part of my exercise regime, I am walking to Degibna once a week to check all is well at the Chapel and in the garden. I have been enjoying the spring flowers, the swallows and other summer visitors arriving, and some early butterflies. I have also valued phone conversations with friends far and near. May you too find things which sustain and uplift you in these strange days. And above all may you know God’s presence and blessing.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4 v8

Every Blessing, Rev Andrew Hill (01326 569803

Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

Special April Newsletter 2020

Dear Friends, 

This is the first of the promised monthly newsletters coming to most of you by email. (If you receive this by post but do have an email address, please let me have if for future newsletters.) I hope you are keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times. 

For all of us this will be a very different Easter. Nevertheless the good news of Jesus Christ continues to be good news in difficult and troubled times. The Easter story of death and resurrection reminds us that even when things go from bad to worse, there is still hope and God is not defeated. May the message of Easter take on a new depth of meaning for all of us this year as around the world we battle the coronavirus and begin to tackle the personal, social and international repercussions. 

A Reflection

This short reflection will be familiar to many of you as it comes from 1 of our 8 meditation cards.

It is a timely reminder that our God is mighty and merciful – mightier by far than the coronavirus!

This does not mean we should underestimate the profound effect the virus is likely to have on our economy and society, but it does mean that we can confidently trust in God who is able to do far more than we ask or imagine. May these words strengthen and encourage us in troubled times.

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,

mightier than the breakers of the sea –

the Lord on high is mighty.” Psalm 93 v4

‘Mightier than politics, economics or genetics;

mightier than psychology, sociology or theology;

mightier than chance, fate or superstition;

mightier than disease, decay or death;

mightier than our troubles, anxieties or worries;

mightier than our failures, frustrations and fears;

mightier than all that would overwhelm us:

the Lord on high is mighty,

the Lord on high is compassionate,

and he cares for us.

Vision Meeting Summary

Our Annual Vision meeting took place on Monday 16th March. Since then it has been decided that no events or bookings take place for the time being even for individuals. The Prayer Garden remains open but the nearby National Trust Car Park is closed.

The following Good News was shared at the Vision Meeting:

- 68 Friends so far this year [now 72].

- Our first Community & Friends Social attracted 20+.

- We have been given an electric piano on long-term loan.

- Oasis numbers have increased to 15+.

- Snowdrops from Margaret Froggatt have been planted in garden & front lawn.

- 10th Anniversary Cake ordered. Rev Steven Wild hopes to attend.

Other matters reported and discussed :

- Sadly the coronavirus + 2 quotations for work on outside toilet that were much higher than anticipated, means that our Anniversary Garden Scheme is now suspended and will need modifying. A simpler scheme is envisaged still focusing on the garden and improving disabled access but excluding rebuilding the outside toilet. Thanks to those who have already contributed.

- Sadly also, our wonderful cleaner, Lucy, has had to step down for health reasons. We wish her well.

- John Bilkey reported that our finances are healthy.

- We shared in a time of reflection based on 4 themes from our Epiphany Communion.

- We are considering purchasing a set of ‘Singing The Faith’ as our ‘Hymns & Psalms’ copies are showing their age.

- Next year’s Vision meeting will be after Easter (2.00pm Monday 26th April 2021) in the hope that more Friends can attend.

Spring Harvest Home 

With thousands of other Barbara and I had booked to attend Spring Harvest at Minehead this year but, like so many other events, it has been cancelled … or rather adapted! This year Spring Harvest takes place online and anyone can join in.

‘Here is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Lined up for the week after Easter (April 13 – 17), we have some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of 

“Unleashed – The Acts Church Today“.  Never has there been a more appropriate time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together.’ Visit for more details and to register.

No Mow May (Every Flower Counts)

And now, for all you keen and not-so-keen gardeners: the Charity ‘Plantlife’ are encouraging us to take part in some citizen science this year. We are challenged not to mow all or part of our lawn during May, then on the last weekend to count how many wild flowers (daisies, clover etc.) are flowering in one or more 1m2. Using this information they can calculate how good your un-mown lawn is for pollinators like butterflies, bees and hoverflies. If you have a lawn you can do your bit for the environment without leaving home! Visit for more details under ‘Every Flower Counts’, then register if you wish to take part. Let me know how you get on.

Some Prayer Points

- Pray for the Healing of the Nations (our own & others in the news)

- Pray for God’s wisdom for those in positions of authority

- Pray for Businesses & Charities threatened by the virus

- Pray for those showing care & compassion, going the extra mile.

- Pray for individuals who are anxious, lonely, weary or troubled.

- Pray for our society and world as we adjust now, then again later to life post-coronavirus

- Pray for one another as Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel.

Many of us find we have more time on our hands in this time of lockdown. Let us ensure that we use some of that to pray more and worry less, study God’s word in the Bible, encourage one another and serve as we have opportunity. Prayer makes a difference. Thank you for your prayers.

So, in the midst of all our troubles, may I wish you and those you love a peaceful and joyful Easter.

Every Blessing, Rev Andrew Hill (01326 569803

Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden 

Spring Newsletter 2020

Dear Friends,

Over the winter at the chapel we enjoyed anticipating the birth of Jesus by celebrating Advent together with carols and readings. After Christmas, an Epiphany service of reflection with Communion led by Rev Bridget Macaulay, priest and artist from Marazion, was held by lantern light. Rev Bridget offered four reflections based on the story of the Magi visiting the infant Jesus which are worth sharing here as they can be part of our own reflections at the start of a new year and a new decade.

Reaching up: as the Magi scanned the heavens, the stars and planets, how might we read the signs of our times and respond in faith to what God is doing in our lives?

Looking in: the psalmist says; ‘Search me oh God and know my heart, test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting’. The Magi would have had plenty of time for reflection as they journeyed to see the Christ child. How might we build up practices of reflection, study and soul searching on our journey of faith?

Sharing with: Identify one ‘gift’ you might offer to your church, community, friends or family in the coming year.

Moving out: in action, service and prayer for God’s world, how might we share the good news that God has given himself in Jesus and meets us at every turn of our lives?

These themes would be equally applicable to our church life and will form the basis for our time together at our annual Vision Meeting for the chapel 2.00pm Monday March 16th for 2 hours. Everyone is invited to this time of seeking God’s leading for the year ahead.

New Regular Quiet Prayer Group

A few years ago, regular quiet prayer and meditation was part of the life of the chapel community. While one group still meets for prayer on Friday mornings once a fortnight, there is also a place for contemplative prayer as a way of making ourselves available to God. The first Julian Meeting (a group who meets for contemplative, silent, prayer) will be held at the chapel on Sunday April17th at 4pm and every third Sunday in the month. Prayer is Christ-centred, opening with music or a reading followed by 30 minutes silence and then a time of fellowship for those who can stay - about an hour in all. The meeting welcomes people of all denominations or none. The Julian Meetings is a loose worldwide network whose philosophy is to keep it simple, have no set leadership, to be open to all and be adaptable. Please just come along to the first meeting or contact Rev Amanda or Rev Andrew for more information or a lift.


Your events programme is enclosed and we look forward to the creation walks, the quiet times, the cream tea and socials but as 2020 is the tenth anniversary of the chapel opening as a prayer chapel, you are also invited to share in this time of celebration on Thursday 20th August.

Garden Project

In 2020 we celebrate our 10th anniversary. Last year’s AGM thought it would be good to mark this with a Garden Project that would improve facilities, benefit wildlife and encourage more people to visit.

Building Work etc.

  • Renew / Refurbish Outside Toilet
  • Improve Disabled Access (extend ramp and add handrails)
  • Bench seating around tree
  • Planter Cycle Rack at front

Encouraging Wildlife

  • Wildflower meadow area with spring bulbs at front
  • Increase variety of flowers for pollinators
  • Log-pile, Bird-feeders & bird-food, Nest-Boxes, Bat-Boxes and/or Bug-Boxes
  • Hedge maintenance
  • Quiet Garden Trust Display Board Project
  • Welcome sign on gate and prayer quotations on building (Slate)
  • o Info leaflets on garden & local walks

If we do all this it could cost £5,000+. We are currently applying for grants and hope these will cover much of the cost, but not all. We plan to start work after Easter and complete as much as possible by August 20th – our anniversary. If you would like to contribute to this anniversary project, please send a cheque payable to ‘Degibna Prayer Chapel’ to our treasurer, John Bilkey, Farthings, Hillcrest, Helston, TR13 8UN. Thank you.

Exploring Prayer

If you have access to the internet we recommend 5 sessions on Exploring Prayer by Archbishop Justin Welby – Asking God, Learning to Lament, Saying Sorry, Giving Thanks & Wonder! These short film clips can be found at

Friends Update

Finally, thanks to all of you who renewed as Friends last Autumn. Currently we have 63 Friends so 75 is within reach. Do encourage others to join us. (If you have not yet renewed we enclose a renewal form in case the last has gone astray!) We value your prayers and support, and are always delighted to hear from you and see you at events.

Every blessing, Rev Amanda Stevens (01326 561792) & Rev Andrew Hill (01326 569803)