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Degibna Newsletter Autumn 2017

Dear Friends, Greeting to all friends of the Prayer Chapel I hope some of you were able to come along to the annual Cream Tea on the last Saturday of July this year. Although the weather was less favourable than last year it was good to meet old and new friends. Please look out for this event next year as it a chance to find out about the chapel, visit the garden and have food with like-minded folks.


The prayer Chapel is like an Oasis in the middle of a busy world. Down a quiet country road which leads to the sea at Loe Bar, yet only a mile from Helston, people have found their way there over the past year, either to attend an event, or to call in on one of the Sundays when we have been open all day this summer. This year we had a week in August when the chapel was open every day. Rev Danny Reed had created some prayer stations where we could lay our burdens down, pray for others or give thanks. On the third Sunday of each month, there is a Sunday afternoon, 3pm ‘service’ called Oasis which offers a contemplative experience, time to rest and pray. Sometimes Holy Communion is shared. This is an ecumenical event which does not follow a set ‘format’. Do look out for this on the Circuit Plan or on our Facebook page.

Discover your creativity! Pauline Pym from Somerset is holding a day at the chapel on 29th September when you can be creative. You don’t have to be an artist. Pauline will use some pictures of her own as well to help us pray and reflect. Bring an apron if you would like to make something; or a notebook to write in. You don’t have to stay all day. Please book with Anne Moyle ( 01326 572087)

In 2018 Rev Danny is leading a day on spirituality and flower arranging: 24th February. This will be another opportunity to be creative and prayerful.

Exploring Silence

Often during a Quiet Day, an Oasis service or a prayer event, there is time for silence. Some people feel very daunted by this, especially when we are used to the TV, radio and general background noise created by traffic (or helicopters!) Participation in a time of silence either alone or with others is a well-known spiritual discipline whose transformational value has been well documented throughout Christian history. We recall that Jesus set time aside to pray, away from the crowds… in silence we can speak to God inwardly, we can listen. One Christian denomination who makes silence a key part of their worship are the Quakers whose practice helps them hear from God and speak words of ministry when prompted by the Holy Spirit.

Silence allows us to become attentive to the presence of God within and all around us. It can revitalise our prayer lives and as Alison Woolley says: ‘It is through engagement in a spiritual discipline like silence that we acknowledge and surrender the smallness of ourselves into the fullness of God’s limitless love for all people’.

(Alison Woolley can be found at

Creation Walks by Martin Rule

On July 8th, 7 of us enjoyed a lovely morning stroll from Chyvarloe car park, out onto the coast path, then back via Loe Bar. The calm, sunny weather attracted large numbers of gatekeeper butterflies - we must have been right in the midst of their flight period. Many were settling on the hedges on the lane towards the coast path. A number of skylarks poured out their miraculous song overhead the whole time - just WHEN do they pause for breath and if never, then HOW do they do it?

The coastal slopes were covered in a huge number of flowering wild carrots - almost as if they'd been planted as a crop. Large white/mauve flower heads, many covered in orange cardinal beetles. We also found a single large green caterpillar of the emperor moth - about 6cm long, and with attitude.

We all felt blessed to live in such a wonderful area and to be able to share it together. We would love to meet new people on these walks and look forward to your company. Future walks are on Oct 7th 2017 and Jan 14th2018 - who knows what we might see or hear? ( both walks start from the chapel at 10am and finish at 12.30).

Degibna Prayer Chapel Vision Team

Last year, the Vision team continued to explore prayerfully how the Chapel might be further used for the benefit of those enjoying the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty around. From this came the idea of leaving the chapel open all day on a Sunday. This has been a move of ‘radical hospitality’ which we have continued this summer, when we have offered the facilities, tea and coffee and use of the toilet to anyone passing by.

Please feel free to come along to the AGM at the chapel at 3pm on Monday 23rd October. You may be able to help with an idea or something practical or just to learn more about the Vision. Every Blessing and please pray for the work and Vision at Degibna Prayer Chapel.

Rev Amanda Stevens (01326 561792) on behalf of the Prayer Chapel Team.