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Summer Newsletter 2021


Dear Friends,

Greetings, as we continue to anticipate the final, delayed, easing of lockdown. For the time being pre-booking continues for all events as we need to maintain social distancing, but hopefully not for long.


We certainly hope it will not be required for our Open Chapel Event on Saturday 4th September. We hope that many of you will join friends from the local community, from our regular bookings and passers-by as we welcome all for a grand get-together. We shall be seeking volunteers to welcome and serve on the day! Please put the date in your diary.


We anticipate that once Covid restrictions are lifted, our regular bookings will gradually return. We look forward to welcoming them back. Already we have had a few bookings from individuals and walking groups, so our building is starting to be used more, which is encouraging.


Annual Vision Meeting

On Monday April 26th Rev Amanda led us in a valuable and encouraging time of reflection and discussion, focusing on 3 themes: hospitality, creation care and prayer.

Hospitality: Once restrictions end, we are keen to explore extra ways of offering hospitality - in particular to the many visitors and locals who use the car park. Perhaps an occasional drop-in Saturday coffee morning or afternoon tea, with a team of volunteers to welcome and serve.

Some people do not realise we have a garden which is open to all. How can we improve signage and provide extra info?

Creation Care: We aim to gain our Eco Church silver award later this year. We look forward to hearing from Friends what positive actions they have taken in response to the March Eco Action Sheet. Simon, for example, mentioned that sparrows are already using their recently erected nesting box. Please let us know what you are doing.

Prayer: A simple guide to prayer to be made available. Other resources to be explored. We may host a ‘post-pandemic’ prayer event to reflect/remember/lament/give thanks. In what other ways can we encourage prayer?


Churches Count on Nature

This national scheme takes place each June, encouraging churches of all denominations to identify, over a particular week, the wild flora and fauna in their grounds. Martin Rule and I visited one morning and I returned one afternoon. Between us we identified 63 species, ranging from the well-known - Robin, Daisy - to the more unusual - Silver-ground Carpet, Green Orb-weaver. (A moth and a spider, in case you were wondering.) Be impressed! It was a fascinating exercise and our records have now been submitted. There were at least another 10 species we could not identify – mainly lichens and mosses, so if you are a budding lichenologist, let us know. We hope to repeat the exercise next year and add to our records in the months ahead. Let me know if you wish to see the full survey. Rev Andrew


Degibna News

We usually have a Prayer Focus inside, but decided to move this outdoors, inviting members of the public to tie a ribbon, representing their personal prayer of hope/thanks/sadness/blessing. We are thrilled that 150+ people have responded so far. Thanks to Barbara for the idea … and the ribbons!

We have 75 Friends at present – the highest number since the scheme began. Thank you so much for your continuing support, especially during the pandemic.

LED light bulbs have now replaced all other bulbs in regular use throughout the chapel, which should reduce our energy use and carbon footprint.

Our long-awaited planter/cycle-rack is now in place on our forecourt. Thanks to Everett Tripp for planting this up.

We are delighted to learn that the Cornwall Methodist District has registered as an Eco District and it is proposed that our own circuit register as an Eco Circuit.

Over the summer various work is planned to maintain our building and improve access, including re-painting the exterior and fixing hand-rails either side of the ramp into the garden.


Book Recommendation

There are now many books available which encourage us to take better care for our world, combat climate change, live more simply etc. One from a Christian perspective is ‘L is for Lifestyle’ by Ruth Valerio, sub-titled ‘Christian living that does not cost the earth’. One reviewer writes, ‘A priceless handbook … Ruth shares the joys and difficulties of being planet-friendly in a consumer’s world.’

Borrow it from your local library or splash out and buy your own copy.


Some Prayer Points

As we battle the pandemic, the climate crisis and more, let us:

Pray for the vaccine roll-out in the UK and worldwide

Pray for COP26 in November and all efforts to tackle the climate crisis

Pray for the lonely, the weary, the fearful and the struggling in our local communities

Pray for our Events and Bookings, both before and after restrictions are lifted

Pray for new initiatives in Hospitality, Creation Care and Prayer

Pray for one another as Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel


Every blessing, as we continue to support one another in prayer.

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



Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

Spring Newsletter 2021


Dear Friends,

Greetings as Spring unfolds, as we approach Easter, and as we anticipate the easing of lockdown! You will see from our Events leaflet that we hope to hold events at Degibna from Easter Sunday, but please note pre-booking is essential. 


Trying To Pray

Many people have mentioned to me that, during the pandemic, they have found it hard to pray. This can be exacerbated when we are not getting the encouragement from meeting with others, for example at the Prayer Chapel. Despite having more time at home, other factors like anxiety, grief and distractions have made it hard to focus or concentrate on anything, let alone pray.

I offer an idea for help with prayer at this time, why not try and see if it suits you?

If you like to use technology, the 24-7 prayer collective, has an ‘app’ called Lectio 365 available in both text and audio. It encourages us to make time to….

P Pause and be still

R Rejoice with a Psalm and Reflect on a Bible Passage

A Ask God to help us and others

Y Yield to His will in our lives

Even without the app, this is a helpful structure for our own devotional time. I have used it over the past weeks as a focus when I have found it hard to pray. I like the opening words:

As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still; to breathe slowly;

to re-centre my scattered senses upon the presence of God.”

Every blessing until we meet again. Rev Amanda


Seeking A Renewed Vision

Around the world every individual and every organisation has been affected by the COVID pandemic, though some much more than others. Similarly we know that every individual and every organisation will increasingly be affected by the Climate Emergency.

In these unprecedented times our annual Vision Meeting (2.00pm Monday 26th April) takes on added significance. Here is an opportunity to pause and pray, to look back on the year past and look forward to the year ahead.

What is God saying to us in these strange times? What new challenges do we face? What new opportunities do we discern? What is God’s will and purpose for Degibna Prayer Chapel?

Here are 2 areas (of many) for us to consider:

1) Hospitality. As we emerge from lockdown, how can we extend our welcome to both locals and visitors, especially any who are weary, sorrowful, hurting or bewildered? How can we offer rest and healing, hope and peace in troubled times?

2) Creation Care. In view of the Climate Emergency and other environmental concerns, are there further actions we could be taking? How can we better care for God’s wonderful creation?

I realise not all will be able to attend our Vision Meeting, but I would urge you all to pray for the meeting; for God’s guidance and blessing. Also if you cannot attend but have ideas, suggestions, questions or concerns; please let me know by email or phone. I promise to bring these to the meeting.

Rev Andrew

Degibna News

  • Thanks to Martin Rule who has trimmed some of the trees along the lane where branches were getting close to overhead wires. This dead wood has then been used to improve the hedge and protect the garden from prevailing winds. Sadly one of our ash trees has succumbed to ash die-back, so had to be taken down.
  • Thanks to Lucy Pender for arranging hire of carpet cleaner and cleaning the carpet during lockdown.
  • Vision & Management Team met via zoom in February. Our income is much reduced due to lack of events and bookings, but income from Friends has matched last year.
  • With sadness we record the recent death of 2 Friends. Malcolm Lightfoot, died in February. His links with Degibna go back to childhood when he attended Sunday School here. More recently has has been very helpful maintaining our benches. Joan Jones died in March, having recently moved to a Care Home. In earlier times, she loved her visits to Degibna and was always pleased to hear our news. We give thanks for their lives and pray for families and friends.


Some Prayer Points

As we celebrate the Easter message of hope, let us:

  • Pray for the gradual easing of lockdown in church and community
  • Pray for rest, renewal and refreshment for all who are weary and worn down
  • Pray for our Events, that those attending will be encouraged, inspired and kept safe
  • Pray for individuals and businesses most affected by the pandemic
  • Pray for one another as Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel


Every blessing, as we continue to support one another in prayer.

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

Vision & Management Team.


Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

February Newsletter 2021


Dear Friends,

Welcome to an extra lockdown newsletter which we hope will be of interest. We are all having to adjust to these challenging times, so we want to assure you of our continuing prayers. Please pray for us as we adapt to the present conditions and plan for the future. Do consider joining one of our online events this month (see recent email). We are always delighted to hear from Friends, be it by post, phone or email. Next month you should receive the Spring quarterly newsletter with a provisional programme of events for April – June.


The Way Under Our Feet: A Spirituality of Walking

This book by Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, was published in 2020. Having read this recently, I thought I would share some reflections from it, as many of us are trying to walk daily during this time of restrictions during the pandemic.

Starting. Jesus walked a lot; in and around Nazareth, up to Jerusalem. He called himself the ‘way’ (John 14 v6) and his early followers were known as ‘the Way’ as well. Walking can be refreshing, can slow us down, our heads can become clearer, and we can think things through. For Jesus, walking was a necessity, for us it can be just a leisure activity. Do you walk much? What’s your favourite walk and why?

Moving. Walking is a physical act. We need a certain amount of strength and balance. Some times our hips or knees creak! But not everyone can walk and to have a disability in Jesus’ era was to be ostracized. For some, today, the image of Jesus being nailed to a cross, immobile, resonates. How do you cope when you are unwell? Is it hard to accept? It is by our marks and infirmities that he knows us, but society promotes an image of health as the only one ‘worth having’.

Thinking. Walking can be used as a method of problem solving. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple held regular walking meetings. These led to ideas , solutions and conversations. The poet Thomas Clark wrote: ‘there are walks on which I lose myself, walks which return me to myself again’. Has walking helped you in any way?

Remembering. Walking draws out memories. We recall the poem Footprints, that we are never walking alone as God is with us. At Christmas we recall the Holy Family walking, looking for a room at the inn or the Magi, journeying to the stable. If we are unable to walk, we may want to reflect on those we have taken in the past.

Fearing. When the crowds were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd,

(Matt 6 v 36) Jesus had compassion for them. We think of refugees, walking across Europe or up through South America to the Mexican wall. These journeys are full of fear, many die. In 2018 there were 68.5 million people forcibly displaced across the world. We meet many refugees and migrants in the Bible and how we relate to those today is a major challenge for us all, especially when we hear the voices of those who feel threatened by ‘others’. God expects us to care for our neighbours whoever they are. Can we do more?

Treading. Read Hosea 4 v3 and Isaiah 24 v4-5. How we walk the earth is important; we are aware of ecological issues, the loss of biodiversity and the threat of climate change. You may like to join one of the Creation Walks which start from the Chapel and we look forward to when they can begin again. Every blessing, Rev Amanda


Eco Church & Friends

Once lockdown eases we are keen to achieve our silver award as we are nearly there. We could be the first church in Cornwall, of any denomination, to achieve this! We can all play our part by adopting a ‘greener’ lifestyle. Watch out for a leaflet packed with ideas that will accompany the Spring newsletter.


Degibna News

  • Snowdrops, hellebores, primroses and more are already in flower in the Prayer Garden, as the days lengthen and Spring begins to unfold.
  • 66 have joined or renewed as Friends so far this year. We are especially grateful for your support as income from bookings and events is much reduced. However our reserves are healthy and overheads low, so we are more fortunate than many and do not face a financial crisis.
  • Our Vision & Management Team meet/met by Zoom on February 9th to review the last few months and plan for our emerging from lockdown.
  • Feedback from a chance visit: “We came across the chapel on a walk around Loe Pool, and I really like the notion of providing a quiet space for the people who travel to the area.
  • Feedback on our Meditation Cards: “They are really beautiful and with encouraging scriptures. They are perfect for sending to friends and family in this time of lock down.


Some Prayer Points

  • As we look towards the easing of lockdown, let us:
  • Pray with thanksgiving for the vaccines and those who administer them
  • Pray for great wisdom and compassion for all in authority.
  • Pray for a green and fair recovery from the pandemic
  • Pray for the most vulnerable in our communities
  • Pray for one another as Friends of Degibna Prayer Chapel


Every blessing, as we continue to support one another in prayer.

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

Vision & Management Team.



Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

Winter Newsletter 2020


Dear Friends,

We send our best wishes in this season of Advent as we prepare for a very different Christmas. Of course the good news at the heart of Christmas remains the same: ‘To us a child is born, to us a son is given … and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ May these words comfort and encourage us as we celebrate Immanuel – God with us.

(n.b. Our winter & summer newsletters are sent via email where possible to save money.)


Our Online Christmas Concert

We are delighted that Simeon Wood will be performing his Christmas Show for us: ‘Bringing People Together This Christmas’, at 7.30pm on Friday 11th December. Though we cannot meet face to face, we hope that this will be a means to bring us together as Friends of DPC across Cornwall, and indeed further afield. Simeon is a gifted musician and talented performer, so don’t miss out. It is bound to be a fun concert that will lift your spirits.  If you can’t watch it live on the evening, you can view the recording any time before the New Year. Don’t forget you need to register with me, Rev Andrew, so I can send you the special link nearer the time. This is our Christmas gift to you, so do enjoy!


Eco Church & Friends

‘The Church is the people not just the building.’ If that is true, then becoming an Eco Church implies changing ourselves as well as our building. Our efforts to obtain a silver award have been somewhat disrupted by the pandemic, but we now hope to achieve this in 2021. One area we want to progress is by encouraging as many Friends as possible to be more involved.

Let me give an example: the Chapel has already switched to a green energy supplier (Ecotricity), which is great. But suppose we encouraged our Friends (that means you!) to consider such a switch at home. What if 10%, 20% or more of our Friends also switched to a green energy supplier? That would be even more effective.

With your Spring newsletter we hope to include a leaflet detailing some of the ways that we as individuals and families can play our part in being an Eco Church. We would love to hear some of the things you are already doing, from feeding the birds to participating in beach cleans to using LED bulbs, so do let us know. Of course not all ideas will be appropriate for everyone, but we can all play our part.

With that in mind our website www.degibnaprayerchapel.org.uk now includes a monthly eco tip on the home page from A Rocha, so be sure to check it out. Eco Church means all of us, not just the building and not just the few.


Joy is Enough

For articles, video clips and resources relating to the climate crisis and our Christian response, do check the website: www.joyisenough.org Plenty of food for thought.


Hope in Dark Times

The autumn edition of the Methodist magazine The Connexion, focussed on the theme of hope, and was full of inspiring stories of how God is working in different ways through certain projects around Britain and beyond. There were also reminders about how Christians need to have a righteous indignation concerning injustice and work towards building a more humane, equitable society by challenging welfare policies, acting positively to prevent climate change and poverty. There were questions too for reflection. Where is hope in the middle of a pandemic? Where is God in this? What does hope look like in my context/ community? The Revd Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Methodist conference had this to say in response; ‘Our hope is not an expression of a wish for good times to come. Rather, our hope is a state of being: we live in hope because God is with us’. He reminded us of the message of the angel at the incarnation: Be not afraid, a message repeated by Jesus himself to his disciples. As we look into an uncertain future, may we hear the words of Jesus afresh, and know that they hold the key to hope.

Rev Amanda

Degibna News

  • Thanks to the 65 of you who have already renewed as Friends for 2020-21. It’s not too late. We would love to see our Friends increase to 75+ in 2021.
  • Sadly we learned of the death of Billy Kendall in November, aged 99. Billy was our oldest Friend and former member of Degibna Methodist Church. Rev Amanda conducted the funeral service. We give thanks for his life and treasure our memories.
  • Our monthly Julian Meetings have been much appreciated by those who have come along, and will be continued in 2021.
  • Pause for Advent 2020, the recent e-newsletter from the Quiet Garden Movement, features an article about Degibna on p7, plus much else of interest. You can find this at: www.quietgarden.org
  • Many years ago our communion table suffered water staining – perhaps a misplaced plant pot? But now it has been renewed. No, not via the ‘Repair Shop’, but our own local version – thanks to Simon Dunkley.


Finally, a verse to ponder: “The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1 v5). 

As we celebrate Christmas in these strange times, may we take that truth to heart, and allow the light of Christ to illuminate our lives and our homes.


Every blessing, as we continue to support one another in prayer.

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

Vision & Management Team.


Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

Autumn Newsletter 2020


Dear Friends,

Greetings to all friends of the Prayer Chapel. Thank you for your prayers and support in challenging times. It is always good to hear from you. Following the monthly lock-down newsletters, we now move to quarterly newsletters. I hope you are keeping well and have enjoyed the recent sunshine.


Events Re-starting

The Prayer Chapel is like an oasis in the middle of a currently anxious world. Down a quiet country road which leads to the sea at Loe Bar, yet only a mile from Helston; the chapel seems removed from many of the stresses we are undergoing because of the pandemic. People have found their way to the garden in particular, which has remained open over the past months, either to pray or, in the case of a family recently, to let the children play. The monthly, Sunday afternoon, 3pm ‘service’ called Oasis, which offers a time to worship, rest and pray has restarted this autumn. The chairs are placed 2m apart and masks need to be worn, but we meet in Christian solidarity to worship God and look to him for all our needs at this time. If you would like to come, please contact Rev Andrew to book a place.


Creation Walks have begun again too. On Saturday 12th September, a small group were led by Christian environmentalist Martin Rule from the Chapel to Loe Bar. We paused frequently to observe butterflies like the Comma and Speckled Wood; to spot the Heron and Great Crested Grebe and to note the Cornish Elm trees, thriving in the lane. On a beautiful day, it was easy to give thanks to God for the blessings of living here and being able to feel the warmth of the sun and hear the sound of the sea: blessings which will stay with us in the colder, wetter winter months to come.


There will be more walks and other events as you will see from the programme. One new event is the Julian Meeting. Julian meetings are groups of people who meet regularly in order to grow in the practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition. The group welcomes people of all denominations or none. But who was Mother Julian? She is a relevant person ‘for such a time as this’ (Esther 4 v14), as she lived through three waves of the black death in 14th century Norwich. She knew people who died. She may have lost some people close to her and mourned them. We have been living through a time of self-isolation. Julian knew, by vocation, obedience and choice what it is to live isolated from others. She may have had access to a small enclosed garden, we are not sure. She lived in a space separated from the church but part of it, so she could hear the services, a bit like we may have been part of a church community online.


For many Christians the contemplative life is a reality - a response to the call of God. For others of us we have to practise being silent in God’s presence, for half an hour, to draw closer to him. This is what we do in the meeting. We hear a short reading and then are quiet in God’s presence. If you would like to come please book with Rev Andrew, all the covid regulations are adhered to and a mask needs to be worn. You may want to practise contemplative prayer at home, if so follow this brief guide from the Julian Meetings publication: 

Relax your body

and quieten your mind.

Be open to God in the silence.

God is with you - here, now.

Do not strive or be anxious.

Be silent, be still

and let God reach you.

Let God love you ...


From Rev Andrew Hill, Chair of Vision & Management Team

Our special offering for Open Doors raised £162 earlier this year and our Cream Tea at Home appeal has raised £225 so far for our local Foodbank. Thanks to all who contributed. Also in August we were delighted to receive a very generous anonymous donation of £1,000 towards the ongoing upkeep of the Garden. Like many churches and charities our income from events and bookings has been significantly reduced by the pandemic so we are especially grateful for donations from our faithful Friends. (74 of you this past year!)


We hope you will want to renew as a Friend this year. A form is enclosed for you to complete. (Those who have set up a standing order need not complete form unless your details have changed.) Also enclosed is our latest events programme. We are always delighted to welcome you whether you come frequently or occasionally, so hope something will be of interest. For the time being all events must be pre-booked as we need to limit numbers and be able to trace people should the need arise.


A small prayer booklet from The Prayer Trust is also included which we trust you find helpful. Whether you live near or far, we value your prayers for Chapel and Garden, convinced of the difference that these make. 


One extra event may take place over the weekend October 10-11 when we hope to arrange at least two socially-distanced rambles from Degibna as part of the Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need appeal. We have yet to sort details but we assume each ramble will involve a maximum of 6 people. Possibly one group could try a longer walk around Loe Pool, while another, starting at a different time, could follow a shorter walk through Degibna Woods and along Carminowe Creek. If you would like to take part or sponsor a rambler, please get in touch.


AGM with a difference

This year the annual general meeting will take place on Monday 12th October at 3pm, online by Zoom. We hope some of our more distant Friends can join us. If you would like to be sent the password so that you can join in, please contact Rev Amanda Stevens on 01326561792 or revamanda@btinternet.com.


Every blessing, as we continue to support one another in prayer.

Rev Amanda Stevens, Vision & Management Team.


Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

Special August Newsletter 2020


Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 5th and final monthly newsletter. It has been agreed that rather than reverting to just 2 newsletters a year, from now on we should send 4: autumn, winter, spring and summer. Also as lockdown eases we are making cautious plans to resume some of our events while maintaining necessary social distance. See below for more details.


There has been much talk in recent weeks of the other NHS: the Natural Health System – that is the health benefits of being out in nature, observing nature and enjoying nature. We are ideally placed to encourage people to experience the positive benefits of being out in the natural world. Please pray and think of ways that we might offer such encouragement in the months ahead.


A Reflection

This month’s reflection features another of our 8 meditation cards, encouraging us to take time to tune out from busy-ness and bustle, then tune in to God’s word and God’s voice.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

from Psalm 19

The air is full of voices:

radio stations and tv channels and the worldwide web.

By post, phone, fax, email, text and more,

we are beset by voices.

The voices are within us and around us.

But what of the voice of God;

the still, small voice that whispers in our hearts?

Lost in the hubbub of other voices?

Dare we pause to listen?

Take time to tune in?


Degibna News

Plans are underway to tidy the garden – pruning shrubs and weeding borders. Thanks to those who have volunteered for a spot of socially distanced gardening!


This year we decided to mow the grass in front of the chapel less regularly, to see what wild flowers grew and to encourage pollinators. I am no botanist but on a recent visit counted 16 different species: Birdsfoot Trefoil, Black Knapweed, Buttercup, Daisy, Dandelion, Germander Speedwell, Hedge Bedstraw, Hogweed, Lesser Trefoil, Ribwort Plantain, Selfheal, Smooth Sow-thistle, White Clover, Yarrow + unidentified Hawkweed and Willowherb. A couple of Grasshoppers were also spotted, so a definite win for biodiversity.


Thanks to Paul Richards who replaced a broken pane of glass in one of our large windows. How it broke, we have no idea.

We are delighted that Lucy Pender has resumed as our cleaner having had a few months off for health reasons.


Annual Cream Tea – with a difference!

We have already heard from 2 couples who held a cream tea etc. at home on or near 25th July to replace our annual cream tea and our treasurer has received the first donation. It is not too late to join in! We invite all our Friends to host their own Cream Tea / Afternoon Tea at home or in your garden. You can 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. All donations will go to Helston and Lizard Foodbank. Please send any contributions to our treasurer, John Bilkey at Farthings, Hillcrest, Helston, TR13 8UN. (Cheques can be made payable to Degibna Prayer Chapel.) Thank you.


Prayer Meetings, Oasis and more

Our fortnightly prayer meeting will resume in August, but all who wish to attend must pre-book with me (Rev Andrew) so we can maintain social distance and do not have to turn anyone away. No refreshments, just 45 minutes of prayer from 11.00 to 11.45am on Fridays 7th & 21st.

A new Circuit Plan will start in September, so Oasis services will be held at 3.00pm on the 1st Sunday of the month and Julian meetings at 4.00pm on the 3rd Sunday. Pre-booking is essential as we shall need to limit numbers.

It has also been suggested that a midweek Bible Study/ Fellowship group could be held. Please let me know if you are interested.


Another Quiet Day at Home

Several of you joined in our last Quiet Day at Home. Now as the Harvest season approaches, for our next Quiet Day we shall be focusing on the spiritual as well as the natural Harvest. Please join with us on Thursday September 17th (or a day nearby) for ‘Harvest Home’. This will be another low-tech Quiet Day (no Zoom etc.). 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.


Some Prayer Points

As lockdown eases but the coronavirus and other challenges remain, let us:

  • Pray with thanksgiving for all those helping the most needy in our society
  • Pray for the Healing of the Nations
  • Pray for the Healing of Race Relations (Black Lives Matter)
  • Pray for the Healing of Creation (Climate change, Pollution etc.)
  • Pray for Charities & Churches facing financial challenges as a result of lost revenue
  • Pray for the Holiday Season and all needing rest, relaxation and refreshment
  • 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.

“Peace to the brothers and sisters,

and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

Ephesians 6 v23-24


Every Blessing, Rev Andrew Hill (01326 569803 andrew@aandbhill.plus.com)



Degibna Prayer Chapel and Prayer Garden

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

Meadows.

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 andrew@aandbhill.plus.com)


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!

(www.tearfund.org/en/about_you/action/the_world_rebooted).

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 (www.preachweb.org/biblemonth) 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 andrew@aandbhill.plus.com)


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 www.thykingdomcome.global

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, www.thejulianmeetings.wildapricot.org

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 www.plantlife.org.uk 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 andrew@aandbhill.plus.com)



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 www.springharvest.org 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 www.plantlife.org.uk 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 andrew@aandbhill.plus.com)



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 www.thejulianmeetings.net 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.


Programme

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
Signage
  • 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 www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/exploring-prayer.


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)