Christianity came to Cornwall in the 5th and 6th centuries when Celtic missionaries came from Wales and Ireland to found centres of worship.
Veryan church, however, appears to be dedicated to a French martyr, St Symphorian, though the remains of at least one Celtic cross can be seen.
The church contains some Norman features, the carved faces on the west porch, for example. Some doorway arches and windows are probably 13th century, the arcade of pillars fourteenth, while the font is a mediaeval copy of a Norman design. Three of the present ring of six bells were installed in the 18th century, the remaining three being added in the 1890s. They are rung regularly for services. The organ dates from 1913 and the attractive embroidered kneelers were worked by members of the congregation during the 1980s.
“Welcome to Veryan parish church at the centre of the parish; its door is open to everyone, young and old, who is seeking God. Its font has washed generation after generation of Veryan people as members of Christ and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. Its altar has witnessed for centuries the thanksgivings of the good souls of the parish and fed them on their pilgrimage. Christenings, confirmations, weddings and burials have all taken place here, in Cornish, in Latin and now in English.”
The Eucharist of the Anglican Church is celebrated on Sundays: sung at 11.00am on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays with Hymns Old and New; the Revised Common Lectionary (mostly NRSV) is followed at all services.
Holy Communion is offered to all the baptised People of God who are communicants or who are (in Cranmer’s phrase) ready and desirous to be confirmed.
Churchwardens: Mr David Elliott and Mrs Ann Craven.
Organist: Mrs Joyce Goldie
Coffee and Chat
After every Sunday 11.00am service coffee and biscuits are served in the church; this is a popular meeting point, so do come and join in and meet people.
Church Repairs and Maintainence
The current Quinquennial report on church fabric shows this ancient building to be in a generally good state of repair, other than the windows.
However, the windows are in need of major maintenance as the lead and glass are deteriorating rapidly, the lead in particular is reaching the end of its effective life. A programme of restoration has already been put in hand but will, inevitably, be expensive, probably in the region of £33,000, so this will almost certainly have to be completed over a period of time, depending on our ability to raise the necessary funds. Full details of the restorations, including pictures and costs per window, are on show in the church.
Protective grilles of grey-washed steel are to be fitted to the southern windows, being the most vulnerable
Our lovely old church costs some £75 a day to run but on top of that all maintenance and repairs has also to be funded. It has become clear that the windows, dating form the 1847 restoration, are now on their last legs and will have to be replaced as soon as possible.
One of the less painful methods of raising the very considerable sums required – there are 18 windows – is to set up a 100 Club.
This was launched at the 2007 Christmas Fair; the individual commitment is for one year at £5 per month by direct debit or £55 per year if paid in advance. The minimum payout will be £200 per month on a full up-take, proportionally less on a lesser up-take. A full ‘club’ of 100 members will raise sufficient funds to restore two full windows.
Parish Church History
A new History of Veryan Parish Church is now available, consisting of 36 pages and including many illustrations. The History may be obtained at the church or from Christine Edwards (501727) for the lowly sum of £2.50 per copy (£3 by post), the proceeds going towards the church running expenses.
Choirs are fun yet they seem to be out of fashion these days. For a number of years Veryan had an excellent small choir which sang on Sundays but this has gradually folded.
Canon Doug, at Veryan, has had the initiative to start a composite Roseland choir which could sing at our different Roseland churches.
We have a volunteer choirmaster and Veryan church has a supply of very singable and tuneful choir music.
The happy result of this initiative is that some 20 individuals have volunteered their services, and the first and very successful outing took place at Ruan Lanihorne church on Sunday 30th August.
The one fly in the ointment is a shortage of tenors – anyone interested in joining the choir is asked to phone Robin Hart on 501677 or Graham Pauncefoot on 580001. The ability to read music is an advantage but it is not a prerequisite.
The Director of Music is Mr Robin Hart, of Veryan and the Chairman is Mr Graham Pauncefoot. Practices are held every Monday at 7.00pm in Veryan parish church.
The new church mugs have arrived and for £6 purchasers get a beautiful and lasting reminder of a visit to Veryan; contact Canon Doug on 501618