St Agnes Church

The Church

The parish church is based in the village of St Agnes on the north coast of Cornwall within an Area of Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site. 

It is a friendly inclusive church located in the centre of the village and plays an important role in the community.  The regular congregation is predominantly older people but many younger families join in outreach activities and look to the church at times of both celebration and sorrow.  The warm welcome offered to visitors and new residents is a feature of church life as is the care and concern extended to those in particular need.

Social events are well attended by church goers and the wider community alike, providing a means of outreach and celebration.  These include the highly popular twice yearly quizzes, Curry and Italian Nights, monthly Men’s Breakfast (started as a means of bringing recently bereaved or isolated men together for a social event), mini –markets and coffee mornings, summer outing, fete and other events. 

The village

The village has a population of 3,400 within a parish totaling 7,500 and is expanding with recent house building, both social and private.  The population comprises families, retired people and individuals, those of working age being employed in Truro and other towns, commuting as far as Plymouth, or working in local enterprises, a number of which have evolved from the demands of the coastal and tourist economy, and increasingly from home in IT based industries. There is a thriving main street with shops and other services including a doctor’s surgery offering minor treatments as well as GP and nurse appointments, dentist and library.  Trevaunance Cove is a popular surfing beach about one mile from St Agnes village centre with several successful businesses based there.

The village community is very active with many organizations for all ages including WI, St Agnes Theatre Players, Beaver, Cub and Scout Groups, Brownies and Guides, Sports Club (incorporating football, netball and rugby), tennis and croquet club, Nippers and Surf Lifesaving Club, gig rowing, Royal British Legion, Garden Club, Old Cornwall Society, RNLI fundraising, Rotary and Probus Clubs, Not So Young and film club.  Many groups raise large amounts of funds for charities and provide major social events such as the annual Sundowner run by the Cancer Research Committee, ploughman’s lunches provided regularly by the NSPCC Committee and Lifeboat Day, run by the RNLI.  The Local Improvements Committee gives money to local causes and the church has benefitted from such grants. The Christian Care Group fundraises throughout the year for worldwide emergencies and charitable causes and church members are involved in the running of this group. The churches offer caring activities through monthly Lunch Clubs for the elderly and housebound and home visiting as well as discussions and church based activities.

Bolster Week in May, based around the legend of Giant Bolster complete with larger than life size puppet and the Carnival in August are highly popular. An active Chamber of Commerce supports local businesses and runs events such as Late Night Christmas Shopping, the Outsid’er Festival and Wedding Fair (at which the church had a display and was attended by the Vicar and Curate).  The Vicar has acted as chaplain to the Royal British Legion and provided support for the Not-So-Young Club. St Agnes is a sociable and friendly place with a great deal going on.

There are a number of community buildings; there is a Church Hall about 100 yards from the Parish Church and a hall and other rooms on the ground floor of the Methodist Church; Masonic Hall, Scout and Guide Headquarters, WI Hall and MMI (Miners and Mechanics Institute), recently refurbished with a bar and café as well as rooms for activities such as toddler groups, dance, yoga and music. A small Vestry Room is also used for PCC meetings and rented by small groups.

 Church in the centre of the village which is part of the Perranporth and St Agnes circuit with a Minister resident in Perranporth.  The Roman Catholic Church is in a residential area and a service is held most Saturday evenings at 6 pm.  The priest serves a number of churches and lives in Newquay.  The churches work closely together ecumenically with joint services held approximately quarterly with the Methodist Church.  Initiatives such as Messy Church, Open the Book and Christian Aid have been organized jointly between the churche


Pre –School

Approximate number on roll: 60


Number on roll: 210


Richard Lander School is six miles away in Truro and is the usual secondary option for pupils from St Agnes who are provided with transport.  Children may also attend Truro School or Truro High School (fee paying).


Other institutions are based in Truro (Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro and Penwith College, County Hall, Magistrates and County Courts), and other nearby towns (e.g. Barncoose Community Hospital and Cornwall College, Pool).

There are 109 on the electoral roll.






Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals (including cremations) that have taken place.

Baptisms:     3       Marriages:   22        Funerals:    16

Are (a) the employment & (b) status profiles of the Church the same as those in the Census information?


Until transition, there has been an 8 am Said Communion every Sunday attended by approximately 6 to 12 worshippers. This is continuing but with communion only at some services.   Sung Eucharist takes place at 9 45 am every Sunday with the first Sunday in the month taking a more informal form called First Sunday. Communion is also said on Friday mornings at 10 am whenever this can be arranged. A Healing Service has been held on a Wednesday evening monthly.  There is a small choir on Sunday mornings, led by the organist (who is widely recognized in the county for his musicianship), and for special occasions such as the festivals throughout the church year which have always been celebrated as events of significance.  Incense is used on some of these occasions.  Easter is a season that has been celebrated in recent years with four services (from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday) and an ecumenical walk of witness providing a thread of continuity in worship and preaching throughout this festival that church members have valued to express and grow their commitment in faith.

The Anglican and Methodist Churches work closely together having signed an Ecumenical Letter of Agreement in 2005, with joint services approximately quarterly, and combined initiatives such as Messy Church, Open the Book and bible study. 

10a  Children and Holy Communion

The admission of children to Holy Communion after Baptism was discussed by the PCC approximately 15 years ago and the decision was made at the time not to admit children until after confirmation.

10b  Re-marriage of divorced persons

Re-marriage of divorced persons has taken place for a number of years but it is not feasible to calculate how many such marriages have taken place. St Agnes Parish Church has proved increasingly popular for weddings in the past few years with twenty or more annually, approximately half being resident locally and the remainder having a qualifying connection.

St Agnes Parish Church has followed a traditional, Eucharistic-based pattern of worship, but recently introduced a simplified version of the Eucharist on the first Sunday of each month.  There are rarely services without the Eucharist. The priest is always robed and incense is used for festivals.



Messy Church and Open the Book are offered regularly to families and local schools.  An Alpha course took place in January 2013.  The church is open and plays an active part during key village events.

The booklets were circulated to the congregation when first introduced and a sermon preached to draw attention to the concept.

Advent and Lent courses are held annually led by the Vicar or Methodist Minister, usually jointly with the Methodist Church and a group has also met at these seasons until recently, led by one of the LPMs in her home.  There is an Ecumenical Discussion Group with speakers monthly.  A Julian Group meets monthly, comprising 3 to 6 people.  A group has met twice monthly for the past two years for a shared meal one week and Bible study and discussion the alternate fortnight.  This has continued in the autumn 2014, led by its members and it is intended to continue at some time in 2015, probably using the Way of Life resources for discussion.  A few people regularly attend the ‘Windows Into’ courses at the Cathedral.


In St Agnes, there is one half time Non-Stipendiary Minister and one deacon.  There are eight Local Pastoral Ministers who visit the housebound and some are licensed to take communion to them.  The LPMs also deliver invitations to the annual All Souls service, cards and small gifts of plants at times such as Christmas and Easter.  We have been fortunate to call on several retired clergy living in the parish to take services but currently only one is active.  All the parish administration and maintenance of the website ( has been undertaken on a voluntary basis by the PCC Treasurer, PCC Secretary, the churchwardens and a few others.  The Vicar has managed his own administration, supported when necessary by those mentioned above.

The Mission and Ministry Fund has always been paid in full.  Clergy working expenses are paid promptly and in full.


We hope that our church life will be sustained for those who worship regularly and for the whole community.  We would hope that through new innovations, there is the scope for growth.  We, the laity, need to be supported as we continue on our personal journeys of faith and share the day-to-day tasks that keep the church alive. We need to communicate effectively both within and outside the regular churchgoing community about our Christian life so that we make the most of opportunities for witness.

As already indicated, the church plays a significant role in the life of the village and the Vicar has been a key person in the community.  In addition to ministering to the congregation of regular churchgoers, the priest should be prepared to support the village and those who see themselves as connected to the church whilst not worshipping on a weekly basis.