St Constantine

St. Constantine

 Services: Every Sunday - 8.00am & 10.30am; Every Thursday -10.00am Holy Communion, followed by Ladies Fellowship.

Vicar:
Reverend Stewart Turner

The Vicarage
Chalbury Heights
Brill
Constantine TR11 5UR
01326 340259
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PCC Secretary:
Tom Ebbens
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Churchwarden:
Maurenn Metcalfe
01326 340167
Churchwarden:
Alan Pearce
01326 340012
Acting PCC Treasurer:
Maureen Metcalfe
01326 340167
Choir Leader:
Peter Lynas
01326 340313
Organist and Choir Mistress:
Melanie Uren
Ladies Fellowship:
Kate Graves
01326 341279
Open the Book:
Peter Tatham
01326 341336
Magazine Advertising:
Jane Mann
01326 375502

As you approach Constantine, the high tower of the Church stands prominently upon an ancient mound that is probably the remains of an original Celtic monastery. Built between 1420-1480, it is dedicated to St. Constantine who, according to legend, was a chieftain or prince around the 5th century A.D. From the main porch the view southwards is superb, with a deep valley ahead of you and the Goonhilly Downs beyond. It is a beautiful Church with family and healing services. Be still and pray. Join with others in worship and fellowship. Praise the Lord!

Saint Constantine is celebrated each year with an annual concert on the Tuesday nearest his Feast day.

Very little, if anything, is known for certain about Saint Constantine, whose name is given to this parish, except that he was one of the few Celtic saints to be a Cornishman. Canon G.H. Doble in his Cornish Saints says that ‚ the name has given rise altogether to one of the most fearful series of muddles in the whole history of hagiography. Most authorities agree that he was a chieftain or prince, or possibly a king, somewhere about the fifth century A.D. The Emperor Constantine the Great, from whom the name probably stemmed, was a Roman born at York, who was converted to Christianity about the year 312 A.D. becoming the first Christian Roman Emperor.

Once Roman Britain had accepted Christianity it became a popular name. Most sources state that our saint was, at first, wild and violent and may even have committed murder, but after his conversion he put away his sword and became a monk and missionary. One legend associates him with St. Petroc and the building of his monastery at Padstow, and a few miles south of Padstow, just inland from Constantine Bay on the north coast, are the ruins, and a holy well, of the only other church in Cornwall to be dedicated to St. Constantine. Most of it has been overwhelmed by sandstorms but the font, of catacleuse stone, was removed to St. Merryn Church, the parish church nearby.

Similar legends in Wales, Ireland and Scotland remember Constantine as king, monk and martyr. The Feast of St. Constantine is observed on March 9th or the Sunday nearest. The name was known locally as Constenton or Constentan until recent times.

One legend claims that St. Constantine was a nephew of King Arthur to whom he bequeathed his crown when he was mortally wounded. There was a Constantine, King of Dumnonia (a kingdom which comprised Devon and Cornwall) mentioned by some early historians as living around the middle of the sixth century or earlier.


Welcome to Monty’s

Our community cafe with free hyper-fast wi-fi and hot drinks now open in Constantine Church

Monty’s is the name we have given to the community cafe and meeting area which is now open at the back of the church. This facility is free for all to use and includes a free hyper-fast wi-fi connection and a drinks machine which dispenses a selection of different freshly ground coffees, hot chocolate and hot water for making tea. All our coffee, tea and sugar is fair-trade, the tea bags are un-bleached and do not contain plastic, and the disposable cups are fully compostable.

Rev. Stewart Turner (Parish Priest)
rev.stewart@stconstantine.plus.com
01326 340259

From the Vicarage (for the last time)

Rev Stewart Turner

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement at the end of July. My last service as your parish priest will be at 10:30am on Sunday 26th of June and I will then finally finish on the 31st of July. However I will be staying in the Vicarage until early next spring before finally moving back to our old family home in Penryn, which means that in the interim I will still be available to take some services and look after the pastoral needs of the community.

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Constantine Foodbank

Food is available 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Saturday.

To obtain food in a crisis you require a formal referral voucher obtained from either:

  • Constantine School
    01326 340554 
  • Constantine Surgery
    01326 340666 
  • Rev Stewart Turner
    01326 340259

Your request will be dealt with in strict confidence.

Once you have your referral voucher you will need to call 01326 340279 to arrange a collection time. Food can be collected from the Vestry (small cottage building) at the back of St Constantine Church or in an emergency delivery.

All paperwork needs to be formally completed before receiving your food. Donations of food can be either dropped at the Church Vestry on WEDNESDAYS between 9.00am and 10.00am or by contacting Rev Stewart on the telephone number above.

The Foodbank is run by The Trussell Trust in association with St Constantine Church.

In a world of change

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most iconic figures in world history: a queen whose reign has outlasted all other British monarchs and most other world leaders. But though she stands for the continuity and tradition of the English monarchy, Elizabeth II’s reign has been anything but predictable. Since she took the throne in 1952, the queen has redefined what it means to be a monarch and withstood a tremendous amount of change within her family, her country and the world.

“Change is a constant,” said the monarch as she addressed Parliament during her Golden Jubilee in 2002, “managing it has become an expanding discipline. The way we embrace it defines our future.” Here are some of the lesser known events, some of which may seem trivial set against a back drop of war, climate change, economic and social upheaval, but they have had a dramatic impact on our everyday lives and our world during Elizabeth’s reign:

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