Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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+ Guide to Denominations and Ecumenism

Churches Together in Cornwall is part of a wider initiative that seeks to bring Christians together across denominations in order to better understand each other, collectively worship and instigate social change. Churches in different parts of Cornwall collaborate to form each Churches Together group. For instance, Falmouth and Penryn Churches Together is an association of 16 Churches which hold special services and maintain activities to benefit their communities including a coffee shop, food banks and street pastors.

Churches Together is an ecumenical initiative. Ecumenism seeks unity within the Christian Church and encourages collaboration between denominations. At the first World Council of Churches meeting in 1948, participating denominations decided to co-operate in order to address the damage created by the Second World War. Since then the ecumenical movement has grown significantly and there are a number of organisations which work to unite Christians in doctrine, worship and social responsibility activities.

There is historical precedent for Cornish churches working together. Between 1861 and 1946 Redruth Town Mission was supported by a number of churches including Redruth Wesley Church, donations from the community and willing congregations, to tackle social issues like poverty. The Mission established a school "for the education of the children of the extremely poor in Redruth" and set out to assist the sick, dying and destitute. In 1870 alone the Missionary and his assistant visited over 7,000 families and made over 2,500 visits to the sick.

Some Christian denominations also participate in interfaith activities which aim to generate greater understanding of and co-operation between different religions. An example of this is 'Dor Kemmyn'; an initiative to create a Interfaith Centre for the use by all spiritual and religious communities in Cornwall.

There are a range of Christian denominations active in Cornwall. There are also a number of non-denominational groups, independent groups which have no affiliation to a wider organisation that are led by the decisions of their own congregations.

Denominations in Cornwall include:

+ Methodism - each circuit has a number of ministers which look after the circuit churches. Cornwall Methodist District hosts 16 circuits.

+ Church of England - over 300 churches.

+ Quakers/Religious Society of Friends - regular meetings are held in Bude, Come-to-Good, Falmouth, Liskeard, Marazion, Penzance, Truro, St Austell and Wadebridge.

+ Baptist Church - includes churches at Redruth, Truro, St Austell and Saltash.

+ United Reform Church - includes churches at Newquay and Falmouth.

+ Salvation Army - includes Corps at St Austell, Newquay, Truro, Liskeard and Launceston.

+ Roman Catholic Church - over 30 churches.

+ Greek Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael and Holy Piran - worship at Laity Moor, Ponsanooth, near Penryn, which is also currently hosting the Russian Orthodox Community.