Truro is a delightful Cathedral City located in the County of Cornwall in the South West of England. Cornwall is known as the ‘Land of the Saints’ and is steeped in Celtic Christian tradition. Christianity has flourished since early times and evidence of the ancient tradition can be found in the many parish churches which make up the Diocese of Truro which was founded in 1877. In 2002 the Diocese celebrated its 125th year of dedication.
Our United Benefice is made up of two Parishes comprising St. Paul & John the Evangelist and St. George the Martyr, Truro in the Diocese of Truro. Each is quite distinctive in its style of worship. Sadly, St. Paul’s Church, Agar Road, which has been a prominent and iconic Christian building in Truro for almost a century and a half, has had to close for health and safety reasons in 2007. The east end and tower of the church are in a precarious condition and threaten the safety of worshippers.
In 2007 the bishop licensed Archbishop Benson School hall as a Place of Worship in the Parish of St. Paul, Truro and this has become the focus for worship in the parish. The Christian community of St. Paul’s elected to move to St. John’s Church in Lemon Street and join with the Christian community there for worship.
Nevertheless, the parish of St. Paul has been incorporated into the new parish of St. Paul & St. John, Truro and will continue to be ministered to by the present parish priest. The life of St. Paul’s continues – launched at Easter 2007 – Holy Commotion – http://www.holycommotion.org.uk (click the box on the right to go to the website) meets on alternate Wednesdays at 6.30pm at Archbishop Benson CEVA School in the hall a half hour informal act of worship with songs, short prayer, a reading and lots of fun! Refreshments after. This is especially for children and young families who don’t fancy “Sunday” Church but want to explore the Christian faith in a familiar and ‘safe’ environment! All are welcome!
We also have an Emmaus group to run alongside “Holy Commotion!” and TIW - full and up to date details of Holy Commotion, TIW and Emmaus see the Holy Commotion web site.
Within the benefice we have a number of schools. Archbishop Benson CEVA School is a 'flagship' church school and the Vicar is an ex-officio Board member. Fr. Christopher is also a member of the Board of Trustees. The Vicar is also involved in the life of Truro High School for Girls and the Prep-school. We also have links with Bosvigo School.
We hope that you will enjoy exploring our website and ask for your prayers for the mission and ministry of the Church in Truro. During our interregnum, for details as to how to book Weddings or Baptisms at any of our churches please contact one of our church wardens. For St George's on 01872 273222 or 01872 275608 and for St John's on 01872 263646 or 01872 272701.