St Michael's Church, Helston

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Parish communion celebrated Bible Sunday, with hymns and readings highlighting the importance of scripture and those who interpret and teach it.

In his sermon, Canon David Miller spoke of the truly amazing life of Henry Martyn, an Anglican saint who was born and raised in Truro and who died 200 years ago on 16th October, 1812. Following a distinguished university career, Henry Martyn was appointed chaplain of the East India Company, which enabled him to undertake missionary work in India. As a formidable, often self-taught, linguist, he translated the prayer book and certain scriptures into local languages and through his policy of co-operation between Christian denominations, as well as other faiths, succeeded in touching many lives. He saw holiness, rather than argument, as the means of converting souls to Christ. He accomplished so much in six short years before his untimely death at the age of 31.

The Rev Dorothy Noakes presided at communion, assisted by Betty Booker, lay reader, with Janet Jones reading the lesson.

Junior church enjoyed delving into the mysteries and marvels of creation via the Book of Genesis.

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