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St. Ia, St. Ives Parish Church Cornwall

Welcome to St. Ia, the parish church of St. Ives. It is one of the beautiful cornish churches that are part of the Anglican Diocese of Truro, England (Church of England, C of E). It is dedicated to the Celtic saint St. Ia, and also to St. Andrew, patron saint of Fishermen and St Peter, the Rock. The church is built of Cornish granite, almost on the harbourside of the picturesque seaside town of St. Ives. Its tower is one of the tallest of the cornish churches, standing over eighty feet high, like a shepherd watching over its flock on land and sea.

The present church building was consecrated in 1434, and many Christians have worshipped in the building over the centuries. In 2010 the church celebrated its 600th anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone. It was built for the Love of God as a house of prayer.

The church is open daily and welcomes visitors from all over the world. Please join us for our daily and Sunday worship. The Daily Divine Offices are said at the parish church throughout the week. These are normally led by the parish priest who can be found in the church during these times.

If you are thinking of marriage, the church is a beautiful venue for your wedding ceremony.  Baptisms, counseling and confessions can also be made by arrangement with Canon Andrew our parish priest.

Fr. Andrew Gough

Canon Andrew Gough

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Father Andrew with Emily

Emily's Baptism at St. Johns, our sister church at Halsetown


Fair Mo BannerSt Ives Fair Mo is being staged again this year in St Ives Parish Church and we are already full to capacity with stall holders ready to sell their various goods.  We try and put a different twist on Fair Mo each year and so that this very old fair retains its importance in the life of the St Ives community and remains part of its history.  The venue of using the parish church is very popular and creates a very dramatic setting for this event.  We are exceedingly pleased to be working with Macmillan in the Mix this year.  This charity which helps support Macmillan nurses and raises the importance of cancer care is organising all the live music and most of the artists throughout the day in the church.  They will also be raising money for this important charity and we at St Ives Parish church offer our total backing to the work they do.

In many years passed Fair Mo was an event organised by the town and held around the streets of St Ives.  This diminished during the war years.  However, later the parish church decided that it wanted to reinstate it and so today the whole event is organised by the Church.

It is set to be another bumper day with lots of fun and stalls as well as plenty of fresh homemade food served in the church cafe area and a pig roast in the church garden.  

We encourage everyone to come along and support this important annual event at St Ives church on Saturday 28th November from 10am –5pm.  

'Familiar face appointed as the new Musical Director at St Ives Parish Church’   Peter Luing

St. Ives Parish Church has appointed Peter Luing to the post of Director of Music and Organist commencing November 2015. He has served for the last five years as assistant organist at St. Ives church.  

Mr. Luing, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, is a well-known, highly-qualified community musician who is remembered in St. Ives chiefly for his eighteen years as the musical director of Kidz R Us. He retired as Head of Music at Mounts Bay Academy five years ago and recently he retired from playing for the seven choirs in Cornwall Community Choirs. Straight away he was appointed as a piano teacher at Falmouth University; he also runs a teaching practice from his studio in Hayle.

The vicar, the Reverend Canon Andrew Gough, said ‘We are delighted to be able to appoint Peter to this post.  Peter is an excellent musician and is well loved by members of St Ives church congregation. We have already welcomed some new choir members and this is all very encouraging. I look forward to working with Peter to continue to maintain the good standard of music which has come to be a recognised aspect that complements our traditional Anglo catholic liturgy’. Mr Luing said that his chief priority is to build up the church choir and to train them to lead the music at both the regular and civic services throughout the liturgical year. Anyone wishing to join the St Ives church choir are asked to speak to Peter Luing after the 9.45am morning Eucharist at St Ives church or come along to choir practice on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm to be held in the annexe of St Johns in the Fields church.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD The windows of St Ives Church

A new book has been published recently recording with splendid photography the windows of the ancient parish church of St Ia, St Ives, Cornwall. This has been researched and written by Helen Jenkins the daughter of a former incumbent of the parish Canon I.S.Jenkin from 1936 – 1963. Helen is 86years old and although unable to get to church on a regular basis, continues to have great affection for the parish church. Helen says that everything she knows about St Ives parish church she learned from her Father and through living in the old vicarage in Street an Pol and from Canon Doble who was a hagiographer and great friend of the Jenkins family. Thanks are extended to the local photographers who have contributed to the book. One of the most special windows is the ‘Christmas window’ which depicts the incarnation and is found above the Lady Chapel altar. Helen has written two other publications – The ‘History of St Ives Parish Church’ and ‘Tall short stories’ which tells the story of her life as a child growing up in St Ives vicarage, the characters and antics of those days. All these publications can be purchased from the parish church which is open most days to the general public. All proceeds from sales are for the restoration of the parish church. .

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