THE CALL OF THE WILD – Friday 15th October

THE CALL OF THE WILD – Friday 15th October

THE CALL OF THE WILD,

THE FEEL OF THE HOLY

A day conference on Celtic Christianity led by Michael Mitton and Russ Parker

Friday 15th October 10am to 4pm

Celtic Christianity

Russ and Michael are both engaged in freelance ministries that include speaking and writing. They also together lead pilgrimages to sites of the early Celtic church in Britain and Ireland, including bringing a group of South African pilgrims to Cornwall in 2019. They will be sharing insights they have gained from the experiences of these pilgrimages and their conviction that the vitality and witness of this early church has much to teach us for our ministry and mission today. The day will include talks, opportunity for discussion and prayer.

Celtic Christianity Pilgrim leaders Michael Mitton and Russ Parker at an old celtic christian site

Revd Canon Michael Mitton is an Anglican priest and a canon emeritus of Derby Cathedral. During his varied ministry he has worked as a parish priest and for the Diocese of Derby in the mission department. He has also worked for Anglican Renewal Ministries and the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation. He currently works freelance in the areas of mission and spirituality. He is the author of several books including Restoring the Woven Cord and Seasoned by Seasons and is a regular contributor to BRF’s New Daylight series of daily bible readings.

Revd Dr Russ Parker was Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation from 1995-2013. He was responsible for developing partnerships on listening and reconciliation in 12 nations ranging from Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Burundi, Hong Kong and the United States. Russ is now the Director of 2Restore which resources churches to resolve unhealed issues and move forward in a renewed ability to flourish as God intends. He is the author of Healing Dreams, Free to Fail, Forgiveness is Healing, The Wild Spirit, Healing Wounded History. And Rediscovering the Ministry of Blessing. Russ travels extensively around the UK and abroad, lecturing and teaching on issues connected with Christian Healing and Healthcare, Reconciliation and Church Transformation.

Booking

Suggested donation: £20, includes a light lunch and hot drinks throughout the day. We are unable to take donations by card payment but can accept cash, cheque or bank transfer.

More information & booking:

Email – bookings@epiphanyhouse.co.uk

Telephone – 01872 272249

Miracle Theatre to perform Starcrazy at Epiphany house

Miracle Theatre to perform Starcrazy at Epiphany house

Friday 20 Aug 2021 @ 8pm, Saturday 21 Aug 2021 @ 3pm and 8pm

Tickets:
£10 : Children
£15 : Adult
£20 : Adult (inc £5 donation to Miracle)
Babes in arms: Free

Duration: 70 mins

Suitable for age 7+

BOX OFFICE: 01736 810181

A Cosmic Comedy Touring the Great Outdoors

October 1957: the world lives in fear of nuclear Armageddon,  UFOs are cropping up everywhere, MI5 is on high alert and Stanley is building something in his garden shed.  

He may live in suburbia but, in his mind, Stanley is voyaging through outer space. He hopes to make contact with other life forms. His neighbour, Gwen, thinks he should be exploring the unknown much closer to home… 

A comedy about obsession and the rekindling of love, hope and possibility.  

Written & Directed by Bill Scott, Original Music by Tom Adams 

“Truly Fabulous! Perfect example of what live outdoor theatre should be all about!” Audience feedback 

Established in 1979, Miracle is an award winning Cornish Theatre Company. 

Miracle’s outdoor productions have become a ‘must do’ summer activity. 

Their witty and inventive performances take place against the extraordinary backdrops of Cornwall & beyond. 

What Audiences have said about past Miracle productions: 

 ‘Brilliantly bonkers!’  2016

‘Sheer delight and always kicks off our summer with great gusto!’ 2019

‘My whole little family smiled and laughed out loud’  2017

‘Fabulous memories to treasure’  2016

‘How many sleeps until the next one?’ Audience Member age 7 2012

Find out more www.miracletheatre.co.uk 

Venue and Seating:

Seating will be on the lawn in front of Epiphany House.  If social distancing is in place at the time of performance, seating will be provided for you.  However, if social distancing no longer applies, you will be able to bring your own cushions and picnic rugs.

All ticket holders will be contacted at least two weeks before the event with important information about seating and any regulations or safety measures which may be in place. Please be aware, you may be required to bring your own chairs to this event

Individually Guided Retreat Friday 3rd—Sunday 5th September 2021

Individually Guided Retreat Friday 3rd—Sunday 5th September 2021

Individually Guided Retreat

Come as you are and set aside time to meet God, led by an experienced prayer guide. Follow the theme or choose your own pathway.

About this retreat

During the retreat you meet with an experienced prayer guide on a daily, one to one, basis. The guide has no pre-set agenda but instead listens to your life and faith concerns, the joys, the sorrows, the hopes and the fears, and suggests ways you might be enabled to explore these concerns with God. To help with this, different passages of scripture will be offered for your time in private   prayer. The guide will also help you to plan how you use the day ahead. Each meeting with your prayer guide lasts between 40 and 50 minutes.

Apart from these meetings, each day of an IGR contains time for your individual reflection, time of prayer, and opportunities for walking or other relaxation. This retreat is in silence from evening prayer on the first night until after lunch on Sunday, apart from the daily Service and the meetings with your prayer guide. This is to minimise distractions and to enable you to get in touch with what is deepest in yourself. Above all, an IGR is a time to “Be still and know that I am God” –  a God who waits for each one of us, individually, with love. 

Retreat at Epiphany House

Smaller than some retreat centres, Epiphany House is an historic, comfortable and peaceful house set in lovely gardens. We have seven ensuite bedrooms in our new extension, a universal access bedroom with wetroom, and five other rooms in the main house, each with a basin and close to bathroom facilities (bathrobes are provided in these rooms). We provide towels, and either hospitality trays or access to a well-stocked drinks station. Our catering team enjoy a well-deserved reputation for good food and all meals will be freshly prepared in-house.

Arrival & departure

Arrivals from 3pm The retreat begins at 4pm on the Friday with a first meeting and tea and cake (the evening meal will be at 6pm). The  retreat will conclude on Sunday at 4pm. The house has plenty of free parking and is easily accessible from Truro city centre and the railway station.

Booking

The cost is £230 including accommodation and all meals. Please book by Friday 13th August to ensure your place. We have a bursary fund available for those in financial need who would otherwise not be able to attend this retreat. We cater for vegetarians and vegans and will do our best to cater for medically essential dietary requirements such as nut, dairy, wheat and gluten allergies.

Please ensure that you inform us of special dietary or mobility needs when you book.

For more information and to book:

01872 857953 • bookings@epiphanyhouse.co.uk

Creative Craft Retreat Friday 26th—Sunday 28th November 2021

Creative Craft Retreat Friday 26th—Sunday 28th November 2021

Creative Craft Retreat led by Debbie Boorne and Revd. Janette Mullett

Take time out in the beautiful house & gardens of Epiphany House, Truro to explore a range of creative crafts with an upcycling and Christmassy theme ably led by Debbie. Suitable for all levels of ability, you will have opportunities to make a whole variety of things, and all materials will be supplied. There will also be plenty of free time for reflection and relaxation, and opportunities to join in Morning and Evening Prayer. 

Spiritual Accompaniment will also be available on request

What happens on a Creative Craft Retreat

During the day there Debbie will demonstrate various creative crafts to you and then you will be able to ‘have a go’. There will be input and help for your artwork, but also plenty of free time for reflection and for quiet. There will be opportunities throughout the retreat for spiritual accompaniment. Evenings include a time of fellowship and reflection, ending with night prayer. All materials are supplied.

Retreat at Epiphany House

Smaller than some retreat centres, Epiphany House is an historic, comfortable and peaceful house set in lovely gardens. We have seven ensuite bedrooms in our new extension, a universal access bedroom with wetroom, and five other rooms in the main house, each with a basin and close to bathroom facilities (bathrobes are provided in these rooms). We provide towels, and either hospitality trays or access to a well-stocked drinks station. Our catering team enjoy a well-deserved reputation for good food and all meals will be freshly prepared in-house.

Arrival & departure

Arrivals from 3pm The retreat begins at 4pm on the Friday with a first meeting and tea and cake (the evening meal will be at 6pm). The  retreat will conclude on Sunday at 4pm. The house has plenty of free parking and is easily accessible from Truro city centre and the railway station.

Booking

The cost is £230 including accommodation and all meals. Please book by Friday 19th November to ensure your place. We have a bursary fund available for those in financial need who would otherwise not be able to attend this retreat. We cater for vegetarians and vegans and will do our best to cater for medically essential dietary requirements such as nut, dairy, wheat and gluten allergies. Please ensure that you inform us of special dietary or mobility needs when you book.

For more information or to book:

email bookings@epiphanyhouse.co.uk or tel. 01872 857953 

Individually Guided Retreat Wednesday 1st—Friday 3rd December 2021

Individually Guided Retreat Wednesday 1st—Friday 3rd December 2021

Individually Guided Retreat

Come as you are and set aside time to meet God, led by an experienced prayer guide. Follow the theme or choose your own pathway.

About this retreat

During the retreat you meet with an experienced prayer guide on a daily, one to one, basis. The guide has no pre-set agenda but instead listens to your life and faith concerns, the joys, the sorrows, the hopes and the fears, and suggests ways you might be enabled to explore these concerns with God. To help with this, different passages of scripture will be offered for your time in private prayer. The guide will also help you to plan how you use the day ahead. Each meeting with your prayer guide lasts between 40 and 50 minutes.

Apart from these meetings, each day of an IGR contains time for your individual  reflection, time of prayer, and opportunities for walking or other relaxation. This retreat is in silence from evening prayer on the first night until after lunch on Sunday, apart from the daily Service and the meetings with your prayer guide. This is to minimise distractions and to enable you to get in touch with what is deepest in yourself. Above all, an IGR is a time to “Be still and know that I am God” –  a God who waits for each one of us, individually, with love. 

Retreat at Epiphany House

Smaller than some retreat centres, Epiphany House is an historic, comfortable and peaceful house set in lovely gardens. We have seven ensuite bedrooms in our new extension, a universal access bedroom with wetroom, and five other rooms in the main house, each with a basin and close to bathroom facilities (bathrobes are provided in these rooms). We provide towels, and either hospitality trays or access to a well-stocked drinks station. Our catering team enjoy a well-deserved reputation for good food and all meals will be freshly prepared in-house.

Arrival & departure

Arrivals from 10am, the retreat begins at 11am on the Tuesday with a first meeting and coffee. The  retreat will conclude on Friday at 3pm. The house has plenty of free parking and is easily accessible from Truro city centre and the railway station.

Booking

The cost is £230 including accommodation and all meals. Please book by Friday 28th October to ensure your place. We have a bursary fund available for those in financial need who would otherwise not be able to attend this retreat. We cater for vegetarians and vegans and will do our best to cater for medically essential dietary requirements such as nut, dairy, wheat and gluten allergies.

Please ensure that you inform us of special dietary or mobility needs when you book.

For more information and to book:

01872 857953• bookings@epiphanyhouse.co.uk

Building Project: Phase 1 complete

Phase 1 of our Restore & Renew building project is now complete. We’re delighted to say we’ve now got our building regulations certification for the new wing at Epiphany House which will provide ensuite accommodation for visitors.

The Restore & Renew building project will transform Epiphany House and secure the future of our work as a Conference & Retreat Centre. The project is phased so that work can be carried out as funds allow. We are still fundraising and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and for your generous donations to date which have made it possible for us to get this far with the building work.

Visit our Donate page for ways in which you can support us as we continue to fundraise for the £1.5 million needed to complete the whole project.

Building project: Phase 1 photo update

Our Restore & Renew project is set to transform Epiphany House and secure the future of our work as a Conference & Retreat Centre. The project is phased so that work can be carried out as funds allow. The first phase is under way already and will convert the former garage and outbuildings into office space with a new first floor above which will house seven ensuite bedrooms with better access for those with limited mobility. Despite the delays caused by COVID-19, the builders have now been able to restart and continue to make good progress. We are still fundraising and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and for your generous donations to date which have made it possible for us to get this far with the building work.

Visit our Donate page for ways in which you can support us as we continue to fundraise for the £1.5 million needed to complete the whole project.

October 2019: building work begins

November 2019

December 2019

January – February 2020

May 2020: work resumes

August 2020: starting the inside the extension

October 2020: nearly there!

November 2020: our wonderful extension is now complete

December 2020: finishing touches

Letter from our Chair of Trustees

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, ….’ So opens ‘The tale of Two Cities’ by C. Dickens. Thinking of cities around the globe one can imagine just how true that is at this time; from Wuhan to Milan there will be stories of bravery and heroism, tragedy and loss. The human condition from its basest to its highest behaviours endeavouring to grapple with reality.

But what of us in our blessed, small plot? How are we to be?

I believe we are called to be people of hope. In the list of virtues hope often gets short measure, coming as it does so close to love, but now is the time when we should seek to recover its meaning for us. Hope looks forward; hope is about what is to come. Our House is not called ‘The Old Kenwyn Rectory’ or the ‘The Old Bishops’ Palace’ (though there were many old bishops!), nor is it called ‘The Old Cathedral School’. It is called ‘Epiphany House’, a place of ‘showing’ what is and pointing towards what is to come. We do not hope for what was but for what will be. Our ‘Restore and Renew’ Project is not halted, though no building work is going on, the vision remains in place; the tasks are continuing, the future is coming towards us. A friend has sent me an email headed ‘This too shall pass away.’ That is hope. We are not to hope that all will ‘return to normal’. God’s works are always greater than our limited imaginations and when we constrain imagination with anxiety and fear we are bound to take a wrong view.

So, take heart in these dark times, as Dickens says further on in the opening quote ‘it was the spring of hope.’ ‘Be of good cheer,’ says the Lord, ‘I have overcome the world’ (Jn 16:33)

May each and everyone of you be sustained by the Spirit of hope which will bring you into the fullness of the presence of the Living God.

I look forward to seeing as many as can attend at the AGM, whenever that may be.

Sincerely.
Leslie T Attwood.

Restore & Renew: Building begins this month!

Restore & Renew: Building begins this month!

We are delighted to announce that we will be starting work on our Restore & Renew project later this month. The first phase will provide ensuite bedrooms with better access for those with limited mobility, a glass-roofed reception area which will also offer additional flexible dining space, plus space for the office, laundry and other ‘workings’ of the House. This phase will involve the conversion of the garage and outbuildings, so disruption to the House should be kept to a minimum while the building work is in progress with ‘business as usual’ throughout the duration of the project. Our fundraising continues and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and for your generous donations to date which have made it possible for us to start the building work.

Visit our Donate page for ways in which you can support us as we continue to fundraise for the £1.5 million needed to complete the whole project.

Artist's impression of Epiphany House once phase 1 of the Restore & Renew project is complete.
An artist’s impression of Phase 1 of the Restore & Renew project.

Members raise £6,000 for Restore & Renew Appeal

Members raise £6,000 for Restore & Renew Appeal

On Tuesday 21st May, our fundraising appeal was launched to Members of The Epiphany Trust. The Chair of the Trust, Revd Leslie Attwood, spoke to Members after a service held in the beautiful and inspiring chapel at Epiphany House. As the evening sunlight streamed in through the window, Revd Attwood spoke of the meaning the House has for people, the facilities and services it offers, and its place in the life of the Church and the wider community.

A growing need

Many people value the House as a meeting place, as a significant historic building and as a ‘thin place’ saturated in years of prayer with a distinctive ‘otherness’ which is apparent to those who visit. We are delighted when people report that ‘We make good decisions  here’, and tell of encounters with God – and even ‘Epiphany moments’ which can lead to life-changing transformation and renewal.

We seek to offer exemplary Christian hospitality to all those who come, whether they are seeking retreat space or come for business. The need for our facilities is growing rapidly – it’s exciting to see how we are growing – but we are turning away people who would benefit from coming because we do not have enough meeting rooms or accessible accommodation. In addition to these needs we also want to be good stewards of our physical heritage by restoring historically important features of the building, and to be good stewards of the ‘sacred space’ by continuing our rhythm of prayer and worship. You can read more about our building plans in this news article.

A successful start to the campaign

We don’t receive any external funding so we’re seeking to raise funds for the work from grants and donations. We need to raise £1.5 million in order to carry out all of our plans. It’s a big ask, but our generous Members have already kick-started our public fundraising with donations totalling more than £6,000, in addition to a grant from All Churches Trust and donations from Old Truronians which brings our fundraising total so far to almost £21,000. We will be carrying out building works as funds allow.

Can you help us to help more people?

There are many ways that you can support us – here are a few ideas:

  • Make a donation today to our building fund! Donate online via give.net, run by Stewardship, to The Epiphany Trust (Truro) Ltd: https://www.give.net/20207104 or send a cheque made payable to Epiphany House, to us at Epiphany House, Truro, TR1 3DR.
  • Consider making us part of your regular giving by setting up a monthly direct debit or standing order – please contact us for details.
  • Fundraising — perhaps you like baking, or organising events, or are looking for a good reason to do something adventurous…
  • Pray for the House and for our ministry.
  • Tell other people about what we do and raise awareness of our mission and our plans.

If you’d like to contribute in any of these ways, or have any other suggestions, we’d love to hear from you — come to the office or get in touch with us at info@epiphanyhouse.co.uk or 01872 857953.