Welcome to the web site for the Benefice of St Goran and St Michael Caerhays.
On this site you can find information on the following:-
- Your Churches and You - How you can use the Church for your special occasions, christenings, weddings, funerals. Includes instructions on booking the West End rooms for any events.
- Church News and Notices - News and Weekly notices and Dates for your Diary
- Parish Nurse - What a Parish Nurse, is, does and our plans to appoint one to the Benefice.
- Church Groups
- Time for prayer - a time for your reflection
- How to contact us - including active maps of where we are
- Our Churches' Histories - A brief history of each of our beautiful buildings
- Other features
Our new Priest has now officially been Licensed and installed and has taken up her duties with us. Please meet the Rev'd Anne Charlton, in her own words.:-
Thank you so much for appointing me to be your new Priest in Charge for Gorran and Caerhays. I am really looking forward after six and a half wonderful years in Devon to exchanging this for Cornwall.I will need to remember which way to apply my jam and cream, but I am not sure I have mastered the Devon way anyway!! I have two married daughters Laura and Amy, one living in Truro the other in London, and two lovely grandsons William and Charlie. I came across a lovely phrase recently in a book by Brian McLaren: "Stop working for God, and start playing with God." I am coming to Cornwall with the firm intent of trying to put this into practice and hope very much that you will be joining me as we seek to grow our own faith and the faith of those around us, not out of any sense of duty but out of sheer joy, joy in the Risen Christ and joy in the firm knowledge of His overwhelming love for us.
With every blessing, Reverend Anne Charlton
We are a group of three churches serving the parishes of Gorran and Caerhays situated on the stunning coast of South Cornwall close to the towns of St.Austell and Mevagissey. St Goran, St Just and St Michael, Caerhays are distinct in all sorts of ways but united in a benefice committed to the spiritual and pastoral needs of our small but active communities.
At St.Goran Church, we have recently completed a £275,000 project transforming the West End of the Church into a church/community hub including new toilets, kitchen, meeting rooms and gallery and also become a 10 bell tower which we hope will attract ringers from far and wide.
St Michael's at Caerhays is a beautiful church situated on the Caerhays Castle estate. It is a church committed to maintaining the Book of Common Prayer as the principal source of worship.
St Just Church is a delightful and tiny Chapel of Ease situated right on the sea front at Gorran Haven popular with visitors as well as local people seeking reflection and quiet.
If you are passing by, please do pop in. Our three churches are open during daylight hours.