The two Mawnan Churches, St Mawnan and St Michael, form a welcoming, friendly community serving the village of Mawnan Smith and surrounding hamlets. The whole Parish is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have thriving home groups, Mothers Union, and weekday informal services, as well as our services on Sundays.
The ancient Church of St Mawnan is on the headland where the Helford river meets the sea. It is accessible from the South West Coast Path and attracts many walkers and other visitors. Mawnan is probably named after a sixth century Saint Maunanus. Little is known about him, but probably he was a Breton monk who landed here about 520 AD. The site of this church was already sacred since it is built within the confines of an ancient earthwork, which was still in an excellent state of preservation when the churchyard was enlarged in 1920. It is the situation of this church that is one of its most outstanding attractions. Situated high above mouth of the Helford River, it is a navigational aid to vessels entering the river. The lych gate, in which is a granite coffin rest, was built in 1881. The Cornish inscription from the Life Of Meryasek on the northern face may be translated as “It is good for me to draw nigh unto God.”
St Michael’s Church in the village is much simpler, and has a special feeling of tranquility. Both Churches are available for weddings, funerals and christenings.
We are committed to the well being of all people, including children and vulnerable adults, and have adopted the House of Bishops’ policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’. If you are concerned about a safeguarding issue contact one of the following:
- Parish Safeguarding Officer: Lizzie Hoskins 07884 372593
- Parish Priest: Johanna Clare 07919 186307
- The Diocesan Safeguarding Team click here for details