Suspension of services

Due to Covid, our worship services are suspended. We will restart Church services as soon as we are allowed to do so.

In the meantime our buildings will be open for private prayer:

  • St Michael’s 10am-1pm on Sundays
  • St Mawnan 10am-1pm every day

Video services, prayers and reflections will continue to be posted each week on our website: stmawnan.org. We are also exploring other means of worshipping at a distance.

There will be a Zoom prayer meeting each Monday at 10.30. Let me know (rev.johanna.clare@gmail.com, 07919 186307) if you would like to join in.

I know this new lockdown will be difficult for many people. If I can offer practical help, or prayer, please contact me.

Isaiah 43

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

When the restrictions are eased, our Church services will resume with the following pattern:

St Mawnan Church Road – TR11 5HY
1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays at 10.30am:
Holy Communion

St Michael Carwinion Road – TR11 5JG
2nd and 4th Sundays at 10.30am:
Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 10am:
BCP (traditional language) Communion

We will be delighted to welcome you back to Church. Please sanitise your hands on entering the building, maintain social distancing, and wear a mask if you can do so.

Sunday Services will be videoed and posted online later in the day for those unable to attend in person.

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.


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish:
Lizzie Hoskins, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 07884 372593

In the Diocese:
Sarah Acraman, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351
Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:
Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116
Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131