Scilly’s Newest Vicar Preparing For Busy Christmas On The Off-Islands

The Rev. Penny Prince

The Rev. Penny Prince

The islands’ newest vicar says she’s enjoying being in Scilly and is looking forward to a busy Christmas schedule.

The Reverend Penny Prince arrived here in October and is helping Canon Paul Miller with pastoral care on the off-islands.

She’s based at St Nicholas church on Tresco and also spends time on St Martin’s, but Penny’s no stranger to the islands.

She lived in Old Town for five years in the 1990’s, when she worked at the former bike hire shop, Buccabu and also spent time tying flowers.

She was ordained in 1999.

Penny says she’s loving life on Tresco and says the people there have been incredibly welcoming.

But it’s also quite an unusual congregation.

Numbers are swelled in the summer by the visitors and Penny says it’s only in the past week that she’s really seen the core churchgoers on the island.

She says many of the holidaymakers treat it as a “time share church,” or a second home.

It’s part of the whole package on Tresco, she says, adding that’s a good thing because the visitors support the church through their attendance at services and financially.

It’s always nice when they get a visiting organist too. Penny says it means they don’t have to use their “holy karaoke” machine to provide backing tracks to the hymns.

Penny has a packed diary for the Christmas season.

She’ll be introducing a new Christingle service and there’ll be a Christmas party in the Parsonage.

This year is Tresco’s turn to host the school nativity and Penny will also be taking the traditional Christmas Eve carol service and Christmas day service.

There’ll also be a holy communion on St Martin’s on the 15th December with children from the school and a party afterwards.

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