Improved Off Island Church Services Planned This Winter

The Rev. Penny Prince

The Rev. Penny Prince

Off-island Church of England worshippers will get an improved service this winter.

And the Reverend Penny Prince says her experience of living and working for six months on Tresco last year has provided valuable lessons that’s she’s shared with the diocese.

Penny is based for a second year on Tresco. During her placement, which runs until April, she’ll also look after Bryher church and services on St Martin’s.

She says parishioners on that island now have better provision but she found it challenging and frustrating to reach there from Tresco at times last winter. Jinny Stevens is now able to lead services on St Martin’s if Penny can’t make it, meaning worship can take place every Sunday.

Penny says this year she’ll personally oversee Christmas services on Bryher and St Martin’s with a Tresco service on Christmas Day itself.

And working on Tresco during the quieter months offers a unique posting within the diocese. Penny says her role there is more like that of a chaplain to a business and she’s available to help all workers and residents, even if they’re not regular churchgoers.

Penny’s also looking forward to continuing her work with the islands’ school bases.

She feels there’s a perception that Scilly is a place where clergy want to take it easy before they retire. That’s far from the truth, she says, because of the amount of planning required to coordinate activities here.