St Stythians, Stithians

Welcome to the Parish Church of St Stythians.

Church Road, Stithians, TR3 7DH.

The Parish of Stithians lies at the centre of a triangle bounded by Redruth, Helston and Falmouth and has a population of about 2000. The Parish includes the villages of Stithians and Longdowns as well as several hamlets such as Penhalvean, Goonlaze, Trembroath and Trethellan Water.

St Stythians Church has had centuries of developing a holy atmosphere which is apparent as soon as it is entered. The building is now essentially a late mediaeval structure, the complete masonry shell of which survives intact. However the oldest parts are likely to be the chancel and nave. In the 13th Century the building was expanded westward and in the 14th and 15th Centuries, it was expanded laterally.  To download a guide booklet created by a local Explorer Scout for his Duke of Edinburgh award, please click here.

There is no clear record of the patron saint who, for example, in 1268 in Bishop Bronescombe’s register is called Stethyana but in other later registers is called Stediana.

There have been four major restorations since the middle of the 18th century and work to maintain its structure and fabric is ongoing. The Tower houses four bells which are rung every Sunday and in 2012 major restoration of the Tower was commenced and was preceded by an overhaul of the bells which are rung for each Sunday service and are practised on Mondays. (Click here for more information on bell ringing,)

It is an active Church engaging with village life. It works with the Methodist Church to provide ‘messy church’ for families and a joint team goes into the primary school to deliver ‘Open the Book’ . The sense of community amongst its congregation is extremely strong and the Church is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and socially based fund raising activities – mainly centred on the provision of food.

Whilst visiting the church - especially with children - you might like to take a copy of our Treasure Hunt or the quiz designed for the cubs. In addition, you may notice blue cards on the walls with Bible quotes.  These are our prayer stations. To join with the prayer life of this church, please do pick up our prayer stations sheet (laminated copies of which are available for use during your visit). These will help guide you in prayer and meditation around the church.

The feast day of St Stythians is the Sunday nearest to 10th July, with the famous Stithians Show on the following day. This is the largest one day agricultural show in the country.

For St Stythians' picture gallery please click here.


Regular Services at St Stythians

Every Sunday at 9.30am. The fourth Sunday is always a particularly family friendly All Age Service.

St Stythian's church is open for private prayer every Thursday and Sunday 9am-5pm. Please observe social distancing and hygiene guidelines. We continue to hold our community in our prayers at this time, and if you need to speak to a priest please contact Richard.


St Stythians needs your help!
An article written for the Stithians Times in March 2018

Bell ringers, Stithians
Bell Ringers