Please click here for the current Service Times and the opening times for Private Prayer.

Usual Service times at St Hilary: Sunday 9.30am Sung Eucharist; Wednesday 10:00am Said Eucharist.

Service Times in December 2020 and January 2021

St Hilary

Sun 6 Dec               9.30am Sung Eucharist

Sun 13 Dec             9.30am Sung Eucharist

Sun 20 Dec             9.30am Sung Eucharist

Mon 21 Dec            ***7.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols Service

Thurs 24 Dec        ***3pm Blessing of the Crib Service

                                    11.30pm Midnight Mass

Fri 25 Dec               No Service

Sun 27 Dec             9.30am Sung Eucharist

*** As we are still restricted by the safety procedures, we recommend BOOKING for these *** services, so that we can ensure everyone who wants to attend can. You can book either by leaving your name and the number of places you require on the list at the back of the Churches or by contacting Sandra Seymour at the Parish Office:  01736-741067 or mountsbaychurchoffice@btinternet.com

January Dates

St Hilary

Sun 3 Jan                9.30am Sung Eucharist

Sun 10 Jan             9.30am St Hilary Feast Sung Eucharist

Sun 17 Jan              9.30am Sung Eucharist

Sun 24 Jan             9.30am Sung Eucharist

Sun 31 Jan              9.30am Candlemas Sung Eucharist

The Sunday Online services will also continue throughout January:  

Please access these services:

online:                     via the website: www.mountsbayub.wordpress.com

                                    via Facebook:  Mounts Bay United Benefice

by telephone:        Dial up and listen to the service:      01736-279039

Midweek Communion Services: Wednesdays 10am at St Hilary and Marazion; Thursdays 10am at Ludgvan will also resume after Christmas. 

Address:  Saint Hilary Churchtown, Penzance. TR20 9DQ

Take a virtual tour of St Hilary Church by watching the short film below.  Then come and visit us!

The church tower and spire date back to the 13th century, while the nave and chancel were rebuilt in Victorian times after a major fire.   The church has a special place in the story of the Anglo- Catholic movement in Cornwall.  Fr. Bernard Walke and St. Hilary will always be linked. His story is told in the book ‘Twenty Years at St. Hilary’.  In the nineteen twenties history was made when his play, Bethlehem, performed by parishoners, was broadcast by the BBC.  The church, through Bernard Walke, has strong links with the Newlyn School of artists, his wife being a member of that circle.  Much of the present interior beauty is due to that association.  A slideshow gallery of photographs (taken by Sara Procter) of some of the artwork is shown below:

The gallery can be viewed in more detail by clicking here.

The church was re-roofed and re-decorated in 2003-4 and its works of art restored to their former glory.  The building is generally open during the day and visitors are welcome also at our Services, especially at the 9.30am Sunday Sung Eucharist, which is followed by coffee.

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The Old School Room and Heritage Centre are next to the church.  The Heritage Centre tells the fascinating story of St Hilary with its historic links to St Michael’s Mount. It has a rich and celebrated history from pre-historic times to the present day. The Church has unique links with West Cornwall’s literary and artistic heritage particularly the Newlyn Artists.  The Procters, Harveys, Knights, Garstins and Walkes were all involved in the unique scheme of decoration of the church which has led to its Grade 1 listing. Open from May to end of September on Wednesdays and Fridays 11.00 am to 4.00 pm (refreshments available on Wednesdays).

The Old School Room is available for hire.  Please contact Jenny Dunstan on 01736 762601.