Ian Smith has been awarded the Cross of St Piran for his thoughtfulness and care. This has ensured that no one in the Camborne Cluster Church community has been left behind during the pandemic.
Ian has taken to the streets over this past year, walking the length and breadth of Camborne to deliver newsletters and other communications from the church to all the folk who don’t have access online. In a world where Zoom, live podcasts and electronic communications have become increasingly adventurous, Ian was acutely aware that there was a danger of older members of the church community becoming isolated.
This past year has taught us how important it is for people to feel connected. It’s also taught us how easily people become disenfranchised and for mental and spiritual health to suffer. Ian, who suffered his own personal tragedy when his ex-wife died of Covid, was concerned for those in the community that live alone. “For many of the folk, getting together on a Sunday is a lifeline.”
It hasn’t been as straight-forward as one might think to deliver letters, Worship at Home packs, Palm Crosses and even Christmas cards. Ian had to devise a quarantine system for Christmas cards sent church, He set up a series of rotating deposit boxes that allowed for a constant delivery of cards, while setting them aside for the requisite 72 hours, before delivering them safely to people’s homes.
Armed with sanitiser and aforethought, Ian has delivered a range of communications to each and every member of the congregation who is not online, being careful not to touch gates or letterboxes in the process.
Church has always been important for Ian, who began as young boy at Camborne Church’s Sunday School, progressing to Pathfinders and holiday camps. He is excited about the arrival of Transforming Mission in the church as he hopes that others will have the same opportunities he has had to value faith and the church family around him.
On the welcome team at church, Ian knows important it is to make people feel welcome and part of what’s going on. He saw no reason to change that approach during the pandemic, even though it meant a lot of walking for him.
As they said of Ian in his church, “Ian’s love and care for others is seen in his attention to detail, his commitment to each task and his perseverance in these uncertain times. Ian is a living saint and much valued member of Camborne Church. He has followed Piran’s example by stepping out in service and in the spirit of ‘one and all’, ensuring no one is forgotten or isolated.”
Ian has worked tirelessly ever since the first lockdown to serve the community of Camborne. His concern was first and foremost for the those who live on their own or church members who have no internet access and rely heavily on meeting people face-to-face or using the telephone for interaction. He knew how important it was for people’s mental well-being and spiritual life that they felt connected and were able to participate even in a small way with the life of the church, even though it wasn’t gathered in the building.
Ian has been the church postman, armed with hand sanitiser and strict instructions not to touch garden gates or letterboxes. He pounded the streets each week to deliver weekly notice sheets, Worship at Home packs with Palm Crosses in the run up to Easter, and more recently Advent packs with Comfort & Joy booklets for Christmas. In addition, he organised the safe collection and delivery of church family Christmas cards, imposing strict quarantine rules on the box of cards and enabling older congregation members to distribute their Christmas greetings safely and for free.
His love and care for others is seen in his attention to detail, his commitment to each task and his perseverance in these uncertain times. Ian is a living saint and much valued member of Camborne Church. He has followed Piran’s example by stepping out in service and in the spirit of ‘one and all’, ensuring no one is forgotten or isolated.