St Sampson’s Church

We are an active congregation with services every Sunday and a quiet, said Evening Prayer at 6pm every Thursday evening.  Holy Communion is normally celebrated on the first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays at 9.15am; Evensong with hymns is said on the third Sunday of each month at 6pm.

We are blessed with a very talented choir which practises every Thursday evening at 7.15pm in church and leads our worship on the second and fourth Sundays each month.

The choir

The choir really comes into its own at special festivals: Advent, Christmas, Easter and St Sampson’s Day (nearest Sunday to July 28th). The Musical Director is Sheila Funnell.

Bell ringers

We have a small ring of five bells which are rung before the morning services (ie three times a month). Our enthusiastic band of ringers practises each Monday evening at 6.30pm. Touring teams of ringers often visit the church during the summer months. The Captain of the Bells is Ruth Varco.

Newcomers or visitors to both choir and bell ringers are very welcome!

The organ

The organ is a surprisingly fine instrument for the size of church! It is a hybrid built some 20 years ago by the Cornish organ builder, Lance Foy. Most of the pipework was made by Heard’s of Truro (Victorian) and was removed from St Michael’s Church at Newquay when a new organ was installed there in the 1950s; one wooden pedal rank was salvaged from the ‘new’ organ at St Michael’s when that church was set alight by vandals in 1993; the trumpet pipework is new. We are fortunate to have three organists!

The Rector is The Revd Philip de Grey-Warter who is also the Vicar of Fowey (The Church of St Fimbarrus). He can be contacted at

The Churchwardens of St Sampson’s are: Carol White: and Robert Dunley:

St Sampson’s Church is committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults. The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Simon Funnell, who may be contacted at church or by email / phone ‭01726 833343.