Janet Thomas


                                                                             St Piran’s Cross Award   

The text below is the submission, made on behalf of St. Piran's Church, to the awarding committee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Janet Thomas and husband Alun moved to Cornwall in 1998. For a year they lived in Carnon Downs but wanting a quieter and more rural lifestyle they soon moved to a bungalow at Point. Alun is very supportive of everything that Janet does and works quietly behind the scenes.
They are both Tower Bell Ringers and regular church goers and quickly got involved with St Piran’s ringers and building a relationship with the congregation.
Janet loves singing and became a member of the choir. She also has a long history and passion for handbell ringing. She gathered a group of interested beginners from the church and Perran-ar-worthal Hand bell Ringers were formed. There have been changes to the members of the team over twenty years but the group practises at her home every week and with her extremely patient and encouraging tuition perform regularly at care homes and for other organisations and for concerts and services in church. Any donations received are given to support St Petrocs Society for the Homeless. The highlight for the team perhaps, was recording with Gareth Malone for his Christmas Album in 2016.
Janet has also worked with the children in Perranwell School introducing them to hand bell ringing and a small group now play in church at Christmas and for some other services.
Janet has a teaching background and soon became involved with the Family Worship Services and went on to take the Local Worship Leaders Course and for many years has led this service every month. She has a great gift for teaching and making people feel at ease. The children love her and respond accordingly. She offers every child a role within the service and their growing confidence is a joy to see. The adult congregation respond very warmly to Janet and enjoy services where the children are involved. 
Janet had a desire to give something back to the village and for outreach to the community and for the past eleven years she with willing members of the congregation have run a free Children’s Holiday Club over four days in August. Her drive, planning and enthusiasm has ensured that they have all been successful and fun packed days for all the children and that they had the opportunity to hear Gods message of love for them. 
The Sunday School at St Piran’s Church ceased in 2007 because of the low numbers of children but after some years Janet became aware of a desire by some younger  parents with children for the Sunday School to be reintroduced and she was key to finding a Leader and helping with the setting up of Piran’s People Sunday Club. She is always willing to offer support and encouragement. 
For many years Perranwell Methodists and St Piran’s have met as a Fellowship Group in people’s homes for worship, bible study and a good chat with refreshments. Janet has led this group for the past five years. Her ability to teach and listen has helped to facilitate the groups progress and over time we have grown and learnt together. In 2016 Perranwell Methodists joined with St Pirans for all church services. This was a great joy for Janet and for us all.
Fund raising always seems to be on the agenda and Janet has played her part in this too. The annual Plant Sale is largely supplied with young plants that she has grown from seed and tended carefully until the day of the sale. She also makes great jam, marmalade and chutney. Her love of nature and of God’s creation shines out of her.
Janet has a very generous heart and she is always willing to give. She initiated and heads up the Lent Lunches which have taken place in the Village Hall for many years and all money raised goes to local and oversea charities.    
She has also been a Deanery Synod representative and has taken an active role on the PCC over many years. 
Janet has many gifts but perhaps her greatest gift is kindness. She will do anything for anybody. If someone is ill, she is there. She will listen, comfort, encourage and give practical help. She is loyal and caring. She is a good and faithful friend and as we often hear “What would we do without Janet”
We feel that Janet would be a worthy recipient of the St Piran’s Cross award.