This small but beautiful church is located in the very centre of Sancreed (Cornish: Eglossankres) in the inland parish in the Hundred of Penwith, about four miles west of Penzance and forms part of the gloriously wild and ruggedly beautiful area of West Penwith at the most westerly tip of Cornwall.
We have a rare four stage tower, the heaviest ring of six bells in the world, possibly the most impressive medieval rood screen in Cornwall, a magnificent Heard organ, a unique heritage, and more wayside crosses than any other parish in Cornwall.
Our church in St Buryan is important, not because of its history, although that is very interesting. Not because of its architecture, although it is a beautiful building. Not because of its glorious internal structures although the rood screen and kneelers are masterpieces. But because it is an important place of prayer and sanctuary.
Over the years, many thousands of people have gathered here, to celebrate, to grieve and to make their prayers. In trouble and in joy this space has heard their prayers. Here they have met with God through prayer, through sacrament and through the fellowship and love found in the community. Our prayer is that this continues to be the most important part of St Buryan; a holy, sacred space where God is present. A place where you and I can meet with God. So come, visit this remarkable place, admire our church, join in our worship and add your prayers to the myriad of saints prayers, or just sit and absorb the unique atmosphere created by over one and a half thousand years of prayer and worship.