St Ewe Church
St Ewe church is set in the centre of St Ewe village. There are the remains of a Celtic cross in the village square and the church itself is set on a Celtic Christian site. It’s kept open for private prayer and feels loved and cherished. We sat by the altar worshipping and praying. It was easy to do both. Very soon a stillness overcame us and with it a deep sense of God’s loving tenderness and kindness.
It‘s not known if Ewe was male or female. The early missionaries probably sailed up the river from Porthluney to Polmassick as it was navigable in those days. For safety they initially established a settlement on high ground at Lanewa (Launa). The saint’s name appears elsewhere locally too: Bosue (the house of Ewe), and Trelewack. There was a Celtic monastery at Lanka in the sixth century. More than this is not known about St Ewe, though there were other active Celtic missionaries locally including Mewan, Austell and Gorman, all of whom also left their names in the locality.
We lingered in disturbed and prayed. At one point as I was looking towards the belltower, I could see in the Spirit that the Lion of Judah was calmly walking down the aisle. He stopped before passing through the rood screen, fixing my gaze and I watched as he breathed gently out. Fire came from his mouth but it wasn’t burning heat but carried musical notes within it as though melodies were being released, though I didn’t hear music. As it enveloped me it felt like the waters of a waterfall and I went into a deep place of rest and prayer, as did my husband. It felt like healing balm and refreshment. We left encouraged and refreshed knowing God had met with us.