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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Coffee Morning Sat. 16th April Street Pastors

Coffee Morning in church

10.30 to 12,30 

We have chosen this charity for this particular coffee morning as two of our congregation are Street Pastors and they provide a valuable service to those in need on the streets of Exeter on a Saturday night through to the early hours of Sunday morning.


We hope you can come along and give your support Kind regards David

Monday, 4 April 2016

Rev. Cate's Easter Letter

Dear Friends,

I don’t know about you but I have been thrown by Easter being so early this year. People often wonder how Easter is calculated, it is based on  being the first Sunday after the spring equinox. As I expect you know there is debate about whether it would be better to fix Easter just as Christmas is fixed. This could put it out of line with the Jewish Passover which is a very  important religious, spring festival for the Jewish faith, beginning, I believe on the night of the full moon after the spring equinox. But also we would be even further out of line with the Eastern Christian traditions which celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar and not the Gregorian calendar which we use. 

Does this really matter you may ask, well of course it depends on your thinking and whether you feel it is important for the Easter celebrations to be aligned with Passover. Sadly many people don’t care and often confuse Easter with a range of religious activities or even don’t relate it to a religious celebration at all. They think of it as time off work, of eating chocolate eggs and bunnies and a time for getting together as a family. None of which is wrong but it is sad to lose sight of the meaning of this very special and important time for Christians around the world. 

Easter doesn’t just stop after Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday it in fact is a season which will continue for 50 more days, no it’s not 50 more days to eat chocolate. In the church we celebrate the risen  Jesus walking, talking ,eating with his followers until he went up to heaven on what is called Ascension Day and then following that 10 days later we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit , the power of God with us. 
If we just think of Easter being a couple of days of holiday we are losing the meaning which for 2000 years has kept the Christian faith alive.  

The whole Easter season is a time to reflect specifically on God’s love brought to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you have a faith or not it is useful to spend time to focus on love, how we use it, how we share it, how we are loved? If you like as we are thinking of spring cleaning, it is a time to spring clean our love and see if we can improve the way we use it to help our communities and all those around us.

Every blessing, Rev Cate.
           Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory,
 Station Road, Feniton 
01404 851401 
cateedmonds@aol.com



Friday, 25 March 2016

St Andrews Church Good Friday Walk



Members of the church took part in the walk from the village Spar shop via various roads to the church to mark the significance of Good Friday.

Songs were sung which were accompanied by a guitar played by Rev Danny Beaven and the Rev Cate said prayers at selected locations along the walk.

This year it was combined it with a Clean for the Queen event where we  collected six bags of discarded waste left by the road side.




On arrival at the church the walkers were treated to hot cross buns and cups of tea or drinks which appealed to the children.


Finally, there was a service of reflection.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Rev. Cate's Easter Letter

                       Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton
01404 851401
cateedmonds@aol.com
Dear Friends,
I don’t know about you but I have been thrown by Easter being so early this year. People often wonder how Easter is calculated, it is based on  being the first Sunday after the spring equinox. As I expect you know there is debate about whether it would be better to fix Easter just as Christmas is fixed. This could put it out of line with the Jewish Passover which is a very  important religious, spring festival for the Jewish faith, beginning, I believe on the night of the full moon after the spring equinox. But also we would be even further out of line with the Eastern Christian traditions which celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar and not the Gregorian calendar which we use.

Does this really matter you may ask, well of course it depends on your thinking and whether you feel it is important for the Easter celebrations to be aligned with Passover. Sadly many people don’t care and often confuse Easter with a range of religious activities or even don’t relate it to a religious celebration at all. They think of it as time off work, of eating chocolate eggs and bunnies and a time for getting together as a family. None of which is wrong but it is sad to lose sight of the meaning of this very special and important time for Christians around the world.

Easter doesn’t just stop after Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday it in fact is a season which will continue for 50 more days, no it’s not 50 more days to eat chocolate. In the church we celebrate the risen  Jesus walking, talking ,eating with his followers until he went up to heaven on what is called Ascension Day and then following that 10 days later we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit , the power of God with us.
If we just think of Easter being a couple of days of holiday we are losing the meaning which for 2000 years has kept the Christian faith alive. 

The whole Easter season is a time to reflect specifically on God’s love brought to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you have a faith or not it is useful to spend time to focus on love, how we use it, how we share it, how we are loved? If you like as we are thinking of spring cleaning, it is a time to spring clean our love and see if we can improve the way we use it to help our communities and all those around us.


Every blessing, Rev Cate  

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Children's Easter Party

takes place in the Church

26th March  3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

See Parish  Magazine for full details



Monday, 8 February 2016

Help Needed to Cut the Churchyard Grass 2016


Most people like to see a tidy churchyard as it makes the whole church and village looked cared for so once again I am begging for help to cut the churchyard grass.

Every year I say the same thing that a small band turns up year after year and we are all getting older, the average age exceeds 70 and we desperately need some younger members.

We know those of you with families have many commitments but to give up two hours once a month during the growing season is not a huge commitment and your help would be most welcome.

We set aside the first Saturday in each month so the following dates are the Saturdays that we intend to cut the Church grass.
March 5th; April 2nd; May 7th; June 4th; July 2nd; August 6th; September 3rd; October 1st and finally 5th November if necessary.

 If you can help on a few or all of these dates please put them in your diary.

Start time is approx. 9 a.m. and we aim to finish by 11 a.m. at the latest, but you can come and go to suite your Saturday plans.

If you don’t fancy cutting grass please come anyway and help with other jobs as there is always something for everybody.

If you can bring a motorised strimmer or mower, or even persuade a friend to come along, it would be a great help, if not bring shears or other garden tools that may be needed. Some strimmers and mowers are available for those who cannot bring one; anyway, there is always plenty of raking to be done.

Coffee and biscuits are the incentive to come but so is the humour, the sense of fun and the feeling of a community spirit with a job well done.

Please come along if you can.

With many thanks,
David (850699)




Sunday, 31 January 2016

Rev. Cate's Letter

Dear Friends, 

I hope the New Year has started well for you. The weather has certainly changed since I last wrote, we have had to weather storms and a certain amount of flooding and all the chaos of our uncertain weather. But in true English spirit we get on with it, may be irritated by it but in the end we are stoical and get on with it even if we moan.

I met a man, I'm going to call him John, recently who was completely blind, he had a small amount of sight when a very young child but this was not clear and rapidly disappeared. I was amazed at his ability to just get on and not feel sorry for himself or be negative about anything. His positivity was a real challenge to me, in his life he had been a teacher, an academic, a campaigner for disability and also a very good cricketer. John had not let his disability get in the way of the things he wanted to do, he worked with what he was given in life and certainly made the most of it. 

John is a man of great faith who certainly has not blamed God for his blindness and we shared a lovely service together, he remembering all the words of the prayers etc which put me to shame.

I was so struck by my encounter with John that if got me thinking, so many times we moan about what is wrong in our lives, we even try to blame others for the things that go wrong; someone hasn't done something right or they have left something out etc. What we ought to be doing, and I'm not saying it's easy, is to count our blessings and use the God given gifts that we have in the best way that we can. I came across an idea the other day that when we are feeling low, irritated by life's challenges we should take the time to write down  in a notebook 1 blessing each day for about 2 /3 weeks. Write down one positive thing no matter how small that we have in our lives. It may be a friend or relative, a pet or a flower in the garden, it may be the thought of God's unconditional love for us, anything which is special to us, and as the days go by the notebook of blessings mount up. As Lent approaches it may be something which you could take up in Lent rather than giving something up.

So as we deal with the ups and downs of life, let's think of John and get on with whatever life throws at us and count our blessings for there are many.


Every blessing, Reverend Cate

Snowdrop Day

St Philip & St James Church

Escot


     Snowdrop
      Weekend

                                   
                                     
                     Saturday February 20th
                                      and
                      Sunday February 21st
                              10am – 3pm
                                                                   

          Refreshments served all day