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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Details of the Archbishop's Visit

Dear EFP church folk,

As most of you will know, we have the privilege of hosting the Archbishop of Canterbury in Feniton this coming Saturday (18th).
He comes as President of the Melanesian Mission UK, as part of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson - son of Feniton, and missionary to, and first bishop of, Melanesia.

Here are the planned timings -
  • by 8.45am - be outside Feniton church to be there when the Archbishop arrives. 
  • 9am - Archbishop Justin opens the new pilgrimage route Patteson's Way at the lychgate, and unveils a plaque. Storytime provide the welcome.
  • 9.10am - Feniton School children and staff meet the Archbishop, and sing.
  • 9.20am - move into the church, where he is shown presentations, gifts are presented, and he prays in the Melanesian chapel.
  • 9.35am - leaves the church, stops at the Patteson family grave, and moves to Feniton Court.
  • 9.40am - outside Feniton Court he blesses the first and future pilgrims, and walks down the driveway with them.
  • 9.50am - any local media interviews, after which the Archbishop leaves for Alfington and onwards to Exeter.
Katie Drew has done all the wonderful organisation.

Coffee will subsequently be served in the church. 
Presentations about Patteson and the church will be on display.  

All are very welcome. If you are planning to come -
  1. do stay after the Archbishop’s arrival and walk through to Feniton Court (via the path to the right of the church). The more the merrier for heading off down the driveway en masse, even if you’re not doing a full walk.
  2. parking - if you’re able to walk to the church or car-share, this will be helpful for reducing parking.



God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
01404 850905



Friday, 3 September 2021

September Notes

Dear EFP church folk,

I hope you’re keeping well, as we move into a new month. Children, teachers and parents have a big few days coming up as schools return, closer to ‘normality' but still with Covid precautions and plenty of juggling.

Tomorrow Saturday…
You have a quadruple opportunity - to enjoy coffee, company, and organ music, whilst supporting Escot church. 
10-12 in Escot Church - see the attached notice.

Patteson Pilgrimage
It would be great to have a few more people joining the Pilgrimage on Sat 18th, walking to Alfington (or further), and sent on your way by the Archbishop after the 9am pilgrimage opening.
The excellent Pilgrimage guide is attached.
Please let Katie (katie.drew@mmuk.net) or me know.

Services this Sunday and following are -
Sep 5th 11 Payhembury - Patronal Festival (Communion)

Sep 12th 9.15 Payhembury - All Age
11 Escot - Communion
Storytime will now be on Sep 12th.

Take care, and God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
01404 850905





Sunday, 29 August 2021

Sunday 29th August

Dear EFP church folk,

Here's today’s Sunday Reflection and Prayer - 


…Different stages, but the journey goes on

This will sadly be the final weekly video in this regular way, as we step-up our church-based services from September.

From next week I’ll record the sermon in church, and share this. 

Today - EFP Songs of Praise service for the '5th Sunday’ - Feniton 10.30am

We also have the christening of Robert Lockyer in Feniton at 2pm.

Next week and onwards -

Sep 5th 9.15 Feniton - Storytime 
11 Payhembury - Patronal Festival (Comm)

Sep 12th 9.15 Payhembury - All Age
11 Escot - Communion

Sep 19th 11 Feniton - Patteson commemoration Comm 
6 Payhembury - Evening worship

Sep 26th 9.15 Payhembury - Cafe
11 Feniton - Communion

A blessing -
Lord God, from whom we come
in whom we are enfolded and to whom we shall return,
Bless us in our pilgrimage through this day;
with the power of the Father protecting
the love of Jesus indwelling
and the light of the Spirit guiding
until we come to our ending in life and love eternal.

God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Sunday 22nd August

Dear EFP church folk,

Here's today’s Sunday Reflection and Prayer - 


…a shop called ‘Deliver-us'

Prayer -
Living God, 
we are here waiting. 
To welcome you, you ask of us simplicity. 
You ask us to dare to come before you just as we are,
not wearing any kind of mask, 
nothing that veils your image in each one of us. 
So we come to you at this moment with open hearts.
Amen.
('Bodmin Hermit’)

Today - 
- Payhembury Communion 10.30am
- our video reflection

Next Sunday  -
Aug 29th Songs of Praise, Feniton 10.30am **LAST ORDERS TODAY FOR HYMN REQUESTS!!**

A reminder that September brings new-term changes to Sundays -
Sep 5th 9.15 Feniton - Storytime 
11 Payhembury - Patronal Festival (Comm)

Sep 12th 9.15 Payhembury - All Age
11 Escot - Communion

Sep 19th 11 Feniton - Patteson commemoration Comm 
6 Payhembury - Evening worship

Sep 26th 9.15 Payhembury - Cafe
11 Feniton - Communion

God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Saturday, 21st August,

A reminder, that is if one was needed, that you are invited to an All Day Treat in the garden at 3 Church Lane, this Saturday, 21st August, between 10am and 5pm. If the weather is not up to standard it will be held in church.

There will be cakes, cream teas with plenty of coffee and tea. 

Come and meet both old and new friends to enjoy a chat at a time when we can get together to enjoy company

Donations will be welcome in aid of church funds.

We look forward to seeing you.

Kind regards

Sheila and David 😎

Friday, 13 August 2021

Songs of Praise Aug 29th

Dear Feniton folk,


On Sunday 29th Aug we will be having a Songs of Praise service at St Andrew’s at 10.30am.

Whilst Covid will be a fact of life for some time, this service will mark a transition in our churches' life, as our Sunday worship together increases in September. There is much to be thankful for from the past 18 months.

We will sing plenty of hymns - and they can be chosen by you

If you would like to request a hymn, please email it to Amanda (copied to this email) and also to me, by Sunday 22nd Aug.
Please be prepared to say a few words in the service about why you have chosen it.
The hymn must be in our orange hymn book. 

Happy hymn-humming, as you consider your favourites!

Best wishes,
Dave

Team Vicar notes - September services + Archbishop's visit

Dear EFP church folk,

Two major things to share before I disappear tomorrow for a week off.

Firstly, Sunday service patterns will be changing in September -
  • there will generally be 2 morning services each Sunday
  • these will be at 9.15am and 11am. Our 10.30am time, which we’ve used since the start of the pandemic, is easing into retirement.

The next four months each have seasonal or special events, so there won’t be an entirely regular pattern. 
September will be -
Sep 5th 9.15 Feniton - Storytime 
11 Payhembury - Patronal Festival (Communion)
Sep 12th 9.15 Payhembury - All Age
11 Escot - Communion
Sep 19th 11 Feniton - Patteson commemoration Communion 
6 Payhembury - Evening worship
Sep 26th 9.15 Payhembury - Cafe
11 Feniton - Communion

The creative juices will keep flowing as to how best to include a digital component to our worship. I do appreciate how much of a loss the weekly videos will be to some people.


Secondly, 'Patteson 150’ - a programme of events on 18th/19th Sept commemorating Bishop John Coleridge Patteson, son of Feniton and missionary to Melanesia.
Katie Drew organised this excellent programme. 

Three things to highlight -
1. Archbishop of Canterbury
We are honoured that Justin Welby will visit Feniton Church on Sat 18th at 9am.
He will open the new Patteson’s Way pilgrimage route at the lychgate, spend a short time in the church, then bless the first pilgrims as they set off from Feniton Court.
Do come along.
A Coffee Morning in the church will follow, with exhibitions in the church. 

2. Patteson’s Way pilgrimage route.
You could be part of the first group to walk the new route (or part of it), and be 'sent off' by the Archbishop.
You needn’t walk the whole route (Feniton-Alfington-Ottery-Patteson’s Cross-Feniton, total 12 miles). What we ask is that you walk at least to Alfington.
Do spread the word - to families and anyone who enjoys a walk.
We will need to know in advance who plans to do this. Please let me and Katie Drew (copied to this) know, by the previous Saturday (11th).
Being a pilgrimage, it should be both enjoyable and reflective. An excellent written guide to help make the most of the experience will be available.

3. Sunday morning
Bishop Willie Pwaisiho from Melanesia will preach in our special service on the Sunday morning in Feniton 11am. 

An attached Cathedral poster lists other events. 


Take care, and God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
01404 850905

Sunday, 8 August 2021

Sunday 8th August

Dear EFP church folk,

Here's today’s Sunday Reflection and Prayer -


Today we have 
- Payhembury All Age 10.30am
- Escot Evensong 6pm
- our video reflection
- baptism of Reggie Crudge, Payhembury 2pm

Video reflections
In September we will be increasing our church services on Sundays, as pandemic constraints ease. The weekly video reflection will sadly therefore not be able to continue. I appreciate this will be a disappointment to some. I would value your views, particularly if the video is the only way you can join in with local worship - do get in touch.
How we balance our worship in the most helpful and sustainable ways will be a continuing discussion in our wider Mission Community, including when we have a Team Rector once again from late October when Lydia joins us.


Sundays this month -
Aug 15th Escot Communion 10.30am
Aug 22nd Payhembury Comm 10.30am
Aug 29th Songs of Praise, Feniton 10.30am

Prayer -
Lord, bless this day,
this blank page newly turned. 
May its story, once written, 
bring only glory to your name.
Amen.
(Bodmin Hermit @TheCarceri 7/8/21)

God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
01404 850905

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Sunday 1 August

Dear EFP church folk,

Here's today’s Sunday Reflection and Prayer - on all being one


Today we have 
- Feniton Communion 10.30am
- our video reflection
- baptism of Harrison Reeves, Feniton 2pm


Sundays this month -
Aug 8th Payhembury All Age 10.30am
Escot Evensong 6pm
Aug 15th Escot Communion 10.30am
Aug 22nd Payhembury Comm 10.30am
Aug 29th Songs of Praise, Feniton 10.30am

Prayer -
May our God bless you today 
and each day that follows 
May you hear his voice 
Follow His footsteps 
Be comforted by His care 
And live in His grace 
Now and forever.
Amen.
(@TheCarceri 29/7/21)

God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Sunday 25th July

Dear EFP church folk,

Here's today’s Sunday Reflection and Prayer - as our schools break up for the holidays, a child steps centre-stage in our Bible story -



Today we have...
- Storytime, Feniton 9.15am
- Payhembury Communion 10.30am

Sundays coming up -
Aug 1st Feniton Communion 10.30am
Aug 8th Payhembury All Age 10.30am
Escot Evensong 6pm
Aug 15th Escot Communion 10.30am

A prayer -
May the love of God sustain us in our working today
May the light of Jesus radiate our thinking and speaking
May the power of the Spirit penetrate our deliberations
And may all that we do today witness to your presence in our lives.
Amen

God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton