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Monday, 29 August 2016

Rev Cate's September Letter

                                                                                                                           Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

The sun is shining overhead, beautifully hot, the sky is bright blue but what do I see looming overhead, a dark cloud, oh no it's going to rain! I shall get cold, I haven't a coat or umbrella, panic, panic. I sigh, a cloud and rain to spoil my day. But does it? Within a few minutes the cloud has passed overhead and the sun shines and blue sky returns. Why did I worry, why did I fret? 

It's our typical response isn’t it? Something that could be unpleasant looms ahead and what do we do, panic, get depressed, give into negative feelings? We are all guilty of these feelings I am sure but what about looking at the cloud as an opportunity, a time to cool off, to water the garden. I suppose because we have such changeable weather we like to grumble about it constantly, rather than appreciating our changeable climate, but then what else would we have to talk about?

We automatically think of the looming cloud in a negative way, do we do that in other parts of our lives? When we see something that could be unpleasant or disturbing do we fall into panic or at least gloom? Sometime the unpleasant or disturbing thing may never happen, it may just pass us by and we worried about nothing. That I think is living our lives as if we were half empty glasses, looking at the negative rather than the positive. The looming cloud could be an opportunity to do something different, we could take advantage of the cloud and review what we're doing and perhaps look at something differently. That would be being positive and living as if our glass were half full.

We live in a world of much negativity and negativity leads to a loss of hope.

One of the key messages of Christianity is hope, hope that the dark clouds will pass by or the storm will so be over or if not hope that whatever the cloud brings there is always sunshine after the storm because the light of Jesus shines even into the darkest of places.

We have to be positive, we must see silver linings to clouds, we must be half full not half empty people if we are to ride the storms of our troubled world, giving into the clouds prevents us to see the sunshine. My prayer as the nights draw in is that we let the light of Jesus Christ illuminate the darkness of our world and give us hope of a world of peace to come. I wonder, is that what is meant by blue sky thinking?

Every blessing, Rev Cate

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Rev Cate's installation as Prebendary by Bishop Robert in Exeter Catherdral

Rev. Cate and Rev. Julian clashing colour wise with
Bishop Robert!

Rev. Cate with her family.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Rev. Cate's visit to Melanesia

Reception from the 4 religious Communities of Melanesia at Chester Rest House for the party from MMUK 12th April 2016

The Melanesian Mission UK Party comprising of The Right Reverend Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury, The Venerable   Mike Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester and wife Jenny,  The Reverend Cate Edmonds, Katie Drew, Chief Executive of MMUK, Alex and Henry Leger, Topsham TV received an overwhelming welcome  of garlands, song and much handshaking.

 The party were visiting for enthronement of the new Archbishop George  Takeli, to visit and teach members of the religious communities and clergy and to explore life on the islands which have a close relationship with the Diocese. The 1st Bishop of Melanesia, John Patterson Melanesia coming from Feniton and his martyrdom being depicted on the pulpit of the cathedral.

The welcome set the tone for the whole of the visit which included the making of 3 films on; climate change, religious life, and the life of a child. More details to follow.

Rev Cate 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Rogation Sunday 1st May 2016

Rev. Cate unveiling the boundary stone placed to mark the 1061 boundary of Feniton Parish with Ottery St, Mary.

This Link to  Susie Bond,  our EDDC Councilor's Blog gives the background to this important day.

I hope we will now mark Rogation Sunday each year.

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

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.