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Monday, 25 July 2016

Cream Tea and Songs of Praise

A Summer Afternoon Cream Tea
To celebrate 
The Queen’s 90th birthday
St Andrew’s Church, Feniton


Sunday, August 7th 
from 3.30 pm
To be followed at 4.15 pm 
by 
“Songs of Praise”

You are welcome to either one, or both

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.
https://susiebond.wordpress.com/

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 
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