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Monday, 21 July 2014

WW1 Commemeration

St Andrew's Church Feniton are holding a WW1 Commemoration Service at 11am on 3rd August 2014.
We would like to invite anyone with connection to the village and the men who served in the War.
Feniton History Group will put up a display of our fallen soldiers and serving men and the "Home Front"

Rev Cate's Letter

Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory,
Station Road
01404 851401
Dear Friends,
By the time you read this the holiday season will be well under, as I write this the sun is shining so I hope it has continued. The children will have broken up and many people will be either enjoying, or are looking forward to or have enjoyed a period of rest. Rest of course is most important to recharge our batteries and rest can come in many forms, a change of scenery, undertaking different activities or just being still.

Recently I took a group of youngsters on a Quiet Morning, well you may think that’s a bit contradictory, but in fact we all enjoyed it. We explored the concept of calming and looked at the times that Jesus took himself off to be quiet and how he calmed the storms. We did an exercise ourselves on calming ourselves; the youngsters took a little time to get into it but in the end enjoyed a time when they weren't challenged to do anything but be calm and quiet.

How often do we take time to be calm and quiet, many of us lead very busy hectic lives, there is always something that needs to be done, whether it is to do with your family or work, it's social or whatever. There is always a list in our heads of things to do. The trouble is we are often ruled by that list and it prevents us from enjoying the here and now of just being in the moment and then we can miss things around us.

I think holidays, which of course come from the words holy day a time to stop and think particularly about God, are times when we should just be. We  don't need to go on expensive trips abroad, we don't have to make great arrangements we can have a holiday in our own spaces even every day. We just need to stop and draw breath and look around us for even a short time in a day and when we do we go back to the jobs and routine refreshed with clearer eyes and a little more energy.

However you are holidaying this year I hope that you can stop for a little while and just be.

Every blessing, Rev Cate

PS Confirmation classes are staring soon if anyone is interested please contact me.

Monday, 14 July 2014


(Proceeds to be shared between The Pantomime Society and St Andrew’s Church)


7.30 pm     (Doors open 7 pm)
Tickets: £7. 50p       Under 12 yrs: £5
(Supper included - But bring your own bottle)
Tickets must be purchased in advance (to assist catering)
Available from:  Feniton Post Office and Feniton Spar Shop
David Lanning (Tele: 01404 850699) and Ann Reed (Tele: 01404 850366)

Pantomime website address:

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Melanesian Mission

The Melanesian Mission 
Executive Officer: Mrs Katie Drew
21 The Burlands, Feniton, Honiton, EX14 3UN
Tel: +44 (0)845 6081311 Email:
 Web:  Twitter: @MelanesianM

                                                                                                                                           24th June 2014

First UK Associates Admitted

At the weekend the first group of people from the UK were made Associates to the Community of the Sisters of the Church of Melanesia, at a special service at St Andrew’s Church, Ham, led by Revd. Richard Carter from St Martin in the Fields, London.

The Community of the Sisters of Melanesia (CSM) was formed in November 1980 by Nester Tiboe and three other young women of Melanesia. The aim of the religious community is to offer young women in Melanesia the opportunity of training in mission, so that they may serve Christ in the church and society where they live. CSM also provides pastoral care for women and teenage children across Melanesia. The community runs along similar lines to the Melanesian Brotherhood with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, which can be renewed every five years.

Associates pledge to support the community through regular prayer for the life and work of the community, to support or help the community in times of need, both spiritually and physically, to take care of the Sisters when they are visiting their area and homes and to extend the ministry of the Sisters.

Catherine Duce an ordinand from Westcott was the first person from the UK to be made an Associate when she lived with the Sisters in Melanesia in 2013. Since then Catherine has been committed to helping the Sisters by increasing awareness of the community and by fundraising for water projects. Many church communities were inspired by the Simply Living team which visited the UK last year and comprised of members from each of the four Melanesian religious orders, including the Head Sister of the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia, Collin Wobur.

Canon Brian Macdonald-Milne and Lesley Mackie from Ely Diocese, Katie Drew and Revd Cate Edmonds from Exeter Diocese, Revd Richard Carter, Sarah Crompton and Elizabeth Grande from London Diocese, Canon Barbara Rowe from St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, Olivia Maxfield-Coote a Westcott ordinand from Truro Diocese and Revd Helen Griffiss from Winchester Diocese, joined Catherine Duce who is from London Diocese, to become the first group of Associates in the UK.

Catherine said: “I am overwhelmed that 10 people have committed themselves to support the Sisters through prayer and giving. Although not as well-known as the Melanesian Brothers, the Melanesian Sisters are undertaking groundbreaking work in the Solomon Islands, with very limited resources. 

“Four of these new associates are also planning to visit and work with the community over the course of the next year, to build their understanding and fellowship with the Sisters.

“I am praying that awareness for this religious community increases across the UK and more people are inspired to support the Sisters and Novices,” said Catherine.

Left to right in picture: Top row - Olivia Maxfield-Coote, Elizabeth Grande, Katie Drew, Revd Richard Carter, Canon Brian Macdonald-Milne, Revd Helen Griffiss, Lesley Mackie, Revd Cate Edmonds, bottom row - Canon Barbara Rowe, Catherine Duce, Sarah Crompton.

For more information, please contact Katie Drew on 0845 6081311.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Rev. Cate's June letter

Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory,
Station Road
01404 851401

Dear Friends,

I was rather saddened recently when listening to people being interviewed on the radio and TV about the elections that were coming up. I heard several comments along the same theme; the people didn’t vote because, “they don’t do anything for me”. The “they” was the politicians and the people interviewed were inferring that they would only vote if they personally got something out of it. I felt really perturbed by this reaction, what about community spirit, what about loving your neighbour?

I really thought what a sad state that some people have moved so far away from the basic Christian values of our society, in fact moved away from basic values of most religions. Are we developing a society of “me” rather than “we”?

I think we are fortunate to live in villages where we do still look out for each other, where we have concern for each other and for our communities. Where we can pull together to support each other in raising funds as in soup lunches, plant sales and the like and coming together for May Day events, Fun Days etc.  After occasions like those we may feel exhausted but there is also a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment of people working together for the common good and not just for themselves.

We are also fortunate in our villages that in our Primary Schools there is a heavy emphasis on caring for others, apart from themselves, of looking outwards into the wider world and supporting where they can. All values which we hope and pray they will develop and take into later life so if interviewed they won’t respond in such a negative way as those I heard interviewed.

Whether we hold a religious belief or not if we are to live happily with ourselves and the wider world and not slip into “me” culture we certainly do need to remember to look outward and love our neighbour not just ourselves.

Every blessing, 
Rev Cate

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Friends of St Andrew's Plant Sale

A huge thank you to the very many people who helped and supported the Plant Sale on 17th and 18th May.    So many people were involved with the preparation, providing  plants, setting up,  transporting, selling and buying.

The refreshments in the lovely gardens of Feniton Court were delicious – comments on the scones were heard to be ‘perfect’.   We ran out of cream and scones on the first day and people were baking again that evening ready for another exceptional day.    A very big thank you to Sheila and her team, and to Jonathan and Fiona for opening their garden.

The glorious weather was the icing on the cake and certainly encouraged people to come along and although hard work it was a fun weekend.

Stalls and raffle all made more than the previous plant sale.   Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle and for donating the prizes.

The total raised was a staggering  £4,244 with a little more still to come. 
The money will be split between church funds and Friends of St Andrew’s Church.

Well done everyone.

Val Stringer

Friends of St. Andrews

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Church Coffee Shop

Dear all,
For those who came and so generously supported the Church Coffee Shop this morning a big “thank you”
You will all be pleased to know we were able to raise £232 for Esperanza (meaning Hope)
There were no expenses as everyone gave the cakes, coffee, scones, biscuits, raffle prizes  etc. so  you need a round of applause.
Thank you all again
Sheila Lanning

Easter 2014 Sunrise Service

Rev Cate's Easter Letter

Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory,
Station Road
01404 851401

Dear Friends,
How great it has been to see the sun, it really has lit up the countryside and made us feel that spring has sprung and summer is on its way.(I do hope that by the time you read this it’s still the case) It is amazing how bright sunlight lifts the spirit, makes us feel new again. That of course is what Easter is all about, new birth, bright light. When we light the fire on top of the hill in Feniton on Easter Day, we are welcoming the new day and reminding ourselves of the bright light of Jesus coming back from the darkness of death. Coming, in fact, to bring God’s love directly to us, so that never again will we be separated from God’s love. It is always a wonderful occasion and a very special time on the hill even if the weather is poor.

Many of us do not experience sunrise that often but it is very moving and truly amazing to see the countryside come to life again, the birds fill the air with their song( too much some mornings outside my bedroom window) and the spring flowers lift their heads to the light. Even people seem to lift up their faces to the light.

Light is so important for us to flourish, it is unimaginable to think of a world without light, we also need the light of Christ, that light which shone out of the empty tomb to bring hope into the world again.

There are many times in our lives when things get on top of us and there feels like a dark cloud hanging over us, for me having a faith helps me to bring light back into my life, the light of Christ. But for those people who may not have a faith I am sure looking at the brightness of a flower in the sunshine, the bright blue of the swaying bluebells, the radiant yellow of the oil seed rape, the light green shoots of growing crops pushing through the soil, helps to lift the spirit or mood. So as we go into another month let’s all breathe deeply and reflect on what an amazing place, what an amazing feat of creation is our world  and let ourselves be lifted in mood and spirit.

Every blessing, Cate

Friday, 7 February 2014

Melanesian Sisters E-News

Melanesian Sisters E-News
February 2014
Number 1

In This Issue

·    Welcome
·    Introduction to the Sisters
·    Their work
·    Their needs
·    Prayer requests
·    Get involved

Prayer Requests

·         For those returning to the community after the Christmas break and Christmas mission, travel conditions can be very difficult at this time of year
·         For Sister Collin as she settles into her role as Head Sister
·         For Fr Selwyn the new chaplain to the Community
·         For discussions on replacing the old chapel
·         For 3rd year novices who continue on with their practical in Reef Islands on the Eastern part of Solomon as part of their last year training mission.

Sisters’ Prayer

Almighty God, we pray you to bless and guide the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia.

Fill them Lord, with your Spirit of wisdom, love and power so that your will be done in these islands, following the pattern and service given to them by our Lord Jesus Christ.

May they serve you without fear, shame and doubt, and be willing to offer themselves to serve you and be helped to glorify your name: through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Sisters ask that we in the UK

·         Grow the number of supporters or as they are officially known 'Associates of the Sisters' who will be committed to pray and support the sisters as best they can

·         Establish a prayer network
·         Raise funds for an ablution block and for lunches for all Sisters and Novices

Get Involved

If you would like to respond to this E-News, commit to pray for the Sisters and Novices, make a donation or are interested in becoming an Associate, visit

Contact Us

Welcome to the first edition of the Melanesian Sisters E-News produced in the UK by the Melanesian Mission on behalf of the Sisters of Melanesia. This quarterly newsletter will keep you up to date with the Sisters’ community, their projects, plans and prayer requests.
Many of you will remember Sister Collin who was part of the Simply Living team which toured the UK in Spring / Summer 2013. Sr Collin returned to Melanesia and is now Head Sister of the community. Following the Simply Living Mission, many wanted to know more about the religious communities in Melanesia including the Sisters.
In this first E-News let us introduce or reintroduce you to the Sisters.

Their Story

The Sisters of Melanesia were founded by a woman from Guadalcanal, Nesta Tiboe, in 1979.  In 1967 Nesta received a vision in which she realised that Melanesian women were also called to serve God "without fear, shame and doubt." Nesta was a brave and determined woman and though facing much male opposition at first, established a community of women on the same lines as the Melanesian Brotherhood.

Today, over thirty years on, the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia has flourished to become the biggest women’s religious order in the Anglican Communion in terms of membership. However the path for the CSM has not been smooth. They have had to move headquarters twice, from Bungana to Bokoniseu in the Guadalcanal Plains in 1983, and then three years later, the Solomon Islands’ worst natural disaster ‘Cyclone Namu’ ravaged the Community’s headquarters. The CSM then moved from Bokoniseu to their present site at Verana’aso
At present there are now 47 sisters and 34 novices. The Sisters' community is marked by its joy and simplicity of lifestyle. The Sisters have opened the eyes of many people and, by their example, have encouraged the church to become more socially aware. They have also won the respect of many people by showing the wonderful potential and gifts women have to offer within the church.

Their Work

The Sisters of Melanesia have a special heart for building up the vocations of young girls and serving women and families, spiritually and in any kind of need.

One of their roles is to recognise the needs of women in Melanesian society. The Sisters’ households have become sanctuaries for mothers and their children escaping domestic violence and the sisters are frequently called upon to protect women and children from drunk and violent partners.
Entrenched gender inequality in the Solomon Islands has resulted in one of the world’s highest rates of domestic violence, with an estimated 64 percent of women aged 15 to 49 years experiencing violence at the hands of a partner.

Together with the Sisters of the Church, the Sisters of Melanesia have jointly managed the only women’s refuge in the Solomon Islands, The Christian Care Centre (CCC), since its inception in 2005.

The sisters are hardworking and provide counselling, food, shelter, medical care and protection for those at the Centre, working closely with the local police and community groups. They mediate, trying to reunite families and provide awareness of domestic violence issues.

The Sisters have also been on Mission to the UK, on numerous occasions.

Their Needs

The Sisters need support in prayer, fellowship and resources.

Recently, the most pressing need was met by funds from UK church groups.  Verana’aso had lacked a safe water supply for some years, and Novices and Sisters spent their days carrying pots, pans, clothes, buckets and food, up and down the hill to take water from the river. Now they have a new bore hole and pump to supply fresh water to the community. Many thanks for all those who responded so quickly to this fundraising request, the joyful results can be seen here.

This year the Melanesian Mission on behalf of the Community will be asking for prayer and financial support to provide the community with an ablutions block with washing facilities and toilets to prevent contamination of the ground water. This will reduce the risk of disease and will also enable the community to offer guest lodgings as a form of income generation.

We are also encouraging groups and individuals to consider raising money during lent to enable all Sisters and Novices to have a lunch each day. At present only those who are sick receive a lunch, and as at best their diets are very basic and this is contributing to some health problems.

We hope you have enjoyed this first edition and look forward to sharing more news from the Sisters of Melanesia.

Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory,
Station Road,
Devon. EX14 3DF