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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Rev. Cate's January 2017 letter

                       Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

May I wish you all a Happy New Year? I certainly hope that this year is a better one than 2016, so much war and aggression, so much political turmoil and unexpected results and changes. A new phrase I heard coined,” lies are the new truth”. I have to say that I find that shocking and have to wonder where our moral compass is facing.

But it’s a new year, a fresh start, the light of Christ has been celebrated and remains with us, I hope and pray that this light will shine into the darkness of this world and bring some hope for us all. It is important that we hold onto hope or else we could slide into a downward spiral. So what do we hope for in 2017? Do we hope for world peace-that’s a large hope which we could say is not our responsibility or is it? Do we hope for personal prosperity- that can just further the “me” culture. Do we hope for political honesty and integrity- that would be good? I hope for the love which we have been celebrating over the Christmas, the love which comes from God through Jesus Christ, the baby in the manger who grew up into a teacher of the greatest message, to love, God and our neighbour as ourselves, will spread into every part of our lives and throughout our world. A vain hope you may say but one which must be held onto.

What is this love, there is a passage in the bible which is used regularly at weddings, which describes love, in fact it list 7 positive characteristics of love including, kindness, patience and 8 ways that love is not including love is not arrogant or selfish or rude, but the characteristic which is particularly important is found in 1 Corinthians 13:6 “it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in the truth”.

St Paul who was the author of this passage was writing a letter to a new Church which was forming in the city of Corinth, there were power struggles as the roots of this new community were being laid, but Paul is emphasizing the need for love to under pin everything they were doing and that love is much more than affection. His emphasis on truth and forgiveness was so important then as they built their community and it is just as important for us now as we continue to build our communities and build up a new community in this country in the light of political change( I’m not going to use the word).

This particular passage of scripture concludes with the words faith, hope and love, we have to have faith in our leaders so we need honesty and integrity to be paramount, we need hope so that we can move forward not backwards and most importantly we need love, the God given love which is the glue for our communities and the world.

May the love of God surround you all this New Year and may it shine out and lighten our world. 

Every blessing, Rev Cate

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Poppies Rememberance Sunday

West Hill Church Conformation Candidates

Bishop Sarah confirmed, 10 young people and 11 adults at a deanery service hosted by St Michael’s Church, West Hill, on Remembrance Sunday. Friends and family gathered together from Sidmouth, Feniton, Ottery St Mary, West Hill, Whimple, Talaton, Bradninch and Dawlish, filling the church to support their loved ones as they each continue on their Christian journey. Sun 13th Nov 2016

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Operation Christmas 2016

!28 boxes being dispatched from St Andrews which have been the work of the three parishes of Escot, Payhembury and Feniton to Operation Christmas Child 2016

The picture depicts Sheila Lanning who has co-ordinated the collection with the lady who came to collect them for onward transit to the Exeter depot

The back of the car was full and part of approximately 17,000 being dispatched from Exeter

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Rev, Cate Ten Years at Feniton, Escot and Payhembury

I am sure folk will join me in Congratulating Rev. Cate on the anniversary of arriving amongst us ten years ago in October 2006.  All her support and enthusiasm across the generations is much appreciated, I know from personal experience.

Thank you Cate and Paul.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Rev, Cate's November Letter

          Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton 
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

I have to say a comment I heard from someone the other day, it was made in jest, was that, “lying seems to be fashionable”. It was made after a certain political debate on television which got a lot of publicity. But it did make me wonder, if it is ok for public figures to lie so openly when else do people lie.

What are lies? Is there a time and place for lies, we often talk about white lies, just little insignificant untruths to ease a situation;  when a loved one asks if a particular  part of their body looks big and in order not to upset them you might say “oh no”. But is that really helpful? 

I was always taught that little lies grow into big ones and I think that is often the case. The deliberate untruth can eventually turn around and bite you back.  Now no one is perfect and I expect at times we may all slip up, but it must be the intent behind the untruth which is the real cause for concern.  Why is it necessary to speak an untruth? Is it to cover up a mistake? We all know children will often do that when they are young before they learn to be honest. Or is it to make some form of profit for the person involved?  What then are the consequences? 

Truth and honesty are the essentials in any civilized society, so we look to those in public office to be an example, so it is often shocking when we see deliberate lies, but we too have to be careful that we are not being hypocritical ourselves. 

There are many references to truth in the Bible, in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, written so long ago, he talks about the “belt of truth”, I think that’s a great image, not the belt holding something up or holding something in but the belt around the body which tightens with an untruth.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if that was the case in with public figures in debate, every time a lie was spoken the belt tightened, some might end up choking!  But it would also be helpful to us that every time an untruth fell from our lips or in our thoughts we were just given a little squeeze to correct ourselves. We all as responsible citizens do have to fight hard for the truth for in the words of Jesus “the truth will set you free”.

It’s worth pondering just for a moment on what truth is to you and let’s hope that that joke of lies being fashionable is just a joke.

Every blessing, Rev Cate

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rev. Cate's Autumn Letter

                       Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton
01404 851401
Dear Friends,

This time of year in the church calendar is often referred to as Creationtide. It is the time of the year when we think about creation and particularly thank God for the glory of the world around us. In this part of the country we have do much to be grateful for; so much beautiful countryside to admire and enjoy. It is also a time for us to review how we look after Gods creation in the fullest sense. Are we good stewards of the earth? Are we caring for it for future generations? Are we exploiting it for our own purposes? 

These are all very weighty questions, how would you answer them?

You may say "well, I recycle when I can", you may feel "it's not my problem someone else can sort it" or you may be troubled by what is happening around you.

I can't include pictures easily into this letter but I can describe troubling scenes that I am sure we have all witnessed from time to time, the lay-by with a large pile of used and discarded broken wall tiles, the walk on a footpath only to find a old electrical appliance in the way, someone had to drive there so why not take them to the tip? What about  overflowing bins with additional bags of rubbish left beside, or as we walk our lanes the number of cans and empty packets we can see in the hedges, is this looking after our countryside? Then there are much larger issues that we see on a national level, our wasteful society where supermarkets throw out perfectly good food because it has reached its sell by date. I could go on.

We do however have to stop and take stock of what we are doing to our earth. I have witnessed at first hand in the South Pacific the effect of climate change on people and I have to say it stopped me in my tracks and has made me think much harder about my actions and how good I am at looking after my small part of the world because we all can contribute to caring for the earth. This time in the church’s calendar is helpful as a reminder, so just stop for a moment and think of what you can do to help preserve our world for generations to come, it’s our responsibility not someone else’s.

Every blessing, Rev Cate

PS If anyone would like to be confirmed please contact me.

PSS I have our Curate on placement with me at the moment so you will see Rev. Leisa around from time to time and I may be able to get her to write next month’s letter! 

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