Tuesday, 21 July 2015
ORGAN RECITAL BY BEN SCOTT in St ANDREWS CHURCH
7.30 SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST
On Saturday the 15th of August there will be an organ recital by Ben Scott in St Andrews Church Feniton starting at 7.30. Ben will talk about the pieces he will play and after the recital will take any questions about his role as an organist. Admission will be £6.50 to include light refreshments.
Ben has been a regular visitor to St Andrews over many years playing for the occasional Sunday service as well as giving us fund raising concerts after the 2008 flood. Whilst studying for his music exams he played our new organ and actually sat his practical exam in our church.
He is a young and very talented organist and will play a variety of music which will suite a wide range of tastes. Previous concerts by him have been very well supported so to be sure of a seat, tickets can be reserved by phoning Sheila or David Lanning on 850699.
Posted by Christine Gibbins at 15:04
Monday, 20 July 2015
a coloured image,
or an opening on another world
with special reference
Friday 24th July 7.00pm
in aid of church funds
Tickets £10 to include wine and light snacks available from Chris and Lindsay Saunders on 01404 812962 and Judy Davis on 01404 812739
Posted by Christine Gibbins at 13:26
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Reverend Cate Edmonds
The Rectory, Station Road,
How lovely it is as I write this to see blue sky with just a wisp of cloud from my office window. When I woke up early this morning to walk the new addition to our family the air was fresh, the sky was blue, the sun was just rising to shine and the world looked wonderful, I appreciated my walk and the world around me. It might sound rather romantic and I’m sure we all appreciate how fortunate we are to live in this peaceful part of the world.
I have to say having a new 4 legged friend, by the way she is a black collie named Sasha, has made me go for longer walks than our old dogs could cope with. It’s such a good way to spend some time in thought. One train of thought was about Sasha; she was nearly 8 months old when we got her, she had had no training at all and certainly was unsure about what was right and wrong. So she needs a guiding hand to teach her, if left untrained she certainly could not become part of the family, she needs to learn the rules of the home and community so that she can become a considerate and useful member, taking an active part in our lives. My train of thought moved onto humans, we too need a guiding hand from time to time; we need training not just in the physical things of life but in the spiritual and moral ways of the world. Without a guiding hand, teaching and example we run the risk of being out of control and not “house/community trained”. We all have the guiding hand of God available to us to guide, protect, to steer us on the right path and help us to develop our moral code. As Christians we follow the teachings of Jesus as our training manual, yes sometimes we have “accidents” and make mistakes but like any good dog owner/trainer God forgives us and lets us try again perhaps a bit harder.
I am really appreciating this extra time I have for reflection, (whether I will on a cold wet winter morning, we’ll wait and see) but I know it’s good for us all to take time to think about our place in the world and perhaps what additional training we need. Not everyone will appreciate my canine analogies but we can learn from a range of people, situations and things and I hope you may get the meaning and don’t forget DOG spelt backwards is GOD
Every blessing, Rev Cate
Posted by Christine Gibbins at 15:22
Friday, 12 June 2015
Usually on the second Sunday of each month we have at St Andrews a 10.30 service called Morning Worship, this service cannot taken by Rev. Cate as she is taking a service at Payhembury at the same time.
The only Communion service for the three parishes on the second Sunday has until now been held at Escot at 9 a.m., but most parishioners from Feniton or Payhembury who wish to have a Communion service are reluctant to move their place of worship.
So for a trial period of three months we are holding a 9 a.m Holy Communion at St Andrews hoping that being in the middle of our church group will prove to be more convenient to members of all three parishes. This service will be taken by Rev Cate.
Escot church members have been very accommodating in taking part in this trial run.
We hope that you will be able to attend or at least make comment on this change of venue
Rev. Cate and the PCC.
Posted by Christine Gibbins at 19:32
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
We have just passed Whit Sunday, did you notice? Sadly it passes many people by. Some of you may remember that we used to have a moveable Bank Holiday which was usually referred to as Whit Monday as it followed Whit Sunday and this was the start of the school summer half term holiday. Whit Sunday or Pentecost as it is referred to in the Bible is 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Day. Easter is calculated by the movement of the Moon and therefore so is Pentecost or Whit Sunday. However in 1971 it was decided to fix the date of this bank holiday for convenience and it became known as the Spring Bank Holiday and so the association with Whit Sunday and thus with Pentecost was lost and for many it was only a memory.
Why Whit Sunday you may ask, well it is commonly believed that as people were often baptized/christened on that day and the tradition was to wear white so the word Whit was derived from white.
Why you may ask were baptisms/christening taking place on that day? The answer is is the other name for that day, Pentecost. The Day of Pentecost was the birthday of the Church, when Jesus followers were together after he had returned to heaven, they we waiting for something special. It came in the form of a rushing wind and tongues of flame settling on the disciples. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and were enabled to teach and travel around the world telling the stories and teachings of Jesus and so the early church was born.
Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of God with us every day and if we are open to His spirit we produce fruit, that is we can demonstrate it by 9 attributes; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.
I don’t know about you but I think these are good attributes for all of us to have whether we are Christian or not. Whether we remember Whit Sunday, Pentecost or the coming of the Holy Spirit it’s certainly worth remembering the fruit of the spirit and if we worked hard at these I think the World would be a better place don’t you?
Every blessing, Rev Cate
Posted by Christine Gibbins at 19:45
Monday, 20 April 2015
Spring has certainly arrived, hasn’t it? The weather up to now has been very kind to us, perhaps by the time you read this it will be raining, but I hope not.
Certainly the weather has been great for the first few weddings of the season. I’m sure we all love a good wedding, when we are celebrating the love shared by a couple and which they are openly declaring as they publically commit themselves to each other. That love which they share of course comes directly from God though Jesus Christ, through his death and resurrection which we celebrate particularly at Easter.
At Easter we fill our churches with flowers in celebration just as we fill the churches with flowers at weddings in celebration. Somehow the sight and smell of floral arrangements lift our spirits and help us feel that there is something special happening. Celebrating God’s love for us all is certainly something very special and even though the blooms die away, God’s love for each and every one of us doesn’t, it’s there for us forever.
Often when I’m talking to children about God’s love I try to get them to understand that it’s not soppy, it’s not about hearts and chocolates etc but about actions, kind deeds. We can see love being shared in the way that people behave with each other and when God’s love is shared we find that the world around us is a happier place. A kindly smile and a helping hand are particularly good ways of sharing the love of God.
When the risen Jesus Christ appeared to his disciples he breathed on them and said “peace be with you”. We too can breathe God’s love on others not a literal breath but a kindly thought or action.
If there was more breathing of God’s love around the world I am sure we wouldn’t have as much pain and suffering that we see every day.
The blooms of celebration open up and smile at us, perhaps we too can open up and smile more frequently and we might notice a lifting of the collective spirit.
Every blessing, Rev Cate
Posted by Christine Gibbins at 22:15
Friday, 13 February 2015
I came across this comment the other day by Jimmy Chapman, “Disagreements between people are going to happen. It’s human nature to disagree with one another at times because we are different people! We are made out of the same stuff, but we are different people in spirit, attitude, thinking, etc.”
This got me thinking, when we look at the news or read our papers there are reported so many disagreements. In fact it often appears that the media only like to report on disagreements rather than agreements, there are of course exceptions.
Disagreements are going to happen but it is the way we deal with them that is important. People have strong views about certain issues and emotions can run high, but there are always two sides to an argument/ disagreement and both views need to be aired equally and most importantly listened to. It is when the two parties don’t except that others may have a view that problems occur and we can all see the consequences of this is the many areas of conflict around the world.
It is about respecting other views even when they differ so much from our own. We are always keen to teach our children about respecting others opinions but do we remember to do it ourselves? Are we sometimes too ready to jump to conclusions before finding out all the details? (I know I can be guilty of this!)
I was once given a tip about going for a difficult interview, I was told not to answer the questions too quickly but to pause for just a moment to collect my thoughts and that the answers would be so much better. It worked. Sometimes I think we need to stop and pause for just a moment before responding to an opinion different than ours to avoid upset and discord. Sometimes we need to think about how our opinions may be received by others. This can be a difficult task but one which I pray I can do better at.
I pray that you, the media and particularly politicians too may just pause for reflection occasionally and those disagreements may not have escalate into the dramatic consequences we see reported on a daily basis.
Every blessing, Rev Cate
Posted by Christine Gibbins at 09:55