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Monday, 8 February 2016

Help Needed to Cut the Churchyard Grass 2016

Most people like to see a tidy churchyard as it makes the whole church and village looked cared for so once again I am begging for help to cut the churchyard grass.

Every year I say the same thing that a small band turns up year after year and we are all getting older, the average age exceeds 70 and we desperately need some younger members.

We know those of you with families have many commitments but to give up two hours once a month during the growing season is not a huge commitment and your help would be most welcome.

We set aside the first Saturday in each month so the following dates are the Saturdays that we intend to cut the Church grass.
March 5th; April 2nd; May 7th; June 4th; July 2nd; August 6th; September 3rd; October 1st and finally 5th November if necessary.

 If you can help on a few or all of these dates please put them in your diary.

Start time is approx. 9 a.m. and we aim to finish by 11 a.m. at the latest, but you can come and go to suite your Saturday plans.

If you don’t fancy cutting grass please come anyway and help with other jobs as there is always something for everybody.

If you can bring a motorised strimmer or mower, or even persuade a friend to come along, it would be a great help, if not bring shears or other garden tools that may be needed. Some strimmers and mowers are available for those who cannot bring one; anyway, there is always plenty of raking to be done.

Coffee and biscuits are the incentive to come but so is the humour, the sense of fun and the feeling of a community spirit with a job well done.

Please come along if you can.

With many thanks,
David (850699)

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Rev. Cate's Letter

Dear Friends, 

I hope the New Year has started well for you. The weather has certainly changed since I last wrote, we have had to weather storms and a certain amount of flooding and all the chaos of our uncertain weather. But in true English spirit we get on with it, may be irritated by it but in the end we are stoical and get on with it even if we moan.

I met a man, I'm going to call him John, recently who was completely blind, he had a small amount of sight when a very young child but this was not clear and rapidly disappeared. I was amazed at his ability to just get on and not feel sorry for himself or be negative about anything. His positivity was a real challenge to me, in his life he had been a teacher, an academic, a campaigner for disability and also a very good cricketer. John had not let his disability get in the way of the things he wanted to do, he worked with what he was given in life and certainly made the most of it. 

John is a man of great faith who certainly has not blamed God for his blindness and we shared a lovely service together, he remembering all the words of the prayers etc which put me to shame.

I was so struck by my encounter with John that if got me thinking, so many times we moan about what is wrong in our lives, we even try to blame others for the things that go wrong; someone hasn't done something right or they have left something out etc. What we ought to be doing, and I'm not saying it's easy, is to count our blessings and use the God given gifts that we have in the best way that we can. I came across an idea the other day that when we are feeling low, irritated by life's challenges we should take the time to write down  in a notebook 1 blessing each day for about 2 /3 weeks. Write down one positive thing no matter how small that we have in our lives. It may be a friend or relative, a pet or a flower in the garden, it may be the thought of God's unconditional love for us, anything which is special to us, and as the days go by the notebook of blessings mount up. As Lent approaches it may be something which you could take up in Lent rather than giving something up.

So as we deal with the ups and downs of life, let's think of John and get on with whatever life throws at us and count our blessings for there are many.

Every blessing, Reverend Cate

Snowdrop Day

St Philip & St James Church



                     Saturday February 20th
                      Sunday February 21st
                              10am – 3pm

          Refreshments served all day

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Feniton School Carol Service

The Children’s Society

St Andrews Church Feniton
One of the charities supported by St Andrews church, Feniton is the Children’s Society. The two major events being the box collection where parishioners save some of their loose change and the Christingle service held on Christmas Eve at 4pm in the church.

 Not all box holders live in the parish, some of them being in the Parishes of Escot and Payhembury, the other churches where Rev Cate Edmonds is the Vicar. This year the box collection was a record where by the 42 box holders raised £868.40 an increase of 66% over previous years.

Mrs Sheila Lanning the village co-ordinator said she was delighted with the generosity of box holders which may have been  partly due to a talk held in the church by Mrs Gill Ford the South West Regional Fundraising Manager and a visit by the Reverend Matthew Reed the Chief Executive who came to the region in October with an update about The Children’s Society and how local support improves the lives of vulnerable children.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Rev. Cate's Letter

           Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road,


01404 851401

Dear Friends,

The lovely late sunny weather we have been having is slowly fading, the trees are rapidly turning colour and the leaves are dropping and starting to get everywhere and I keep thinking that Christmas is not that far off!

What a thought?  The year marches on. But aren’t we so lucky that as the year marches on we have the changes in weather and nature around us, so that there is always something going on?  I doubt if we could imagine what it would be like not to have changing seasons.

The same is true of the church’s year; we have different seasons which are represented by different colours and of course different activities. We are just about to enter the season of All Hallows, no not Halloween, but the 31st October- All Souls Day and the 1st of November, All Saints Day are collectively known as the season of All Hallows, a time for reflection and prayer for our relatives and friends who have died over the years and our thoughts about people who have in the past been an example to us. This is why we hold a special service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance on 1st of November which  is closely followed by another Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday,  this year is 8th November, when we remember those who have lost their lives in warfare.

This may seem like a very sad time of year and in some way it is, but it is also a time for us to stop and be thankful for all those who have gone before us and in some way have shaped our lives today. It’s not about being melancholy but more about appreciating what has been done for us. But it also challenges us to look forward and to reflect on what we are doing and what we will leave behind when we have gone. It can make us think about our contribution to our communities and to the wider world. Each of us in some way have a contribution to make; each of us will leave a mark in the world literally or in someone’s heart. It’s worth thinking about those marks we leave and ensure that they are positive ones which are for the common good, that’s certainly a challenge!  
Every blessing, Rev Cate
If anyone adult or young person is interested in being confirmed please contact me asap.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Rev. Cate's Letter

           Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road,

Feniton 01404 851401

Dear Friends,
Last month in my letter to you all I wrote about connectedness, how we all have a need to be connected with each other. In the very highly technical age in which we live in this country we are all connected instantly with each other and can be readily connected to thousands of places around the world. Even friends and relatives who have emigrated to the other side of the world e.g. Australia, New Zealand etc. don’t seem quite so far away when we can Skype or Facetime them at the touch of a button and actually see them. So I thought that I might look at this idea of being connected even more closely.
As Christians we are all called to work together and to be part of one body, the body of Jesus Christ. We will all have different skills and functions as any body has, each has to play their part but all the parts need to work together for the body to function properly. As members of that body we are required not only to work together and co-operate with one another but to join together for worship. This is not always easy when people have different views on how this worship should be done, but we are encouraged to come together in some way and often this is being united by the prayer. It is necessary for the maintenance, development and survival of the body of Christians, the world wide church.
Now this doesn’t only apply to Christians it can apply to any group of people, any community. Each of the communities we live in can function as a body, each person in the community will have a different function and be individuals just as each cell in our human bodies is an individual cell. There are of course key essentials, I’m not going to go into biology here, but the cells work together and we know what happens if cells don’t work together, this can bring about eventual death of the body.
So it is in the body of our communities, we all need to work together for the good health of our community body, we all have a responsibility to take a role and to work together with others. This can be difficult at times when there are different opinions about issues but for the effective growth, health and happiness of the body, our communities, we all have to try to get along , each taking responsibility for our function and not leaving it to someone else. Some may feel they don’t have a role but everyone in our communities is valued and important just as each cell in our bodies. So let’s all think about how we function in our communities and make sure we are making the most of building up a healthy happy community body. Don’t leave it to someone else thinking you don’t have the time or energy or skill because if you do it could cause the downfall of your part of the community and the poor health of the whole body, the community. Let’s all strive for a fit and vigorous community.
Every blessing, Rev Cate