Easter was well celebrated within the parish. Our Good Friday reflection service was well attended as was Communion on Easter Sunday. I missed the latter as I had guests but enjoyed the early morning tramp up the hill in Feniton where, although we didn’t actually see the sun, the light was beautiful and the view across the

bonfire and the mist lying low over the fields, magnificent. There is something very joyous about praying and singing in the open air with lots of children and dogs in attendance. The delicious breakfast was also most welcome!

On Easter Monday we held our first whist drive of the year. 88 people took part enjoying an afternoon of whist and a delicious tea. There seemed to be even more prizes than usual and a good time was had by all, thanks to Les and Jackie Peek, their family and friends. We made a profit of exactly £400 which is wonderful and very much appreciated by us all.

At the end of this month Rev Preb Cate and I are joining over 100 people from the Mission Community at a weekend in Lee Abbey, a beautiful retreat house on the north Devon coast in a stunning setting approached through the Valley of the Rocks. We will have a mixture of worship, discussion and relaxation, and a chance to see and talk to people from other churches around Ottery.

Because of this we are celebrating our patronal festival, the day on which we remember our patron saints St Philip and St James, on Sunday 7th May. As usual we will be welcoming the congregations from Feniton and Payhembury to join us for Holy Communion.

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