It seems a long time ago but I cannot write without saying how wonderful the Easter sunrise service was. Over 60 of us gathered at the top of the hill in Feniton on a perfect morning. The sky was completely clear and while we were there we watched the sky gently turn a vivid shade of pink

before the orange tip of the sun peeped over the horizon. It then rose as a golden orb in the sky to our accompaniment of hymns and readings – what a start to Easter. Escot’s celebration was joyous and well attended and we learnt a new hymn to the accompaniment of Dave on his guitar, ‘See what a morning’. How appropriate was that!

One celebration followed another in rapid succession as we celebrated our patronal festival on the first Sunday in May. We welcomed people from Feniton and Payhembury to a well-attended and uplifting service. Our patron saints St Philip and St James are not the best known of the saints but I was surprised to be told by Dave that the only mention of our St James was to give the name of his father. St Philip gets rather more of a mention in the reading for the day when he asks to be shown Jesus’ father. I find it quite reassuring that two such apparently ordinary people who sound very like us are now saints.

On 16th June Lindsay Saunders, the member of our congregation who makes sure our churchyard always looks good, is opening her very lovely garden at Myrtle Place in Gosford Lane in aid of Marie Curie terminal care nurses. It will be open from 10.30 – 12 when morning coffee will be available and from 2 – 5 in the afternoon for afternoon tea. I know it will be well worth a visit if you have some time free that day.

Judy Davis