July 11th The date we were spending our first night as residents of these parishes. Also the date of England’s World Cup Semi-Final. We wanted to enjoy both. The timing was tight.

The removal men emptied our vicarage in Appledore by late afternoon, ahead of delivering the next day. We hurriedly tidied up the last bits, packed camp-beds and

Dear All,

Well July is here and what a lovely summer we are enjouying. Life is busy at St Andrew's. We have been very grateful for the support of Anne Mills during our vacancy, we have also enjoyed some lovely services with visiting clergy. We have had two baptisms and welcomed Clementine and Helena to our family.

Ash Wednesday...Love Lent, Love one another

As we fast track to February, with the red and green of Christmas, now fading into another memory; we enter the repentant and reflective season o fLent - and the celebrations of St Valentine's Day. A saint steeped in legend and mystery, but one who points us to a time of year that is full to the brim, of chocolate hearts, flowers and romance.

By now we are well into the season of Lent. For Christians the main thing about Lent is that is is a journey towards Easter.

For the first followers of Jesus the journey to the first Easter was an actual journey. Jesus and his disciples walked from Galilee to Jerusalem. For a long time, though, the disciples had been on a journey of faith and inderstanding.

I write this as we are warned that an icy blast is about to hit us bringing Arctic winds and snow. Thankfully due to the generosity of the Friends of St Andrews our church remains dry and warm and ready to welcome all. We look forward to seeing you one Sunday.

       To keep our church looking like this we appreciate a team of volunteers who help keep the church tidy and welcome our congregation with refreshments. If this is something you think you could do please speak to Sheila who would be glad of your help.

   On the 23rd January we are interviewing to fill our vacancy for our new vicar. We pray that the right person is being guided here to help our church grow locally, please keep them in your prayers.

     As a joint team, with members of Payhembury church we are about to introduce Open the book, a programme going into our schools re-enacting bible stories for our children. If anyone feels they have hidden talents and would like to help in any way (we need help with props and costume making) please have a chat with me and I will tell you more.

       Our children are so enjoying story time held on the first Sunday of each month. Danny, Amy and Vicky are committed to keeping up the amazing work that the Reverend Cate started and are enjoying working with the young people in our community.

         Our coffee mornings will start again on March 24th, when we will be supporting Dementia awareness charities. Please come and join us and enjoy a drink and delicious cake.

I look forward to seeing you soon, best wishes from us all at St Andrews.

Cara Sanders. Tel :- 850262