Dear Friends,

Imagine my delight when shopping in Exeter recently I came across two different sorts of Nativity scenes for sale in a well-known kitchen chain store. For the past couple of years I have been deliberately looking in shops and garden centres for natitvity scenes but to no avail. What is that all about? Are we too embarrassed

           Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

I have to say a comment I heard from someone the other day, it was made in jest, was that, “lying seems to be fashionable”. It was made after a certain political debate on television which got a lot of publicity. But it did make me wonder, if it is ok for public figures to lie so openly when else do people lie.

What are lies? Is there a time and place for lies, we often talk about white lies, just little insignificant untruths to ease a situation; when a loved one asks if a particular part of their body looks big and in order not to upset them you might say “oh no”. But is that really helpful?

I was always taught that little lies grow into big ones and I think that is often the case. The deliberate untruth can eventually turn around and bite you back. Now no one is perfect and I expect at times we may all slip up, but it must be the intent behind the untruth which is the real cause for concern. Why is it necessary to speak an untruth? Is it to cover up a mistake? We all know children will often do that when they are young before they learn to be honest. Or is it to make some form of profit for the person involved? What then are the consequences?

Truth and honesty are the essentials in any civilized society, so we look to those in public office to be an example, so it is often shocking when we see deliberate lies, but we too have to be careful that we are not being hypocritical ourselves.

There are many references to truth in the Bible, in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, written so long ago, he talks about the “belt of truth”, I think that’s a great image, not the belt holding something up or holding something in but the belt around the body which tightens with an untruth. Wouldn’t it be amazing if that was the case in with public figures in debate, every time a lie was spoken the belt tightened, some might end up choking! But it would also be helpful to us that every time an untruth fell from our lips or in our thoughts we were just given a little squeeze to correct ourselves. We all as responsible citizens do have to fight hard for the truth for in the words of Jesus “the truth will set you free”.

It’s worth pondering just for a moment on what truth is to you and let’s hope that that joke of lies being fashionable is just a joke.

Every blessing, Rev Cate

           Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

The sun is shining overhead, beautifully hot, the sky is bright blue but what do I see looming overhead, a dark cloud, oh no it's going to rain! I shall get cold, I haven't a coat or umbrella, panic, panic. I sigh, a cloud and rain to spoil my day. But does it? Within a few minutes the cloud has passed overhead and the sun shines and blue sky returns. Why did I worry, why did I fret? 

Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

This time of year in the church calendar is often referred to as Creationtide. It is the time of the year when we think about creation and particularly thank God for the glory of the world around us. In this part of the country we have do much to be grateful for; so much beautiful countryside to admire and enjoy. It is

Here is a photo of Rev Cate with her family following her installation as Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral on 10th May. It was a wonderful occasion and Cate was happy that all generations of her family were able to join her in the celebration, husband Paul, mum Doreen, son and partner Sam and Jon and daughter Tamson.