Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road,

Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

How lovely it is as I write this to see blue sky with just a wisp of cloud from my office window. When I woke up early this morning to walk the new addition to our family the air was fresh, the sky was blue, the sun was just rising to shine and the world looked wonderful, I appreciated my walk and the world around me. It might sound rather romantic and I’m sure we all appreciate how fortunate we are to live in this peaceful part of the world.

I have to say having a new 4 legged friend, by the way she is a black collie named Sasha, has made me go for longer walks than our old dogs could cope with. It’s such a good way to spend some time in thought. One train of thought was about Sasha; she was nearly 8 months old when we got her, she had had no training at all and certainly was unsure about what was right and wrong. So she needs a guiding hand to teach her, if left untrained she certainly could not become part of the family, she needs to learn the rules of the home and community so that she can become a considerate and useful member, taking an active part in our lives. My train of thought moved onto humans, we too need a guiding hand from time to time; we need training not just in the physical things of life but in the spiritual and moral ways of the world. Without a guiding hand, teaching and example we run the risk of being out of control and not “house/community trained”. We all have the guiding hand of God available to us to guide, protect, to steer us on the right path and help us to develop our moral code. As Christians we follow the teachings of Jesus as our training manual, yes sometimes we have “accidents” and make mistakes but like any good dog owner/trainer God forgives us and lets us try again perhaps a bit harder.

Dear Friends,

We have just passed Whit Sunday, did you notice? Sadly it passes many people by. Some of you may remember that we used to have a moveable Bank Holiday which was usually referred to as Whit Monday as it follwed Whit Sunday and was the start of the school summer half term holiday. Whit Sunday or Pentecost as it is referred to in the Bible is 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Day. Easter is calculated by the movement of the Moon and therefore so is Pentecost and Whit Sunday. However in 1971 it was decided to fix the date of this bank holiday for convenience and it became known as the Spring Bank Holiday and so the association with Whit Sunday and thus with Pentecost was lost and for many it was only a memory.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 4 May 2015, Rev Cate could have been found crowning the May King

and Queen at Payhembury.

                       Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road,

Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

We have just passed Whit Sunday, did you notice? Sadly it passes many people by. Some of you may remember that we used to have a moveable Bank Holiday which was usually referred to as Whit Monday as it followed Whit Sunday and this was the start of the school summer half term holiday. Whit Sunday or Pentecost as it is referred to in the Bible is 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Day. Easter is calculated by the movement of the Moon and therefore so is Pentecost or Whit Sunday. However in 1971 it was decided to fix the date of this bank holiday for convenience and it became known as the Spring Bank Holiday and so the association with Whit Sunday and thus with Pentecost was lost and for many it was only a memory.

Why Whit Sunday you may ask, well it is commonly believed that as people were often baptized/christened on that day and the tradition was to wear white so the word Whit was derived from white.

Why you may ask were baptisms/christening taking place on that day? The answer is is the other name for that day, Pentecost. The Day of Pentecost was the birthday of the Church, when Jesus followers were together after he had returned to heaven, they we waiting for something special. It came in the form of a rushing wind and tongues of flame settling on the disciples. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and were enabled to teach and travel around the world telling the stories and teachings of Jesus and so the early church was born.

Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of God with us every day and if we are open to His spirit we produce fruit, that is we can demonstrate it by 9 attributes; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,humility, and self-control.

I don’t know about you but I think these are good attributes for all of us to have whether we are Christian or not. Whether we remember Whit Sunday, Pentecost or the coming of the Holy Spirit it’s certainly worth remembering the fruit of the spirit and if we worked hard at these I think the World would be a better place don’t you?

Every blessing, Rev Cate

Hello Friends, I do hope you are having a good spring; we have been having great fun. After watching all you children having fun on May Day dancing around the Maypole we thought that we could do the same. So Parchina and I gathered some friends together and with Dad and Mum’s help we managed to make a great Maypole for ourselves and we spent a lovely afternoon Maypole dancing in the church yard. OH we had such fun, but we weren’t as good as the children on May Day we need Mrs. Morris to teach us. We got very tangled in one dance and poor Parchina was tied to the pole with the ribbons, but she laughed and laughed and wouldn’t keep still so it made it difficult to untie her. We were all exhausted and had to have a long drink of the yummy nettle lemonade which Grandma makes for special occasions and we munched through piles of seed cake as well. It was a lovely afternoon and we hope that we can do it again sometime. If we practice we may be nearly as good as the children at school.

I’m not sure our singing will ever be as good as theirs, we love to hear them when they come into church on a Thursday, they’re much better than the adults on a Sunday, he he! We thought they were particularly good when they came to church on Ascension Day for a much longer service and we also leant a lot as Rev Cate explained all the different parts of the service.

We also enjoyed seeing little Sebastian christened on Whit Sunday, which we believe is a very special day? Someone said something about the birthday of the church, we didn’t see any birthday cake with candles, but there were some nice crumbs left for us after the celebration.

The sun is shining and it looks as if it’s going to be a nice day, so Parchina and I are going to do some tree climbing so we’d better go now, see you soon, love Parchie and Parchina.

                       Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road,

Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

Spring has certainly arrived, hasn’t it? The weather up to now has been very kind to us, perhaps by the time you read this it will be raining, but I hope not.

Certainly the weather has been great for the first few weddings of the season. I’m sure we all love a good wedding, when we are celebrating the love shared by a couple and which they are openly declaring as they publically commit themselves to each other. That love which they share of course comes directly from God though Jesus Christ, through his death and resurrection which we celebrate particularly at Easter.