Dear Friends, 

I hope the New Year has started well for you. The weather has certainly changed since I last wrote, we have had to weather storms and a certain amount of flooding and all the chaos of our uncertain weather. But in true English spirit we get on with it, may be irritated by it but in the end we are stoical and get on with it even if we moan.

               Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road,

Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

The lovely late sunny weather we have been having is slowly fading, the trees are rapidly turning colour and the leaves are dropping and starting to get everywhere and I keep thinking that Christmas is not that far off!

Dear Friends,

When driving into Exeter this week first thing in the morning, I noticed a young woman walking along the road obviously talking to someone on her hands-free phone, then I noticed a young Mum pushing a buggy whilst talking on the phone, immediately after along came a jogger listening to music, I presume, as she jogged, then a young man walking along the pavement reading a book.

Click here for Rev Cate's letter, September 2015.

                       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.