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.

                       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.

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

and Queen at Payhembury.

doveDear Friends,

As I write this letter we are quickly approaching that mad and frenetic time of year – Christmas. Prior to this we have the lead up period of preparation which in the church is known as Advent. Traditionally at this time we have used imagery of looking for the light, seeking the light of Christ through the darkness of winter.

Winter this year has been slow in coming, the temperature has been slow to drop though the rain certainly hasn’t. The leaves have remained on many of the trees longer than usual despite the winds. So we could say that winter hasn’t really set in as it might. Perhaps we haven’t really noticed the decline in the amount of light around us, or have we?

Light is essential for growth, we can’t do without light. For many people the lack of sunlight causes great emotional distress so in fact light is essential for all of God’s creation to flourish. We use light in many ways in religious practice. We light candles to remember God’s presence with us, we light candles to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and that he lights our paths, we light candles as a sign of prayer, we light candles to remember our loved ones departed and we light candles in celebration. The bringing of light into a situation is extremely important and uplifting both in its religious significance and its social significance.

At this time of the year as we enter Advent, the preparation period, we are moving towards that great celebration of the birth of Jesus, God in human form, who brought light into a very dark world. We celebrate this season by lighting up our houses with a variety of decorations and as we do so may we think about the lighting up of our world by the baby in the manger, who brought God’s love into the world directly to each one of us and in doing so lights each one of us up with his love. As we dash headlong into this season, with all that it brings, let us just pause for a moment of wonder and be lit up with the reason for the season, Jesus the light of the world.

May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.

Every blessing, Rev Cate