The mornings have turned cooler, it's that lovely time of the year when the trees surrounding us show off their beautiful colours. The children are safely back at school. having enjoyed good holiday times.

We will have celebrated our Harvest Festival (Reverend Cate's last service with us at St Andrews) and thanked God for all the amazing gifts he provides for us, and

for the hard work of all our farmers and producers locally.

We look forward to our concert on the 8th of October here in the church. An opportunity for the local people to show off their talents and develop new friendships. Please look out for futher advertising and join us to have some fun.

There will be a Coffee Morning at the church in aid of Operation Christmas Child on the 21at of October from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. If you could possibly hep us in our yearly challenge to send shoeboxes to deprived children we would be very glad of your help. The shoe boxes will be inchurch at the beginning of October, they are collected at the beginning of November for delivery. If you don't feel able to fill a box we would be grateful for donations of any items we could use, toothbrushes, gloves ,hats etc.

At our last PCC meeting I was surprised to hear that it costs £504 a month to keep our church open and in the beautiful state we know it. The income we generate from different sources is approximately £508 a month so we can see how finely balanced th esurvival of our beautiful church is.

Due to Reverend Cate's moving date changing, her garage sale will now be on the 14th October, with the takings all going to charity.

This year, due to St Andrew's having no vicar, we will not be having our special service to commemorate the faithful departed (All Soul's Day)but we will all be very welcome at Ottery Church to join the congregation there.

A big thank you to those who came to the Help Scheme Coffee Morning in St Andrew's Chruch on the 26th of August. A medal should be issued to those who negotiated the road works, the traffic diversions and the parking difficulties. The money raised was £273 which was a tremendous amount. Thank you so much, we never know when we may be in need of that help scheme!

We had several visitors to our church on the annual 'Ride and Stride' fund raising day for Devon Historic Churches. We had a note of thanks left for us, and I think the refreshments we provided were very welcome on a slightly chilly day. We hosted a family fun day on 23rd September, I will update you on that next month.

Look forward to seeing you at our coffee morning. I will be back with more news next month.

Cara