7 June 2020 - Trinity Sunday
Dear EFP church folk,
As a reduction in lockdown edges forward, some of you will be needing to remain just as isolated or with little change. Some will be venturing out more. Others will have returned to work, but working in a different way. Whatever your situation, I hope you are finding encouragement and strength in your situation.
This week brings a particular change for our primary schools. Feniton and Payhembury school both restart with restricted numbers of children this Monday. Amanda and Colin, Penny and Nick, and all the staff have put in a phenomenal amount of work to enable this - reconfiguring their whole schools’ layout, furniture and equipment, in addition to preparing lessons for more mixed groups. Our prayers and support for all teachers will be valued. Kings School restarts on 15th.
Trinity Sunday service today -
We have a 'trinity’ of churches in EFP. This may feature in how tomorrow's service is shaped...
Also attached -
(All documents also on Google drive
Church buildings -
The non-opening of church buildings has been getting press attention this week. The Bishops continue to put the case strongly to the government for our buildings to open for private prayer. Meanwhile, we wait.
Vicar’s break -
Dawn and I will be on holiday/staycation this coming week.
I suggested to Dawn that we could go and stay in our 'holiday home’ (/ big meeting room) behind the Rectory, for a change of scenery - it has plenty of comfy sofas, after all. But she reminded me that holiday homes are still out of bounds. So we’ll be staying put in the Rectory itself (and enjoying its increasingly beautiful garden, thanks to Dawn).
A Prayer for use at the start of the day (or any time) -
River of the Spirit,
carry us through our day,
round the unexpected bends,
down the rapids,
over the waterfalls,
and through calm waters.
Picture of the week: ’The online service: how to make it feel normal’.
Take care and God bless,
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team