Dear EFP church folk,
I hope you’re enjoying / surviving [delete as appropriate] the heat.
From today, wearing face coverings is mandatory in church services. 
New guidance includes a further exemption: 
'Those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained.’
Confirmation that tomorrow there will be:
  1. Morning worship at Escot church at 10.30am. Those from other churches are very welcome, whilst needing to be mindful of social distancing.
  2. YouTube reflection (link available HERE).
For the Escot church service:
  • please bring a face covering
Attached -
The Melanesian Sisters are raising money for a much needed new chapel. Please see the attached information, to see if you might be able to help. 
Wednesday’s mid-week Morning Prayer service will be in Feniton church at 10.30am.
Next Sunday’s service in Feniton, Aug 16th, will be Morning Worship, rather than Holy Communion as advertised.
Following PCC discussions, the service pattern we will follow from September will:
  • continue with the rotation of Communion services - Feniton, Payhembury and Escot on 1st, 2nd and 3rd services of the month respectively.
  • add family services on the 4th Sunday of the month: Storytime / Messy Church in Feniton, and All Age service in Payhembury (details and timings to be finalised).
  • continue a weekly video - short format most weeks, occasional ‘full’ format (eg for festivals).
We will continue to review the service pattern as we go along.
I am on holiday this coming week, from Monday 10th, returning Tues 18th. 
As I finish writing this, England have won the test match against Pakistan! Hurrah! 🙂
Picture of the week
as ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ takes off, a customer takes a different approach...
Take care and God bless,
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Dear EFP church folk,
I hope that July has passed healthily for you, and brought you good memories to look back on. What will August bring for us?… August 1st - the date will always have a special buzz for me, when new car registrations came out each year in the "olden days", with childhood memories of excitedly looking out for them!

Dear EFP church folk,
The C of E has issued important new guidance on wearing face masks when attending church. It reads as follows:
"We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be
other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”
The full guidance can be read at . The guidance will remain in force into further notice.

19 July 2020
Dear EFP church folk,
A special thank you today to our musicians, for all they’ve given us in our video services and now in church again. 
Paul and Amanda have anchored the videos brilliantly and with great style! Leah’s playing and singing has been beautiful; she was able to play ‘live’ at

Dear EFP church folk,
Confirmation that tomorrow we will have:
  1. a  Communion service at Payhembury church at 10.30am - nb this is ‘BYOB’ (bring-your-own-bread - see below).
  2. YouTube service (link available tomorrow as usual)